Monday, December 26, 2011

Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (book 6)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (book 6)
Pages:  652
Release Date:  January 1st, 2005
Date Read:  2011, November 29th - December 6th
Received: Own
Rating:  5/5 stars
Recommended to:  15+



This summary contains spoilers to the previous books! If you have not read Harry Potter books 1-5 I suggest you do not read the Summary. The actual review holds no spoilers.

SUMMARY -
Harry Potter is very unsure of what to expect from his 6th year at Hogwarts.  There is a new Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour, and after what happened at the Ministry of Magic, Harry's story of Voldemort's return is finally looked upon as true.  He's even being called "The Chosen One".  Plus, there's a new Professor to take over Umbridge's job, Defense of the Dark Arts.  But even with all this, he can't help but wonder what's wrong with Draco Malfoy, who has been acting extra suspicious, even for Draco.  With the help of his friends Ron and Hermione, private lessons with Professor Dumbledore himself, and the amazing Potions notes he found in his used Advanced Potions book, Harry must discover the truth behind Malfoy's behavior before the worst comes to pass.

MY THOUGHTS -
Ok, so, I knew about that big thing at the end (sucks, huh?) and also who did it (extra lame, I know), but GEEZ!  I was still soooo engrossed.  And sad.  So, so sad. :(

I have no different thoughts/feelings/emotions toward toward this book than the last one - they're just heightened and about to freaking burst inside of me!  I mean, how is this so amazing?!  My mind is befuddled by this amazing accomplishment that is Harry Potter - and I am full of love for this extraordinary cast and - how am I going to survive?!

Ok, I'm done being dramatic.  Moving on.

CHARACTER NOTES -
Fred Weasley, I am madly in love with you and forever will be.  I would like to be your wife.  Please say you'll marry me and take me away to your joke shop, where we will have many red-headed pranking children and live happily ever after forever and always.

Besides my undying passion for a particular Weasley twin (and yes I know about him already...), I must add a  few new observations.  You know how in my review for the previous book I mentioned how Harry is always a bit more revealed in each book?  Well this time around I noticed how respectful he is.  To friends, to teachers - to Dumbledore.  The way he treats everyone as he would treat himself...how he talks to Dumbledore and how he's "Dumbledore's man through and through" - that almost brought tears to my eyes. I really really love Harry.

Ron and Hermione continue to grow as well, and still stay geniusly consistent.  I love the development of mutual feelings between them!!

However, I can't forget Ginny, the new part of my Top 3 Favorite Harry Potter Characters since book 5.  WOW, that girl - she's amazing.  Tough, but sweet.  Totally kind, but will stand up for herself. Dang.  She blows me away.

STORY NOTES -
The story progresses very intensely in book 6.  So much that you get that feeling of "It's going to end...really soon."

This book is quite a bit spookier than the others - the inferi totally had me gaping with their intense creepiness.  The climax was, as usually, quite incredible, with amazing reveals (totally was not expecting the Half-Blood Prince to be that person!) and a bittersweet ending that'll leave you dying for book 7.

I really loved the way Malfoy's character shift affected the story.  That, too, was something I had not expected and it exposed Malfoy in a very interesting way.

The relationship between Harry and Dumbledore really affected the story in the greatest of ways.  I love how they bonded - even when Harry didn't know a lot about Dumbledore.

So - now I'm dying to know the rest of this fantastic story and how it all plays out!  To say I'm hooked would be the biggest understatement of the history of the world!!  Glued, stuck, plastered, never-to-be-parted-from - those don't even say enough!  I'm in love!

SUMMING IT UP -
What an excellent 6th book!! (I think I say that with every book...  It's true, though!)  Deathly Hallows - come to Mama!  ;)

FOR THE PARENTS -
Lots of kissing (aka snogging) and spooky dark magic.  15+

3 comments:

  1. Natalie @ Mindful MusingsDecember 26, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Glad you enjoyed it so much! Only one left for you now. Sad day :( Lol. 

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  2. Haha, yes, I was sad for it to be over (I finished #7 already - review's up next week), but now I get to re-read them and that will be sooo exciting! :D

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  3. Is it bad that I've never even read the first chapter of The Sorcerer's Stone? :(

    I feel like the odd one out because I know how many people adore this series. I think it's time to take a trip to the library.

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