Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn , the newly appointed Potions master who held the position before. Pettigrew has no lines in this film, but appears as a servant at Snape's house.
Development[ edit ] Before David Yates was officially chosen to direct the film, many directors had expressed an interest in taking the helm. When asked whether he would consider directing a later film, Gilliam said, "Warner Bros.
So they were really delighted with the material that they were seeing while we were in post-production, and the conversations happened before the movie was released, because I had to start pre-production on it while Order of the Phoenix was being promoted.
It was just something they see in the work that they really liked, and responded to. Composer Nicholas Hooper returned from the last film; he included a reworking of John Williams 's Hedwig's Theme , which has recurred in all scores.
Also maintained were costume designer Jany Temime, visual effects supervisor Tim Burke, creature and make-up effects designer Nick Dudman, and special effects supervisor John Richardson from the third film.
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street , previously noted that he had his "fingers crossed" he would be cast as a young Riddle. Thomas James Longley was the original choice to take on the role but Riddle was ultimately played by Hero Fiennes-Tiffin as a child and Frank Dillane as a teenager. McCrory was originally cast as Bellatrix in Order of the Phoenix, but had to drop out due to pregnancy. Craig noted that the film used several CGI sets, noticeably the interior of the Cave where Harry and Dumbledore both go to hunt Horcruxes.
The exterior of the cave scene was filmed at the Cliffs of Moher in the west of Ireland, the only location to be filmed outside of the United Kingdom throughout the film series. The interior of the cave is made up of geometric crystal formations. Craig noted "Apart from the point at which Harry and Dumbledore first arrive and the island formation on which everything inside the cave happens, the set is entirely virtual, designed in the computer. We'd had our first totally virtual set on the last film, so we approached this one with a bit more confidence.
Before filming began, there was belief that filming might move from the UK, where all previous films were shot. The crew also scouted around Cape Wrath in Scotland, for use in the cave scene. Yates didn't want to lose the "very European look" of the film, but after retouching the picture, he said, "It's not what you wanted, but we're happy with it. In an interview with the Academy, he said, "Some of the sets are there since the very first Potter. How could I light them in a different way?
This question brought another one based on the series itself… I thought it would be interesting to have those very intimate stories amidst this very dark mood.
As if the school was a dark character. That's when I suggested to go for this again dark moody variations of greys. Fortunately David Yates, and the producers liked the idea. I thought it could be interesting and more dramatic if the light was floating, circling above the characters faces: Tim Alexander said that completing the Inferi -attack scene took several months.
He said, "It's certainly much bolder and scarier than we imagined that they'd ever go in a 'Potter' movie. Director David Yates was cautious of not making this into a zombie movie, so we were constantly trying to figure out how not to make these dead people coming up look like zombies. A lot of it came down to their movement — they don't move fast, but they don't move really slow or groan and moan.
We ended up going with a very realistic style. He added, "We did a lot of research on molten volcanoes, which have a lot of heat going on but no actual flames, and collected a bunch of other references, including flares that burn underwater, and showed them to the Potter folks. Since the whole fire scene was very time consuming, computer graphics artist Chris Horvath spent eight months finding a faster way to conjure flames.
Double Negative spent six months surveying and documenting the environment around the River Thames and Trafalgar Square to create the swooping views of the city. Double Negative also contributed the Pensieve sequences, developing complex directed fluid simulations to realise the swirling world of memory and the past.
The soundtrack was released on an Audio CD format on 14 July , a day before the film was released in cinemas. The book begins with a scene involving the Muggle Prime Minister. Yates and his crew debated over this scene, as well as the character Rufus Scrimgeour , but gave up the beginning of the movie to events described but not seen in the book.
The US theatrical trailer was released on 14 November. Horn , the Warner Bros. Horn noted that the move was meant "to guarantee the studio a major summer blockbuster in ," with other films being delayed due to the —08 Writers Guild of America strike.
Despite each being owned by Time Warner Inc. It is also in MovieTickets. Also included are deleted scenes comprising 8 scenes with a running length of 6 minutes and 31 seconds,  and a sneak peek of the next Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 Worldwide DVD and Blu-ray sales of the film show that it is the fastest-selling film of Revenge of the Fallen and The Twilight Saga: In the US, it surpassed all of its predecessors by a wide margin, achieving the sixth-largest-ever five-day opening in that country.
Revenge of the Fallen. It is the fifth-highest-grossing film in the franchise, behind Philosopher's Stone, both parts of Deathly Hallows, and Order of the Phoenix. The website's critical consensus reads, "Dark, thrilling, and occasionally quite funny, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is also visually stunning and emotionally satisfying.
Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood. He commented, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a tour-de-force that combines style and substance, special effects and heart and most importantly great performances from all of the actors young and not-so-young".
He praised Alan Rickman 's performance and he described Helena Bonham Carter as "mesmerising" and Jim Broadbent as a "grand eccentric old professor". He adds, "Composer Nicholas Hooper, cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel and designer Stuart Craig deliver a singularly muscular and vigorous chapter". Margaret Pomeranz , the co-host of the television show, gave the film 3 out of 5 stars.