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— Official tagline

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a video game developed by Electronic Arts and published by Electronic Arts. The game coincides with the theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The game was released on 30 June, 2009, on the Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, and Xbox 360 platforms.


In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore prepares Harry for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching as Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort's defences and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information about Voldemort's power.



Note:- Locations in italics are optional areas that are not necessary to visit to complete the game.


Other locations[]


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Harry Duelling


The game utilises the Wii Remote features as it did in the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix video game.[1]. But unlike the previous game, players can now also use the motion sensing and vibration features to brew potions. Potion brewing involves following a complex recipe one step at a time. The steps include picking up vials of liquid, shaking them (by shaking the Wii Remote) until they froth, and tipping the Wii Remote to pour it into the mixture, being very careful not to pour in too much. Another possible step is stirring the mixture with the Wii Remote until it changes colour. If it starts vibrating, that is the sign to move away before it blows up.[2]

Harry Potter can duel against Draco Malfoy in a Duelling Room with a long platform, similar to the one seen in the second film, but wider to allow dodging of spells. Moving in order to dodge is done with the Nunchuk Control Stick, while casting spells is done with Wii Remote and Nunchuk gestures. Combat spells currently implemented include a shield spell ("Protego") cast by crossing the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, a standard attack spell by striking downwards with the Wii Remote ("Stupefy"), a charged version by holding the Wii Remote up for longer first, and a more powerful attack spell by swinging the Wii Remote and Nunchuck to the left.[2] There is also Quidditch & 2-player Duelling.

The game follows the film nearly word for word but misses out on some points from the book, just like the film did. First the player follows a story mode type of play and completes missions, but after Dumbledore's death, there is free time to finish potions, complete Quidditch trials and practise duelling with the Gryffindor's, Hufflepuff's, Ravenclaw's and Slytherins.

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Harry in a Quidditch Match

Nintendo DS[]

In the Nintendo DS version of the game, the Stylus is used, once again, for spells as well as mini-games such as Gobstones, collecting ingredients for potions, Quidditch games, and Exploding Snap. It also has have six "environmental" spells including Accio and Incendio, and twelve combat spells. The game is free roaming with mini quests as well as closely following the story line[3].


The Game-Mechanics are different in the PSP version, because of the lack of the right analogue stick. Detailed information about the mechanics is missing.

PlayStation 3[]

The game uses SIXAXIS controls or the right analogue stick just like the previous game, but this time it includes DUALSHOCK 3 vibration capability. Also, it includes use of the PS3's trophy system.


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Hogwarts staff (Professors Dumbledore, McGonagall, Hagrid, Slughorn and Snape)

A keyboard and mouse is used, just like the previous game and the controls are reportedly easier to use. However, the game can also be controlled with an analogue joypad. Support for the XBOX 360 controller is built in (and graphics of controls use this controller), but other generic controllers work perfectly as well. There is no multiplayer wizard duelling for the PC platform, as the PC is purely single player.

Xbox 360[]

Spells are cast with the control stick just like the previous game.

Playstation 2[]

Spells are cast with the control stick just like the previous game.


Gryffindor students[]

Hufflepuff students[]

Playable characters[]

  • Harry Potter - Set as the main character, Harry can travel around the castle, on the grounds, at the Quidditch Pitch, duel, and mix potions.
  • Ron Weasley - when he is under the love potion sent by Romilda Vane. Hearts burst out of Ron's head as he walks and he is very slow. His only mission is to follow Harry to Slughorn's office.
  • Ginny Weasley - when Harry is in detention and can not make a Quidditch game. Ginny becomes Seeker and plays against Cho Chang in the Gryffindor-Ravenclaw Match.


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Duelling spells[]


Charged Stupefy

Environmental spells[]




  • Sectumsempra, Avada Kedavra and Vulnera Sanentur also appear in cut scenes.
    • 3 Crests - Two Player Duelling Pack 1: Draco & Luna
    • 8 Crests - More health in duels
    • 14 Crests - Two Player Duelling Pack 2: Training Ground Duelling Arena
    • 21 Crests - Dungbombs in prank boxes around Hogwarts
    • 29 Crests - Two Player Duelling Pack 2: Crabbe & Goyle
    • 38 Crests - Score boost in flying events
    • 48 Crests - Exploding Cauldrons in prank boxes around Hogwarts
    • 59 Crests - Two Player Duelling Pack 4: The Transfiguration Duelling Arena
    • 71 Crests - Max health in duels
    • 84 Crests - Two Player Duelling Pack 5: Ginny & Hermione
    • 98 Crests - Love Potion in Potions Club
    • 113 Crests - Two Player Duelling Pack 4: Paved Courtyard Duelling Arena
    • 129 Crests - More mini-crests with each cast
    • 150 Crests - Multiplayer Duelling Pack 7: Severus Snape


Image Name Description
Grime Buster HBPVG Grime Buster Clean up after Fred and George at The Burrow
Used the Pensieve HBPVG Used the Pensieve View Dumbledore's first memory of Tom Riddle in the Pensieve
Quidditch Captain HBPVG Quidditch Captain Assemble the Gryffindor Quidditch Team
Great Party HBPVG Great Party Create a great Christmas party for Slughorn
The Burrow Defender HBPVG The Burrow Defender Protect The Burrow
Good Deed HBPVG Good Deed Helped the Student retrieve her stolen Gobstone
Great Mate HBPVG Great Mate Helped Ron avoid Lavender
Hidden the Book HBPVG Hidden the Book Hid the Half-Blood Prince’s Potions Book
Mystery Solved HBPVG Mystery Solved Retrieved Slughorn's missing memory
Quidditch Champion HBPVG Quidditch Champion Won the Quidditch Cup
Escaped the Cave HBPVG Escaped the Cave Escaped the Cave
Portrait Novice HBPVG Portrait Novice Used your first portrait shortcut
Portrait Pro HBPVG Portrait Pro Used all of the portrait shortcuts
Adventure completed HBPVG Portrait completed Completed the adventure
Crest Collector 1 HBPVG Crest Collector 1 Complete Crest Collector Level 1
Crest Collector 2 HBPVG Crest Collector 2 Complete Crest Collector Level 2
Crest Collector 3 HBPVG Crest Collector 3 Complete Crest Collector Level 3
Crest Collector 4 HBPVG Crest Collector 4 Complete Crest Collector Level 4
Crest Collector 5 HBPVG Crest Collector 5 Complete Crest Collector Level 5
Crest Collector 6 HBPVG Crest Collector 6 Complete Crest Collector Level 6
Crest Collector 7 HBPVG Crest Collector 7 Complete Crest Collector Level7
Crest Collector 8 HBPVG Crest Collector 8 Complete Crest Collector Level 8
Crest Collector 9 HBPVG Crest Collector 9 Complete Crest Collector Level 9
Crest Collector 10 HBPVG Crest Collector 10 Complete Crest Collector Level 10
Crest Collector 11 HBPVG Crest Collector 11 Complete Crest Collector Level 11
Crest Collector 12 HBPVG Crest Collector 12 Complete Crest Collector Level 12
Crest Collector 13 HBPVG Crest Collector 13 Complete Crest Collector Level 13
Crest Collector 14 HBPVG Crest Collector 14 Complete Crest Collector Level 14
Potions Beginner's Luck Badge HBPVG Potions Beginner Earned the Potions Beginner's Luck Badge
Potions Club Star HBPVG Potions Club Star Earned the Potions Club Star Badge
Potions Club Veteran HBPVG Potions Club Veteran Earned the Potions Club Veteran Badge
Master Potioneer HBPVG Master Potioneer Earned the Master Potioneer Badge
Duelling Beginner HBPVG Duelling Beginnerg Earned the Duelling Club Champion Badge
Duelling Veteran HBPVG Duelling Veteran Earned the Duelling Veteran Badge
Master Duellist Badge HBPVG Master Duellist Badge Earned the Master Duellist Badge
Quidditch Beginner HBPVG Quidditch Beginner Earned the Quidditch Beginner's Luck Badge
Precision Flyer Badge HBPVG Precision Flyer Badge Earned the Precision Flyer Badge
Combo Flyer Badge HBPVG Earned the Combo Flyer Badge Earned the Combo Flyer Badge
Keen Flyer Badge HBPVG Earned the Keen Flyer Badge Earned the Keen Flyer Badge
Master of Flying HBPVG Master of Flying Master of Flying Badge

Behind the scenes[]

  • In the game, during the Death Eater attack on The Burrow, Harry duels Bellatrix Lestrange twice and Fenrir Greyback once. In the film, Harry only deflects a few of their spells, and sends a couple of spells back at them, with the aid of Ginny and later with the aid of Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, and Arthur Weasley. In the book, the attack on the burrow scene doesn't take place.
  • In the game, Harry duels two normal Death Eaters in the castle, Fenrir Greyback in the Clock Tower Courtyard, and Bellatrix Lestrange by Rubeus Hagrid's cabin, which is on fire. In the film, Harry doesn't duel with any of the Death Eaters. He casts two spells at Snape, both of which get deflected, and Bellatrix hits him with a spell. In the book, Harry sends several curses at Snape, all of which get deflected. Snape retaliates with some spells of his own, then he leaves. Some other Death Eaters also attack Harry.
  • In the game, the stalls in the bathroom that Harry and Draco duel in have disappeared, leaving a wide open space with urinals on two walls. There is no cover whatsoever, unlike in the film.
  • After Harry takes Felix Felicis, he duels Crabbe and Goyle. During this duel, Crabbe and Goyle cannot hit Harry even when aiming directly at him. He then meets Slughorn in the Herbology greenhouses and brews a Dragon Dung Fertiliser. While brewing this potion, Harry can add as much of each correct ingredient, and boil or stir the potion as much as he likes without causing it to smoke.
  • Several areas were added to the castle, and some were taken away. Areas that were added are the Entrance Gates, the Quidditch Gate, the Quidditch Pitch, the Astronomy Tower, the Training Grounds, Slughorn's office, and a passage in the dungeons that leads to a spiral staircase that goes up to the sixth and seventh floors. Areas that were taken away include the entire Fourth Floor (except the Hospital Wing and the corridor outside of it that leads to the Clock Tower), the Prefect's Bathroom (you can see the door, but you can't go inside), Myrtle Warren's bathroom (replaced with the boys bathroom), the Trophy Room (you can see the door, but can't go in), the North Tower, the DADA Classroom (which is inaccessible) and the Room of Requirement, which is also not accessible.
  • As described in the book, whenever Harry goes near the Room of Requirement, a girl drops a scale. In the game, when you do the mission to find Draco on the seventh floor (where you find the Polyjuice Potion recipe), a girl drops scales which can be repaired, broken, levitated, and repulsed.
  • All the wands in the game are exact replicas of Harry Potter's wand and all brooms resemble Harry Potter's Firebolt.
  • In the game, only a fully charged Protego sends Expelliarmus, Levicorpus, and Petrificus Totalus back, but if it's a non charged Protego the spell is not deflected, and the spell still hits you.
  • In the game, if you beat all of the Duelling Clubs, you can fire two Stupefys in one shot, making it easier to stun someone.
  • In the game, during Gryffindor's second Quidditch match against Hufflepuff, Harry catches the snitch and Gryffindor wins the match. In the book, Harry is hit in the head with a bludger by McLaggen, causing him to fall from his broom, and for Hufflepuff to win the match.
  • If Harry use Levicorpus on Bellatrix or Fenrir Greyback, the effect is not like when Harry casts it on students. Bellatrix and Greyback just fly up, they are not hoisted into the air and dangle upside-down.
  • This was the last Harry Potter game released for the PlayStation 2 and the PlayStation Portable.
  • There was a small cutscene where Harry finished making a Shrinking Solution and asked Ginny to go to Hogsmeade which she denied it. During this, you can hear a record screeching sound effect and becomes one of the hilarious transitions in an HP game.

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Quidditch Through the Ages Wonderbook: Book of Spells / Wonderbook: Book of Potions
The Tales of Beedle the Bard Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
Harry Potter Prequel Harry Potter: Find Scabbers
Encyclopaedia of Potterworld (potentially cancelled) Harry Potter DVD Game: Hogwarts Challenge / Wizarding World
Pottermore Presents Harry Potter: Spells
The Harry Potter Wizarding Almanac
Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey / Harry Potter Limited Edition LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 / LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World LEGO Dimensions
LEGO Harry Potter Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Motorbike Escape
Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book Harry Potter: The Quest
J. K. Rowling: A Bibliography Harry Potter for Kinect
Harry Potter: The Character Vault / Harry Potter: The Creature Vault / Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault Wizard's Challenge
Harry Potter Film Wizardry Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World
The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Harry Potter Trading Card Game
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Art of The Film LEGO Creator: Harry Potter / Creator: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Archive of Magic: The Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
The Art of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Harry Potter: The Wand Collection Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells
J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Movie Magic Volume One: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places / Volume Two: Curious Creatures / Volume Three: Amazing Artifacts Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
Hogwarts Legacy
Harry Potter: Quidditch Champions
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J. K. Rowling's X account J. K. Rowling: A Year in the Life
Harry Potter: The Exhibition Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story
The Making of Harry Potter Harry Potter: Beyond the Page
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