Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

(Harry Potter #6)

paperback, 652 pages

English language

Published July 25, 2006 by Scholastic Paperbacks.

ISBN:
9780439785969
OCLC Number:
70666878

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4 stars (86 reviews)

The war against Voldemort is not going well; even the Muggles have been affected. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.

And yet . . . as with all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Harry receives some extraordinary help in Potions from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. And with Dumbledore's guidance, he seeks out the full, complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort -- and thus finds what may be his only vulnerability.

53 editions

A lot of inconsequential events.

3 stars

Yet another book that just continues providing evidence for Snape being the absolute worst teacher and the whiniest, entitled little snot ever. I can't like him, even if Rowling wants the audience to.

We finally see the rectification of what should've been done, proving that Harry has earned the right to know more about... his future (instead of having people "protecting" him from it, which endangers him -- odd that any person engaged in education would think a lack of knowledge would be dangerous, but I digress).

I actually enjoy this one because I like Snape's potions book coming out (and, by the way, showing he was a bit of a douchebag via Harry's use of it), but I feel like it would've been more powerful if there'd been a better way of learning that it was his book. And I would've liked a better narrative of hinting that it …

Review of 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

By far the best in the series. You still have the same old school crap going on. Harry is still a angry little fella. Ron is as horny as a field of rabbits. Dumbleydoor still does nothing, happy to let all the pressure build up. Hagrid cries. Lupin is still really emo. Hermie knows everything. This time though things start to get dark, there is suddenly a real element of danger, a lot of violence going on in the world. I have to admit that I did whiz through the last 200 pages as the writing flowed really well, if the rest of the book was more interesting then it could have got 4 stars.

Things I've learnt from this book:

Harry Potter reminds me of a troubled kid I went to school with, always answering back to a certain teacher, always in detention. Could he have been magical?

The …

Review of 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' on 'GoodReads'

5 stars

This is probably the first time I've cried while listening to a book. There's something intoxicating in the way Stephen Fry narrates and the whole section with Harry and Dumbledore in the caves was so emotional that I couldn't help but shed a tear at Dumbledore's desperate cries for help. I remember when I was first reading this book, I'd been really shocked to discover Dumbledore's death. However, that feeling was nothing compared to what I felt when Fry's pleading voice of Dumbledore echoed through my ears. I felt shattered once again. Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - you will be missed!

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