Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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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.

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Continuity mistake: In Potions class, when Hermione stands before the cauldron explaining what she is smelling in her closeup, we see Neville behind her with the broad space to his right (viewer's left), just as she says, "Spearmint toothpaste". In the instant cut to the wideshot, Harry is now shoulder to shoulder with Neville, too fast for him to suddenly be standing that close to Neville. (00:34:35)

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Continuity mistake: When Harry is kneeling beside Dumbledore's body, at the foot of the Astronomy Tower, Ginny joins Harry and holds him at his left side (viewer's right). In the last close-up of Professor Dumbledore's face, Harry is visible in the background with a space to his left and Ginny is now gone. That same angle was shown before Ginny joined Harry.

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Continuity mistake: When Hagrid and Slughorn are drinking after Aragog's funeral, Slughorn's cup is considerably larger than Hagrid's (an effort to show size difference between Slughorn and Hagrid), and note when Slughorn holds his cup how large it is compared to his hand. But after Hagrid passes out Slughorn's cup is now the same size as Hagrid's cup - Slughorn's hand is resting on the table right beside the cup, which is now significantly smaller compared to Slughorn's hand.

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Continuity mistake: When Harry and Dumbledore return from the Horcrux cave, Dumbledore sits down with his arm around Harry's neck. When Dumbledore asks Harry to go fetch Snape, his arm suddenly disappears, and there was no time for him to have moved it. (02:10:00)

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Continuity mistake: When Harry, Ron and Hermione are at the Three Broomsticks talking with Slughorn, Slughorn spills his butterbeer on Hermione and the table. Still in the conversation, the table is shown, but it's dry. Then a little later, there is foam on the table but only near Harry's glass. The rest of the table is still dry.

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Continuity mistake: In the dormitory, when Harry walks in to see lovestruck Ron at the window, Romilda's card and empty chocolate wrappers are on Harry's bed. When Harry places the Marauders map and Potions book on the dresser, the card and wrappers have changed position. (01:26:55)

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Continuity mistake: At the Three Broomsticks, when Slughorn spills the drink the foam by his fingers disappears, reappears, disappears, and so on.

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Continuity mistake: When Slughorn and Harry are talking at The Three Broomsticks, Slughorn's grip on the silver mug repeatedly changes. His fingers are either at the top of the mug or at its center, depending on the camera angle.

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Continuity mistake: In the living room at the Weasleys' house, while Harry, Arthur, Nymphadora and Lupin are talking, in the shot facing Lupin, Harry's shoelace is untied. After a brief cut to a shot facing Nymphadora and Arthur (where we can see Harry's hands), it cuts back to the original angle and now the shoelace is tied. (This has nothing to do with Ginny tying Harry's shoelace much later on.)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene with Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes, as the camera pans up the front of the store, one sees the store name (in gold lettering). However, when Harry, Ron, and Hermione leave the store to follow Draco Malfoy the store name is no longer present.

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Continuity mistake: Near the start, when Slughorn shows Harry the framed photographs, the frames change position between the wideshot and close-ups.

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Continuity mistake: During dessert at Slughorn's supper party, the napkins that hang from some (Belby, Neville, etc) of their collars change positions in consecutive shots. (00:56:50)

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Continuity mistake: After Harry arrives at the Burrow, when he, Hermione and Ron are sitting and chatting, Hermione changes position - notably her knee is up, down, up, etc.

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Continuity mistake: In the Room of Requirement, when Draco first uncovers the Vanishing Cabinet, the items on the floor behind him change position between the overhead shot and next close-up.

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Continuity mistake: After drinking the poison in Slughorn's office, Ron falls and in the overhead shots the top of his head is near the rug's edge, but in side shots his head is well below the large diamond pattern, more than a foot away from the edge.

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Continuity mistake: When Harry finds Hermione crying at the bottom of the stairs, with the conjured canaries flying overhead, there are numerous leaves/debris on the lowest steps and near her feet, but in the shots looking down from the top of the stairs the area is clear. (This has nothing to do with the few leaves that blow about.)

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Continuity mistake: As Harry and Luna come through Hogwart's gates, an Auror standing outside begins to walk backwards in through the gate. He makes it half-way through, but in the next shot, he is still at the end of the gate.

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Continuity mistake: After Hagrid passes out in his hut, when Harry tells Slughorn of Lily's sacrifice the vegetables behind Harry change position on the shelves. (01:50:40)

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Continuity mistake: Aboard the Hogwarts Express, when Luna finds Harry lying petrified on the floor and then speaks with him, the way she holds her wand and the Quibbler newspapers differs between shots. (00:27:40)

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Continuity mistake: In the Great Hall, when Ron sits down with Harry and Hermione before Quidditch, the newspaper Hermione is reading goes from her hand to under her arms, then back again, etc, between shots.

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Continuity mistake: In the Great Hall before the Quidditch match, in the shots facing Hermione she is sitting opposite the empty place setting beside Ron, but in the shots facing Ron she is directly opposite him. Take note of the goblets, plate of eggs, etc.

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Continuity mistake: When Dumbledore approaches Slughorn, who is disguised as a chair, both the sheer and opaque curtains' appearance changes back and forth - also note the holes or lack thereof, between Slughorn's close-ups and wideshots. (00:07:00)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene before the Quidditch match, while Ron, Hermione and Ron are talking and Ron believes that Harry put something in his drink - in some angles Ginny is sitting directly next to Harry with their arms only an inch or two apart, in other angles Ginny's arm is nowhere to be seen, when they are sitting close enough that she should be visible.

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Continuity mistake: When Harry is in the diner and places the newspaper down on the table as he speaks with the waitress, it lies over the table edge (front and side edges), then doesn't, then does so again... (00:04:05)

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Continuity mistake: At the Burrow, when Harry is speaking with Lupin, Tonks, and Arthur, and then when Ginny joins him on the sofa, the orange blanket lying on the sofa's arm to Harry's right moves forward, back, forward, etc. (01:15:00)

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Continuity mistake: When Dumbledore and Harry first arrive in front of Slughorn's temporary residence in Budleigh, Babberton, Harry's height barely even reaches Dumbledore's shoulders (likely the actor's stand-in), but in the next shot facing them Harry's height compared to Dumbledore is back to normal, level with the Headmaster's eyes. (00:05:35)

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Continuity mistake: At the Three Broomsticks, when Slughorn and Harry speak, Slughorn holds a silver mug with a high foam head, but in the shot facing Harry, before Slughorn actually spills the drink the mug's foam head is gone (visible at the bottom of the screen), only to reappear when he spills it on Hermione ,whereupon the same previous angle is shown again without the foam.

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Continuity mistake: During the first potion class scene during the movie, Hermione and Lavender are seen standing next to each other while being taught potions by Professor Slughorn. However, within the first minute or so of the lesson, Hermione and Lavender are standing far apart, then in the next shot, they are standing close together, with what looks like barely any space to move. They remain like this for the rest of the scene, but you can see the gap between the two within the first few minutes of the class.

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Continuity mistake: In the Great Hall, from the time Hermione hits Ron with the book to when Harry (with bloody nose) joins them, the spoon in Hermione's bowl repeatedly faces the opposite way depending on the angle of the shot. (00:29:35)

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Continuity mistake: The very first shot of Malfoy pulling the tapestry off the Vanishing Cabinet (after tossing a green apple in his hand) is used once again later (after Harry and Luna head off to Slughorn's party), when he is pulling the tapestry off again before placing a green apple in the Vanishing Cabinet. Note the same poof of dust, angle in which tapestry falls, and Draco's body position.

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Continuity mistake: When Dumbledore and Harry enter the muggle house to find Slughorn the lights are all out; the only illumination comes from their wands. They enter the hallway, then both turn towards the living room with their wands in front of them. Despite this, the wall behind them is illuminated without either of them casting a shadow. The lighting in the hallway is obviously coming from a different source, not the wands. Can't be moonlight - it is a bright white light shining directly on the wall that was not visible when Harry and Dumbledore first entered the flat.

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Continuity mistake: At the Three Broomsticks, when they notice Dean and Ginny snogging, Hermione's left arm is leaning across the table in front of her, then both her arms are down at her sides in the shot facing her, but next shot, her arm is on the table once again. (00:50:25)

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Continuity mistake: When Dumbledore and Harry approach the Slughorn armchair, on the left there is a white lampshade lying on the shelf hanging over the edge. When Slughorn stands up and walks to the door to lock it, the lampshade is farther back on the shelf.

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Continuity mistake: When Ginny snatches 'Advanced Potion Making' from Harry in the common room, and says "Who's the Half-Blood Prince? . That's what it says right here: 'This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince'", she opens it at a random page in the middle of the book. When Harry sees the words 'This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince', they are written on the first page. Also, the continuity is wrong as she is shown to switch pages between very quick shots.

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Continuity mistake: At the end when Harry moves the hair from Dumbledore's face in the closeup, several strands of hair are left. When they pan back to Dumbledore, different strands of hair are across his face.

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Continuity mistake: When Ginny rips the Half-Blood Prince's potion book out of Harry's hand, before Harry gets up from leaning against the couch on the floor, Ginny is nowhere to be found in the chair on the very far left of the screen. As Harry walks around the couch while talking to Hermione, she is suddenly sitting in the same chair.

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Continuity mistake: At the Weasley's house when Hermione, Ron and Harry are talking about Dumbledore, Hermione's legs and the little table change position between shots. (00:14:30)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Dumbledore and Harry meet Slughorn in the desolated house, some piano hammers lie on the ground. These hammers are from an upright piano but the "restored" instrument later in the scene is a grand piano. (00:06:25)

Continuity mistake: Tied round Dumbledore's beard is a thin silver strand, with dangling silver balls, that changes position and the height of the silver balls differ in consecutive shots, depending on the camera angle throughout the film. For example, when Dumbledore and Harry first pay a visit to Slughorn.

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Continuity mistake: When Dumbledore brings Harry to meet Slughorn, the Daily Prophet is lying on the floor amongst debris, including the piano's hammer, which differs between shots. (00:06:50)

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Continuity mistake: In Potions class, when the students prepare the Draught of Living Death, as Harry tells Hermione, "Crush it, don't cut it," the way he holds/squeezes the Sopophorous Bean has instantly changed from the previous shot.

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Continuity mistake: At the Burrow, when Tonks and Lupin are at the front door with Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, it cuts to an exterior shot of Harry looking out the window with his arm leaning across his knee in front of him, but in the next interior shot his arm is down at his side.

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Continuity mistake: At Slughorn's party, Harry and Slughorn have their picture taken. Before and after the flash the background changes completely without enough time to change.

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Continuity mistake: When Dumbledore is talking to Harry about Horcruxes, Dumbledore's hair is blowing and messy in one shot, but fine in the next shot.

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Continuity mistake: At the diner when Harry walks toward the windows, in the close-up of a window through which we see the distant platform (before Dumbledore appears), the style of the window's muntins (sash) around the glass panels is quite different in this close-up, than in the previous shots of the windows. (00:04:00)

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Continuity mistake: On top of the Astronomy Tower, before Dumbledore and Harry leave to retrieve the locket, Dumbledore hair moves in front of his left shoulder in shots behind him. (01:57:35)

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Continuity mistake: In the Great Hall, when Lavender's eyes are shooting daggers at Ron and Hermione, Harry's arms/hands keep changing position on the table as the three of them speak.

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Continuity mistake: At the Three Broomsticks, Slughorn is holding a mug with his left hand when he speaks to Harry, but when he says, "Good to see you, Wallenby," the mug is suddenly in Slughorn's right hand, with his left arm down by his side. (00:51:15)

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Continuity mistake: At Aragog's funeral, there is a long shot of Slughorn, Hagrid and Harry standing by Aragog. However from this angle Aragog is not here. Given the angle you should be able to see Aragog's body.

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Continuity mistake: When the Death Eaters attack Ollivander's, the debris/fire and the bodies lying on the ground differ between the overhead and next close-up.

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Continuity mistake: At the Burrow, when Ron takes a seat between Ginny and Harry he is holding a pedestal plate full of pies, which change in the next shot facing the other way.

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Continuity mistake: In Hagrid's hut, when Slughorn and Hagrid are drinking, the cups/bottle on the table change position between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Aboard the Hogwarts Express, when Draco petrifies Harry he falls immobilized. Just as Draco kicks him, Harry's head is positioned farther out in the aisle, than previous and following shots. (00:26:40)

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Continuity mistake: When Luna and Harry pass through Hogwarts gate, the parchment and wand in Flitwick's hands differs between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Ron is foaming at the mouth, the foam is either there or it's not, depending on the shot.

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Continuity mistake: In Potions class, when Slughorn removes the vial of Felix Felicis, he turns to face the class and holds the vial up for the class to see, but in the next shot facing him he holds only the very bottom point of the vial. (00:35:15)

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Continuity mistake: At the Muggle orphanage, in the corridor when Mrs. Cole says, "Tom, you have a visitor," Dumbledore's scarf hangs askew, but next shot facing him the scarf hangs properly. (00:40:05)

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Continuity mistake: The glass that is smashed in the Great Hall's window behind the staff tables changes somewhat from when Bellatrix smashes it, and when we are shown the Great Hall empty.

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Continuity mistake: When Dumbledore and Harry are talking about Horcruxes, Harry's hair is nice and combed in one shot. The camera cuts to a side view and his hair is now messy.

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Continuity mistake: In the Great Hall, when Ron (wearing his Quidditch uniform) asks Hermione about the Slug Club, Ron's right arm lies on the table in front of him in shots from behind, but in shots facing him his right arm is down beside him.

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Continuity mistake: When Hermione opens the locket to read the note, the locket and chain's position changes in her hand between consecutive shots.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie, there is a long shot of Hermione, Ron and Harry atop the Astronomy tower. In this long shot Hermione's hands are in different places compared to the previous close up.

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Continuity mistake: During the Slug Club's dessert, as Slughorn speaks to the students, their ice cream, syrup, thin wafers, spoons, etc, change depending on the camera angle.

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Continuity mistake: When they are at The Three Broomsticks pub Hermione orders 2 butter beers and a ginger wine, but they all drink butter beers.

Continuity mistake: In Fred and George's joke shop Ron asks how much something is, the twins reply 5 galleons, one of the twins (closest to Ron) is leaning against the banister then in the next shot of him he is in a different position.

Continuity mistake: In the Christmas scene at the Burrow, while Harry, Lupin, Tonks, and Mr Weasley are talking about Snape: notice the trays of candies/baked goods on the table. When they are done talking and Ginny comes to sit down and give Harry a bite, a spot on the table has suddenly cleared for her to sit down her tray when Ron comes to sit in the middle of Harry and Ginny.

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Continuity mistake: When Death Eaters reach Diagon Alley, there's not many people there; but after they crash there with Ollivander, the alley gets pretty crowded immediately.

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Continuity mistake: When Ron sits down with Harry and Hermione in the Great Hall before Quidditch, the bowl/spoon is either right beside Hermione's left hand or farther away, depending on camera angle.

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Continuity mistake: In Potions class, just before the students go to their cauldrons to prepare their Draught of Living Death, Hermione stands in front of Harry, but in the long shot she is instantly beside him, then she's suddenly back in front of Harry again.

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Hermione Granger: She's only interested in you because she thinks you're the Chosen One.
Harry Potter: But I AM the Chosen One.

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Mistakes

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.

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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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