Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Originally Published: 2005
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling is the 6th in the series.
Harry Potter continues to enthrall. The books, although for all ages, are getting darker. We have lost Cedric. We have lost Sirius. Now we lose another.
It starts with visits…the Ministry of Magic visiting the Prime Minister in the Muggle World…..Narcissa Malfoy visiting Severus Snape….and Dumbledore visting Harry at the Dursleys.
A new Potions teacher, Horace Slughorn will join the school, and Snape will be teaching Defence Against the Dark Arts (much to Harry’s disappointment). Slughorn has a secret that Dumbledore desperately needs, and he instructs Harry to discover it. Dumbledore and Harry will work closely together to try and put an end to Voldemort.
Harry discovers he is excellent at Potions, as long as he uses the instructions in the book he found by someone called the Half-Blood Prince. This book may not be a good idea.
Harry is suspicious when he saw Malfoy in a store called Borgin & Berkes. He thinks Malfoy is a death eater, like his father. When strange things happen at school, they seem to confirm his suspicions.
On a lighter note, sort of, romance is in the air, and it is putting a strain on the relationship between Harry, Ron and Hermione. When Ron discovers Hermione kissed Viktor Krum, he is not impressed. Suddenly he is dating Lavender Brown. Now Hermione is not impressed. Harry is finding himself very interested in Ginny, but doesn’t know how to tell Ron.
The ending is not happy. We lose someone else. Someone we have loved since Book 1. We know there is a reason for everything, but it is so hard.
Deep breath. Okay, Rowling did another superb job of leading us from one dark event to the next, with so much suspense thrown in and an ending that takes us by surprise. How could you not want to continue?
Favorite Quotes from The Half-Blood Prince:
“Sometimes you remind me a lot of James. He called it my ‘furry little problem’ in company. Many people were under the impression that I owned a badly behaved rabbit.”
“You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!”
“Neither can live while the other survives . . …”