The film was supposed to open in UK cinemas today but the owners pushed the release date back to July 16, 2009 in what many see as a blatant publicity stunt to ensure the film is massive success when it is finally released next summer.
The writers’ strike that brought Hollywood to a standstill earlier this year is also thought to have played a part in the delay.
The sixth Potter film, directed by David Yates and produced in the UK, promises to be the darkest yet. It carries the tagline: “To know the future – return to the past.”
The film features a flashback to Tom Riddle as an 11-year-old – the character who goes on to become Harry’s arch-enemy, Lord Voldemort.
The young boy gives a glimpse of the evil to come when he tells Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon): “I can make bad things happen to people who are mean to me. And I can speak to snakes. They find me. They whisper things.”
Tom is played by newcomer Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, nephew of Ralph Fiennes, the actor who played Lord Voldemort in previous Potter films.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince reunites the three young stars – Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley. New cast members include Jim Broadbent, who will play Potions Professor Horace Slughorn.
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