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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)

by J. K. Rowling

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Although I was a bit disappointed by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I am glad to say that I found this to be a lot stronger novel. Despite Harry's great loss at the end of the previous book, the tone this time around is much more optimistic and less riddled with angst. Yet, beneath this, there is a darker undercurrent. Although Hogwarts still seems to be a haven from Voldemort and his Death Eaters for the time being, Harry still hears whispers of the murders and raids that are occurring outside of its walls.

The novel is also mercifully a lot shorter than its precursor. While it is still a heafy read, the plot is far faster to find its feet and therefore flowed a lot better. While it did seem to drag certain elements out more than they needed to be (there is no adequate reason why Dumbledore can't just tell Harry everything in their first lesson), it did do a much better job of balancing out school life with Harry's growing destiny.

In the second half of the story, the novel becomes difficult to put down. As Harry learns the horrifying truth about what a Horcrux is and how it is created, it begins to become clear the shape that his journey must take in the final book. This is amounts to some pretty solid character development for him, as it shows him wrestling with the decision as to whether or not he wants to pursue a destiny that will inevitably force him to have to battle the most terrible Dark Wizard of all time.

Rowling also does a decent job of tying up some loose ends that I did not even notice. Through the plot device of the pensieve, we get a glimpse at what Voldemort was like in his youth - witnessing several moments that shaped him. Through these scenes, we really do start to understand his motivations and even notice clues as to how he achieved his immortality that were laced through the other instalments of the series. Yet, while this plot device is very effective, others did not work so well for me. Felix Felicis - the liquid luck - was a problematic addition to the series as it served to be liquid plot convenience. I also don't really like the idea that it exists in universe at all. What's to stop the Death Eaters brewing up a vast supply to ensure that all their crimes go unpunished, and why haven't the Order had a similar idea?

The climax of the novel is fast-paced and as abruptly brutal as that of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It marks both the bleakest ending to one of the novels to date, and most open as it is somewhat open ended and breaks off leaving it clear what must happen next. Yet, as dramatic as this is, there were still elements of it that I found to be heavy handed. Harry does not witness a lot of the climatic battle and so the chapter in which this is related back to him felt a little to exposition heavy and repetitive.

In terms of character, the book is actually fairly strong. Harry, Ron and Hermione all feel as though they are starting to come of age at last and therefore are starting to notice members of the opposite sex. While Harry's sudden attraction to Ginny seems to come largely out of left field, the evolution of Hermione and Ron's relationship feels very natural. The only real shock that it holds is just how long Ron remains with Lavender.

I also liked the addition of Horace Slughorn to the cast of teachers, as he shows a very different side to the Slytherin house. While Slytherins to date have been, generally, elitist fascists, Slughorn represents a very different form that ambition can take - a lonely man who takes pleasure from riding on the coattails of people in power. Although he is a deeply flawed character, he is very easy to sympathise with and thus is oddly likeable.

Malfoy also got a great deal of development in this story, as he drastically changes over the course of the novel. Initially, he brags about the fact that he is now a Death Eater but its clear that the enormity of the "task" that he is set is gradually destroying him. Towards the end, it is clear that he is a shadow of his former self - cowed, stressed and constantly afraid - which really shows the terrible power that Voldemort has.

The only character that I still find detestable is Dumbledore. It is clear that he has his own agenda and his inability to tell Harry anything of value is incredibly frustrating. The fact that he is grooming a teenage boy to do battle against a sub-human monster is horrifying, and his constant manipulation still makes me wonder why he seems to be so loved in the wizarding world. You certainly would not want this man to be in a position of trust with your children.

Anyhow, that's about all I have to say. All in all, this is a very strong instalment of the series and I can't wait to see where it all goes next! ( )
  ArkhamReviews | Nov 1, 2018 |
*Spoiler alert*

I had forgotten most of what happened in this book except for the dramatic ending: Harry accompanies Dumbledore to find and destroy one of Voldemort's horcruxes, but it turns out to be fake; when they return to the castle Draco attempts to kill Dumbledore, but it's Snape who actually does. It turns out that is most of the action in the book! The rest of it, leading up to the action at the end (and Harry's decision not to return to Hogwarts the following year, but to track down and destroy the remaining horcruxes and then go after Voldemort), is fun to read, but not very much happens.

(In the movie, they added a scene with the Death Eaters attacking the Burrow during winter break - but they took away the final fight scene between the Death Eaters and the Order of the Phoenix at Hogwarts, including Bill's mauling at the hands of Fenrir Greyback, and Fleur's determination to marry him anyway, which is what finally wins over Molly Weasley.)

Ron and Lavender have their little romance, which pisses off Hermione; Harry has occasional lessons with Dumbledore, where Dumbledore shows Harry memories of Tom Riddle as a boy, and instructs Harry to collect a certain memory from Potions professor Horace Slughorn; Harry uses the old Potions book of "the half-blood prince," to Hermione's distress; and Harry and Ginny finally get together. ( )
  JennyArch | Nov 1, 2018 |
I have never read a book more than the first time, no matter how much I love the fandom. But I am loving experiencing this series with my kids. Its like reading it for the first time, all over again, but with insider information this time. ( )
  Starla_Aurora | Oct 29, 2018 |
Summary:
Harry Potter is back at Hogwarts for his 6th year. There is a new Potions Teacher, Professor Slughorn. And as usual there is a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Snape. Harry’s OWLs were so low that he did not even know if he was able to go to potions in his 6th year. So he did not get a potions book. When he got to Hogwarts it turned out he WAS taking Potions. So Professor Slughorn made Harry get a Potions book from the cupboard. The book had writing all over it. And The Half- Blood Prince owned it. Harry became the best in the class by using the Prince’s tips and tricks. Harry becomes Professor Slughorn’s favorite. Harry and Hermione and more, get invited to “the Slug Club”. And Harry gets meetings with Professor Dumbledore on how to Defeat Voldemort. In the end We find out that the Half Blood Prince was Professor Snape all along. And He killed Professor Dumbledore.

Opinion:
I Loved this book which is why i gave it 5 stars. The book was very thrilling and exciting. It kept me interested the whole time. And waiting for what happens next. It was very sad when Dumbledore got killed. I would recommend this series if you don't like reading that much or even if you do like reading. I can't wait to start reading the last 2 books. The author did a great job keeping you hooked to the story and wanting to know more as you went on in the book. The book was pretty suspenseful but great. All in all a very good book and i recommend. ( )
  SanaA.G1 | Oct 28, 2018 |
Some boring teen romance, but also Voldemort's history in the pensieve, much more of Dumbledore and Draco Malfoy, plus Horace Slughorn, Fenrir Greyback, Inferi, Felix Felicis, Horcruxes, and revelations about Severus Snape. ( )
1 vote beaujoe | Oct 1, 2018 |
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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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