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

by J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)

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

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It was the first time in many years that I skipped a night sleep at all, reading... nope, devouring a book. Maybe it's because I've never read this one even in my native Russian when it was"hot," or maybe the book is great. Certainly, I admit, the series have a lot of inconsistencies, loose ends, illogical motivations. This one is mostly about teenage love stories, which is really pretty dull to me, but it was interesting to read despite me completely spoilered about Malfoy actions and you-know-what. So for the plot there are 3 stars and an extra star for the power that kept me awake.
And... I saw some bits of movie before, and as usual, the book is better. Even in romance stuff. ( )
  aviskase | Nov 26, 2015 |
This is another one of those books that mean so much to me. ALL of the Harry Potter books I consider comfort reads and I can really only tell you exactly what I enjoy about them. This book ALWAYS makes me sob like a child, the ending..which I won't giveaway always makes me cry but I love that books can draw that kind of emotion out of me. I savor that in a good book.

Plot wise this book sets the stage and scene for the next, and final, book in the series. You get to see a lot of the basics of how Voldemort became who he was and you get a feel for how Harry Potter is going to play out in the grand scheme of things. I love this book even more because Snape is one of my favorite characters. ( )
  mojo09226 | Nov 12, 2015 |
Getting deeper into Voldemort, excellent relationship stuff and fab final chapters with Dumbldore and Harry's quest and coming back into a devastating invasion of Hogwarts. Getting so much more serious and dark now but still keeping the relationships bubbling and the flashes of character humour... just the way I like it ( )
  garethmottram | Oct 27, 2015 |
In Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince book six everything went better for Harry this year compared to last year. Now that there was evidence to support Harry’s story that Voldemort had returned everyone thought of him as a hero and not a lair. In his sixth year of Hogwarts Harry’s main focus was on Ginny (His best friends sister he had a crush on), Malfoy (who he was sure was up to something bad), and his meetings with Dumbledore which helped Harry learn more about Voldemort and his plans. At the end of the book though Harry and Dumbledore left Hogwarts to go and destroy one of the horcruxes that Voldemort made. So they went but unfortunately someone had already taken it and replaced it with a new one. When they went on their quest and came back Hogwarts was under attack by Death Eaters. Harry watched as Professor Snape killed Dumbledore and ran away.
I liked this book because it had me thinking about who was a good guy or bad. Every time something would happen it would affect the story and made me think more and more about it. Therefore I really think the author did a great job with this book and with this series. Of course like I am sure lots of people I was really sad when Dumbledore died but that just means the book was that much better since I felt like I have actually met him and I feel that much worse for Harry. I’m so excited for the next book based off this one. Personally my favorite books in the series so far is this one and Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire.
  tessal.b1 | Oct 25, 2015 |
Ok, I have to admit that I listened to the AUDIO version on this one (but, still, same words, aye?).
Pivotal (if we're still going with my Trilogy theory here), gripping, tragic, stirring.
Rowling pumped us up for the book release of the Decade...

And for those who've wondered why anyone would listen to audio books, I have two words for you: JIM DALE. He is king. Makes you feel like a kid again while you're listening... ( )
  VladVerano | Oct 20, 2015 |
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Con dieciséis años cumplidos, Harry inicia el sexto curso en Hogwarts en medio de terribles acontecimientos que asolan Inglaterra. Elegido capitán del equipo de Quidditch, los entrenamientos, los exámenes y las chicas ocupan todo su tiempo, pero la tranquilidad dura poco. A pesar de los férreos controles de seguridad que protegen la escuela, dos alumnos son brutalmente atacados. Dumbledore sabe que se acerca el momento, anunciado por la Profecía, en que Harry y Voldemort se enfrentarán a muerte: «El único con poder para vencer al Señor Tenebroso se acerca... Uno de los dos debe morir a manos del otro, pues ninguno de los dos podrá vivir mientras siga el otro con vida.». El anciano director solicitará la ayuda de Harry y juntos emprenderán peligrosos viajes para intentar debilitar al enemigo, para lo cual el joven mago contará con la ayuda de un viejo libro de pociones perteneciente a un misterioso príncipe, alguien que se hace llamar Príncipe Mestizo.
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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.

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The art for both the jacket and the interior was created using pastels on toned printmaking paper. The text was set in 12-point Adobe Garamond, a typeface based on the sixteenth-century type designs of Claude Garamond, redrawn by Robert Slimbach in 1989. The book was typeset by Brad Walrod and was printed and bound at RR Donnelley in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on paper that is free of fiber from ancient forests. [The information on page 659 is set in a diamond pattern under the lantern logo.]
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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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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

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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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