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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book…

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) (original 2005; edition 2006)

by J.K. Rowling (Author), Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)

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.
Title:Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
Authors:J.K. Rowling (Author)
Other authors:Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2006), Edition: Reprint, 652 pages
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (2005)

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is an excellent story and does quite a lot to offset how much I didn't care for Order of the Phoenix.

First, Harry is not nearly as annoying as he is in Order of the Phoenix. Perhaps he's growing up, perhaps Rowling realized that she'd perhaps overdone it and turned it down again. There are a few iffy moments around relationships this time around, but they're much easier to read and feel much more natural, at least to me.

Second, things happen. Where Order of the Phoenix felt like it was spinning its wheels, Half-Blood Prince goes full tilt towards the end. After reading it, we know far more about Voldemort than we ever did before, including how he survived and what it will take to kill him. True allegiances are revealed and people die. So very much happens; it's even more impressive that this book is actually decently shorter than the previous two.

And oh man the twists. It's fairly well known now, but nevertheless, it's fairly impressive how powerful the last few chapters of this book are. It's something that likely had to happen for the sake of the story, but that doesn't make it any less.

It's not quite my favorite book of the series, but very close. Well worth the read. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

So this is the second saddest of the entire series. I cried my eyes out the last 3 chapters. Even though I've read this so many times that I've lost count. It still brings me to tears every single time. I can't say for sure, but I think that even it being the saddest of the series, it might be my favorite. Why? Because this is the book where it is obvious that the gang is growing up. Harry is no longer a child and realizes his very adult responsibility while at the same time still enjoying what is left of their childhood in the safety of their school.

In this book, we get to learn so much about Voldemort's past. Which is something the series has been lacking. I loved the delves into the memories of the past. I also enjoyed the character's maturity growing in their romantic lives. Now on to the seventh book of the series. ( )
  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
Dubledore killed, Smapes a traitor or ?
  ritaer | Jul 14, 2021 |
2005 was the year I went a little HP crazy, and I was definitely waiting to hear the mail truck come by on that Saturday morning in July. I read this in two days as I didn’t want to accidentally see any spoilers before I finished; I still remember jumping up in shock at that specific moment toward the end and screaming to my housemate what had happened. I tried to read it again before DH came out but only made it halfway through as I wasn’t really feeling it.

I think years later I’m still not feeling it much. It’s hard not to have read as much fanfic as I have and not realize how manipulative Dumbles is with Harry here, although I didn’t see it in my first read of HBP; I know I’m going to get even more grumpy about it in the next book. My favorite chapter is still when Harry drinks some FF and all the stuff that happens that night. The hormones running rampant in this book were annoying, and the Ginny thing quite so (I’m an EWE girl—I mean the boy was seriously obsessed with Draco here), but technically it’s a book for kids so let’s pile on the heteronormativity I guess (& ugh now to JKR’s horrific transphobia).

I can’t read it now without remembering how everything turns out in DH, but I also have to say that I’m not exactly rushing to get to DH either. I’ve spent the past month happily in a fanfic bubble of amazing works that are frankly better than anything JKR has written. I love that the universe of hers exists for all that, and I think once I finish this reread of the series I’ll be sticking with the fanfic and not return to the origins again.
  spinsterrevival | Jul 9, 2021 |
middlegrade/teen fiction (on audio)

this is the beginning of the end, in which the Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione finally get together while investigating the sneaky dark purposes of Malfoy, but then Harry/Dumbledore find out how Voldemort has used 7 horcruces to preserve his soul and prevent himself from dying, but following Harry/Dumbledore's return from a quest to retrieve one of them, Dumbledore dies in front of Harry (killed by Snape when Malfoy fails to do so) and Bill gets mauled by the werewolf Greyback in human form. Harry is left with a clue that "R.A.B." has possession of the actual horcrux locket that they'd tried to retrieve, and finds out that Snape is the "Half-Blood Prince" that penned the dark spells in the textbook which Harry'd been using to excel in his potions classes all year.

Quidditch is still a dumb game. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
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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 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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