New Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Photo and Early Romance Buzz! Updated!
Not only does the latest issue of Empire featuring an awesome photo of Harry Potter all bloodied up, but USA Today has also published an article on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Remarkably, the sixth film is already due out in theaters in only five more months - just over a year since we all saw Order of the Phoenix last summer. Harry, who is now 16 years old in the film, starts to develop that teenage sense of attraction, and that never mixes well with magic. If you're a Harry Potter fan, and have read Deathly Hallows multiple times over, you might want to take a look at these new photos and read on for a brief teaser.
One of the biggest revelations that the producers had this time around was that now that the last book is out, they've got to work hard to make these films stand out. Producer David Baron says, "We had to make this film a worthy successor to the last — and a successful stand-alone film in its own right." This time the focus is on the evolution of Draco Malfoy "into a malevolent force" as well as Harry's feelings for Ginny Weasley. We'll also be introduced to Jim Broadbent as potions teacher Professor Slughorn and get to see Harry develop some interesting concoctions after he discovers a book marked with "The Property of the Half-Blood Prince." But of course, you already knew that. Excited yet? I know I definitely am!
Update! We've added these three new photos below from USA Today as well. You can click each one of them to see a few more photos from the film.
Director David Yates (of Order of the Phoenix) also chimes in with some details about the romance. "They're about to kiss, then the bloody Death Eaters turn up and cause all sorts of anarchy." How about this teaser instead? Yates explains that he chose to let the actors improvise scenes, including "one between Harry and Ginny that is fraught with romantic tension." As for Ron Weasley, he's not left out either. Ron eats some charmed chocolates and is "overcome with romantic fervor." And in turn, "he's in a daze and madly in love, which is kind of alarming to any warm body who comes into close proximity." Yates adds, of the abundant romance at Hogwarts, that "there's a kind of maturity that is quite adventurous."
Over the years I've personally become a huge Harry Potter fan, eventually picking up the suitcase box set last year. I love the series and am always excited for the next installment, even if it doesn't turn out to be amazing, like Order of the Phoenix. I'm already looking forward to Half-Blood Prince even though we still have quite a while left. The whole Harry Potter series is truly an iconic franchise in film history and I always smile when I think about all of it coming together in one big conclusion in 2011. For now we'll focus on Half-Blood Prince, due out on November 21st. Take a look at the new cover photo from Empire below and let us know if you're excited for Half-Blood Prince as much as us!