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

by J. K. Rowling, GrandPr

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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Title:Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Authors:J. K. Rowling
Other authors:GrandPr
Info:New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2005.
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (2005)

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4,9 stars

I'm assuming everyone knows the story, so I won't use spoiler tags.

I have a habit of re-reading Harry Potter constantly. I don't usually read a book through as fast as I did this time around, though, it usually takes months, but I'm still constantly in the middle of some iteration of re-reads. While the books definitely have their faults (white heteronormativity, fat-phobia etc) they will still remain my favorite series. This series is so formative to who I am today, that I have a difficult time seeing this not being the case.

On each re-read, I feel like my perspective shifts a little. I'm definitely at a point where the adults are the characters I most empathize with. Maybe because my re-reads are usually so spaced out, I somehow once again managed to forget how it's possible I always end up forgiving Snape for what a rotten person he is throughout the series. No matter how much I loathe him for how he treats Harry, I'm once again starting to sway.

I feel like in the beginning, when I was still a teenager myself, Dumbledore's death shook me most through Harry's loss. This time around I'm at a place where Snape's was the storyline that completely ruined me. To this day I have yet to read a book where I've simultaneously loathed a character this much all the while having my heart broken for what he had to do. Obviously, having read the story before adds a completely different lense to the experience, considering what we know about the background of Snape and Dumbledore's relationship.

Harry Potter as a series is definitely about the character arcs for me, more so than the plot as such. I feel like in this installment, I had the most difficulty relating to the students, considering how much of their thoughts and actions revolved around romantic relationships. Although, even on that front, I feel like Hermione still remains my favorite. While she doesn't avoid the petty pitfalls that come with being a teenager with a crush, she still goes about it in a way I can most understand, even if I can't totally relate.

Also, I have to add, I didn't remember how funny this book is at some points. Probably because what I most remember afterward is usually the emotional devastation that is the last 100 pages.

One more to go on this re-read and I'm simultaneously dreading and looking forward to it. ( )
  tuusannuuska | Dec 1, 2022 |
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is one of the darkest in the series. The ministry is no longer casting Harry and Dumbledore as liars, and everyone knows Voldemort is back. Death-eaters run amok, and no one truly has a handle on anything. Harry has lost a lot of the angst/anger from his previous year, and is still grieving, but is handling it. With Dumbledore taking a very active role with Harry against Voldemort, this novel further explores Voldemort's past and how Harry will have to face him. This book, as the other two, heavily explores the themes of love/romance and jealousy and grief, but also looks at how children can be pawns in adult's wars/games, and the burden that this can place on their shoulders. ( )
  WaldensLibrary | Nov 28, 2022 |
One star less as Dumbledore is no more... ( )
  palakmathur | Nov 26, 2022 |
The worst book of the series by far. If I wanted to read about the tangled love lives of teenagers, I would have picked up Gossip Girl instead. The romantic plot lines were not interesting in the least and certainly added little to the overall story. Interspersed between these romantic entanglements were Harry's lessons with Dumbledore, which are meant to prepare him to face Voldemort but is really just Rowling's way of telling Voldemort's backstory. It seemed like she forgot to mention it sometime during the previous five books and so decided to cram it all into this one in preparation for the last book. What should have been an interesting look at the great villain of the series was really only a history of the character's life and offered little insight on him. I would have liked to know just why he was so evil, what makes him tick, what are his motivations, what is his purpose in doing what he does, and so on. (Just making Tom Riddle an evil kid who wants power is a lazy way to write a villain.) What happened to the magic, the adventure, and the sense of wonder that made the first half of this series good? The fifth book was disappointing, but this one was just downright awful. ( )
  serru | Oct 6, 2022 |
5 ( )
  Jonez | Sep 23, 2022 |
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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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