The teaser trailer for the 6th installment of the Harry Potter franchise has made its way online, and it hints at what could possibly be the best film of the series so far.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince takes place during Harry’s 6th year at Hogwarts. Lord Voldemort is wreaking havoc and chaos across Britain, and Harry’s other nemesis Draco Malfoy has taken on an unspeakable task. Harry knows he is the only one who could bring down Voldemort, so Professor Dumbledore begins to educate him on the past of the dark lord, particularly when he was a young wizard called Tom Riddle. Armed with a mysterious book of potions by the “Half Blood Prince”, Harry begins a quest that will change things forever.
The trailer focuses on young Tom Riddle, played here by Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, who is in fact Ralph Fiennes real-life nephew. Ralph Fiennes of course plays the adult Voldemort, and was named in a recent poll as the all time greatest movie villain.
This really looks amazing. I love the way that it is not being portrayed as a kid’s film at all. Of course, us Harry Potter fans have known all along that these books/movies are hard core, intelligent stuff. Sure, reading it on the train won’t exactly impress the most attractive girl/guy aboard. But damnit, you’d have my respect (which I guess, isn’t that great of a trade-off).
The Harry Potter series is probably one of the strongest film franchises in history, with the past five films being great, and all five being completely different from one another. Although the fifth installment (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) wasn’t as exciting as the previous few, it was still amazing considering it was a fourth sequel. Also, it suffered from being a bit of a bridging film – it didn’t have the novelty and exciting set-pieces of the first four, and it wasn’t close enough to the end of the story arc to have a satisfying conclusion.
But now, the penultimate story is right around the corner, and it’s filled with thrills, deaths and good old-fashioned violence. Plus, the ending is probably the saddest and most shocking of the entire series. It’s going to be great. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is released December 11.
FYI – Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows is set for release in both 2010 and 2011. As mentioned earlier this year, the book will be made into two films, with Part One released November 2010, and Part Two in May, 2011.