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Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

The sixth book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

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The Edge of the Turning Tide.

  • Sep 28, 2006
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When we last left Harry and company, Harry was still in shock at the death of his beloved godfather and guardian, Sirius Black. The wizarding world was just coming to the understanding that Harry Potter wasn't nuts for the past year and that Lord Voldemort was alive and Harry was dreading returning to his aunt and uncle's for the summer.

In the first few books in the series, not much time was spent discussing Harry's summers. Only the interesting details were included. Now, in the second-to-last book, Harry's summer takes up about a fourth of the entire novel, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE. The book begins almost immediately where HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHONEIX left off. Harry returns to Hogwarts under more security and admiration than ever before. Word has leaked out about Harry and his companions faced off against the Deatheaters and Lord Voldemort at the Ministry of Magic and survived. Harry's legendary status has increased a hundred-fold as a result. Everyone, including Harry, believes he is the Chosen One. Things at Hogwarts are more of the same as usual, though there are some changes. Snape is teaching Defense of the Dark Arts as a new professor takes over potions. Harry is allowed to take the advanced potions class and thanks to a mysterious old text book belonging to someone who called himself the "half-blood prince", Harry becomes the star Potions pupil. Harry is also the Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team and is taking private lessons under the tutelage of Dumbledore. Ron and Hermione become a couple and Harry realizes that he loves Ginny Weasley. Meanwhile, in other parts of the wizard world, Voldemort hatches the next level of his plan for domination without making an appearance. Instead, his favored Deatheaters do his bidding for him. Oh, and someone important dies.

I really enjoyed reading HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE. I found ORDER OF THE PHOENIX to be a bit of a letdown because so much of the book revolved around the politics of the wizard world. Sirius' death seemed like a cop-out and still doesn't make any sense (a black curtain that kills someone without leaving a corpse-that just doesn't jibe) to me. I understand why he had to leave the picture, but his departure seemed forced. Of course, there's another death in HALF-BLOOD PRINCE. To me, this one didn't seem as unnatural. The person died in battle, betrayed at the hands of one who was trusted. This has happened to good men throughout history. It is the danger that all good people risk--if you have faith and trust in someone (and agape) then there's always the possibility that you will be crucified. I also felt that this book had more action than the ORDER OF THE PHOENIX.

The novel is easy to read and moves at a quick pace (I read it in about two nights). It's very hard to put down. However, the story isn't perfect. There are a lot of things that seemed rush and added solely for dramatic purposes. For example, there are the Inferi--dead people under the control of black magic who for all intents and purposes are like zombies. I might be mistaken, but I don't think the Inferi have ever been mentioned before until THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE. If they are such a threat and were such a big part of Voldemort's evil army, then why were they never mentioned before? In the five and a half years that Harry spent at Hogwarts and being educated as a wizard, the creatures should have been mentioned before, even if it was just in passing. There are several other instances of minor issues like this in the book that though not entirely important are big enough to upset the general flow of the novel. The first three books in the series were incredibly tight with very few oversights such as these. It's a bit disappointing to see them cropping up as the saga reaches the edge of conclusion.

Nevertheless, I still enjoyed HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE. It's a very engaging tale that moves at a faster pace and includes more action than the ORDER OF THE PHOENIX.

The novel ends at a crossroads with many, many, many loose ends and I'm excited to see how everything will come together in the last book. That book is going to have to be enormous to complete the story successfully. It is the calm before the storm.

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review by . February 05, 2010
Writing a fictional character from childhood to adulthood, as J. K. Rowling is doing in this series, is not easy; following a character from uncertainty to heroism, as Harry Potter has progressed in Half Blood Prince, is fraught with danger for the writer who attempts it.    And again, Rowling attempts all and succeeds. With one year to go, Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for Year 6, but not before dealing with lingering complications from the taut climax of Harry Potter and …
review by . July 02, 2010
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was released during a tragic period of my life, just when I thought that I had grown out of the series I'd loved as a child. I was entering my junior year in high school when my parents decided to move our family from the big city of Los Angeles, California to the small town of the Middle of Nowhere, Georgia. As an act of reconciliation, my brother in law purchased the book about 300 miles out of California. I was so depressed about my loss of friends …
review by . June 09, 2010
What was your emotional reaction as you read? Why?      I was excited to finally get the next Harry Potter book out and learn more abou tthe plot and discover the mysteries.        Who would you recommend this reading to and why?      Anyone who likes young adult and fantasy books. And if you like a book with a good mystery.        Consider the setting.      Its set in a mystical …
Quick Tip by . October 15, 2010
I was totally "blah" about this novel. It is purely a setup novel--creating the necessary ingredients for the finale. Its very much like laying out all the ingredients to make your own creme brulee. Gathering the ingredients is necessary to making the final product, but ... it isn't exactly all that fun. I didn't feel cheated by the novel, just not even remotely sated.
Quick Tip by . October 14, 2010
This is my favorite book in the series. It's the one that ends on the biggest cliffhanger. Appearances can be deceiving.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
The entire series are worth reading. They are full of imagination.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
Pivotal, but not as strong as other books in the series. A great many hints are dropped that are not necessarily "canon" (e.g., Dumbledore is gay?), and much background is filled in. Good, just a bit longer than I'd have liked (with apologies to the author!). Not the ending you'd expect.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
the half blood prince was a very good book. i liked it a lot. they certainly switched things around by making snape defense against the dark arts teacher in this book. and the horcruxes made voldemort just seem that much more evil. not like he was an angel but the things he did to become immortal are frightening, and very extreme. im going to get the griffindor house crest tattooed on my forearm because i like this series so much.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
harry learns the secret that will unlock his past and his future...a very thrilling and exciting read.
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
Great book! The story is a bit scary :)
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The long-awaited, eagerly anticipated, arguably over-hyped Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has arrived, and the question on the minds of kids, adults, fans, and skeptics alike is, "Is it worth the hype?" The answer, luckily, is simple: yep. A magnificent spectacle more than worth the price of admission, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will blow you away. However, given that so much has gone into protecting the secrets of the book (including armored trucks and injunctions), don't expect any spoilers in this review. It's much more fun not knowing what's coming--and in the case of Rowling's delicious sixth book, you don't want to know. Just sit tight, despite the earth-shattering revelations that will have your head in your hands as you hope the words will rearrange themselves into a different story. But take one warning to heart: do not open Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince until you have first found a secluded spot, safe from curious eyes, where you can tuck in for a good long read. Because once you start, you won't stop until you reach the very last page.

A darker book than any in the series thus far with a level of sophistication belying its genre, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince moves the series into murkier waters and marks the arrival of Rowling onto the adult literary scene. While she has long been praised for her cleverness and wit, the strength of Book 6 lies in her subtle development of key ...

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ISBN-13: 978-0439791328
Author: J. K. Rowling
Genre: Education, Juvenile Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Arthur a Levine, Scholastic
Date Published: July 16, 2005
Format: Novel
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