Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: New York : Arthur Levine Books, c2005
Characteristics: x, 652 p. ; 24 cm
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780439784542
Alternative Title: Half-blood prince


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In the second to last installment of the series, we're recovering from the loss of beloved characters, and the narrow escape from Voldemort that Harry encountered. Dumbledore is being unusually secretive, and put's Harry on the task of acquiring a memory from the new defense against the dark arts teacher, Horace Slughorn. Harry's not the only one with a task however. In this novel we get a deeper look into Draco's character and the struggles he endures. A betrayal will shock you, secrets will be revealed, and Harry will go about his sixth year at Hogwarts with the help of the mysterious Half-blood Prince.

Aug 10, 2020

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, is the second last installment to the Harry Potter series, having in my opinion, some of the best and most complex showcase of humanity and the characters growing and evolving to something beyond that which they are already known to be, and containing, in my opinion, the biggest plot twist not only in Harry Potter, but one of the biggest in fiction of all time. A fun read, that deals with themes such as loss, depression, guilt, and more in a mature manner without losing the magic and light heartedness of Harry Potter, making the tone serious, but never depressing. Many criticize the book as a “set up” for the next, lacking its own self contained plot, however I disagree and think the mystery of not only on the identity of the Half Blood Prince, but Malfoy’s ongoings and possible status throughout the book entertaining enough, let alone the tasks Harry is given to investigate the new character Slughorn, but most entertaining of all is the exploration of Lord Voldemort and or Tom Riddle, expanding on the character and even the lore, that not only reaches back to flesh out the world, but is foreshadowing for the next book. Personally my second favourite book in the series, which I rate 5 stars out of 5!
@Ace of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This is my all-time favourite Harry Potter book by far! It includes Horcruxes, death eaters, romance, and Voldemort is as powerful as ever. Even Hogwarts, a place that was always a home to some students, isn’t even safe anymore. If all of the Harry Potter books were one whole book, this book would definitely be the climax. Everything everyone does in this book is suspenseful because you have no idea who to trust. There is not a single dull page and I could read this over and over again. There’s suspenseful moments, happy moments, cute moments, and also the most saddest moments you’ll experience in the series. If you decide to read any Harry Potter book, it should be this one. 5/5 stars
@avacadojai of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

In the sixth book of the Harry Potter series, the threat of evil Lord Voldemort is fully realized. Wizards are living their lives in fear. Students are being kept from going to school for fear of what might happen to the school now that the Dark Lord has returned. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is a thrilling book that will keep you on your toes. There are so many plot lines in this book and the thumping pace does not let up from first page to last. If you enjoy adventure and fantasy books, you will definitely love reading this series! I recommend this book to kids ages 13+ and rate it 4.7/5.
@GymGirl of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 06, 2020

It sure is something different to review a book that so many tens of millions of people have read, children and adults alike. There are still millions out there who’ve yet to read them, so I need to avoid any spoilers. I also am aware that many/most of the 11 people who will read this post have probably read these books, so have formed opinions of their own. All of this to say...I will keep it short.

This is the book where (redacted) happens. Period. If spoilers weren’t taboo (as they should be), this seven word sentence would be the only description needed of this book. There are a few other relatively minor developments, but everything is minor compared to (redacted), isn’t it? And those other developments are fun and satisfying and set the stage for how readers will envision the characters of the series into adulthood, both the readers’ and the characters’.

When I read this book, 14-15 years ago, I was so upset and disappointed by (redacted) that I didn’t read the seventh and final book of the series until a few years later. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy this sixth book, not at all. I enjoyed Harry and Hermione and friends getting stronger and more powerful and confident, and navigating teenage and young adult issues instead of late-elementary and middle school ones. There wasn’t a lot going on with Hagrid or any of his magical creatures, which was sorely missed. And Rowling’s run-on sentences didn’t dissipate even a little, with some sentences taking up to 12 lines to come to wrap up. (Even Olivia noticed those, and wondered if there wasn’t a better way to write those sentences.)

Similar to her dad, Olivia isn’t chomping at the bit to start the seventh and final book, because of this book’s seminal event. But she wants to see how Hermione and Ginny help save the world, so that’s what we’ll do, starting tomorrow night.

When I open up and read the first paragraph of the seventh book to my daughter tomorrow night, the door begins to close on what will undoubtedly be one of my most cherished memories of being a father. For over 2 years now, nearly every single night at bedtime I have sat in my great-grandmother’s rocking chair in Olivia’s bedroom and read about Harry and Hermione and Dumbledore and the rest of the crew. As I write this, I’m aware how I am - in real time - inscribing in my long-term memory the narrative of what it meant to me to be Olivia’s father, the joys and the challenges. This was the sixth book of a famous and beloved story that meant so much to me, and I got to share it with my precious girl. In 70 years when I’m long gone and Olivia is telling her grandchildren of her dad, I hope she remembers me as “The Dad Who Read”.

Jul 18, 2020

This book has a ton of foreshadowing of the ending. This book also goes deep in other characters lives, as well as Harry Potter. We learn about Harry’s thoughts and more of what he has been through. There are many plot twists in this book, and we often end up with an ending that we didn’t imagine that would happen. There is a lot of sadness in this book, as well as good times, and humor. If you haven’t watched the movie yet, you should read the book first, since the movie forgets to capture some small, important, details that are in the book. The characters in this book mature a lot, compared to previous books. I would give this book 5 stars because of all the amazing content, and all the depth as well.

Jun 23, 2020

I was soo sucked into this book!! it was sad near the end tho.... But I still loved it soooooooo much!!

May 04, 2020

I wish there were more books to the series.

ArapahoeKati Apr 13, 2020

I’m over here crying and eating an entire bag of popcorn. Rowling does it again. This may be my favorite HP book for the details, the humor, the plot twist.

Feb 08, 2020

6th book!

Nov 29, 2019

Another year at Hogwarts, another year of Voldemort’s reign. The story is deeper than ever, and with the maturing trio comes realizations that every teenager must come to terms with about growing up. Add in friendship, rivals, and romance, and this is a great look at different universal truths that surround getting older.

The pressure increases for Harry, Ron, and Hermione in their sixth year at school. With the revelations from the prophecy in the previous book comes the need for knowledge on how to accomplish the monumental task set before them to bring down Voldemort for good. Unlike last year, Dumbledore takes a special interest in Harry and gives him lessons that prove to be an important lens with which to view the greatest Dark Wizard ever.

Rowling takes us back in time to see how Voldemort became the monster that terrorized Muggles and Wizards alike. As we delve into the past of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, we learn more about Harry, Ron, Hermione, and even Dumbledore, whose past is still shrouded I’m quite a bit of mystery.

By the end of this journey, lives will change forever and the battle lines will be drawn. Who will win the second Wizarding War? How can Voldemort be stopped? Are our trio ready for the horrors ahead?

The end of this book is filled with fear and hope, and I can’t wait to read the last book to find out how everything is wrapped up. If you enjoyed Harry’s journey up to this point, definitely read this book.

Oct 26, 2019

I think this one is now my favorite. I love learning about all the history and everything that has lead up to the current state of things. I also loved reading about all of the relationship drama and teen hormones and silly moments like that. It was sort of a relative calm before the storm, and I really appreciated that. The tension in this book between Harry and Draco is just so engrossing and fantastic, and Slughorn was such an interesting and enjoyable addition to the cast of characters. I absolutely loved this book.

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Oct 09, 2020

"This is Felix Felicis, I suppose? You haven't got another little bottle full of - I don't know -"
"Essence of Insanity?" - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Oct 09, 2020

"" . . . but now that big Hufflepuff player's got the quaffle from her, I can't remember his name, it's something like Bibble, - no, Buggins - "
"It's Cadwallader!" said Professor McGonagall loudly from behind Luna. Several people laughed. " - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Oct 09, 2020

"Sometimes you remind me a lot of James. He called it my "furry little problem" in company. Many people were under the impression that I owned a badly behaved rabbit." - Lupin

Oct 09, 2020

"I don't think you should be an Aurror, Harry. The Aurrors are part of the Rotfang Conspiracy, I thought everyone knew that. They're working from within to bring down the Ministry of Magic using a combination of Dark Magic and gum disease." - Luna

Oct 09, 2020

""Yes," said Harry stiffly.
"Yes sir."
"There's no need to call me "sir", Professor."" - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Jun 26, 2019

“No need to call me ‘sir,’ Professor.”

May 16, 2019

Ginny: "You'd think people had better things to gossip about. Three Dementor attacks in a week, and all Romilda Vane does is ask me if it's true you've got a Hippogriff tattooed across your chest."

Ron and Hermione both roared with laughter. Harry ignored them.

Harry: "What did you tell her?"
Ginny: "I told her it's a Hungarian Horntail. Much more macho."
Harry: "Thanks. And what did you tell her Ron's got?"
Ginny: "A Pygmy Puff, but I didn't say where."

May 16, 2019

"Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?"
"Yes," said Harry stiffly.
"Yes, sir."
"There's no need to call me 'sir', Professor."

Nov 24, 2018

“I knew Ginny was lying about that tattoo.” -Ron Weasley

Jan 07, 2018

"Harry! We heard a noise and someone said something about the Dark Mark-"
-Ernie Macmillan

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Jun 22, 2014

This in stallion in the harry potter series delves more on the relationship between dumbledore and harry, a mysterious book left by a mysterious person which gives harry a heads up in not only potions but other things as well, harry also starts falling in love with Ginny weasley where he becomes very distraught when he learns she is already dating, what lies in store next for our great and mighty hero harry potter?

Michael17bpl Jul 24, 2013

Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts opens to find him more mellow and grown up than ever. When the day finally arrives, Harry is excited to be taking private lessons with Dumbledore this year, who is showing him all about Voldemort's past. Dumbledore hopes that knowing as much as he can about Voldemort will help Harry in his final battle with the Dark Lord. A mysterious book previously owned by the Half-Blood Prince comes into Harry's hands early on during his Potions class and changes the course of his school year by giving him a reputation for Potions brilliance that baffles everyone. Harry quickly grows to depend on the information he gets from the Half-Blood Prince's book and uses some of his spells outside of class, much to Hermione's displeasure. Harry also keeps an increasingly close eye on Draco Malfoy. Convinced that Malfoy has replaced his father as the head of the Death Eaters, Harry believes Malfoy is constructing a dark plot inside the school but can't for the life of him figure out what it is. Between Ron and Hermione's skepticism, and Malfoy's disappearances from the school grounds, As the year speeds by, Harry and Ron are both amazed at their blossoming love lives. Harry especially falls hard for someone he knows he shouldn't, his best friend Ron's sister, Ginny. Harry and Dumbledore leave on their mission to destroy a horcrux., Malfoy's dark plot finally works and he is able to sneak in Death Eaters to attack the school, and a fierce battle takes place between the students, members of the Order of the Phoenix, and the Death Eaters. Having succeeded in their mission to recover the horcrux, Professor Snape kills Dumbledore.

Jan 22, 2013

Harry begins his 6th year at Hogwarts. Lord Volemort and is now harsher than ever on Muggles, too. Harry begins taking lessons from Dumbledore, and also begins to find a new love in his heart.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 19, 2012

Lord Voldemort has returned and his wrath has been felt in both the Muggle (non-magical) and Wizarding worlds. Severus Snape, a member of Dumbledore's anti-Voldemort Order of the Phoenix but formerly one of Voldemort's Death Eaters, meets with Narcissa Malfoy, mother of Harry Potter's school rival Draco. Snape makes an Unbreakable Vow to Narcissa, promising to assist and protect Draco.
Meanwhile, Dumbledore collects Harry from his aunt and uncle's house and takes him to the home of Horace Slughorn, former Potions teacher at Hogwarts. Dumbledore tries to persuade a reluctant Slughorn to return to teaching and finally succeeds. Later, when shopping for schoolbooks, Harry and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger follow Draco Malfoy to Dark Arts supplier Borgin and Burkes, where they overhear Draco insisting that the store-owner fix an unknown object. Harry is instantly suspicious of Draco, whom he believes to be a Death Eater like his father.

lucky Dec 24, 2008

Harry is starting his sixth year at Hogwarts school. Dumbledore has come to pick him up from the Dursley's. At Hogwarts, Harry starts receiving lessons from Dumbledore on how to defeat lord Voldemort.


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Sep 19, 2012

Violence: a lot of fighting and killing, but id say still safe for kids.

Aug 24, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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