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on 9 February 2017
Oh yes, oh yes oh yes!!!
I could hurl a hundred superlatives at this book, most of which you've probably heard before, but they’d all be deserved.
So, Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry, and what a year.
I like to think of this one as a history book: not one of those big boring books that goes on and on about a long forgotten civilisation, a King or a Queen, but a book about Harry's past, his connection with Voldemort, and one that delves deep into the Dark Lord’s past, by way of memories in the pensieve in Dumbledore's office; memories that the headmaster has spent many years collecting.
Harry has inherited his god-father's house and the vile elf, Kreacher, who he puts to good use following Draco Malfoy. Harry knows that Draco is up to something, he overheard him threatening the owner of Borgin and Burkes in Knockturn alley, he just doesn't know what.
There are potions to master, (somewhat helped by an old potions book he finds in the spares cupboard, annotated and proclaiming to be the property of the half-blood prince; there's Snape to avoid, quidditch to play and an uncorrupted memory to extract from their new potions master, Professor Horace Slughorn; who taught Tom Riddle before he became Lord Voldemort.
There are girls, there's snogging and there's Ginny Weasley, who Harry is starting to see in a different light.
To top it all, there are Horcruxes to find, hidden objects that contain parts of Voldemort's soul, and this is where these books are so clever. It is here, in book six, that we discover that Tom Riddle's diary - which Harry destroyed in The Chamber of Secrets, (book two) - was in fact a Horcrux. Dumbledore has already destroyed another, Voldemort's grandfather's ring, and with Horace Slughorn relinquishing his untainted memory, they now know that they have four more to find, excluding the part of soul that resides in Voldemort himself.
So, over five hundred pages in and the adventure begins, but Draco has succeeded in his task, Death Eaters have entered the school, the dark mark hangs heavy above the astronomy tower, Dumbledore is disarmed, Harry immobilised, Snape . . .
I know that most of you already know the ending to this book, you've probably seen the film, but I put it to you, that unless you have read this book, you do not know the ending.
The battle between the Death Eaters and The Order, Snape and Malfoy's escape, the burning of Hagrid's hut, and the most moving part of all, Dumbledore's phoenix and its lament, echoing hauntingly through the corridors and classrooms of Hogwarts.
If a book could have more than five stars out of five, this would be the one. Simply put, this book if stunning.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, here I come.
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on 5 June 2014
I am reviewing the teen fantasy Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by JK Rowling which is one of the best children's novels I have ever read which I bought from a car boot sale. At the time this book was published the fact it was around 620 pages was controversial as people thought it was far too long for children. At that time I think if JK Rowling had published her laundry list it would have topped the best seller list as she was hugely popular. Another unusual feature was a minor character died near the end which is normally a definite no-no in young adult fiction. JK obviously felt she could play with the rules of the genre and the book was hugely popular, the best book of the series at that point and a real game changer in children's fiction as a whole. This book is of course part of the Harry Potter series about a boy with magic powers going to wizard school at Hogwarts. He is destined to kill the evil Voldemort and in this book Harry has a nightmare about him and we see him cross into our dimension. Harry goes to the Quidditch World Cup with his friends the Weasleys and his adopted parents are only too glad to get rid of him. His natural parents were killed by Voldemort a long time ago. There is a competition where they have to complete several challenges and the winner can drink from the Goblet Of Fire. Strangely Harry is entered into the competition and senses something isn't quite right about that. One of the other competitors is Krum from the Quidditch World Cup and Harry feels out of his depth faced with such competition. This was made into a film starring Daniel Ratchiffe as was the whole series. I think the books in general are better than the films as they tell the story in more detail and JK has a fantastic sense of humor that comes out in her books. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it along time ago as I did with the whole series but wanted to re-read and do a review on it.
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on 21 October 2016
another amazing installment from J.K. Rowling, this year sees harry delving into dumbldores memory with him and travelling the country, trying to find and destroy the seven horcruxes that make lord voldemort, what he appears to be seemingly unstoppable, this year sees a huge tragedy, one that will have you weeping ages after you have put the book down. but along the way we meet a new teacher with a bit of a murky past, learn some more great spells and spend some time with our literary heroes, Harry, Ron and Hermione in Hogwarts, enjoy!
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on 5 August 2014
I am a 40 year old Potter fan. I bought yet another copy of this book for my 80+ year old professor friend. He has just been introduced to the series and was very sceptical at first. Finally he relented and agreed to try Book 1 in the series, and is now reading Half blood Prince. He insists that it is a welcome escape into another world and loves to read for hours at a time. Harry Potter really is a series for all ages. It is full of life lessons rich plot and tackles difficult subjects in such an approachable way. Even now, years after reading the books for the first time, I find myself quoting and referring to the them often. There is no need for me to cover what has already been said by other reviewers except to say that if you haven't read the Potter books, for whatever reason, you really should give them a go. You won't regret it.
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on 25 October 2014
Bought as a gift. It's a well known book that many others have expressed an opinion about. Only people living under very large, isolated rocks don't know about this. What am I to add to the discussion of it? Very little.

I'm only reviewing it because Amazon requires a review to dismiss items from my items to review list and it's getting cluttered with things that don't really need to be reviewed but there is no other way to dismiss them. I did ask if they could add a feature to remove irrelevant items but they don't seem to want to go down that route. I've just spent hours reviewing items. :(
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on 18 August 2017
what can i say... Harry potter books are the best books there are! Especially this one! Would recommend to everyone i know of all ages. A jaw gripping g book to get your kids into reading and to have fun whilst they are doing that. A perfect book to gain literature knowledge self-consciously! Great price great book!
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on 4 November 2011
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE is the sixth and, in my opinion, the best book in the HARRY POTTER series. Better in almost every way. There was LOADS more humour in this book, i laughed out loud several times. The new characters were either dark, comic or both! The storyline was funnier, scarier, sadder and just better! The action sequences were epic, i could picture everything in my mind very clearly. I almost didn't need the film to visualize. Shorter than the fifth book, ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, HALF-BLOOD PRINCE is highly recommended. Definately worth reading. Read before watching. BRILLIANT! 10/10!
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on 4 May 2017
Wonderful penultimate book to the Harry Potter series. Had to get the handkerchief out once or twice, especially towards the end. Would never have thought that would happen...but it did! Thoroughly enjoy the HP books.
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on 20 August 2017
Purchased as a gift for my 9 year old Grandson. It's JKR and Harry Potter, so for me, 5 stars is a given! I decided to purchase the hard-back for him, hoping it would still look fresh on his book shelf in the years to come. It arrived well packaged and on time and the process was, as ever, hassle-free. I'm delighted. Thanks again Amazon.
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on 20 July 2005
Another excellent book and Ms Rowling continues to keep me enthralled. The pace was well-balanced, and she had me totally fooled with the identity of the Half-Blood Prince right up to the point of revelation.
The characters get better defined with each book. The initial stumblings into romance are lovely and make an amusing counterpoint to Harry's continuing battle.
When the major character died, I was stunned - it was much more of a shock than the death in the Order of the Phoenix. The end of the book was particularly moving and it will be hard to wait another two years for Ms Rowling to complete the series.
Very highly recommended.
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