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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)

by J. K. Rowling

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Series: Harry Potter (6)

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The war against Voldemort is not going well; even the Muggles have been affected. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.
And yet . . . as with all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Harry receives some extraordinary help in Potions from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. And with Dumbledore's guidance, he seeks out the full, complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort -- and thus finds what may be his only vulnerability. ( )
  LynneQuan | Sep 22, 2017 |
So many things have changed at Hogwarts.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a complete turnaround from the angsty nightmare that was Order of the Phoenix. There are EMOTIONS and it is BEAUTIFUL and character development happens and I LOVE IT.

Half-Blood Prince is my favorite book after Prisoner of Azkaban. There is so much going on, and a BIG adventure is starting, and THINGS ARE GETTING REALLY REALLY REAL. I could go on and on about how this book is delicious and how Rowling is my Queen. How the writing is perfect, the characters are perfect, the story is perfect, I miss getting new Harry Potter books gahhh. Instead of doing all that, I'm going to talk about the moments that made this book SHINE. Because you're not going to randomly pick up the sixth book in the series, right? By now you've read five other books and are in love. So here's what you have to look forward to:

- Ron getting drunk on love potion (ROMILDA VANE!)
- Aragog is dead.
- But this is good because 1.) he's a BLOODY HUGE SPIDER; and 2.) the scene at his funeral with Slughorn and Hagrid is perfectly hilarious.
- Weasley Wizard Wheezes! Fred and George are rolling in the dough in their joke shop and it's well-deserved and I love it.
- Moaning Myrtle and Draco Malfoy are friends now.
- CHRISTMAS AT THE BURROW! We've been waiting for this forever and it's not as wonderful as one would hope. Dark times and all.
- Adventures with Dumbledore. Including both dead bodies and a sofa, but not at the same time.
- Hermione jinxes Cormack McLaggen, as if we didn't love her enough.
- Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour are getting married and Molly is NOT amused. Nor is Ginny.
- Harry Potter's got a girlfriend.
- He also thinks Draco Malfoy is up to no good. DOESN'T HE ALWAYS?
- Really, though, Harry's growth in this book is really great. Such a turnaround between pages 1 & the end.

This book never gets boring. There is so much going on, inside and outside the castle, that you are absolutely wrapped up in it. Slughorn is an excellent edition to the staff at Hogwarts and Dumbledore's inclusion of Harry FINALLY gives us a little more insight into what's going on.

The end is really rough, and we have to deal with Snape doing Snape things and some VOLDEMORT THINGS. Most readers will hate Snape by the end of this book, if they haven't already had the entire series spoiled by them but hardcore Harry Potter fans like me or worse. ( )
1 vote Morteana | Sep 3, 2017 |
Reading this book series with my daughter will remain one of the highlights of her childhood for me. I am so grateful for those hours huddled together. ( )
  FoxTribeMama | Aug 28, 2017 |
After a summer spent grieving the death of Sirius Black, Harry returns to Hogwarts for another year of lessons, but this year he gets two special tutors. Dumbledore takes Harry under his wing and into his pensive to study Voldemort's childhood and rise to power, hoping to discover clues that will lead to his defeat. In potions class, Harry finds extra help in the hand-written notes found in the margins of his book, put there years ago by a mysterious person known as the "Half-Blood Prince."

There was a lot I liked about this particular title in the series. Harry's summer vacation and recaps of the previous books were shortened, and we got right to the crux of the plot. As a big fan of character development and three-dimensional characters, I really appreciated learning more about Voldemort's past. Sure, he was basically a villain from start to finish, but I felt like we saw more of a growth in that trajectory and ways it might have gone differently. This book felt a little more like a book about high schoolers as well, with lots of drama about crushes and boyfriends/girlfriends (although I felt that Harry suddenly having feelings for Ginny felt a bit out of the blue, even with that part having been spoiled for me). There was even quite a bit of humor found within pages, particularly regarding the element of romantic engagements. And, once again, a small, seemingly insignificant bit from a previous book played a huge role in this title (the vanishing cabinet that Fred and George used for a prank was discovered by Draco as a way to smuggle Death Eaters into Hogwarts to kill Dumbledore.) I love the way Rowling makes the connections between books, and it's obvious that a lot of forethought went into setting up each novel.

My only real complaints about this particular title is that it felt like the only one in the series that didn't contain its own story. The ending felt rushed and a bit open-ended, with certain mysteries/story lines clearly being left to explore in the next and final book.

As ever, Jim Dale was a phenomenal narrator, giving all the characters life and personality. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Aug 22, 2017 |
A reread; book 5 is so breathless that it's nearly impossible not to jump into this one right away. Fortunately, this one ends on a sobering note that lends itself to a deep breath; even though I was already familiar with the story, I needed some time to let it sink in all over again.

So much happens in this book -- by the end, the world has been tilted, and it's not clear that it can ever be righted.

I do love how the series gets darker and more serious as it progresses. Harry is gradually forced to grow up, in a way that few beloved childhood characters ever do. There are a lot fewer rollicking laughs in this one; even Fred and George's ridiculous gag inventions are bent to a darker purpose. But heavy though it may be, it's still edge-of-your-seat exciting. Good luck not reading this in as few sittings as your schedule will possibly permit. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Aug 8, 2017 |
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The book starts in the muggle (or non-magic person) Prime Minister's office. The Minister of Magic goes to the Prime Minister to tell him, or her, what is the actual cause of problems. When the book is from Harry's point of view, the the correct one, he is preparing to go the Burrow, his best friend's home, and Dumbledore is taking him, but first they rehire a teacher (Dumbledore brought Harry to convince him) to fill a slot fora class, Harry thought it was Defense Against the Dark Arts. When he gets there he gets his O.W.L. (O.W.L. is a test they take in Hogwarts in there 5th year) scores, and he finds all but two are amazing! When Harry and his friend, Ron Weasley, arrive at Hogwarts, they find out the the teacher will teach Potions, and Snape will teach the Defense Against the Dark Art class! In Potions, Harry is given an old book that was previously owned by the "Half-Blood Prince" who was AMAZING in Potions and he or she added "edits" in the book that were notes and the notes were improved versions of the directions, they made it easier to make potions, and some were spells the Prince made. The notes gave Harry a reputation as the best potions maker in the school, at least his year.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Rowling, J. K.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buddingh', WiebeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cockcroft, JasonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dale, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fritz, KlausTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GrandPré, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kapari, JaanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kibuishi, KazuCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Masini, BeatriceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.


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

Paperback Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Paperback Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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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