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Monday, July 25, 2005

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!

What about you? Click on Comments below and tell me what you thought of Book 6.

I really liked this book too. I have read them all and I can't wait for the next one. I hope she writes fast!
Imagine... right this second it's five past midnight in London. Maybe she's dreaming the next couple chapters of book seven... AK! I cant wait!

lets just hope Jk wakes up in the middle of the night with a sudden urge to write. :)
By the way, who did you think the Half Blood Prince was? I thought it was either Dean Thomas or Seamus Finnigan. (get those two mixed up a lot) I had read somwhere that it had to be somone who had been there since the beginning. I never even dreamed that it would be a teacher...
About 3/4 of the way through the story, I was sure i knew both who the half-blood prince was, and who was going to die...I was wrong on both counts!
I was sure the half-blood prince was Tom Riddle! I still would not be surprised if that were true. It just fits so much better than, well, than the one who said he was the half-blood prince.
There was a short period of time where I thought that too.
I am ashamed to say I haven't read any of the Harry Potter books yet. I have seent he movies though, so I'm VERY curious about who dies and who the half-blood prince is! I can't wait for the movie to come out, so whoever reads this - do you recommend I start the series from the beginning or am I safe to read the last book??? :)
I definetley thought the Half-Blood Prince was gonna be Harry, Harry's Dad, or Sirius. I was so wrong. I thought the ending was so sad though :( what is Harry gonna do without him! I cannot wait for the next book!
Oh and to Madamebrooke DO NOT read the last book know, you would be missing too much info
THe half blood prince was sooooo good! I thought Harry might be it but i was sooooo wrong, I kinda had a feeling of who would be killed but this book was just so surprising i had no idea of any of what happened. This book even scared me a little to read at night especially parts about the inferi!
hidabajig, you are so right about this book being scary!
When I was reading the part where Harry and Dumbledore are in the cave, near the end (you know the part), I kept thinking, "Wow, will this be scary in a movie!"
Yeah, me too! Actually, my friend told me who was going to die before i had finished (believe me, I didnt ask her to) and during that part I was sure that she was wrong and that this part had mislead her. (she hadnt finnished the book either.)So, bizzarly enough, I was extremley happy during that bit in the story.
Thank you for the advice, Hidabajig. My new goal is to read all the Harry Potter books before school starts up again. Wish me luck!!! :)
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