Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, Bk 6)
Harry Potter And The HalfBlood Prince - Harry Potter, Bk 6 Author:J. K. Rowling 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 ... more »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.« less
Definitely fun and daring, but one of Rowling's darker ones. Harry's surely grown-up in this one - Hogwart's is never the same. This really sets things up for the final book and makes you question the loyalty (surprisingly) of Snape. Little Draco Malfoy surprised me in this one, too. He becomes more human, less bratty, stereotypical bully.
Also -- zombies appear in this one. How could you not love that?
I loved it and hated it. It was a conjunction of life going right and wrong. Ambiguities abounded in my mind as I read this book and probably will in yours as well, but those ambiguities are what make the characters so realistic.
Jennifer L. reviewed Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, Bk 6) on
Helpful Score: 8
Although there was a lot of time elapsed since I read the last five, I couldn't put it down. And even though it is written for children, it gave me a nice break from a the heavier reading I had been doing. I think it also reviews nicely what happened in the previous books so you don't have to do a lot of re-reading.
This one will turn you all around and holding onto your seat. Now the entire wizarding community knows that Voldemort is back and Fudge has gotten the boot. There is a new teacher of Defense against the Dark Arts, and also an eccentric new Potions' teacher. I won't tell you who dies but definitely be prepared for a shock.
This book gripped me and didn't let up. I remember standing in line at Wal-Mart to get my copy. I read it later, but was fortunate enough to miss the mass amounts of spoilers everywhere (Thank GOD!!) However, when it came to that part, I was so upset I slammed the book shut and threw it against the wall...and then, immediately ran over to pick it up, check for damages, and finish reading it. I was heartbroken. This is what proves that J.K. Rowling is brave. She may not have hurt her central characters physically but there is no doubt that the students of Hogwarts have suffered.
Weakest novel in the series in terms of plot (relies heavily on flashback scenes), but the storyline is well executed. Rowling was right when she described books 6 and 7 as two parts of a whole. There is a lot of exposition leading up to "Deathly Hallows" here. Balances the comical with the creepy very well. One of the funniest books in the series. Recommended!
A more complex book than those that preceded it in that much of the "action" is reflection and planning. However, it is captivating. You would have to have read the earlier books to really appreciate this one.
Jim Dale does a fantabulous job reading this story. I am endlessly impressed with J. K. Rowling's imagination and her ability to believably create an entire world. These books have been a wonderful escape for me.
HBP is a very 'dark' story and involves more mature aspects of Harry's world. He inherits a house as well as a house elf to go with it, is inducted into the "Slug Club," finds a mysterious book to aid him in a difficult class, begins a new "adventure" in finding horcruxes, and buries a beloved mentor. The book is fairly long but grabbed me from the very beginning. This was the first I read in a very short period of time (only 3 days) because I couldn't put it down.
I give four stars for the young but I give it ony three stars for older readers because it seems drawn own and wordy. Why it took me so long to read this series I do not know. However, I have totally enjoyed every one, even this one. He Who Must Not be Named (Voldemort) has indeed come back. Harry Potter and Professor Dumbledore work together to try to uncover clues about Voldemort's past and find a way to stop him once and for all. Yes, this one is darker and sadder than previous reads but as we are nearing the end of the series and Harry is growing up this is probably appropriate. I do feel that it could have been more heavily edited to make a better read. Nevertheless, the exciting ending prompts readers to hurry out for the novel in the series.