Review: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

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Category: 9-12 Fiction

Published: 2005

Re-Read: Sept/Oct 2016

Score: 5/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can’t quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys’ of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks’ time? Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine…

Review: This is a great addition to this series and one of the best set ups for a finale that I have ever seen. It’s the sixth book in the series and overall not one of the bigger books to come out but it comes with more information and furthers the stories better than any of the 5 previous.

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You meet Harry just as he is about to turn 16 and he is waiting for Dumbledore. This is the book where they become closer as Dumbledore is determined to help Harry any way possible learn to defeat Voldemort. One of the greatest things about this story line is he just doesn’t tell him, he makes him realize it all for himself. Of course it brings back great characters like Ron and Hermione, Lupin and Hagrid of course. Harry is also the captain of the Quidditch team and things something fishy is up with Malfoy which no one else sees.

There is a lot going on in this book. You learn more about Voldemort and delve deeper in the magic of this world. You meet some new people who have a large part in the overall picture. As I said before it sets up nicely for the last book in this series and the inevitable show down between Harry and Voldemort.

This is  a not a book for the younger of this age group. I could even argue it wouldnt’ be appropriate to anyone who isn’t a teen. It’s heavy content about murder and loss. A major character dies which is also a big deal and can be gut wrenching if you are really invested in this series.

harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-princeAgain the writing is well done too. Descriptive without being boring. You are taken in to this world where you feel a part of it and want to join in and have magical powers.

I have nothing bad to say about this book, it’s more mature, it’s a great read with all the emotional feels you would expect at this point in the game.

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