Title: Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: YA Fantasy
How I Read It: Paperback purchased by me
Synopsis: The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Hermione 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.
As in all wars, life goes on. The Weasley twins expand their business. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate – and lose a few eyebrows in the process. 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 multi-layered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at 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.
My Review: What a fabulous book! Can you believe this series is on the banned books list? I was curious about why that’s the case, so I did a bit of googling and found this site, which goes into more detail about the ban.
My favorite reason? That people believe witchcraft is real (did we not learn from burning “witches” in the old timey days?), and further, that the Harry Potter series is going to convince children that witchcraft is fun instead of evil.
Have these people read the series? It very clearly takes place in a secret world. Believe me, there have been plenty of times that I’ve wished I could just grab a broom and fly away, or stupefy someone into shutting up. But uh, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t work that way. Or, if we’re really going to talk about literature I wish was real…I have a replica of The One Ring from the LOTR series. I wear it every day. Sadly, it has never made me invisible.
Anyway, all that nonsense aside, I was completely blown away by this book. I’ve seen the movie a ton, but I was pleasantly surprised at all the other details that existed in this book. For example, I felt like the relationships were much more developed and we got significantly better background on them in the book – whereas in the movie, it was like BAM! Harry and Ginny kiss once!
Obviously one of the most important plot points we read is about horcruxes. Anyone who knows anything about this series understands the significance of that word. If you don’t, please go to the beginning and start reading this series, because you are totally going to kick yourself for not doing it sooner.
This book transports me to the center of the wizarding world, a place I’m very much in love with, although it unfortunately does not spend enough time with my beloved Snape. I’d love an entire series just written about Snape, actually…
I can’t really find anything wrong with this book that I haven’t mention in previous books, so it was nearly flawless in my opinion. The kids are, naturally, more grown up, and I love seeing them having to face more realistic problems, make decisions that actually affect the world, and take those further steps down the paths that lead to their destinies. This was a touching story, I dare you to read it without crying, and I’m dying to pick the last one up very soon.
Read this book if: Definitely continue the series, or start it if you haven’t already.
My Rating: 5/5 – Did I say cool? Make that awesome!