Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince Hardcover – 16 Jul 2005
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth book in J.K. Rowlings bestselling series, picks up shortly after we left Harry at the end of The Order of the Phoenix. Lord Voldemort is acting out in the open, continuing his reign of terror which was temporarily stopped almost 15 years beforehand. Harry is again at the Dursleys, where the events of the previous month continue to weigh on his mind, although not as much as the impending visit from his Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore. Given their last meeting, Harry is understandably confused as to why the old wizard would want to visit him at home.
Rowling opens with a chapter she had wanted to use for the first book, of The Philosophers Stone--Lord Voldemort has been creating chaos in the Wizard and Muggle communities alike, the war is in full swing and the Wizarding community now lives in fear. The press have been questioning the events at the Ministry which led to the admission of Voldemorts return, and of course Harrys name is mentioned a number of times. Harrys got his problems, but his anxiety is nothing compared to Hermiones when the OWL results are delivered. Theres a new Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher, an assortment of new characters and creatures, and startling revelations about past characters and events.
Gone is the rage-filled Harry of The Order of the Phoenix--hes not being kept in the dark any more, his unjustified Quidditch ban has been lifted and he has matured considerably in his short time out of school. Half-Blood Prince follows Harry into the world of late-teens, and his realisation that nobody is infallible has made his growth that much easier. Accepting his destiny, Harry continues to behave as teenagers do, enjoying his time with his friends, developing his relationships outside of his usual circle, and learning more about how he must, eventually, do what he is destined to do.
J.K. Rowling delivers another fantastic tale which will have the readers gasping for more, capturing the characters perfectly and continuing a tale which readers will enjoy over and over again. --Ziggy Morbi
'For her success in creating what will undoubtedly be a highly literate generation Rowling deserves great praise' The SpectatorSee all Product description
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Times are becoming harder and the dark wrath of Lord Voldemort is closer than ever, he is gathering more and more followers and Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts is the darkest yet. There is a new teacher (Horace Slughorn) and many more revelations and plot twists to make this book very had to prise yourself away from.
J K Rowling continues to weave the epic saga of Harry and bring to life a world that is not only perfectly described and imagined but also strangely believable. Her choice to darken the tone was wise, as Harry is growing up and the wizarding world is no longer the whimsical, magical place it was in Philosopher's Stone. The plot largely revolves around Harry and Dumbeldore trying to learn as much as they can about Voldemort so that they can get an advantage over him. This involves many chapters with just Harry and Dumbeldore talking about Voldemort - however this is no bad thing, instead Rowling makes her dialogue fast paced and engaging and very informative. The memories that are explored in this book reveal very important plot details and foreshadow things to come in the final book.
Not only does Harry have to contend with Voldemort but romance that seems to be another major theme in this sixth book, Ron finds himself drawn to a girl and Hermione finds herself very jealous. Harry on the other hand finds out that he has been long harbouring feelings for someone very unexpected...
Rowling writes each chapter so fast paced and exciting that they are over before you can say Expelliarmus. Highlights of book six include a journey to a cave where Voldemort hid something very important that could prove vital to defeating him. This scene is very well written creepy and tense. Another good chapter is the climax where a battle with the death eaters wages at Hogwarts. There is also a very unexpected and shocking death (i won't say who dies in case you haven't read it).
Overall, Half Blood Prince is a worthy addition to the Potter saga and by the time i was nearing the end of this book it did feel like the calm before the storm, like this was the last year at Hogwarts before the final, epic battle that will decied the fate of the wizarding world and of Harry.
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. :(
Harry also has a few emotions stewing that need a little taming; he seems to be a tad upset over Jenny snogging another student. Things get a tad dicey as it looks like you do not know who to trust as Harry and Dumbledore have a mission.
I think one of the best points in the book is where Dumbledore shows Harry that his fait in the conflict is not because it is written but what he chooses similar to the line from "Julius Creaser" by Shakespeare where Cassius says to Brutus "Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves..."
This story sometimes has the feel that it is going astray with descriptions; however all things tie together and it is necessary to distract you from the core story so you will forget some details only to be reminded of them later.
This is the sixth book in the proposed series of seven and as with the previous books in the series you will want to purchase the book and the Jim Dale recording. Also if you are collecting do not forget to get an adult version.
Before reading this book it is time to read "The Power of Myth" by Joseph Campbell. Or if you are more visual or auditory there is a film series and a CD version. After this you will swear that J.K. Rowling must have read this also before writing the book. You will see the mandatory stages a hero must go through including going through rights of passage such as caves before obtaining adulthood.
If we just stopped with this book it would make a great TV pilot as Harry go on with an endless quest. However we are promised that all things should wrap-up and many do in this book by the end of the next book.
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