Today marks the U.S. release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The plot twists and new characters are sure to draw crowds to the sixth installment in the Harry Potter series. (The first installment, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was released in U.S. theaters on November 16, 2001.)

The latest movie, which is opening in standard and IMAX theaters (selected scenes only), is sure to be a massive blockbuster and will probably be one this summer’s top five films. The Harry Potter movies have regularly attained high opening weekend gross earnings; all five of the previous installments appear in the list of the top 25 opening weekends of all time (opening weekend earnings were the lowest for the last movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix). As a matter of fact, Half-Blood Prince has already broken all midnight release records.

Spoiler alert: Certain aspects of the plot and/or story are contained below. For those of you who have not yet read the book or heard anything about the story (all three of you), be warned!

With the arrival of new professor Horace Slughorn taking over as Potions Master and professor Severus Snape moving to Defense of the Dark Arts, Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts is not going to be any easier. I’m anxious to see how actor Jim Broadbent portrays the character of Slughorn, as I found the character amusing; the booby-trapped house, with Slughorn taking the form of a moldy old chair, was one of my favorite parts.

I’m also highly interested in seeing the scene in the cave where Dumbledore and Harry go and encounter the Inferi (who my World of Warcraft character, Inferious, is named after) while searching for the Horcruxes that we learned Slughorn helped Tom Riddle figure out. Finally, the scene most of us are looking forward to — and dreading the most — Dumbledore’s death is sure to be well thought out and played. I would be surprised if that entire ending piece (from the return from the Inferi cave to the end of Dumbledore’s funeral) doesn’t take up one quarter to one third of the entire movie.

What parts of the book are you most looking forward to seeing in the film? Share your thoughts in the discussion. Also, once you see the film, I’d love to know what you think, so please post your review.