Every Harry Potter book that comes out and is just as good as the last, if not better. Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince comes out with a bang as it gets us right into the book. J K Rowling really knows how to start the books to grab your attention and no matter how many times I read the book I am fascinated by it.
The Plot of Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince:
“The War against Voldermort is not going well; 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. The Weasley twins expand their business. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate-and lose a few eyebrows in the process. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, through Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.
So it’s the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldermort-and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.”
I really was blown away by this book and the movie (but the book was still better at least in my opinion). But this book really was another amazing addition to the Harry Potter series. I will never stop reading them because they are just so enjoyable.
As the book began the first thing you get is again the muggle world and wizard world mixing but it is with the Ministry this time. Voldermort is making himself known now and the muggle world is being effected by this stronger wizard. It is a different from the other books because before Voldermort was there but not as powerful now he is. He has gain in strength and determination to gain more power and to ultimately kill Harry.
One thing I thought was interesting was the unbreakable vow that Snape made with Mrs. Malfoy. As the first time reader I wasn’t sure what that really meant for Snape’s character. Was he really bad or was this all still part of a plan for the goodside (the truth comes out but in the last book). I still love the character of Snape. I think he has much more depth than people think and reading it several times over I will still continue to believe this.
It was also intriguing to learn about the past with different characters. One is Harry’s father and even Sirius. He finds they are good but they had a little rough patch with the rules. Then there is the past with Voldermort and the boy he was before, Tom Riddle. I think that bit of information was probably the most interesting part with background because you learn about the man behind the villain. I thought it was interesting to find that the boy from the start had an evil streak to him which should have been a clue to how he would become but there were some who saw him for who he was, even if it was too late.
I liked how we also learned about Voldermorts past with his mother and her father and brother. It was another clue to Voldermorts family, the family he resented and thought weak. There was also a nice foreshadowing on the quest which Harry will be taking in the last book with finding the items Dumbledore was intruding. As I read the book over and over I kept thinking about how these objects were mentioned and the power they created.
It was interesting to see that in the last book Snape finally gets what he wants and I wondered the first time why, why would Dumbledore do this now (at the end of the last book you find out why).
The most intriguing part was Harry’s battle which was always going on but the seventh book will bring it to an end no matter what. Harry knows his prophecy and his mission, getting Horcrux’s, which is given by Dumbledore. The one thing that frustrated everytime I read this book was that Dumbledore was always so vague with his instructions. Did this mean he could not trust Harry completely? This is probably not the answer (in the last book the answer will be given which was a surprise and worth reading about).
Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince is the sixth book of Rowlings series and is another wonderful addition. It is worth reading as it leads to the final chapter in Harry Potter.