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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.…

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (original 2005; edition 2015)

by J. K. Rowling (Author)

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
Authors:J. K. Rowling (Author)
Info:Pottermore Publishing (2015), Edition: Reprint, 652 pages
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (2005)

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I must admit that I was a bit disappointed by this book because after what happened in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", I had expected much more action. About 3/4 of it just seemed to ramble on, the pacing felt oddly off to me. Once again, some aspects that I was not that interested in were dealt with in detail, while other aspects seemed to be neglected (for example, I would have expected the atmosphere in Hogwarts to be much more serious and tense considering what was happening in the wizarding world). I did enjoy it, but still had a feeling that it could have been better.
But then - the last quarter of the novel. Oh my. I was prepared for it, but still it hit me, made me cry, and gave me a serious book hangover. I seriously dreamed of the cave and the inferi in the night!

Now, straight on to book 7! ( )
  MissBrangwen | Jan 2, 2023 |
Jim Dale Audio's 2011:

If Book 5 had too much going on, I felt like this one was suddenly missing more than it had. I loved listening to it. The loyalties continue to be tested. The students, as well as the adults are pulled in every direction.

The mystery of Draco is handled so much less than I remember it being. And the pensive more. The importance of understanding beginnings grows from Book 5, where we were more immersed in Harry's and we transition seriously into needing to understand all of Voldermort's past as a human.

And yet the most important deciding scene for me on just what kind of people Snape and Dumbledore both are happened for me in this book, the first time it came out and again in here. Where I realized just how grey both their characters are, how right that is, and how much they would sacrifice themselves for the children each time. ( )
  wanderlustlover | Dec 26, 2022 |
"You have used me." ... "I have spied for you and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter's son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter – "

Ouch. ( )
  villyard | Dec 6, 2022 |
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 |
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It was nearing midnight and the Prime Minister was sitting alone in his office, reading a long memo that was slipping through his brain without leaving the slightest trace of meaning behind.
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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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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