U.K., 2009, 153 min, 2K DCP, Dir. David Yates, Rated PG, Warner Bros.
"This is the darkest, saddest, most sophisticated Harry Potter film yet." – Tasha Robinson, AV Club
Year Six. Lord Voldemort is loose and wreaking havoc across both the Wizarding and Muggle worlds. When he tasks Harry’s rival, Draco Malfoy, with a secret mission, Harry sets off on a journey to find a memory that holds the key to defeating the Dark Lord. He’s aided along the way by a mysterious book filled with helpful notes and instructions by its previous owner, the “Half-Blood Prince.” All of this happens amidst blooming romances, including Harry’s own. The sixth entry in the franchise casts a dark shadow over the characters appropriately captured by cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, who received an Oscar nomination for his work.
In 1997, J. K. Rowling opened a door to a magical world of wizards and witches with the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Twenty years later, the Harry Potter novels turned into a multi-media franchise that includes a theme park, several video games, stage play, and – most beloved of all – an eight-part film series that is the second highest-grossing one of all time. To celebrate this special anniversary, the Gables Cinema transforms into Hogwarts with a four-week retrospective of the Harry Potter films. Whether you’re reliving the wonders of Rowling’s world or discovering it for the first time, join us as we present the epic tale of the Boy Who Lived.