Parents' Guide to

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Terrific but intense mix of love, friendship, fear, sorrow.

Movie PG 2009 153 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 122 parent reviews

age 10+

Amazing Movie!

I loved this movie. I am 12 years old and I love it. I was a bit worried about the violence, but In the end it was fine. Most of it was not scary, the scary scenes include: When Harry and Dumbledore go to the cave, (they are standing on a rock in the sea). That part is a bit frightening and leads to other frightening things such as Dumbledore drinking the potion that nearly kills him, then when they return to Hogwarts he gets killed. Dumbledore that is. When the movie starts, death eaters are destroying a bridge and its foggy and people shout and scream. But not really a scary seen. Mostly just the scene with Dumbledore. It is a different from the book, because it is focused a lot on romance and things like that. Where as the book mentions that but is not really focused on it. But it is a great movie!! I will be watching it again.
age 12+


this potter movie is very intense when it comes to violence in the opening scene tons of people die Hagrid's house is burned down harry also uses the insult coward and there is one very very very sad death and people also fall from very great heights there is also some destruction and there is also more blood then previous potter movies there is also some holding hands and kissing but not much

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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David Yates, who took over the franchise with the fifth movie, has created a mature, relationship-focused installment. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince masterfully sets the stage for the high-stakes finale. (Deathly Hallows was so epic that it was split into two movies.) Not all of the characters and scenes from the book make it into the film adaptation. Fans will have to deal with no scenes set in Defense Against the Dark Arts class (Snape is finally the teacher), hardly any Neville (Matthew Lewis) or Weasley twins (James Phelps and Oliver Phelps), and a bit too much foreshadowing.

What Yates does offer is an incredibly human look at how adolescent wizards deal with their burgeoning hormones: "Won Won" lands his first girlfriend, Hermione acknowledges the extent of her undeclared feelings for Ron, and Harry realizes that his best friend's kid sister, Ginny (Bonnie Wright, who really comes into her own this time), just might be his match. It's adorable -- and spot-on -- that even during the darkest times, teenagers still want to snog. As emotional as the film's climactic scene is, there's a small sense of relief in knowing that Harry still isn't alone. He has loyal, unconditional friends ready to risk their lives so that light can prevail over darkness.

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