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Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince: 5 Characters With The Most Screentime (& 5 With The Least)


The Half-Blood Prince is the sixth installment in the Harry Potter series. Released in 2009, it shows how the Boy Who Lived responds to the tragic death of godfather Sirius Black the previous year. Lord Voldemort tightens his grip on the wizarding world, too, and Harry takes the first steps towards defeating the Dark Lord by learning about Horcruxes - magical objects where dark wizards hide a fragment of their soul.

So we're now winding back the time-turner to take a look at the blockbuster. Here are the characters with the least screentime - and the most.

Least: Crabbe And Goyle (:15)

Given they're very much partners in crime - and crime is the right word to use given how they're two of the biggest bullies at Hogwarts - it's only right to tag Crabbe and Goyle together. And the pair make just a fleeting cameo in the sixth movie of the series, getting just 15 seconds of screentime each.

The pair can both be glimpsed on the train journey into Hogwarts at the start of the year. Harry sneaks into the Slytherin carriage to eavesdrop on Draco Malfoy, who is telling his fellow students of his big plan to leave the castle behind. Unfortunately for the Boy Who Lived he's caught, with Malfoy then breaking his nose as a result.

Most: Horace Slughorn (18)

Making his first appearance in the sixth movie of the series is Horace Slughorn, who is portrayed by British actor Jim Broadbent. He replaces Severus Snape as Potions Master, who in turn succeeds Dolores Umbridge as Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. But Albus Dumbledore, who uses Harry to entice Slughorn into coming out of retirement, has another reason for wanting him back at Hogwarts beyond just teaching.

It's Slughorn who Dumbledore suspects of telling Tom Riddle how to make Horcruxes. This is confirmed within the blockbuster, with Slughorn giving up his precious memory after getting drunk with Hagrid after Aragog's funeral. It's a vital one, too, giving the good guys a chance of defeating Lord Voldemort once and for all.

Least: Peter Pettigrew (:15)

Peter Pettigrew definitely gets marginalized as the movies go on. He's introduced in the Prisoner of Azkaban and helps bring Voldemort back to full power in the Goblet of Fire, mercilessly killing Cedric Diggory on his master's orders in the process. But, after that, he barely appears.

Pettigrew gets just 15 seconds of action in the Half-Blood Prince. He lets Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange into Severus Snape's home but, afterward, is banned from listening in on their conversation. Wormtail then makes a brief appearance in the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 before vanishing. Fans of the book, however, know he kills himself inadvertently with his silver hand choking him to death.

Most: Hermione Granger (20)

Hermione Granger is, bar Ron Weasley, Harry Potter's best friend on the planet. But she doesn't land a medal this time around, with Hermione only fourth when it comes to the characters in the sixth movie with the most screentime.

Emma Watson has 20 minutes of action and spends most of it in a foul mood, sulking at Ron for being with Lavender Brown. She comforts Harry following Albus Dumbledore's death at the end of the movie and vows to go with Harry to hunt down Horcruxes to stop Lord Voldemort for good. She makes true on her words as well and, after Ron splits with Lavender, grows closer to him.

Least: Padma And Parvati Patil (:15)

Like Crabbe and Goyle, we're throwing Padma and Parvati Patil together. Both characters get their time in the sun during the events of the Goblet of Fire, with the pair accompanying Ron and Harry to the Yule Ball. Nothing ever comes of their brief liases', though, with Harry and Ron failing to give them a night to remember.

Padme and Parvati can be spotted in the background in scenes shot in the Gryffindor Common Room. And they're also glimpsed looking heartbroken after Dumbledore's dramatic death. We imagine they would also have attended the funeral for the Hogwarts headmaster had it been shown on the big screen.

Most: Ron Weasley (21:45)

Taking the bronze medal to match his hair is Ron Weasley. Rupert Grint's character is back to his comedic best in this movie, lapping up the attention he receives for his relationship with Lavender. He ends up giving her the boot when she becomes too attached to him, however, and somewhat loses his strut in the aftermath.

This is the movie where fans see Ron first chance his arm at Quidditch, though this actually happens in the Order of the Phoenix during the books. Hermione helps him land the role of Gryffindor Keeper and he goes on to star as they beat Slytherin in their crunch showdown, in a match that sees his popularity soar. There's also a little Easter Egg with Slughorn calling Ron 'Rupert' during their Potions Class.

Least: Cho Chang (:15)

Cho Chang is definitely prominent in the Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix movies. She spends the former torn between Harry and Cedric Diggory, eventually going to the Yule Ball with the Hufflepuff pupil. And she shares a kiss with The Boy Who Lived in the sequel before they split because of Dolores Umbridge.

With Cho and Harry no longer together, and the Chosen One instead pursuing a relationship with Ginny Weasley, it's no surprise she spends the Half-Blood Prince very much in the background. There's not even a single mention of Harry's relationship with Cho from the previous year at all. Cold Harry, cold...

Most: Albus Dumbledore (22:15)

Albus Dumbledore has always been a big figure in the Potter series. But it's in the sixth blockbuster that he truly takes center stage.

Dumbledore takes Harry on a path through Lord Voldemort's past, showing him Tom Riddle at an orphanage as well as the villain in Horace Slughorn's class. He also accompanies the Boy Who Lived to get a Horcrux from an old cave visited by Voldemort, fending off hundreds of Inferi in the process. The effort of doing that greatly impacts Dumbledore, though, and he's extremely weak by the time Lord Voldemort cuts him down.

Least: Nigel (:15)

Nigel is a character only in the Potter movies, rather than the books. He replaced Colin Creevey after the Chamber of Secrets, for reasons we're not too sure about.

He's used for light, comedic relief in the Order of the Phoenix but, like the others on this list, is only really in the blockbuster in a series of brief background cameos. One is after Dumbledore's death, with Nigel looking devastated like the rest of Hogwarts in this moment in time.

Most: Harry Potter (67)

Surprise surprise. Taking the gold medal is Harry himself (of course, we hear you say). He begins the movie flirting with a muggle girl, attempting to woo her into a date. He succeeds too but Albus Dumbledore comes away and takes him away, acknowledging he robbed the Gryffindor pupil of a brilliant evening.

Harry learns more and more about Voldemort but is left heartbroken by Dumbledore's death. He ends the movie laying out his intentions to hunt down the remaining Horcruxes to a stunned Ron and Hermione. The pair recover from their shock, though, and vow to go with him. Together, until the very end.

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