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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)

by J. K. Rowling, J.K. Rowling

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Series: Harry Potter (6)

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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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Áldom az eszét annak a kiadói fejesnek, aki azt mondta: "Te, ez a Rowling, ez tud. Engedjük neki, hogy kiírja magából, amit akar. Ha hatszáz oldal, hát hatszáz oldal. Hagyjuk, hogy kiteljesedjen." És lőn. Nekem talán ez a kötet tetszett eddig leginkább a sorozatból - bizonyára azért, mert mindenre van benne idő. Kinyílnak a szereplők, Dumbledore végre nem bujkál Harry elől, Pitonból is többet kapunk (az ápolatlan hajú szereplőkért rajongók nagy örömére), és arra is van mód, hogy főhőseink kamaszodásában jobban elmélyedjünk. Mert hiába lángol körülöttünk a létezés, a kamaszodásnak (és az ezzel járó romantikus zöngedelmeknek és csúf hajbakapásoknak) még egy szakajtó Voldemort se tudna gátat vetni.

Különben meg az a szokás alakult itt ki a gyerekekkel, hogy ha elolvastam egy kötetet, akkor esti mese gyanánt összefoglalom nekik a történetét. Alighanem a Félvér Herceggel lesz a legtöbb bajom. Az eddigi részekben ugyanis mindig volt egy fő szál, ami vezérfonalként húzódott végig a történeten, és úgy-ahogy le is zárták a végén. Ebben sokkal kevésbé tapasztaljuk ezt. Több ösvényen kolbászol a történet, talán a legkarakteresebb Malfoy titokzatos machinálása, illetve a a horcrux-tematika, de Rowling fő célja inkább az utolsó rész felvezetése, no és persze a kötetet záró gyomros előkészítése. Különben a nyitány végtére is valahol megnyugtató: legalább világossá vált, hogy Voldemort színre lépett, senki nem nézi hülyének szegény Harryt, hogy gonosz varázslókat hallucinál minden csipkebokorba. De ezzel együtt a nemzetközi helyzet fokozódik, mert a rút kígyópofa egyre merészebb, áldozatai egyre számosabbak, a Mágiaügyi Minisztérium pedig csak annyira képes kezelni a helyzetet, mint a mi szeretve félt vezetőink a járványt. Úgyhogy az ifjú Potternek (akit hirtelen megszaporodott rajongói "Kiválasztott" néven emlegetnek) még inkább szüksége van a szoros együttműködésre Dumbledore-ral, illetve országos cimboráival, akik viszont a már említett kamaszodásból kifolyólag sokszor inkább olyan háttérzajként funkcionálnak, ami csak elvonja a figyelmet a sorsdöntő összecsapásról. (Ezt nem bántásból mondom: kell az a háttérzaj, mert különben össze is roppanna az olvasó a fenyegető veszedelem súlya alatt. A gyerekes civódások olyanok ebben a tekintetben, mint pihentető szusszanások a következő elviselhetetlen feszültséget ígérő események előtt.) És hát Potternek is megvannak a maga hiányosságai, például makacs ragaszkodása a saját hipotéziseihez, amelyek eléggé megnehezítik, hogy barátaival zökkenőmentesen együtt dolgozhasson.

Dobrokol az ember türelmetlenségében, hogy mikor olvashatja már az utolsó részt - egyfelől akarja tudni, hogyan végződik ez az egész, másfelől viszont fél is, hogy az utolsó rész után nem lesz másik, amire várhatna. Én megláncolom mindenesetre kíváncsiságomat, tartok egy kis szünetet, mert azok pártján vagyok, akik szerint a jó dolgokkal töltött időt, amíg lehet, húzni érdemes. ( )
  Kuszma | Jul 2, 2022 |
While the review indicates a 2022 read date, I have read this several times before.
EDIT 2022: I added two thousand more words to the furious blog post I originally wrote in 2019, and the post might need a part II. She's a raging anti-Semite. I watched the Jon Stewart clip and I, a Conservative Jewish person, laughed and agreed with him. I'm so sorry he had to apologize in order to save his career while she wrings out every dollar she can of a series she wrote twenty years ago. This book itself...doesn't hold the same sense of wonder it once did. "Half-Blood Prince" was my favorite out of the series for a few years in a row as an adult. So, this is me having decided not to reread any of the series anymore. The seventh book, I liked the least each time I read it. So this is it, really. And I'm okay with that.

EDIT 2021: I wrote a furious blog post about how problematic this series is in 2019, before JKR decided to screech about her terrible opinions about trans women. Trans women are women. This series is problematic for a lot of reasons. I will probably still read it annually because of what it represented for me once upon a time.

I thought about this book for two days after I finished it. The ending sentence had me on the brink of tears, and I wanted to hug certain characters over and over.
The beginning of the novel was--it seemed out of place, and confirmed my suspicions about something that I won't mention here. One character is distraught over her son, but it comes off as so flat. It could have been a fascinating opportunity for characterization: memories of his childhood, mentions of--seriously, anything, but no, all she kept repeating was he was her only son, and I was annoyed. I -wanted- to find out more.
I thought the -way- all the blossoming romances that happened in this particular volume were so interestingly handled--each was so in-character (for what characterization the audience is given in a series that is plot-driven), really and so--I believed all of them. I continued to be happily delighted at the Weasleys' business successes.
I had forgotten 98% of the book, so it was like reading it for the first time. It was overall a wonderful adventure. ( )
  iszevthere | Jun 21, 2022 |
Перше читання - у 2006 - одразу після публікації перекладу.

Перечитування - не планується.

Дуже дивна книжка, яка залишила жахливий присмак після прочитання. ( )
  QuirkyCat_13 | Jun 20, 2022 |
4th re-read: ★★★★½

《“We’re nearly there… I can Apparate us both back… Don’t worry…”
“I am not worried, Harry,” said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. “I am with you.”


THE. STRUGGLE. IS. REAL.
I don't even know how do I keep re-reading the series. It doesn't feel any better even after the fifth time. TRUST ME.
My little heart..... (ಥ_ಥ) ( )
  XSassyPants | Jun 11, 2022 |
Yet another fantastic entry in the Harry Potter franchise. Yes, this one is not as "important" as Order of the Phoenix or Deathly Hallows when it comes to the grand scheme of the story, but that's actually one of the reasons why I kinda like it. This is the final Harry Potter book to take place, for the most part, in Hogwarts. It is the last time we get to spend a lot of time inside this wonderful, magical castle and have a ton of fun with Quidditch, school lessons, romance, and comedy. I love the fact that we get a decent amount of all that before jumping into the final battle. This is easily the most fun Harry Potter book as a result of that. There are so many funny lines of dialogue and events that take place.

While it is not as dark as Book 5 or Book 7 for the aforementioned reasons, it still has an air of maturity that we've come to expect from this series over the last few entries. The last 50 pages are possibly the darkest in the entire series thus far. The feeling of devastation has never been as pronounced as it is now that Dumbledore is dead. It's not like Sirius's death, where the Harry's grief is so overwhelming that he refuses to accept reality; instead, the air of grief is much more hopeless and oppressing. Everyone's practically quiet, trying to accept this dreadful reality that they are now facing. Harry and Ginny's relationship is no longer about childish fancies; it is about adult sacrifice and responsibility. Harry is no longer thinking about how much he wants to be with Ginny, but he's thinking about how best to keep her safe and whether that might involve leaving her. It's a wonderful representation of how much this character and this franchise have matured.

Voldemort's past is extremely interesting as well. Devoting several chapters to his history makes him that much more of a fascinating villain. He's not just some evil tyrant who hates muggles and muggle-borns; he's a complex and nuanced wizard with a backstory worthy of such a high status among iconic fictional characters.

The stars of this book, however, are Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape. I already know what the major reveal at the end of the Deathly Hallows is, but I can't help but be entranced by these two characters' history together. Every single time I re-read Harry Potter, these two characters are the ones I gravitate to the most. What Rowling did with them is a master-stroke of creative writing. It is absolutely ingenious, but I will talk about this more in my Deathly Hallows review.

Overall, I wouldn't say I like this as much as Goblet of Fire or Order of the Phoenix, but it is definitely a close third. It is an entertaining, light-hearted read with some truly emotional and brilliant moments sprinkled throughout. ( )
  JuzamDjinn2500 | Jun 6, 2022 |
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Rowling, J.K.main authorall editionsconfirmed
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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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The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.

And yet . . .

As in all wars, life goes on. The Weasley twins expand their business. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate - and lose a few eyebrows in the process. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, through Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

So it's the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complete story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort - and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.
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Oh yeah, Voldemort!

Forgot about him while I

was pursuing girls.

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