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

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
Publisher: Scholastic
Publish Date: July 2006
Origins: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Series: Sorcerer's Stone (1), Chamber of Secrets (2), Prisoner of Azkaban (3), Goblet of Fire (4), Order of the Phoenix (5), Half-Blood Prince (6), Deathly Hollows (7)

The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses. 

And yet . . . 

As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate — and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

This is another one of those books that mean so much to me. ALL of the Harry Potter books I consider comfort reads and I can really only tell you exactly what I enjoy about them. This book ALWAYS makes me sob like a child, the ending..which I won't giveaway always makes me cry but I love that books can draw that kind of emotion out of me. I savor that in a good book.

Plot wise this book sets the stage and scene for the next, and final, book in the series. You get to see a lot of the basics of how Voldemort became who he was and you get a feel for how Harry Potter is going to play out in the grand scheme of things. I love this book even more because Snape is one of my favorite characters.

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  1. I agree with you. It was Snape that really did it for me. That's why this is my 3rd favorite from the series!

  2. Great review! I just finished listening to the Half Blood Prince audio book on my way to work this morning, so I thought it was kind of funny when I saw this.

  3. I've just started re-reading this series again this week. I haven't read them in a while. I forgot how enjoyable and comforting re-reading is. It is like visiting an old friend.



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