With a tomatometer at 98%, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince stands as the best-reviewed film of the year in wide release. Compare that to the first five films, (Sorcerer's Stone was 78%, Chamber of Secrets was 82%, Prisoner of Azkaban was 89%, Goblet of Fire was 88%, and Order of the Phoenix was the lowest, at 77%) this is the highest-rated Potter film of the sex installments.
Add to it, Half-Blood Prince is already generating form the critics Oscar buzz in the form of the film's director of photography Bruno Delbonne (Amelie and A Very Long Engagement) and newcomer to the series, Jim Broadbent (Oscar-winner for Best Supporting Actor in Iris, 2001) playing the role of Hogwarts' new Potions professor, Horace Slughorn, among other categories.
Yeah, i'm a Potter nerd, the same way the Count goes gaga for 007. Bottom line: Can't wait for this new installment, and you can bet your ass i'll be there at midnight.