HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF- BLOOD PRINCE
NINE, Friday, 7.30pm, PG ( 2009)
Dark magic and surging teenage hormones prove an explosive mix as the beloved boy wizard ( Daniel Radcliffe, left) casts his cinematic spell once again in the sixth instalment of J. K. Rowling’s bewitching saga. The makers of the Potter film series seem driven to make each episode more epic than the previous – this one clocks up 153 minutes – and the tension here reaches boiling point as Harry battles not only Lord Voldemort ( Ralph Fiennes), but also that malevolent spell cast upon both Muggles and magicians – romance. This is one of the darkest Potter stories.