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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (2005)

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Since the movie is about to come out soon, I thought I would re-read this one. It has been such a Twilight world, that I look forward to a little Hogwarts:) ( )
  annabw | Feb 21, 2017 |
Here are just some of my thoughts about the book.
- I liked it better when it was Luna who found Harry in the train compartment (probably only one of very few things I liked better in the movie than in the book). I just think Luna deserved more page space than she got in this book.

- Where was Slughorn when everybody else was fighting the death eaters?

- I read reviews that said that Dumbledore should have just poured the poison on the ground instead of drinking it, but judging by it I think it would have just refilled itself. However, that is my speculation, and it would have been nicer to see it have actually said something about that in the book to close that loop-hole.

- I adored Fleur's reaction to Bill's injuries. It was amazing and brought tears to my eyes. To see that she was actually scared that he might not love her after this, but never waiving in her love for him.

- I am sure this has been said million times, but, book's Ginny is simply fantastic! Ginny grew up with Fred and George, so of course she turned out to be brave, daring and fiery (I only wish the movie could have displayed it properly...) She adds a nice touch, and it is only proper to give Harry, who is a teenager, a love interest. Otherwise it would have been unrealistic, really, for almost all of us meet our first love in school.

- I was getting really bored of them doing their homework, getting to classes, doing homework, walking to classes, thinking of classes... You get the drill. I just feel like if I was Harry, and I knew that the fate of my friend's and the world in whole, is basically in my hands, I wouldn't worry so much about doing homework. No normal teenager would. Draco actually was the only one who was acting sensible in this case, saying that O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s won't matter anymore.

- It was hard to see Ron being a bully and a prat, but I think his behavior was completely normal for a teenager, who have never been kissed and just got bullied by his little sister about it. I think Rowling portrayed raging teenager emotions very well in these last two books.

- As sad as it was I appreciated Harry panicking at the lake and losing his head. It showed him as a regular and ordinary person once more, to prove a point that we all make mistakes, and that nobody is a super hero.
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  bookandsword | Feb 20, 2017 |
Yet another great instalment from JK Rowling, but then again, did I expect any less than the best? I mean for five books, she's proved herself a worthy storyteller. This may be her best yet. I mean it. This one is the most interesting because of all the Voldemort backstory. It's so interesting.

I don't know what else to say except that this book is awesome and I cannot wait to read the next and final one, the Deathly Hallows. ( )
  kyndyleizabella | Jan 23, 2017 |
Finished reading this to my girls last night, and we all agreed it was easily the best of the series so far. I thought book 5 was relatively weak, but Rowling brings the pathos (along with her trademark humor and suspense) in book 6. Maybe a little dark for younger children, but my 8-year-old managed just fine. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
Harry Potter has survived yet another year in the wizarding world, but his 6th year at Hogwarts is approaching fast. Lord Voldemort is still on the move. As Harry returns to Hogwarts, he discovers a strange book with the half-blood prince written on it. the book has answers to the most difficult potions and he decides to keep it. but what he doesn't know is that it holds dark spells. he is forced to hide the book when Snape starts to question him about it. Meanwhile, he and Dumbledore start to unfold the mysteries of Voldemort's past...
this is an awesome book. In the series of Harry Potter, this one definitely explains a lot. It answered many of my questions, and even though it did a lot of explaining, it was still action-packed. this series is a good one for young adult readers. I like the magic and spells and the world that is tied into the one we know. i am curious to see what the next book beholds for Harry (and me for that matter). i would recommend this book, and i give it 5 stars! ( )
  MasonB.G1 | Jan 6, 2017 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0439785960, Paperback)

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.

Potter News You Can Use

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.

Begin at the Beginning

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Paperback Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


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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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