The highest-priced Harry Potter film is also the most disappointing!


The budget for the sixth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, ended up being $250 million, so the producers must have had a few Liquid Lucks before adding everything up. To put that in perspective, the movie cost a quarter of a billion dollars to produce, yet it isn’t even close to being among the finest fantasy films ever.

The family film shares this position with Furious 7, The Fate of the Furious, No Time to Die, Thor 4, Black Panther 2, and even some of this year’s new releases like Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and The Little Mermaid. This statistic places the family film as the 23rd most costly film of all time.

The movie from the 2000s was successful in recouping its costs commercially. With a global total of $934.5, it was one of the most successful films of 2009. Its fan response, though, was a quite different matter. Half-Blood Prince is considered by Harry Potter fans to be the poorest of the seven books. Unfortunately, many of the flaws in the book ended up being seen in the film, which also had some problems of its own.


To begin with, the film’s two and a half hour running duration felt even longer than it really was due to a perplexing, protracted middle section and bizarre storyline decisions that will leave you dizzy. Despite the Half-Blood Prince’s 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, critics pointed out some of the same problems with it, focusing on its length and the fact that, to be very honest, it was a little monotonous.

The Independent’s Anthony Quinn likened the movie to a “summer cold,” saying that “you just have to sit there while it runs its course.” Anthony Lane from The New Yorker called it “a film toiling overtime to convince itself of its own solemnity.” Nigel Andrews said that while watching the movie, he “feared slipping into a persistent vegetative state” over at the Financial Times.