As Lord Voldemort tightens his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds, Hogwarts is no longer a safe haven. Harry suspects perils may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses, and to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague Horace Slughorn, who he believes holds crucial information. Even as the decisive showdown looms, romance blossoms for Harry, Ron, Hermione and their classmates. Love is in the air, but danger lies ahead, and Hogwarts may never be the same again.
– Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince DVD synopsis
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Best Achievement in Cinematography
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror Films
Best Fantasy Film
Best Production Design
Best Special Effects
Art Directors Guild
Excellence in Production Design – Fantasy Film
Andrew Ackland-Snow (senior art director)
Denise Ball (set designer)
Rob Bliss (illustrator)
Adam Brockbank (illustrator)
Alastair Bullock (art director)
Stuart Craig (production designer)
Martin Foley (art director)
Molly Hughes (art director)
Neil Lamont (supervising art director)
Eduardo Lima (graphic designer)
Peter McKinstry (illustrator)
Stephenie McMillan (set decorator)
Miraphora Mina (graphic designer)
Tino Schaedler (art director)
Alex Smith (set designer)
Hattie Storey (art director)
Stephen Swain (on set art director)
Gary Tomkins (art director)
Sloane U’Ren (art director)
Emma Vane (set designer)
Matt Walker (scenic artist)
Marcus Williams (scenic artist)
Andrew Williamson (illustrator)
Ashley Winter (on set art director
British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards
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Best Special Visual Effects
British Society of Cinematographers
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Irish Film and Television Awards
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Best Sound Editing – Foreign Feature
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Andie Derrick (foley artist)
Michael Fentum (sound effects editor)
Dominic Gibbs (sound effects editor)
Allan Jenkins (music editor)
Andy Kennedy (sound effects editor)
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Note: These are NOT differences between the movie and the book. These are just mistakes from the movie.
Is that a bicycle seat I see? – During the Quidditch match, while Ron is celebrating a save, the wind blows his robes and reveals a bicycle-like seat attached to his broom.
Beard – In the scene at the end of the film with Dumbledore on the astronomy tower, he initially wears his beard down for a few seconds. For the remainder of the scene his beard is tied up.
Missing lens – On several instances throughout the film Harry’s glasses have no lenses in them – you can only see the frame. One example where this is clearly evident is when Harry and Ron are lying in bed, and Harry is looking at the map showing the foot prints. The rest of the scenes show the glasses having lenses in them.
Beer spillage – In the Three Broomsticks Slughorn spills some of his beer on the table and Hermione. Moments later when we see a different view of the table, it is completely dry.
Tape that! – Toward the end of the film, when Harry is lying on the ground near Hagrid’s hut, Snape kicks Harry’s wand away from his hand. Right in the middle of this shot, as he kicks the wand, you can clearly see a square of neon tape where Harry’s wand was placed so that the actor, Alan Rickman, would know where to kick.
Basin half full or basin half empty? – When Harry takes a scoopfull of potion out of the basin, there is still some remaining. After giving this to Dumbledore to drink, the basin appears to be empty, and Harry grabs the locket.
Is blue the new green? – When Snape casts the Killing Curse the light emitted is blue and white. In the books and in all the movies prior to this date the killing curse always gives off a green light.
Off the rails – In the establishing shot before Snape casts the Killing Curse, safety rails are visible on the astonomy tower behind Dumbledore. When the camera cuts to Harry’s view of Dumbledore being hit with the spell, the railing is no longer there, and Dumbledore falls right off the tower where the railing once was.
WWW storename – In the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes scene, the camera pans across the front of the store, and you can see the name on the front in gold lettering. Later, when Harry, Ron, and Hermione leave the store to follow Draco Malfoy, the store name is no longer present.
The re-appearing Felix Felicis – During the scene in which Harry takes the Felix Felicis, he empties the vial into his mouth. In the following shot, however, when he speaks to Ron and Hermione, the vial can be seen between his hands completely full and with the stopper still on.
A change of heart – The heart that Lavender draws on the Hogwarts Express glass door containing her and Ron’s initials differs between shots.
Smashing! – When Bellatrix smashes the glass in the Great Hall window behind the staff tables, it differs from the subsequent shot when we are shown that the Great Hall is empty.
Hair troubles – When Dumbledore is talking to Harry about Horcruxes, Dumbledore’s hair is blowing and messy in one shot but fine in the next one.
Completely ‘armless – When Harry and Dumbledore return from the Horcrux cave, Dumbledore sits down with his arm around Harry’s neck. When Dumbledore asks Harry to go fetch Snape, his arm suddenly disappears. There was no time for him to have moved it.
Moving mugs – In Hagrid’s hut, when Slughorn and Hagrid are drinking, the cups/bottle on the table change position between shots.
Dancing debris – When the Death Eaters attack Ollivanders, the debris, fire, and bodies lying on the ground differ between the overhead and next close-up shot.
Page 10… ish – During the scene in Professor Slughorn’s lesson, the students are told to make a Draught of Living Death, the recipe for which “can be found on page 10.” During the lesson, it is quite clear that Hermione has her book open somewhere in the middle (around page 200).
Crew rugs – After Draco is escorted out of Slughorn’s party by Snape, and Harry begins to spy on them, you can see crew rugs used to quiet Draco and Snape’s footsteps. The same rugs are visible earlier in the film when Harry and Ron walk down a corridor after Slughorn’s class. Spotted by former MuggleNet staff member Andrew Sims.
Moving vegetables – After Hagrid passes out in his hut, when Harry tells Slughorn of Lily’s sacrifice, the vegetables behind Harry change position on the shelves.
Slug Club – During the Slug Club’s dessert, as Slughorn speaks to the students, their ice cream, syrup, thin wafers, spoons, etc. change depending on the camera angle.
Hairy Potter – When Dumbledore and Harry are talking about Horcruxes, Harry’s hair is nice and combed in one shot. The camera cuts to a side view, and his hair is now messy.
Vial position – In Potions class, when Slughorn removes the vial of Felix Felicis, he turns to face the class and holds the vial up for the class to see, but in the next shot facing him he holds only the very bottom point of the vial.
Nice shoes! – At the beginning when Harry and Dumbledore first Disapparate, there is a full shot of them walking up to the entrance of the house. In this shot, you can see Dumbledore’s shoes sticking out of his robe as he walks, but he is actually wearing those blue bags on his shoes, the ones they wear in between takes so as not to damage the set floors.
Font change – The potions book that Harry gets from Slughorn’s cupboard has the words “This book is property of the Half-Blood Prince” clearly handwritten on the first page. In a later shot the handwriting changes to a more print-like font.
Number train – In the scene where Draco attacks Harry on the Hogwarts Express, it appears that they shot the scene at different ends of the train compartment and then spliced the different takes together. If you watch the numbers on the wall above the seats, they bounce back and forth from low to high numbers.
Foam – The foam from Slughorn’s beer, which he spills on his fingers in the Three Broomsticks, dissapears and reappears from different shots.
Illuminating stuff – When Dumbledore and Harry enter the Muggle house to find Slughorn the lights are all out; the only illumination comes from their wands. They enter the hallway, then both turn toward the living room with their wands in front of them. Despite this, the wall behind them is illuminated without either of them casting a shadow. The lighting in the hallway is obviously coming from a different source, not their wands.
Frame position – Near the start of the film, when Slughorn shows Harry his collection of framed photographs, the frames change position between the wideshot and close-ups.
Scarf position – In the memory of the Muggle orphanage, in the corridor when Mrs. Cole says, “Tom, you have a visitor,” Dumbledore’s scarf hangs askew, but in the next shot facing him the scarf hangs properly.
Hand placement – In the Great Hall, when Lavender’s eyes are shooting daggers at Ron and Hermione, Harry’s arms/hands keep changing position on the table as the three of them speak.
Harry’s head – Aboard the Hogwarts Express, when Draco petrifies Harry he falls immobilized. Just as Draco kicks him, Harry’s head is positioned farther out in the aisle than previous and following shots.
Lip-sync – When Ron and Harry are walking down the corridor toward Potions, Ron says, “… Quidditch trials coming up. I need to practice,” but his mouth is not moving and/or not in sync with that dialogue.
Shoelace – In the living room at the Weasleys’ house, while Harry, Mr. Weasley, Tonks, and Lupin are talking, in the shot facing Lupin, Harry’s shoelace is untied. After a brief cut to a shot facing Tonks and Mr. Weasley (where we can see Harry’s hands), it cuts back to the original angle, and now the shoelace is tied. (This is before Ginny ties Harry’s shoelace much later on.)
Death toll? – The newspapers in the movie imply that there was a death toll from the bridge collapse at the start of the film, even though when watching the scene, everybody seemed to escape from the bridge safely, and not a single person falls into the water.
Leg positioning – When Harry, Hermione, and Ron are sitting on the floor talking in Ron’s room at The Burrow, the position of Hermione’s legs changes frequently from cut to cut.
Different grip – When Slughorn and Harry are speaking at the Three Broomsticks, Slughorn’s grip on the silver mug repeatedly changes. His fingers are either at the top of the mug or at the center of the mug, depending on the camera angle.
Position change – In the Room of Requirement, when Draco first uncovers the Vanishing Cabinet, the items on the floor behind him change position between the overhead shot and next close-up.
People on the bridge – During the destruction of the Millennium Bridge, it is full of people, including a lot of school children, walking across. As the bridge begins to wobble, people start to trip up and fall down. When we see the bridge from above, as it is destroyed seconds later, there aren’t any people on it.
Auror-gate – As Harry and Luna come through the Hogwarts gates, an Auror standing outside begins to walk backward in through the gate. He makes it halfway through, but in the next shot he is still at the end of the gate.
Handy trick – In the scene with Hagrid and Prof Slughorn, you can see them both moving their hands when talking. Slughorn’s hand often disappears/seems to go right through Hagrid’s arm. A graphics error may have caused this since they probably weren’t filmed together due to sizing issues.
Tapestry – It has been noticed that at times when Draco is standing in front of the wall for the Room of Requirement, there is a large tapestry there. At other times, the wall is bare.
Hermione’s hands – At the end of the movie, there is a long shot of Hermione, Ron, and Harry atop the Astronomy tower. In this shot Hermione’s hands are in different places compared to the previous close-up.
Next to Neville – In Potions class, when Hermione stands before the cauldron explaining what she is smelling in her close-up, we see Neville behind her with the broad space to his right (viewer’s left) just as she says “spearmint toothpaste.” In the instant cut to the wideshot, Harry is now shoulder to shoulder with Neville.
Hole-y shirt – In the dormitory, when a lovestruck Ron is obsessing over Romilda, he is wearing a brown tank that has many holes. When Harry brings Ron to Slughorn, Ron is still wearing that shirt, but now some of the holes are gone, and the rest of the holes have changed position.
Knees-up – At The Burrow, shortly after Harry’s arrival, he, Hermione, and Ron are sitting and chatting. Hermione changes position several times. Notably her knee is up, down, up, etc.
Paper change – When Harry is in the restaurant and places the newspaper down on the table as he speaks with the waitress, it lies over the table edge (front and side edges), in the next shot it doesn’t, then it does so again.
Aragog – At Aragog’s funeral, there is a long shot of Slughorn, Hagrid, and Harry standing by Aragog. However, from this angle Aragog is not here. Given the angle you should be able to see Aragog’s body.
Foam – When Ron is foaming at the mouth, the foam dissapears in some views.
Visible crew? – When Harry and Dumbledore are standing in the tower three men are seen to walk across the room on the right.
Dumbledore’s glasses – In the first of Dumbledore and Harry’s lessons, at the beginning of the scene, you can clearly see that Dumbledore is wearing his glasses, but when Harry enters the room a minute later, Dumbledore is not wearing them.
Bean – In Potions class, when the students prepare the Draught of Living Death, as Harry tells Hermione, “Crush it, don’t cut it,” the way he holds/squeezes the Sopophorous Bean has instantly changed from the previous shot.
Swapping hands – At the Three Broomsticks, Slughorn is holding a mug with his left hand when he speaks to Harry, but when he says, “Good to see you, Wallenby,” the mug is suddenly in Slughorn’s right hand, with his left arm down by his side.
Newspaper placement – In the Great Hall, when Ron sits down with Harry and Hermione before Quidditch, the newspaper Hermione is reading goes from her hand to under her arms, then back again, etc, between shots.
Flitwick’s hands – When Luna and Harry pass through the Hogwarts gate, the parchment and wand in Flitwick’s hands differs between shots.
Disappearing debris/leaves – When Harry finds Hermione crying at the bottom of the stairs, with the conjured canaries flying overhead, there are numerous leaves/debris on the lowest steps and near her feet, but in the shots looking down from the top of the stairs the area is clear. (This has nothing to do with the few leaves that blow about.)
Ron and the rug – After drinking the poison in Slughorn’s office, Ron falls, and in the overhead shots the top of his head is near the rug’s edge, but in side shots his head is well below the large diamond pattern, more than a foot away from the edge.
Harry’s arm – At The Burrow, when Tonks and Lupin are at the front door with Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, it cuts to an exterior shot of Harry looking out the window with his arm leaning across his knee in front of him, but in the next interior shot his arm is down at his side.
Harry/Hermione positioning – In Potions class, just before the students go to their cauldrons to prepare their Draught of Living Death, Hermione stands in front of Harry, but in the long shot she is instantly beside him, then she’s suddenly back in front of Harry again.
Ron’s right arm – In the Great Hall, when Ron (wearing his Quidditch uniform) asks Hermione about the Slug Club, Ron’s right arm lies on the table in front of him in shots from behind, but in shots facing him his right arm is down beside him.
The locket – When Hermione opens the locket to read the note, the locket and chain’s position changes in her hand between consecutive shots.
Quibbler position – Aboard the Hogwarts Express, when Luna finds Harry lying on the floor and then speaks with him, the way she holds her wand and the Quibbler differs between shots.
Dirty pedestal – When Dumbledore gets up to give a speech, the gold owl on his pedestal shakes its head and then spreads its wings, which are perfectly clean. Later during the speech, the wings are shown covered in dried wax from the candles.
Reflection in eyes – When Slughorn stands before Tom Riddle speaking of seven Horcruxes, as the professor faces the fireplace and says, “This is all hypothetical,” and Tom replies, “It’ll be our little secret,” these close-ups show the square lighting/reflector screen clearly reflected in the eyes.
Hermione’s position – In the Great Hall before the Quidditch match, in the shots facing Hermione she is sitting opposite the empty place setting beside Ron, but in the shots facing Ron she is directly opposite him. Take note of the goblets, plate of eggs, etc.
Mark/tape – After Luna and Harry meet and walk off to Slughorn’s party, it pans to Draco on the stairs. It then cuts to Draco walking forward to the wall of the Room of Requirement, and at the start of the shot the actor’s mark is visible on the ground behind him.
Cup size – When Hagrid and Slughorn are drinking after Aragog’s funeral, Slughorn’s cup is considerably larger than Hagrid’s cup, but after Hagrid passes out Slughorn’s cup is now the same size as Hagrid’s cup.
The spoon – In the Great Hall, from the time Hermione hits Ron with the book to when a bloody-nosed Harry joins them, the spoon in Hermione’s bowl repeatedly faces the opposite way depending on the angle of the shot.
Moving debris – When Dumbledore brings Harry to meet Slughorn, the Daily Prophet is lying on the floor among some debris, including what looks like a hammer-type object, which differs between shots.
Lampshade position – When Dumbledore and Harry approach the Slughorn armchair, on the left there is a white lampshade lying on the shelf hanging over the edge. When Slughorn stands up and walks to the door to lock it, the lampshade is farther back on the shelf.
Mark on the floor – Before the Quidditch match, when Ron walks into the Great Hall, Seamus runs up to him from the right side. As Ron and Seamus walk forward the camera moves backward, and the white mark is visible on the floor where Seamus was just standing.
Ginny/Harry spacing – When Harry is kneeling beside Dumbledore’s body, at the foot of the astronomy tower, Ginny joins Harry, and holds him at his left side (viewer’s right). In the last close-up of Professor Dumbledore’s face, Harry is visible in the background with a space to his left, and Ginny is now gone. That same angle was shown before Ginny joined Harry.
Train windows – On the train journey to Hogwarts, as the camera faces the large compartment window on the Hogwarts Express, we see the scenery out the window, but as the train speeds along, the scenic reflection of the windows opposite it, in the corridor, should be seen but aren’t. What is reflected is the light colored wall of the compartment beneath the blacked-out window. The camera filming the shots from this angle is positioned at that window, and to hide the camera/crews’ outline, the window was covered.
Hermione’s hat – While this is probably looking too deeply at the meaning behind an innocent wardrobe decision, during the Quidditch game Hermione is wearing a green hat, which implies that she is supporting Slytherin.
More tape – At the end of the movie, in the above shot of Harry and Hermione on the astronomy tower talking, we can see the white tape at their feet, right in front of their toes, to show them where to stand.
Bad timing – When Harry speaks with the coffee shop waitress, she says “I get off at eleven,” and then we see her standing outside on the platform as the shop is being locked up. But when Dumbledore restores the Muggle house to it’s previously intact state in the next scene, the clock says 10:35.
Back to front – When Harry first gets his Potions book, he opens up the front cover to find the inscription, “This book belongs to the Half-Blood Prince”. Later, when Ginny grabs it out of his hand, she flips open to the BACK of the book to find the inscription. Later on, when Katie returns to the Great Hall, the book is open, and the inscription is there in the front. (This could possibly be explained if there were two inscriptions in the book since we have recieved reports that the font differs too.)
Wrong table – When Harry pretends to pour the Felix Felicis into Ron’s drink, Luna sits down at the Gryffindor table. However, Luna is in Ravenclaw, and she doesn’t have a reason for sitting there until she points out the Felis Felicis.
Finger drawing – On the Hogwarts Express going back during Christmas Lavender Brown wrote in a heart “R+L XX.” But when she does this the writing doesn’t appear where her finger is touching the glass.
Inconsistent cloak – On the first train ride to Hogwarts, Harry picks up his cloak, which is visible because nobody is wearing it, and goes to spy on Malfoy. Later, when Luna finds Harry underneath the Invisibility Cloak she casts it off, but it does not appear even though nobody is wearing it.
No Ginny, Ginny – In the Quidditch trials, shortly after a player flies in on a broom, the camera moves around behind Harry, and he is clearly standing alone. Moments later, however, the camera switches position, and we can see that Ginny is standing beside Harry.
- While visiting Slughorn to get him to teach again, Dumbledore asks him if he can have a knitting magazine. On the cover is J.K. Rowling, the author of the beloved series.
- The length of the 35mm film is 13,759 feet.
- Director Guillermo del Toro turned down the chance to direct this film so that he could work on Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008).
- Helen McCroryhad been cast to play Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) but had to back out because she was pregnant. She will play Bellatrix’s sister, Narcissa Malfoy, in this film.
- Jessie Cave beat over 7,000 girls to win the role of Lavender Brown, Ron’s love interest from the book.
- Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, who plays eleven-year-old Tom Riddle, is the nephew of Ralph Fiennes, who plays Lord Voldemort (formerly Tom Riddle).
- Robert Knox, who plays Marcus Belby, was tragically stabbed to death on May 24, 2008, just days after filming wrapped. The film is dedicated to him.
- Christian Coulson, who played Tom Riddle in Chamber of Secrets, expressed an interest in returning as the teenage Riddle for this film, but David Yates felt that Coulson was too old for the role (he was close to 30).
- Thomas James Longley auditioned for the role of teenage Tom Riddle but lost out to Frank Dillane.
- Dame Maggie Smith completed filming this film while undergoing radio-therapy as treatment for breast cancer.
- Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer of Warner Bros., stated that due to “repercussions of the writers’ strike” they were offered “new windows of opportunity that we [Warner Bros.] wanted to take advantage of.” The film’s release date was then moved from November 21, 2008, to July of 2009.
- The original script included all of Dumbledore’s memories about Voldemort as outlined in the source novel, but the director insisted on trimming them down as. According to Steve Kloves, “… he wanted to showcase Voldemort’s rise without getting overly involved with his past as Riddle.”
- This is the first Harry Potter film to be rated PG by the MPAA since Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).
- There is a scene in this movie in which Death Eaters, led by Bellatrix Lestrange and Fenrir Greyback, attack The Burrow where Harry, the Weasleys, Lupin, and Tonks are staying. This particular scene was not in the book but was made just for the movie to serve as a representative of all the news reports, which are scattered around in the source novel, about various attacks by Death Eaters on the wizard community. It was considered to provide better pacing for a movie to have Harry actually experience one such attack firsthand, rather than hearing/reading about those that kept happening to some other students or their relatives.
- Shipped to some theaters under the moniker “Candlelit.”
- Bruno Delbonne’ was chosen to be the film’s cinematographer by David Yates: “The choice of angles, the extreme close-ups, the pacing of the scenes… it’s very layered, incredibly rich.”
- According to production designer Stuart Craig, Tom Riddle’s orphanage is based on buildings from the Liverpool Docklands, and it is influenced by Victorian-Georgian architecture. In fact, the orphanage’s exterior uses original Victorian glaze bricks to give the set a very hard structure.
- According to VFX supervisor Tim Alexander, completing the Inferi attack took several months: “It was much bolder and scarier than we imagined that they’d ever go in a Potter movie. David Yates was really 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 also noted that Inferi are skinnier than zombies, as well as being waterlogged and grey.
- Dumbledore’s ring of fire took computer graphic artist Christopher Horvarth eight months to complete.
- Over 7,000 girls auditioned for the role of Lavender Brown and read from a scene with Madam Pomfrey, Hermione, and Ron. Ironically, Emma Watson recommended Jessie Cave for the role, although Cave hadn’t attended any auditions.
- Jamie Campbell Bower hoped to be cast as a young Riddle. He was instead cast as the teenage Gellert Grindelwald in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
- Terry Gilliam, who was J.K. Rowling’s personal choice to direct the first film, was approached to direct this film. However, Gilliam said, “Warner Bros. had their chance the first time around, and they blew it.”
- Bill Nighy was interested in playing Rufus Scrimgeour, but there was no place for the character in the film. He did play this role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, though, instead.
- The night scenes were filmed in the quaint village of Lacock and the cloisters at Lacock Abbey for three nights, October 25-28, 2007. Filming took place from 5 PM-5 AM, and residents of the street were asked to black out their windows with dark blinds.
- When Draco Malfoy goes to the Room of Requirement for the final time, you can clearly see the harp that put Fluffy to sleep and the king from the game of chess that were in the first movie.
- The second film to NOT open with a Harry-centric event. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire opened with a scene from a chapter of Book 4, “The Riddle House.” Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens with an event that is mentioned in the first chapter of Book 6, “The Other Minister,” where the Death Eaters collapse a bridge in London. (Although the first images in this film are of Harry and Dumbledore at the Ministry of Magic after the battle with Voldemort in the fifth film, the first legitimate and complete scene is the Death Eater attack.)
- The tapestry seen near the Room of Requirement is the last of seven in “The Hunt of the Unicorn” (or the “Unicorn Tapestries”) series, called “The Unicorn in Captivity.” The real tapestry can be found at the Cloisters in New York City.
- Mr Weasley’s shed of Muggle artifacts contains, among other things, two Remington Noiseless Portable Typewriters and an HP Laserjet 4.
- Eleanor Columbus had originally reprised her character of Susan Bones, but her scene was cut.
- This is the first Harry Potter film that does not feature any aspect of Defense Against the Dark Arts classes on screen, either direct (Movies 2-5) or indirect (Movie 1). The only mention of the subject occurs when Dumbledore announces Snape’s appointment to the open teaching position.
- When Harry is in Dumbledore’s office at the end of the film, a bowl of lemon drops can be seen on his desk. This is a throwback to the first film, when Dumbledore announces they are his favorite Muggle candy.
- At the beginning of the film, the Death Eaters destroy the Millennium Bridge in London. The bridge is not specifically named in the book. The book is set in 1995-1996, according to the canon timeline. The Millennium Bridge was not constructed until 1998 and opened on June 10, 2000.
- The omission in this movie of the Battle of the Astronomy Tower between members of the Order of the Phoenix and Death Eaters was due to the fact that they writers did not want to seek repetition when they film the Battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011).
- This is the second time Tom Felton and Jim Broadbent have worked together on film, the first time being on the 1997 film The Borrowers (1997) as members of the four-inch tall family, son Peagreen Clock and his father Pod Clock, respectively.
- In the flashback scene in which Dumbledore visits the young Tom Riddle in the orphanage, a photograph on the wall of Tom’s room depicts the same place that Dumbledore and Harry travel to in search of the third Hocrux (the locket). There are also seven rocks on the windowsill, which is the same number of Hocruxes that Voldemort created.
- J.K. Rowling read through the script for this film and found a line where Dumbledore mentions a girl he had a crush on when he was younger. After reading it, she informed the filmmakers that Dumbledore is in fact gay and that his only romantic infatuation was with the wizard Grindelwald, whom he later had to defeat in a wizard duel. She later made this information public while promoting the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
- Originally, the shooting script was written so that Harry takes possession of Dumbledore’s wand after he is killed. Shortly before filming began, the final book in the series came out, in which Dumbledore’s wand, and who possesses it, turns out to be a major issue, so the script had to be changed.
- Dumbledore’s fall from the tower filled Alan Rickman with nostalgic glee since it harked back to his first hit Die Hard (1988), where his character fell from a tall building. Rickman felt that at least “he was on the other end in this film!”
- After Dumbledore’s death, Harry visits his office one last time. As the camera scans Dumbledore’s desk before stopping on the wand, there is a quick glimpse of a letter. It looks like it is addressed to Rufus Scrimgeour, the new Minister of Magic, and is possibly a copy of Dumbledore’s will, which comes into play in Book 7.
- This is the first film in which the US and UK age rating has differed. (Submitted by former MuggleNet staff member Nick.)
Information courtesy of IMDb.