Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Trivia: Young Tom Riddle is played by newcomer Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, who is the nephew of Ralph Fiennes, the actor who plays Lord Voldemort, aka Tom Riddle.

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Trivia: Marcus Belby actor Robert Knox was stabbed to death outside a pub in England shortly after completing principal photography. He died protecting his brother during a fight, and the killer was convicted in 2009 and sentenced to a life term in prison.

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Trivia: Christian Coulson, who played Tom Riddle in the second film, expressed interest in returning for this film, but David Yates felt Coulson was too old to convincingly play the role again. Ironically, Coulson was "too old" to begin with, being almost ten years older than the age group Chris Columbus had set for auditions.

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Trivia: When Harry and Ginny are in the Room of Requirement hiding the Half-Blood Prince's potions book, you can see the White Queen from the chess game of the first movie among all the stuff kept in that room.

Trivia: In the Room of Requirement, opposite the Vanishing Cabinet, stands the bewitched harp from Fluffy's chamber in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone , which was used by Professor Quirrell to put the three-headed dog to sleep over the trap door.

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Trivia: The scene where Harry and Ron are taking the Hogwarts Express back home was actually filmed in Norway.

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Trivia: The final model of Aragog that they slid into the grave weighed about 3 quarters of a ton.

Trivia: This is the only movie in the Harry Potter series to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

Continuity mistake: In the dormitory, when lovestruck Ron is going gaga over Romilda, he is wearing a brown sleeveless tee shirt and its tan trim has many holes. When Harry brings Ron to Slughorn, Ron is still wearing that tee shirt, but now some of the holes are gone and the rest of the holes have changed position. (01:26:50)

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Albus Dumbledore: Take my arm. That was fun. Most people vomit their first time.

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Question: Instead of using the Pensieve to view Voldemort's and Slughorn's memories, wouldn't it have been much easier for Dumbledore to simply tell Harry of his first meeting with Tom and Harry simply asking Slughorn what he knew?

Answer: The purpose of the Pensieve is to preserve the memory exactly as it was recorded. Telling Harry something years after an event occurred is not as effective or as accurate as seeing. It is more impactful if Harry can watch events exactly as they unfolded. Regarding Slughorn, he had refused to give his complete memory because he was ashamed of the unintentional part he played in Voldemort's plan to create the Horcruxes. He was duped by Riddle, but he still did not want anyone to know how foolish he was.

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Answer: Dumbledore went to great lengths to recover the modified memory from Slughorn and convince him to return to Hogwarts as a teacher. Asking Slughorn about the memory upfront would greatly reduce their chances of getting the rest of the memory. It was important for Harry to charm Slughorn because that was one of his weaknesses. He held Harry's mother in high regards, so Harry really was the only key to getting the memory.

Answer: It would have been pointless for Harry to simply ask Slughorn about Riddle because, as Slughorn previously did, he would react angrily, simply refuse, lie, or alter or delete facts as it was too painful and he was too ashamed to admit what he'd done. Even if Slughorn did tell him, memories are tricky, and, over time, people recall facts differently than what actually happened. Dumbledore needed the pensieve for both his and Slughorn's memories so Harry would have an accurate as possible picture of what happened. This is also J.K. Rowling's magical world. It would be pretty dull, literary-wise, to simply have Dumbledore or Slughorn tell Harry what happened.

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