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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6) (original 2005; edition 2005)

by J.K. Rowling

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Title:Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6)
Authors:J.K. Rowling
Info:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2005), Edition: Large Print edition, Hardcover, 1008 pages
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (2005)

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I liked this book but not as much as the rest of the series. ( )
  MinDea | Aug 25, 2016 |
I've often considered The Half-Blood Prince my favorite of the Harry Potter books, probably because I'm an emotional masochist. What really set this book apart for me was the character development, particularly among the 'bad guys' of the series. Voldemort is a rather faceless (pun intended) villain throughout the series but learning about his past and his motivations really solidifies his presence in the story, and makes him all the more terrifying.

I still think this is my favorite...but I must say, now that I'm re-reading the series all at once for the first time ever, The Goblet of Fire is coming close to matching this. It may simply be because I had never re-read that one until now, and it was the biggest of the original 4 that I hadn't re-read. Regardless, I think Half-Blood Prince still holds the top spot...for now.

Onward, to The Deathly Hallows! ( )
  Ape | Aug 12, 2016 |
I like this one a lot, nearly as much as OOtP. I do like that she allowed them one last moment of relative levity before the final fight. However, the Harry/Ginny romancin' leaves me a little cold, simply because she's been such a bit part up until about half-way through this book. I like her - a lot - and I get why Harry would too. However, she's not been on-screen enough for me to form an actual attachment to, and so it seems somewhat rushed. But it's not a huge complaint! ( )
  thebookmagpie | Aug 7, 2016 |
Terrific, amazing. Need I say more? I love the opening scene with the Muggle Prime Minister and the Minister of Magic. It's terrific and really brings a new perspective to the story: the magic world does affect the muggle world, even if the muggles aren't aware of it. We also get a new glimpse of Severus Snape, as he promises Narcissa Malfoy that he will protect her son Draco. He even makes the Unbreakable Vow. Has he really repented and turned spy, as Dumbledore insists? Or is he once and forever a loyal Death Eater? Who knows...

I laughed when Molly asks Arthur his dearest ambition (to check that he is Arthur and not someone impersonating him) and Arthur says "to see how airplanes stay up." I also loved the scene in Fred and George's store. The twins are making their joke shop a success with things like U-No-Poo and love potions that will wreak havoc later on in the book. It's these little tidbits that make the story so much richer.

Harry returns to school and learns about the life of Tom Riddle and his fascinating transformation into Lord Voldemort. Through memories obtained by Dumbledore, we learn about Riddle and his quest to make Horcruxes and the desire is planted within Harry to find and destroy them all.

Professor Snape has finally achieved his coveted Defense Against the Dark Arts post, and the new Potions teacher is Horace Slughorn. Harry's used potions book was previously owned by someone calling himself "The Half-Blood Prince" and the notes permit Harry to excel, for the first time ever, in his Potions class, much to Hermione's dismay. However, because of the Prince's book, Harry wins the potion, Felix Felicis, which will help in out in the future. The Prince also created his own spells, which serve Harry well in some cases and create terror and near tragedy in others.

16-year old Harry also realizes in this book that he likes Ginny Weasley. Ginny's character is one of my favorites, and I think she and Harry are perfect for each other.

This is definitely the darkest yet of the series. Harry and his friends have come to learn that there is true evil in the world and Harry knows that he will be the one who needs to kill Voldemort.

I found some of the bits with Draco a little far-fetched: I don't think he would have been able to put Rosemerta under the Imperius curse so easily.

Was it a surprise to find out who the Half-Blood Prince was? The first time I read the book, yes, it was. The death at the end of the book is tragic, but ultimately necessary. There are so many questions that need to be answered, and the build-up to book 7 is terrific.

Definitely one of my favorites. ( )
  2kidsandtired | Aug 2, 2016 |
Terrific, amazing. Need I say more? I love the opening scene with the Muggle Prime Minister and the Minister of Magic. It's terrific and really brings a new perspective to the story: the magic world does affect the muggle world, even if the muggles aren't aware of it. We also get a new glimpse of Severus Snape, as he promises Narcissa Malfoy that he will protect her son Draco. He even makes the Unbreakable Vow. Has he really repented and turned spy, as Dumbledore insists? Or is he once and forever a loyal Death Eater? Who knows...

I laughed when Molly asks Arthur his dearest ambition (to check that he is Arthur and not someone impersonating him) and Arthur says "to see how airplanes stay up." I also loved the scene in Fred and George's store. The twins are making their joke shop a success with things like U-No-Poo and love potions that will wreak havoc later on in the book. It's these little tidbits that make the story so much richer.

Harry returns to school and learns about the life of Tom Riddle and his fascinating transformation into Lord Voldemort. Through memories obtained by Dumbledore, we learn about Riddle and his quest to make Horcruxes and the desire is planted within Harry to find and destroy them all.

Professor Snape has finally achieved his coveted Defense Against the Dark Arts post, and the new Potions teacher is Horace Slughorn. Harry's used potions book was previously owned by someone calling himself "The Half-Blood Prince" and the notes permit Harry to excel, for the first time ever, in his Potions class, much to Hermione's dismay. However, because of the Prince's book, Harry wins the potion, Felix Felicis, which will help in out in the future. The Prince also created his own spells, which serve Harry well in some cases and create terror and near tragedy in others.

16-year old Harry also realizes in this book that he likes Ginny Weasley. Ginny's character is one of my favorites, and I think she and Harry are perfect for each other.

This is definitely the darkest yet of the series. Harry and his friends have come to learn that there is true evil in the world and Harry knows that he will be the one who needs to kill Voldemort.

I found some of the bits with Draco a little far-fetched: I don't think he would have been able to put Rosemerta under the Imperius curse so easily.

Was it a surprise to find out who the Half-Blood Prince was? The first time I read the book, yes, it was. The death at the end of the book is tragic, but ultimately necessary. There are so many questions that need to be answered, and the build-up to book 7 is terrific.

Definitely one of my favorites. ( )
  2kidsandtired | Aug 2, 2016 |
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Con dieciséis años cumplidos, Harry inicia el sexto curso en Hogwarts en medio de terribles acontecimientos que asolan Inglaterra. Elegido capitán del equipo de Quidditch, los entrenamientos, los exámenes y las chicas ocupan todo su tiempo, pero la tranquilidad dura poco. A pesar de los férreos controles de seguridad que protegen la escuela, dos alumnos son brutalmente atacados. Dumbledore sabe que se acerca el momento, anunciado por la Profecía, en que Harry y Voldemort se enfrentarán a muerte: «El único con poder para vencer al Señor Tenebroso se acerca... Uno de los dos debe morir a manos del otro, pues ninguno de los dos podrá vivir mientras siga el otro con vida.». El anciano director solicitará la ayuda de Harry y juntos emprenderán peligrosos viajes para intentar debilitar al enemigo, para lo cual el joven mago contará con la ayuda de un viejo libro de pociones perteneciente a un misterioso príncipe, alguien que se hace llamar Príncipe Mestizo.
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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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A Few Words from Mary GrandPré
"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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