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Merrick again... Seems the site linked in my original post is horny to install adware on some readers' systems. If you don't wanna chance this, HERE is a link to another site - featuring the same QuickTime options - apparently pulling the trailer directly from Warner's servers. You can also grab it (with HD options) from Yahoo (HERE).

Merrick here...
Yesterday...amidst the dizzying badassity of the new STAR TREK trailer (HERE) and fever pitched WATCHMania...a new trailer for HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE made its way onto The Net. To answer numerous accusations, no...we weren't ignoring it. We were just distracted...and are easily distractible. You can find the new all forms of Glorious QuickTime...


It features many nicely atmospheric shots of Gandalf fighting with Wizard Power. I notice this trailer isn't posted on the film's official site yet (HERE); I'm not sure what this means. I also notice that the film's official site has adopted the acronym "HP6" for this installment. Ya know? Good God...

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  • March 6, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    long live hp6

    by lordnigzor

  • March 6, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST


    by Autodidact

    First post!?

  • March 6, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST


    by Autodidact

    That was the first and last time I'll ever do that...

  • March 6, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by MonkeyManReturns

    HP6? My dear dear God.

  • March 6, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST


    by connery61

    That link just lit up my AVG antivirus like a Christmas tree. What was that?

  • March 6, 2009, 11:34 a.m. CST


    by Rat Fink

    Me too. I had some pop up adware trying to install

  • March 6, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST


    by moobit

    Still distracted are we? ;-)

  • March 6, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    trying too hard to make it look like a horror film

    by hegele

    seriously, with each film they saturate the colors more and more and add blue filters to the point where it makes dark city look like heaven. Why don't they just get on with it and make the last two black and white?? Seems like they are also tossing out the great Williams HP theme. :( only faint notes of it here and there.

  • March 6, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST

    You gotta love

    by Rat Fink

    those HD Quicktime trailers man! That's some good looking shit.

  • March 6, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    moobit, your sense of humor just called . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . wait, nope, you don't have one.

  • March 6, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Some idiot Zipped the wmv files...I hate zip

    by PornKing

    Seriosuly. It's useless for video files, yet people still zip them up. So annoying.

  • March 6, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Why not link it from Yahoo!, merrick??

    by Laya Maheshwari

    No adware, good links and whatnot?

  • March 6, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Chicago test screening

    by kinanimus

    Hope this turns out better than the posters were making it sound. Love the series.

  • March 6, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST


    by Merrick

    I overlooked it there earlier. Thanks for the heads up.

  • March 6, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    And without John Williams...

    by Phimseto

    ...the music continues to suck. Seriously, why involve him in the first place if you weren't going to have him score all seven films? Instead, the guy who turned in the worst post-Williams piece is scoring the rest of them. Gag.

  • March 6, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST

    i hope that means the next movie will be

    by Timahh

    HP7 and then subsequently HP7:II

  • March 6, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST

    The spectacle makes for an attractive trailer.

    by LoneGun

    It would be nice to see this series end on a strong note, especially given how underwhelming it has mostly been. Hard to believe the franchise has survived this many films, considering how dull the characters are. With THE LORD OF THE RINGS, I actually worried about all the members of the Fellowship. With the HARRY POTTER films, when I'm honest with myself, I have to admit I don't care who lives or dies. I keep wanting to feel the same fervor as others do for these films but I consistently forget about each one as I exit the theater door.

  • March 6, 2009, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Galdalf. Nice.

    by JediRob

    Voldermort, you shall not pass!

  • March 6, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Actually looks good.

    by Mike_D

    and i hate the series.

  • March 6, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Music sucked in the last film

    by D.Vader

    Atrocious. At least Patrick Doyle, with "Goblet of Fire", had the excellent and absolutely beautiful track "Harry in Winter".

  • March 6, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    But where are Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith?

    by DerLanghaarige

    Don't tell me HP6 is not the long anticipated sequel to ID4!

  • March 6, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Nice Marmot...

    by moobit

    it's called irony mate-i guess the stereotype of Americans not understanding the concept may have some truth to it ;-) Though i'll admit-it's hard to tell sometimes when just reading text, so fair dos. Next time I'll be sure to include a vocal tonation recording and a flow diagram. (damn it!-there i go again...) ;-)

  • March 6, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Where's Voldemort?

    by Anything But Tangerines

    Is Voldemort in this one? Pass if not.

  • March 6, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    I mean grown-up, post snakification

    by Anything But Tangerines

  • March 6, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Watchmen, Terminator, and Star Trek, has put HP6 on the 2nd tier

    by Iron-kong

    Meaning I can wait for DVD

  • March 6, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Anything But Tangerines

    by rassmguy

    Where's Voldemort? You're kidding, right? He's all over the trailer.

  • March 6, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST


    by Anything But Tangerines


  • March 6, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Wait, AICN is covering a movie besides Watchmen?

    by WillardGreensThunderballs

    Best book of the series, IMO. But the last two movies have sucked soooo hard, I can't help but be worried for this.

  • March 6, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    John Williams or Patrick Doyle = FTW

    by AgentArchangel

    Williams was brilliant with the first three films, especially with the third. Even reading Deathly Hallows, I thought "He NEEDS to come back for this one." Doyle was the best post Williams composer, particularly with "Voldemort" (the graveyard scene cue), and I was surprised he wasn't asked to do more of them. Nicholas Hooper is the WORST replacement for Williams. All but two of his cues from Order were forgettable, and really that's not what the fans want for the final movies. (Come to think of it, it would have been nice if they scrapped Yates altogether after the hackjob he did with Order.)

  • March 6, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Agent, Well Said.

    by WillardGreensThunderballs

    Hackjob indeed. I was very surprised to see him get the job for the rest of the series. What a terrible decision.

  • March 6, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    From a film standpoint

    by Anything But Tangerines

    An entire group of smoky wannabe villains led by Mrs. Burton don't mean SHIT without Ralph Fiennes. Very disappointing. Hope he kicks major, terrifying blood soaked ass in the last 2 films. The kids are not cute anymore, and GoF was the first time since the second film that I actually enjoyed watching Harry Potter. Ralpf Fiennes shows up and starts picking off these bratty little bastards and it SAVED the franchise.

  • March 6, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    This was, i think, the best book in the series...

    by johnnyangelheart

    So why do I fear disappointment?

  • March 6, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Dropped the ball when they got in a TVM director

    by performingmonkey

    I seriously CANNOT believe where the series has gone after the brilliant Alfonso Cuaron delivered something truly special with Prisoner of Azkaban. I'm guessing the fact that Prisoner made less money than the first two Columbus flicks set the alarm bells ringing at WB so they decided not to make any more decisions based on credibility. Because David Yates had only directed TVMs before doing Order of the Phoenix WB probably had more power over him, so told him to deliver the shortest movie. IMO Order is the worst movie, the worst score, maybe even the worst acting (the kids focussing too much on 'ACTING' actually had an adverse effect IMO. Cuaron got better performances out of the main three in Prisoner)

  • March 6, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST

    The kids were never cute....

    by WillardGreensThunderballs

    And their acting has sucked since PoA, which is by far the best movie (see what happens when they get a real director??). Ralph is great, but it's not like he's carried the series or anything. This movie series has been nothing short of underwhelming.

  • March 6, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    fuck yes!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

    fuckin awesome...the second best book in the series...hopefully too much doesnt get cut out. ootp was pretty good, but so fuckin much was cut. but hey that book was alot of fuckin filler. but it still pissed me off when kreachers role and ron playing quidditch was cut. 3 is the best flick so far. then 4. would be the best if they didnt cut outta that one to. i was cuaron would come back for deathly hallows though. he is perfect for this series.

  • March 6, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Monkey beat me to it...

    by WillardGreensThunderballs

    Well said, brah.

  • March 6, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Anything but Tangerines

    by Glaive101

    Did you actually watch this trailer? <p> You can't go by the IMDB listings all the time, the only incarnation of Voldermort listed is the 11 yr old Tom Riddle, and well the people who have read the books will also know that we will get to see several different age incarnations. <p> You're right these are getting darker, and while I wasn't too keen on OotP when I first watched it (screaming kids should not be allowed in a cinema ^^) I have got some enjoyment from it in recent viewings, although GoF was the best filmed book so far.<p> The best thing I am forseeing with this film is getting rid of Gambo, although he better act his socks off

  • March 6, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST


    by Glaive101

    Gambon* cause yea I fail at typing ^^

  • March 6, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

  • March 6, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Prisoner of Azkaban score is brilliant

    by D.Vader

    Just brilliant. There are at least 4 cues/tracks on that soundtrack that are on my all-time favorite list. <p> And overall, Williams did a great job giving the entire soundtrack a medieval feel.

  • March 6, 2009, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Voldemort wasn't in the book people...

    by skycrapper

    just as a Tom Riddle in flash backs, but don't worry he's in the next one.

  • March 6, 2009, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Especially your filthy muggle mother

    by Anything But Tangerines

    The wait for DH will be harrowing

  • March 6, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Yahoo says "mild sensuality"?

    by Cap'n Jack

    that better mean Hermoine gets eaten out.

  • March 6, 2009, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Each HP film becomes more dark and miserable.

    by Orionsangels

  • March 6, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Is "half-blood" considered offensive?

    by daggor

    To... uh... Cher... or somebody?

  • March 6, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Where is Snape? Ans where is Emma Watsons

    by conspiracy

    "I'm a big girl now" car exiting critch shot?</p><p> Honestly...from what I've read..this just might suck the supposedly they have substantially changed things.

  • March 6, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Is this show still on?

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • March 6, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST

    damn edit button....

    by conspiracy

  • March 6, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST


    by BurgerTime

    ...onscreen. Visually it's a completely different beast than it was six movies ago. I'm looking forward to seeing this progress to its ultimate end, although I'm really feeling the absence of John William's score now. I hope they bring him back to cap it off with the last installment. And there's something about HP in the summer that just doesn't feel right. WB, bring back the holiday releases!!!

  • March 6, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST


    by 1978CreepyThinMan

  • March 6, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Didn't Mckellen already do this

    by Roketopunch

    in a far superior film trilogy? All you Potter fairies, start your vibrators.

  • March 6, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST

    The Opening

    by SnootyBoots

    I gather they open the movie with scenes of London under siege rather than with the muggle Prime Minister being visited in his office. That's a bone head move.

  • March 6, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    John Williams vs. Nicholas Hooper

    by Bramton1

    While a composer has not been officially announced, John Williams has gone on record saying he wants to return to score "Deathly Hallows." And really...if David Yates passes on the legendary John Williams in favor of his buddy Nicholas Fucking Hooper, then Yates is a fucking moron.<p>John Williams for Daethly Hallows! Yes, We Can!

  • March 6, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Do we get to see Harry's Big Blue Dong

    by jackofhearts29

    after all, he bared it on Broadway, right?

  • March 6, 2009, 8:57 p.m. CST


    by potter4eva

    No, we won't see the PM from what I understand, but they have added a battle scene at the Burrow (Weasley's house). Williams would be nice, but when asked to come back previously, he had scheduling conflicts. Haven't heard anything about him coming back. Would be awesome! This one looks to have a lot, and for the last two I think they'll include everything if they can. Mild sensuality is for kissing scenes. Just a bit over 4 months! Can't wait!

  • March 7, 2009, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Having read the books...

    by Kobaal

    I now have no interest. The ending was too lame for me.

  • March 7, 2009, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Those UK kids are not aging well...

    by uberfreak

    bunch of uglies.

  • March 7, 2009, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Looks good

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Bui this was my least favourite book, so we shall see.

  • March 7, 2009, 7:15 p.m. CST

    I wish they'd go back to releasing HP movies at the end of the y

    by SifoDyasJr.

    They feel more like Christmas type movies than summer ones. I've been very happy with this series post-Columbus.

  • March 8, 2009, 9 a.m. CST

    Why not Bruce Broughton?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    If they can't get Williams back, Broughton would be a SPLENDID replacement, and it's a shame he hasn't scored a theatrical movie since **1998**.

  • March 8, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Chris Columbus Needs to come back

    by HermesTrismestigus

    And finish the last two with Williams. The last film was color graded to death, this one also has that color grading that makes it look cheap like a scifi channel movie. I don't get the approach to these films, they need humor, the books are hilarious. Yeah the book gets darker but the darkest movie in the series is still chamber of secrets and it had some humor at least. David Yates mad a snooze fest out of OOTP, the one book that had an excellent set up t make an exciting action picture out of one Harry Potter book, but instead it was conversation after conversation explaining what is happening. So far I've felt like I've been watching a lot of scooby doo. This one I will probably skip and watch on DVD as a rental even though I've seen every one in the theatre. Sadness.

  • March 8, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by Mr Gorilla

    You are dead right about the colour grading - I don't know WHAT they have been thinking but I've always been told that it's good in the grade to make skin tones actually look like skin tones. HOWEVER I disagree about Columbus - I genuinely hated his movies, and I think the films only got good with Cuaron's episode. Mike Newall struck gold too with a very engaging ep (though less 'arty' so it will always been regarded as less good than Azkaban). OOTP wasn't up to the standard of those two - let's see what happens this summer...