1. THE PLAN
Under orders from Voldemort himself, Slytherin snob Draco Malfoy must carry out a sinister plot. His mother, Narcissa (Helen McCrory, far right), is terrified. Here, with her twisted sister Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) as witness, she has Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) make an unbreakable vow to help.
2. THE PROFESSOR
Meet Horace Slughorn, a bit vain, a lover of good food and good company, who reluctantly returns to his old job as Hogwarts’ potions master. He’s played by Jim Broadbent (the college dean in “Indiana Jones IV,” Bridget Jones’ dad, an Oscar-winner for “Iris”). Broadbent isn’t as portly as his character, so the costume designer had to pad him.
3. THE PLAY
Unlike the most recent “Potter,” “Half-Blood Prince” is filled with Quidditch, that souped-up soccer on a broomstick. But flying equipment used in earlier films had to change. “The broomstick rigs we had in the past were all designed for little kids, and now we’re dealing with big, strapping lads and lasses,” says effects supervisor John Richardson. “Everything had to be redeveloped.”
4. THE PREDATORS
Fenrir Greyback, a notorious werewolf (played by Dave Legend, left), terrorizes the countryside for Voldemort. His specialty? Children. Also, beware of Inferi — corpses re- animated by dark magic. Zombies!
5. THE PAST
In magical flashbacks, 11-year-old Tom Riddle is played by Hero Fiennes Tiffin — nephew of Ralph Fiennes, who plays the grown-up Riddle, Lord Voldemort. Though his character is gloomy and chilling, Hero is “absolutely the sweetest kid you’d ever want to meet,” says director David Yates. Frank Dillane plays 16-year-old Riddle — so charming, so menacing.
6. THE PASSION
Romance, jealousy, unrequited love: The teen love triangles get so tangled, we’ve diagrammed them for you.
| Sharon Hoffman, firstname.lastname@example.org, with help from Warner Bros.
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