Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Author: J.K. Rowling 
Publisher: Scholastic 
Publication Date: July 16, 2005
hardcover, 652 pages
ISBN: 0-439-78454-9
Genre: Middle grade, YA, Fantasy

Summary: 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. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate — and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though 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 are Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort — and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling begins Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts. So much has happened to Harry during the first five years and the sixth year proves to be no different. After the heart breaking ending to the last book, Order of the Phoenix, Harry picks up his life and tries to carry on. There are many changes in the wizarding world including political changes. There is a new teacher at Hogwarts, Professor Slughorn, who is the new potions teacher. He is quite a character. Harry is suspicious of Draco Malfoy's extra curricular activities. After reading this book I don't dislike Malfoy like I have in the past. J.K. Rowling has shown us a different side of Malfoy that makes me feel a bit of sympathy for him. Also there is a bit of romance in the air. Relationships are changing as the students of Hogwarts are getting older. I loved Ron Ron and Lavender's storyline . I also liked Phlems and Bill's. This brought a humorous and delightful addition to the story. 
My absolute favorite part of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is learning more about Voldemort. I really enjoyed finding out about Voldemort's history. J.K. Rowling kept me captivated with the great details she adds by giving us a deeper look into the evil mind of Voldemort. She lets us in on his vulnerabilities as well as his strengths and a way that he can be stopped once and for all. This book also sets up the game pieces and the players for the final showdown. I was riveted from beginning to end.
One final note. J.K. Rowling keeps breaking my heart. The past few books have caused my tear ducts to work overtime. J.K. Rowling has developed her characters so well that I feel the loss of them as well. However this is  one of the many things that I love about her books. She doesn't hold back. No character is safe. Now I'm ready for the final showdown. I'm ready for Deathly Hallows.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

*To the FTC, I own a copy of this book


  1. Loved learning about Voldemort in this one too! Too bad they had to remove most of those memory scenes from the movie.

  2. I agree Aylee, I kept thinking while reading this book that they should have done a lot more with the memory scenes.

  3. This is definitely my favorite book of the series. I love learning more about Voldemort and Snape!


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