Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
Well, it took me a week (did I say I was a slow reader???), but I finished Harry and the Half-Blood Prince, and, oh my, I thought it was GREAT!
About half way through, I thought I had figured it all out. I was sure I knew which character dies and who the "half-blood prince" would turn out to be. Not so! I was surprised and shocked at the end, and really looking forward to the next (last) book.
Having said that, let me start at the beginning and, I promise not to spoil it for those who haven't read it. The story starts out with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named becoming more and more powerful, his followers coming back within his control and bad things happening all over. Cornelius Fudge, the head of the Ministry of Magic, has been replaced, Draco Malfoy's father is in Azkaban, and Professor Snape has at last been assigned to teach Defense Against the Dark Arts.
Harry's sixth year begins with Dumbledore proposing to give Harry private "lessons" during the upcoming year. His year starts off very badly though when he runs into Draco on Diagon Ally and again on the Hogwarts Express. Harry is convinced that Draco has joined the Death Eaters and is out to get him. He could always count on Ron and Hermione before, but they don't take his concerns about Draco seriously.
Hermione is actually really annoyed at both Ron and Harry throughout most of the story. She is angry at Ron, because he spends a lot of time "snogging" Lavender Brown... no, I'm not going to define snogging :)
But she is even more angry with Harry when he is given a Potions textbook that used to belong to the "Half-Blood Prince." Using the notes in the margins of the book as a guide, Harry zooms to the head of the Potions class!
By the end of the story, Harry has learned that not all of the notes and spells in the Potions textbook are good. He has learned a lot about Lord Voldemort during his private lessons with Dumbledore. He has learned who his true friends are and what he must do to destroy his one enemy. He has learned that his most important weapon is love.
As I said, I really liked the story. The angry, adolescent Harry from Order of the Phoenix has matured into a young man. At the end of this book, his future is mapped out for him. I can't wait to read it!
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