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

by J. K. Rowling (Author)

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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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Title:Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
Authors:J. K. Rowling (Author)
Info:Arthur A. Levine Books (2005), 672 pages
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (Author) (2005)

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Rereading The Half-Blood Prince made me realize that more than I any book in the series, I had plum forgotten what had happened in this book. I remembered that Harry gets an old textbook that helps him succeed in class that turns out to have once been Snape's. I remembered Dumbledore spends much more time with Harry and they traveled together to hunt horcruxes (in fact they only travel once, although the due look at many memories in the pensieve). And I remembered that Dumbledore dies, killed by Snape on the astronomy tower.

I had totally forgotten about Horace Slughorn and his importance not just in this novel, but to Voldemort and horcruxes. I'd forgotten that Ron dates Lavender Brown.

So reading this again was full of personal discoveries. The interesting aspect of this book is that after the oppressive nature of Hogwarts under Umbridge, it feels like a world that's a bit more relaxed and cozy. Harry and his friends have time to engage in typical teenage drama. It's all a feint, of course, and it heightens the feeling of horror when Dumbledore is murdered.

I remember the first time I read this, I was angry that Dumbledore was so foolish to recognize Snape as a threat. As the weeks passed, I thought more on it, and wondered what if letting Snape kill him was all part of Dumbledore's plan. This proved to be correct, so at least my mind was good at some things, if not always at memory.

Here's the "review" I wrote in 2005:

It's predecessor kind of plodded along at points, but this book is more crisply written and has a good share of adventure and intrigue. I found the ending disappointing, not because a Dumbledore dies (I guessed correctly who would die), but because his death is futile and comes as a result of uncharacteristic stupidity. There are a lot of loose ends at the end of the book and it's going to be a big challenge for Rowling to tie them up all satisfactorily in the final book (without the book being 2000 pages long).

On second thought, Dumbledore's death makes more sense as a sacrifice to save both Malfoy and Snape, and possibly even arranged with Snape as a plot to fool Voldemort. I still find it hard to believe that Harry Potter can (convincingly) find all the Horcruxes and kill Voldemort in book 7 without Dumbledore and without the book being an endless tome. ( )
  Othemts | Oct 3, 2019 |
Wow, my feelings on this one have changed. ( )
  Jeeps | Sep 21, 2019 |
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  Adammmmm | Sep 10, 2019 |
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  Alba26 | Aug 26, 2019 |
The path to the final battle is nearing closer to the end, as the wizarding world that is now forced to accept that the Dark Lord has in fact returned. Before returning to Hogwarts, Dumbledore asks Harry to accompany him to request an old professor to return to teaching. While back at Hogwarts, Harry is now taking private lessons with Dumbledore to prepare for the end battle with Lord Voldemort, he is excelling in potions with the help of a mysterious stranger and he must work to discover what sinister secret Draco Malfoy is trying to keep. These are truly dangerous and dark times in the wizarding world as before Harry leaves his Hogwarts term, the wizarding community shall lose a great beacon of light. ( )
  Emery_Demers | Aug 23, 2019 |
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People are craving to know more about you, dear boy, craving! If you were prepared to grant me a few interviews, say in four- or five-hour sessions, why, we could have the book finished within months. And all with very little effort on your part, I assure you -- ask Sanguini here if it isn't quite -- ^Sanguini, stay here!^" ...***
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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

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