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In theaters: July 17 Studio: Warner Bros. Director: David Yates Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman
The sixth big-screen adaptation of J.K. Rowling's blockbuster series finds the boy wizard struggling with something even more terrifying than the return of He Who Must Not Be Named: his desperate love for his best mate's little sister. "It's a very dark world because Voldemort is out there, operating offscreen in a very scary fashion," says producer David Barron, "but the core of this story is fantastic, frustrated adolescent romance. Harry has to stand on the sidelines and watch Ginny Weasley have a relationship when he'd like to be with her, and we also see Hermione's frustration as Ron has his first kiss."
As a result, Prince is the first Potter film to get a PG rating since 2004's Prisoner of Azkaban. "For me, it's the funniest of the films," Barron says. "It has this warm and wonderful romantic element." But it's not all longing glances and snogging in cupboards; Prince also features Harry and Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore's pursuit of magical objects related to Voldemort's youth that they hope can help them defeat him, Harry's obsession with a Potions textbook inscribed by the titular Prince, and a new teacher, played by Jim Broadbent. The actors who play the Hogwarts staff, Barron points out, often "have to stand on the sidelines and watch, but the more they have to do, the more fun they have."