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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6)[Children's… (original 2005; edition 2006)

by J.K. Rowling

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Title:Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6)[Children's Edition]
Authors:J.K. Rowling
Info:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2006), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 608 pages
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The joy of rereading.

One of the few books in which Harry had a relatively breezy year.

The thing that I hate the most was Umbridge still being in ministry. Although if I were Harry I'd have made sure that Umbridge was sent to Azkaban, for her horrible crimes towards students. And I'd have given a good yell at McGonnagall and Hermione and Ron for never taking the words 'Draco Malfoy is a death-eater' seriously. Although my hatred towards him became a little less towards the end of the book.

We need a hand kerchief towards the end of the book. ( )
  ravipotter | Jul 23, 2019 |
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  QuietWinters | Jul 22, 2019 |
Oh man even 14 years later this ending SUCKS!
I say this about every Harry Potter book but i think this one is my favorite?

I listened to this on audiobook and it truly is wonderful in every way :) ( )
  SaraChook | Jun 19, 2019 |
This one was good, but half of it was all about the "dating" thing...tiresome. I do prefer the current love interest by far, however.

What's up with that ending? I have to wait until Sept. to read book 7! I am full of speculation. I still don't think "The Half Blood Prince" is a bad guy. I think it was all set up because it had to be him or the kid and the "big guy" didn't want the kid to be a "killer". That was code, so I didn't "spoil"...not bad eh?

Ready for the movie now, Sarah girl!

Edit: Had to keep going when I reread Order of the Phoenix... Much better the second time around, much, much better. I really love these books! ( )
  Amelia1989 | Jun 10, 2019 |
The book opens with Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy going to see Severus Snape about Draco whom the Dark Lord has asked to do something dangerous that could get him killed. Narcissa asks him to make the Unbreakable Vow to protect Draco with his life and to complete Draco's task if he can't complete it himself. Snape makes the Vow which is quite binding and breaking the vow carries lethal consequences.

Draco's attitude and the way he wanted to hide his arm when he was getting dress robes and he was acting mysteriously in Borgin and Burkes demanding that something is fixed and that he held something for him. When Hermione goes in to find out what it might be she gets nowhere. But on the train to Hogwarts Harry uses his invisibility cloak to hide inside Draco's compartment and overhear what he has to say which is that he has no plans to go to school next year and barely sees the reason for going this year. But Draco knows that Harry is there and freezes him while no one is on the train hoping that he will stay on the train until it reaches its final destination, but Tonks is watching for him and saves him.

Over the summer Dumbledore asked Harry to come with him to Budleigh Babberton to visit Horace Slughorn a man he hopes to convince to teach Potions at Hogwarts. He has no interest, but Slughorn was always one to "collect" students who went on to become famous and powerful wizards and witches and Harry would be quite a "get" for his collection so he agrees to come back to Hogwarts. On the train ride back to Hogwarts he asks certain witches and wizards to come to his compartment. These are students who have family who is connected or in Ginny's case performed a particularly good hex. And thus, the Slug Club is formed. Hermione will be asked to join due to her brilliance in class. Ron, of course, is jealous of this, though Harry would rather not go at all himself and plans Quidditch practices around meetings so he doesn't have to go, as he is Team Captain this year.

Since Harry did not think he would be taking Potions this year since Snape insists on Outstanding on O.W.L.S. for his students Harry didn't buy any Potions materials or books not knowing that he would be taking the class. Slughorn tells him and Ron, who is also taking the class now too, to take two textbooks from the secondhand supply closet. In Harry's copy, it is written: "This is the property of the Half-Blood Prince". Also, in the margins of the book are improvements to the potions recipes that makes his results better than even Hermione's, which means that she thinks he needs to get rid of the book and of course he doesn't want to.

Meanwhile, he is spending time with Dumbledore in the pensive, looking at memories he has managed to procure concerning Tom Riddle, aka Lord Voldemort. They visit a memory of a Ministry of Magic employee and his interaction with Tom Riddle's mother, uncle, and grandfather. His grandfather had a ring and his mother had a necklace that had belonged to Salazar Slytherin. In the next memory, Dumbledore is coming to the orphanage to where Tom Riddle ended up after his mother died and his father left his mother after the love enchantment was lifted. There he finds a kid who has discovered that he can hurt people and therefore convince them to do what he wants them to do.

The memory that is really disturbing Dumbledore is Slughorn's memory of Tom Riddle where Tom asks him about Horcruxes and Slughorn refuses to tell him anything, but the memory has been tampered with. Dumbledore believes that Slughorn answered his questions and he needs Harry to get the memory from Slughorn. Harry, however, is obsessed with following around Malfoy, especially after Katie Bell is hit with the Imperius Curse and given a cursed necklace that she accidentally touches before giving it to who she was supposed to which was Dumbledore. Katie is injured greatly but lives.

Hermione and Ron circle each other as though they like each other and Hermione is about to ask Ron to the Slug Club Christmas party until Ron acts like a jerk. Then Ron does well at the first Quidditch match against Slytherin and suddenly Lavender Brown is interested in him and the two start kissing all over the place, much to Hermione's heartbreak. But she's not the only one experiencing heartbreak. Harry has finally noticed Ginny and she's dating Dean Thomas. Not to mention the fact that she's his best friend's sister and Ron might not like him dating her. He certainly hasn't liked any of the guys dating her so far.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Malfoy is trying to kill Dumbledore. Harry even suspects that he's behind the necklace attack somehow. In this book, Harry becomes so obsessed with what Malfoy is up to he ignores what Dumbledore has asked him to do which is to get the Horcrux memory which Dumbledore says is very important. Instead, he's chasing after Malfoy on the Maurader's Map and having no success there because he is disappearing off of the map for periods of time. Where is he going? What is he doing?

This book is excellent in that you wonder who the Half-Blood Prince is because you know it has to be something important. Also, you wonder if Malfoy will succeed in killing Dumbledore and if he doesn't what that means for Snape. This is an important book in that Harry is being asked to do something difficult from Dumbledore. Also, he is trusting a book that he knows nothing about that can be quite dangerous. And while his obsession with Malfoy would be well founded, it interfered with something important that Dumbledore needed from him and that could have proved detrimental. This was an exciting book that really kept you turning the pages. Harry grows a lot in this book. By the end, he becomes the young man who needs to face what he needs to face. Ron also grows up a great deal. Hermione is as ever grown up and the adult of the three. But then girls mature faster than boys. Ginny's matured herself into quite the wise young woman. I really loved this book and give it five out of five stars.


I enjoyed the meetings too. It was like having friends.

-J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince p 138) ( )
  nicolewbrown | Jun 10, 2019 |
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It was nearing midnight and the Prime Minister was sitting alone in his office, reading a long memo that was slipping through his brain without leaving the slightest trace of meaning behind.
People are craving to know more about you, dear boy, craving! If you were prepared to grant me a few interviews, say in four- or five-hour sessions, why, we could have the book finished within months. And all with very little effort on your part, I assure you -- ask Sanguini here if it isn't quite -- ^Sanguini, stay here!^" ...***
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The wizarding world has finally woken up to Voldemort’s return, and his Death Eaters are on the rampage, causing chaos, confusion and death. Harry Potter, who is now surrounded by more rumours than ever before, returns to Hogwarts for his sixth-year of magical education – but the school is no longer the haven it used to be, and spies who have been hidden for years will soon show their true colours. As suspicions escalate and workloads increase, Albus Dumbledore invites Harry to join him in piecing together the tale of Voldemort’s parentage and upbringing – a tale that will reveal his darkest secret yet.

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Oh yeah, Voldemort!

Forgot about him while I

was pursuing girls.


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The deluxe edition includes a 32-page insert featuring near scale reproductions of Mary GrandPré's interior art, as well as never-before-seen full-color frontispiece art on special paper. The custom-designed slipcase is foil-stamped and inside is a full cloth case book, blind-stamped on front and back cover, foil stamped on spine. The book includes full-color endpapers with jacket art from the Trade edition and a wraparound jacket featuring exclusive, suitable-for-framing art from Mary GrandPré.

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J.K. Rowling has revealed three chapter titles from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to be:

Chapter Two: "Spinners End" Chapter Six: "Draco's Detour" Chapter Fourteen: "Felix Felicis"

A Few Words from J.K. Rowling
"I am an extraordinarily lucky person, doing what I love best in the world. I’m sure that I will always be a writer. It was wonderful enough just to be published. The greatest reward is the enthusiasm of the readers." --J.K. Rowling.

Find out more about Harry's creator in our exclusive interview with J.K. Rowling.

Why We Love Harry
Favorite Moments from the Series
There are plenty of reasons to love Rowling's wildly popular series--no doubt you have several dozen of your own. Our list features favorite moments, characters, and artifacts from all five books. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive (what we love about Harry could fill five books!) and does not include any of the spectacular revelatory moments that would spoil the books for those (few) who have not read them. Enjoy.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry's first trip to the zoo with the Dursleys, when a boa constrictor winks at him. When the Dursleys' house is suddenly besieged by letters for Harry from Hogwarts. Readers learn how much the Dursleys have been keeping from Harry. Rowling does a wonderful job in displaying the lengths to which Uncle Vernon will go to deny that magic exists. Harry's first visit to Diagon Alley with Hagrid. Full of curiosities and rich with magic and marvel, Harry's first trip includes a trip to Gringotts and Ollivanders, where Harry gets his wand (holly and phoenix feather) and discovers yet another connection to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. This moment is the reader's first full introduction to Rowling's world of witchcraft and wizards.Harry's experience with the Sorting Hat.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The de-gnoming of the Weasleys' garden. Harry discovers that even wizards have chores--gnomes must be grabbed (ignoring angry protests "Gerroff me! Gerroff me!"), swung about (to make them too dizzy to come back), and tossed out of the garden--this delightful scene highlights Rowling's clever and witty genius. Harry's first experience with a Howler, sent to Ron by his mother. The Dueling Club battle between Harry and Malfoy. Gilderoy Lockhart starts the Dueling Club to help students practice spells on each other, but he is not prepared for the intensity of the animosity between Harry and Draco. Since they are still young, their minibattle is innocent enough, including tickling and dancing charms.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Ron's attempt to use a telephone to call Harry at the Dursleys'. Harry's first encounter with a Dementor on the train (and just about any other encounter with Dementors). Harry's brush with the Dementors is terrifying and prepares Potter fans for a darker, scarier book. Harry, Ron, and Hermione's behavior in Professor Trelawney's Divination class. Some of the best moments in Rowling's books occur when she reminds us that the wizards-in-training at Hogwarts are, after all, just children. Clearly, even at a school of witchcraft and wizardry, classes can be boring and seem pointless to children. The Boggart lesson in Professor Lupin's classroom. Harry, Ron, and Hermione's knock-down confrontation with Snape.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Hermione's disgust at the reception for the veela (Bulgarian National Team Mascots) at the Quidditch World Cup. Rowling's fourth book addresses issues about growing up--the dynamic between the boys and girls at Hogwarts starts to change. Nowhere is this more plain than the hilarious scene in which magical cheerleaders nearly convince Harry and Ron to jump from the stands to impress them. Viktor Krum's crush on Hermione--and Ron's objection to it. Malfoy's "Potter Stinks" badge. Hermione's creation of S.P.E.W., the intolerant bigotry of the Death Eaters, and the danger of the Triwizard Tournament. Add in the changing dynamics between girls and boys at Hogwarts, and suddenly Rowling's fourth book has a weight and seriousness not as present in early books in the series. Candy and tickle spells are left behind as the students tackle darker, more serious issues and take on larger responsibilities, including the knowledge of illegal curses.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry's outburst to his friends at No. 12 Grimmauld Place. A combination of frustration over being kept in the dark and fear that he will be expelled fuels much of Harry's anger, and it all comes out at once, directly aimed at Ron and Hermione. Rowling perfectly portrays Harry's frustration at being too old to shirk responsibility, but too young to be accepted as part of the fight that he knows is coming. Harry's detention with Professor Umbridge. Rowling shows her darker side, leading readers to believe that Hogwarts is no longer a safe haven for young wizards. Dolores represents a bureaucratic tyrant capable of real evil, and Harry is forced to endure their private battle of wills alone. Harry and Cho's painfully awkward interactions. Rowling clearly remembers what it was like to be a teenager. Harry's Occlumency lessons with Snape. Dumbledore's confession to Harry.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


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"When I illustrate a cover or a book, I draw upon what the author tells me; that's how I see my responsibility as an illustrator. J.K. Rowling is very descriptive in her writing--she gives an illustrator a lot to work with. Each story is packed full of rich visual descriptions of the atmosphere, the mood, the setting, and all the different creatures and people. She makes it easy for me. The images just develop as I sketch and retrace until it feels right and matches her vision." Check out more Harry Potter art from illustrator Mary GrandPré.

Did You Know?

The Little White Horse was J.K. Rowling's favorite book as a child. Jane Austen is Rowling's favorite author. Roddy Doyle is Rowling's favorite living writer.

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Sixth-year Hogwarts student Harry Potter gains valuable insights into the boy Voldemort once was, even as his own world is transformed by maturing friendships, schoolwork assistance from an unexpected source, and devastating losses.

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