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Half Blood PrinceThe World Cup is over, the world premieres have come and gone, and now it's finally time to start saying goodbye to "Harry Potter."

Tune into MTV Movies Blog all week long for our series of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" primers, where we'll look back on each film in the series and highlight the details you need to remember going into the grand finale. For a full recap on the previous films, head here!

After the jump, we break down some integral moments from "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" that end up being very important come the series' conclusion.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceEach day this week we've been providing recaps of the previous "Harry Potter" movies -- consider them a kind of affectionate Cliff's Notes and a much-need refresher -- to prepare for today: the release (!!!) of "Deathly Hallows: Part 1." We've already covered "Sorcerer's Stone," "Chamber of Secrets," "Prisoner of Azkaban," "Goblet of Fire" and "Order of the Phoenix," so today we're focusing on the sixth film in the "Harry Potter" series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

"Half-Blood Prince" serves two major purposes in the "Harry Potter" series. First, it finally fully introduces us to the person who became Voldemort, Tom Riddle. It also finally defines Severus Snape as a character and brings him into the foreground, setting up one of the biggest plot twists in "Harry Potter" history (you're going to have to wait until "Part 2" to find that one out). Read More...

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Harry Potter Greatest Moments

By Kristen Shalbinski

The end is upon us, Potterheads: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" is officially in theaters. I'm getting goose bumps just thinking about seeing it (again)! It's been almost 10 years since we joined our favorite boy wizard for his first trip on the Hogwarts Express, and Harry sure has faced some obstacles along the way. Six films later, we're almost at the end (sniff, lone tear forming in corner of eye, sniff). And so, in honor of this decade-long franchise, here is a list of the 10 most memorable moments from the "Harry Potter" films thus far, in chronological order and not including "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" and "Part 2."

10. "You're a Wizard Harry" ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone")
This is the moment that started our decade long journey with Harry. After their escape from Privet Drive and the massive amounts of Hogwarts letters, the Dursleys flee to a deserted shack by the sea. At exactly 12:00 a.m. on Harry's 11th birthday, our favorite giant Hagrid breaks down the door and gives young Potter the news he has waited for his entire life: "You're a wizard, Harry."
Why It's Memorable: A giant breaking into a house and bending a shotgun is pretty memorable, but the news that Harry is a wizard? That's life-changing.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" is breaking records before it even hits theaters, and we have to admit that we're not really all that surprised. According to what Warner Bros. told Deadline, "Deathly Hallows" is going to be screened at 3,700 locations for its midnight release alone. But that's nothing compared to Friday, where the film is going to be shown at 4,125 theaters and on over 9,000 screens... not counting IMAX. Okay, so that's a bit intense.

If you've waited until this week to buy your midnight release ticket, you've probably discovered to your dismay that pretty much all the showings have been sold out. And, if you were hoping to see the film in IMAX this weekend, you're definitely screwed, because almost all the record-breaking 239 IMAX screens are already sold out for the weekend. To compare, "Half-Blood Prince" only played on 166 IMAX screens.

So, with a day until the film comes out (or 10 hours, if you're doing a midnight screening like I am), just how much has Warner Bros. already made in ticket sales? $25 million, another new record. Read More...

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FROM MTV.COM: It's all been building to this: the battle to the death between Harry Potter and his Dark Arts-enabled adversary Voldemort on the hallowed grounds of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Devotees J.K. Rowling's boy wizard series already know how the clash ends in the final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," but no one yet knows how it will be handled on screen. Stay tuned until the summer of 2011, when the second part of "Deathly Hallows" arrives in theaters, to find out.

Until then, we'll have to go on what its castmembers have to say. Stopping by MTV News to promote the DVD of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," star Tom Felton raved about the climatic combat scene and the way it brings so much of the cast together at once.

Continue reading 'Harry Potter' Star Tom Felton Raves About 'Deathly Hallows' Showdown

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FROM MTV.COM: As the DVD of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" hits shelves Tuesday (December 8), the first peeks at the next and final films in the series — the two parts of "Deathly Hallows" — have begun to hit the Web: two photos and even a teaser trailer.

Behind that pristine multimedia, however, lies a production still very much in flux, as the cast told MTV News in recent interviews. Perhaps "flux" is even putting mildly, compared to star Daniel Radcliffe's characterization.

Continue reading 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows' Set Is 'Absolute Madness,' Daniel Radcliffe Says

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Despite it having a somewhat subdued ending as compared to the book, the film adaptation of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is actually quite good. There are very few things about it that I would change. It may not be a note-perfect translation of the book, but it nails the key beats and keeps the characters moving along the arc they've been traveling since the first movie.

That said, I'll never turn up my nose at a deleted scene. It's the main allure of home video shopping for me, getting to see bits of the movie that didn't make it into the final cut. This is especially true of the "Harry Potter" movies, because there's so much great material from the books which simply doesn't fit into the confines of a two and a half hour running time. In the below clip, you get to see Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) preparing to embark on a journey with Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon).

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FROM MTV.COM: In "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," Daniel Radcliffe and his co-stars went rom-com, embracing lovey-dovey storylines about broken hearts, unrequited affection and what it feels like finally to connect with your true love. It worked: The film raked in over $300 million at the domestic box office, making it the second-biggest film of the year so far and the highest-grossing "Potter" flick since 2001's "Sorcerer's Stone."

With the DVD hitting shelves this Tuesday, Radcliffe and the rest of the cast spoke with MTV News about why they believe "Half-Blood Prince" made so much freaking money ($929 million worldwide). Their answers were clear: romance!

Continue reading Daniel Radcliffe Credits Hormones With 'Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince' Success

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The DVD/Blu-ray release of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" hits shelves this week. In addition to the movie -- which was great -- there are the expected hours upon hours of bonus content. Including our first look at "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." While I can't show you that particular clip, I do have a little treat from the home video release, exclusive to MTV. It's Ron Weasley actor Rupert Grint running through the trials and travails of his character through the years. Enjoy!

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Just a little Harry to brighten your morning. Get it? His wand is rocking a light charm in the pic... "brighten your morning"... see where I'm going with this? Ah, forget you all. The tiny looks we've seen so far have been underwhelming, but fans will get their fix next week when "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" hits home video with an included clip from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." Anyway, here's the full-size pic. Enjoy.

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