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Another trailer can be viewed on the Official Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Site

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the sixth installment of the Harry Potter Movie Franchise starring Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, a young wizard deemed to be the only one who could destroy an evil wizard known as Lord Voldemort. The movie is based on a novel written by J.K. Rowling with the same name. The movie is due in its release on July 17, 2009.

Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleage, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon-vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes hold crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormorns rage across ramparts. harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas and Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates! And then there’s Hermione, simmering with jealousy but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

Quoted from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Official Site (synopsis released December 2007)

Directing the movie is David Yates, director of the fifth film, HP & the Order of Phoenix. Cast still includes Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Rupert Grint as Ronald Weasley, and Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore. Among the new actors added in the new movie are Jim Broadbent playing Professor Horace Slughorn, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Ralfe Fiennes nephew,  playing the 11-year old Tom Riddle, Frank Dillane as the teenage Tom Riddle, Jessie Cave taking on the role of Lavender Brown, and more… for more cast information please try this link to a wiki page.

According to Director Yates and Producer Heyman, a number of changes have been made from the book to the movie; mostly cuts from the book. Among those removed are the Battle of Hogwarts, the funeral at the end, and flashbacks from Riddle’s memory. A review on the test screening of the movie can be found in Mugglenet.com for the complete and detailed changes of what we should expect in the movie (suffice it to say spoilers are to be expected).

Now… tell me I’m not the only one thinking it’s taking too long for this movie to be released.

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