With Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen out of the way, it’s now time to focus on that other big movie of summer 2009, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Sure to be an absolute box-office smash, the sixth film in the Harry Potter series is fast approaching with not long to go before we can all take our seats in the theater to enjoy the magic-filled world once again.

To give us a taste of the new Harry Potter movie a little ahead of its release, HBO has an extended, beyond-the-standard-trailers look at the film in a featurette that reveals brand new footage and interviews with the cast and crew.

The HBO First Look video is in two parts, and lasts just over 12 minutes, but if you’re at all looking forward to the next installment in the series, I highly recommend giving the full thing a watch. Check out the videos below:

Harry Potter is a franchise that I think has gotten better as the series progressed. With the exception of the third, the Prisoner of Azkaban (which I thought was the best of them so far), they have been getting darker, more mature and more entertaining as the series’ actors and stories have matured. I didn’t think it was possible for Harry Potter to go any darker than the Order of the Phoenix was, but all that we’ve seen from the Half-Blood Prince so far has proven that it can.

I’m certainly not the biggest Harry Potter fan in the world (I haven’t read any of the books), but I find myself really looking forward to this installment.

Are you looking forward to Harry Potter 6? Which film of the series has been your favorite so far?

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens in theatres on July 15th, 2009.

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