Author: J.K. Rowling
Directed by: David Yates

The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.

And yet…

As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate — and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

So it’s the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort — and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.

A: Apparate
(The ability to teleport from one place to another.)

(The Auror’s serve as guards of school this year at Hogwarts.)

(The most powerful love potion in the world which smells different to every person; Hermione smells fresh cut grass, new parchment and spearmint toothpaste.)

(The species of spider that Aragog belongs to.)

(Spell used by Harry to try and give Dumbledore a drink for water in the Horcrux’s Cave.)

B: Budleign Babberton
(Where Albus and Harry go looking for Horace Slughorn.)

Borgin and Burke’s
(The dark magic shop that is located at 13B Knockturn Alley and which Harry sees Narcissa and Draco entering.)

C: Cafe in Surbiton Station
(The place where Harry flirts with a muggle waitress before being interrupted by Dumbledore.)

The Chosen One
(The term used for Harry as the one who will kill Voldemort, as told by the prophecy.)

D: Death Eaters
(The group of dark witches and wizards that follow Lord Voldemort, they are recognized by the snake tattoo on their left forearm.)

(The film starts with a lot of destruction cause all over London by the Death Eaters.)

Dragon’s Blood
(The blood that Horace uses to try and trick Dumbledore into believing that Death Eater’s had killed him.)

(Occupation of Hermione’s parents.)

E: Episkey
(A spell used by Luna to fix Harry’s broken nose after Draco breaks it on the train to Hogwarts.)

F: Felix Felicis
(Also known as Liquid Luck, Harry wins a bottle from Slughorn by making a perfect Draught of Living Dead.)

G: Gone
(That’s right…no more Albus Dumbledore.)

H: Hourglass
(Particularly Slughorn’s hourglass which runs according to the stimulation of the conversation, slow being good.)

Harmonia Nectare Passus
(A spell which causes an object to pass from one vanishing cabinet to the other.)

(A cursed object which a dark witch or wizard uses to hide a fragment of their soul in order to attain immortality, made through an act of murder.)

I: Incarcerous
(A spell used to bind someone or something with ropes and used by Harry on the Inferi in the Horcrux Cave.)

J: Jim Broadbent
(Actor who plays Horace Slughorn – Once the head of Slytherin house and the Potions teacher, Dumbledore uses Harry to rehire him and obtain the secret that Slughorn’s been holding onto for years.)

K: Knitting Patterns

(Dumbledore jokingly admits he enjoys knitting patterns when he takes a magazine from Slughorn’s house.)

L: Loo

(An English term for the restroom and the place Dumbledore goes to leave Harry with Slughorn for a few moments.)

M: Millenium Bridge
(The bridge that crosses the River Thames which was destroyed by the Death Eaters.)

N: Never Know
(If there’s anything this movie teaches you, it’s that you never know what will happen next.)

O: Oppugno
(A spell used by Hermione which causes her flock of canaries to attack Ron, who enters with Lavender Brown.)

P: Petrificus Totalus
(A spell used by Draco to petrify Harry who is eavesdropping in his invisibility cloak.)

(The object which Dumbledore and Harry use to view Tom Riddle’s old memories.)

Prince of Potions
(Slughorn’s nickname for Harry who has been using the Half Blood Prince’s potion book.)

Q: Quiet
(All is quiet when Harry and Dumbledore arrive in the Horcrux Cave, but is it really?)

R: Room of Requirement
(Only available when a person is in great need, this room stores the twin to the vanishing cabinet that is at Borgin and Burke’s.)

S: Sectumsempra
(A spell invented by the half blood prince and used by Harry on Draco, it appears to slash the person as if with a sword.)

Slug Club

(Slughorn’s private group of powerful, by family and skill, witches and wizards.)

(A non-magical person who is born of a witch or wizard, they are in essence the opposite of muggle-born magic users.)


(A spell which stuns the target, but can also cause one to go unconscious.)

T: The Three Broomsticks
(An inn and pub located in Hogsmeade, just outside Hogwarts, the students often head hear during their walks off grounds.)

(An extremely deadly plant whose venom can kill a person; Slughorn values the leaves of this plant for monetary gain.)

U: Unbreakable Vow
(Another spell that if broken, the witch or wizard would die. Snape enters into a vow to protect Draco and finish the Dark Lord’s deed should he fail.)

V: Vertiaserum
(A potion that causes its victim to tell the truth no matter what.)

Vanishing Cabinet
(Alone these cabinets are useless, but as a set they allow one to travel between two places, in this case Borgin and Burke’s and Hogwarts.)

Vulnera Sanentur
(A spell used to heal injuries, Snape uses this to cure Draco from his wounds cause by Harry.)

W: Wool’s Orphanage
(The home of Tom Riddle when Albus Dumbledore comes to inform him that he is a wizard and has the right to attend Hogwarts.)

Wolf’sbane Potion
(The potion invented by Belby’s relative, which relieves a person of the symptoms of lycanthropy, or the curse of turning into a werewolf.)

X: Xerophobia
(Something Harry won’t need to worry about this phobia. The fear of dryness is easily solved by being pulled into a lake of inferi.)

Y: Yellow
(Or cowardly. Draco is unable to do what he’s been asked to do by Lord Voldemort.)

Z: Zip
(That’s about the amount of hesitation Severus Snape gives Dumbledore before completing his Unbreakable Vow.)

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