Sep 30

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Title: Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 652
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.

And yet…

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!


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  1. Sheila (Book Journey)

    Your review actually gave me chills… I am such a fan and get a little wired up when people tell me this is a horrible book filled with bad ideas for children… really? Like building friendships, deciding good over evil, learning about trust and honesty, and not judging someone by their appearance? Oh yeah…. all bad!!!

    LOL – Great review!
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    1. dorolerium

      I think it’s just an overall problem with banned books – people don’t even read them before making that kind of decision, in most cases. It’s very sad to me.

      And seriously, if people are believing that these books are trying to convince children that witchcraft is real…that’s just plain stupid. I swear people forget that kids have incredible imaginations and this only helps to fuel their fun, rather than causing damage. Plus, they’ve got the whole rest of their lives to be grown up, why deny them the few years they have that are truly magical and fun?

  2. heather

    I love the whole series too. I had a friend who wouldn’t read the series because of witchcraft when it came out. Another friend and I who are total Harry Potter nerds won her over. She loved it once she read it and the world didn’t end.

    1. dorolerium

      I’ll admit that I’m totally not religious so the idea of not reading something based on that is just a bit off for me, but I really think it’s horrible to say “I won’t read that” without even trying it. And to take it a step further, to say that OTHER people CAN’T read something because it’s offensive to one person or group of people – it’s just plain silly!

      I don’t really know anyone who doesn’t love this series, I’m so glad to finally be reading it :)

  3. kristen

    i LOVE the harry potter books so much. your reviews make me want to read the series again!

    1. dorolerium

      You should totally pick them up again! I have really enjoyed these last few and can’t wait to read the last one when I get some time :)

  4. Shelley Workinger

    I also have a friend who hasn’t read the books because of “questionable content.”
    She’s very religious, so I directed her to John Granger’s “Looking for God in Harry Potter.”
    I RARELY read non-fiction, but the title intrigued me and it was an interesting take on the series that I can now use to convince non-HP fans…you’d think I was getting a commission on readership :)
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    1. dorolerium

      That’s pretty exciting! I’ll have to look into that book, it sounds interesting and I love anything that will give people more reason to read things I love :) I hope your friend did eventually decide to pick the series up!

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