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Warner Bros. has just hit us up with yet another new look at Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, a film that is still months away. And I was going to ignore it, to load the video into our player and save the posting for later — but then I watched this little featurette and it looks really cool. In fact, it dawned on my as I watched it that the effects in these Harry Potter films are generally pretty brilliant. The entire franchise has never gotten more than an apathetic “meh” from me, but as I look back through the list I am compelled to feel more than a little impressed with how good this films have looked. This one is easily the most visually impressive (based on the clips thus far) since Alfonso Cuarón was behind the camera.

Check it out for yourself in the featurette below, followed by the film’s official synopsis.

Official Synopsis:

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 colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information.

Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the 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.

This film has been rated PG for scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theaters on July 15, 2009.


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