Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)

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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. ...

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Overview

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.

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 Voldemort -- and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.

Winner of the 2005 Quill Awards Book of the Year & Children's Chapter Book/Middle Grade Category

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After months of frenzied anticipation and wild speculation about the identity of the Half-Blood Prince, the numerous bombshells and incredible plot twists in the sixth, ever-darkening installment of J. K. Rowling's bestselling Harry Potter saga will leave readers as shocked and stunned as they are utterly satisfied.

As the novel begins, a "grim mood" has fallen over the country. The minions of Lord Voldemort (a.k.a. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named) continue to grow as his evil spreads. The Ministry of Magic has stepped up security everywhere, and as Harry enters his sixth year at Hogwarts, he begins to see himself -- and everyone around him -- in a different, more discerning, light. With rumors swirling about Harry being the prophesied "Chosen One," he begins taking private lessons from Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore. As Dumbledore prepares Harry for his destined clash with Voldemort by revealing jaw-dropping insights into the Dark Lord's past -- who his parents were, what happened after he left Hogwarts, and more -- Harry also struggles to uncover the identity of the Half-Blood Prince, the past owner of a potions textbook he now possesses that is filled with ingenious, potentially deadly, spells. But Harry's life is suddenly changed forever when someone close to him is heinously murdered right before his eyes....

With only one book to go before the series' projected conclusion, Rowling masterfully sets the stage for what will surely be an epic battle to end all battles. The chess pieces are all in place for a magic-powered endgame that will be as thrilling as it is bittersweet. Paul Goat Allen

Jabari Asim
The journey from child to adult is tough enough for ordinary mortals, but the trip has been unusually hazardous for the world-famous wizard-in-training. Rowling shepherds her hero's arduous trek to maturity with her customary grace and good humor, though she has infused her story with more bone-cracking and blood-spattering than may be tolerable for many of the young readers who have followed Harry's adventures so far.
— The Washington Post
Liesl Schillinger
These newest 652 pages - far darker than those that preceded them - are leavened with humor, romance and snappy dialogue, and freighted with secrets, deepening bonds, betrayals and brutal lessons, many of them coming from the sinister, Harry-hating Severus Snape, master of the dark arts. Up to now, Harry, while overcoming any number of harrowing trials, has managed to retain a trusting nature; but at 16, worsening circumstances force him to realize that even though he regards himself as ''Dumbledore's man through and through,'' he must also be his own man.
— The New York Times Sunday Book Review
Michiko Kakutani
… the darkest and most unsettling installment yet … It is a novel that pulls together dozens of plot strands from previous volumes, underscoring how cleverly and carefully J. K. Rowling has assembled this giant jigsaw puzzle of an epic … the achievement of the Potter books is the same as that of the great classics of children's literature, from the Oz novels to The Lord of the Rings: the creation of a richly imagined and utterly singular world, as detailed, as improbable and as mortal as our own.
— The New York Times
From The Critics
Our hero, Harry, now 16, battles ever-more-complex evil as Lord Voldemort's followers begin to wreak havoc even in the Muggle (non-wizarding) world. Rowling writes with increasing depth and nuance, her characters gaining maturity and dimension with each book. As Harry and Professor Dumbledore join forces to unlock the secrets of Voldemort's dark heart, their discoveries tie up loose ends from previous installments while (vexingly) unraveling others to be resolved in the seventh, and final, installment. The dark tone, snogging (kissing), and a shocker of an ending make this a better choice for older readers. (ages 8 to 12)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2005
Publishers Weekly
From our Best Books citation: "In this sixth book, Rowling pulls together threads from all the previous titles, expertly poising readers for the planned finale." Ages 9-12. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From The Critics
When the sixth book in the Harry Potter epic begins, the wizarding and muggle worlds are terrorized by Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters. To make matters worse, Snape makes an unbreakable vow with Mrs. Malfoy, and Draco Malfoy is suspected of being a Death Eater. In the meantime, Harry and Dumbledore travel through the Pensieve to learn how to defeat Lord Voldemort. The stakes are high when Draco's plan is revealed and the Half-Blood Prince betrays those who trusted him most. In the midst of poisonings, werewolf attacks, and a tragic death, Rowling adds much-needed comic relief when Dumbledore visits the Dursleys, the Weasley twins create "the constipation sensation that's gripping the nation" (p. 116), and Ron and Lavender are "snogging" all over Hogwarts castle. Fans will be waiting impatiently for the last book in the series to learn more about R. A. B., horcruxes, and Harry's fate. 2005, Scholastic, 652 pp., Ages young adult.
—Faith H. Wallace
KLIATT
Your library already owns multiple copies of this blockbuster fantasy adventure, of course, but just in case you haven't read it yet, this tells of heroic Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is now 16, and romance is in the air along with hefty helpings of humor, horror, and Rowling's delightfully inventive fantasy details (wouldn't you like a potion that confers luck?). Headmaster Dumbledore teaches Harry about the background of Harry's mortal enemy, Lord Voldemort, so that together they can try to defeat him. Old adversaries Draco Malfoy and Professor Snape play important roles, as do Harry's faithful friends Ron and Hermione, and a particularly beloved character meets a nasty end. Not as gripping as the last volume, but the action-packed final chapters help make up for a slow start. (Harry Potter, #6). KLIATT Codes: JSA*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2005, Scholastic, 652p., Ages 12 to adult.
—Paula Rohrlick
Children's Literature
Book 6 in the Harry Potter series clearly has been written for a somewhat older audience. For example, instead of beginning with Harry unhappily ensconced at the home of his aunt and uncle, the Dursleys, as was the case in earlier volumes, the first two chapters of this book set the stage for the continuation of the story by relating recent events in the struggle between good and evil affecting both the Ministry of Magic and the supporters of Lord Voldemort. In Chapter 3, Harry is rescued by Albus Dumbledore after a mere fortnight of boredom during his summer holiday at the Dursleys, which leads to a visit to the Burrow, the new home of the Order of the Phoenix. As sixth-year students at Hogwarts, Harry and his pals Ron and Hermione learn to apparate, Harry becomes captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team, and teenage hormones begin to kick in with their usual side effects. Flashbacks, presented in the form of visits via the Pensive to old memories collected by Dumbledore, provide Harry with more information about the young wizard who eventually became Lord Voldemort. This leads to a spine-tingling search for one of the seven Horcruxes created by Voldemort to ensure his immortality, and which sets the stage for the concluding volume of the series. All in all, a great read. Fans of Harry Potter will not be disappointed. 2005, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, Ages 10 to adult.
—Charles Wyman
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Opening just a few weeks after the previous book left off, the penultimate entry in the series is, as the author foretold, the darkest and most unsettling yet. The deeds of Voldemort's Death Eaters are spreading even to the Muggle world, which is enshrouded in a mist caused by Dementors draining hope and happiness. Harry, turning 16, leaves for Hogwarts with the promise of private lessons with Dumbledore. No longer a fearful boy living under the stairs, he is clearly a leader and increasingly isolated as rumors spread that he is the "Chosen One," the only individual capable of defeating Voldemort. Two attempts on students' lives, Harry's conviction that Draco Malfoy has become a Death Eater, and Snape's usual slimy behavior add to the increasing tension. Yet through it all, Harry and his friends are typical teens, sharing homework and messy rooms, rushing to classes and sports practices, and flirting. Ron and Hermione realize their attraction, as do Harry and Ginny. Dozens of plot strands are pulled together as the author positions Harry for the final book. Much information is cleverly conveyed through Dumbledore's use of a Pensieve, a device that allows bottled memories to be shared by Harry and his beloved professor as they apparate to various locations that help explain Voldemort's past. The ending is heart wrenching. Once again, Rowling capably blends literature, mythology, folklore, and religion into a delectable stew. This sixth book may be darker and more difficult, but Potter fans will devour it and begin the long and bittersweet wait for the final installment.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
July 25, 2005
'Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince': The Kirkus Review Review Date: JULY 25, 2005
Category: NONE Classification: ONLINE EXCLUSIVE Revealed at last–now that the fog of whipped-up anticipation, secrecy, hints, threats, news stories of legal action, wild speculation, midnight-oil-burning and marketing smoke is thinning–the penultimate Potter sequel delivers, as have its predecessors, a tale worth the wait. Readers who felt a bit hammered by the adolescent rage coloring Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003) will be relieved to find that Rowling has returned to the lighter tone of earlier episodes, though properly portentous events do swirl in the background, and, as promised: There Is a Death.

Harry enters his sixth year at Hogwarts knowing that he has a pivotal role to play in the now-open war against Voldemort, sure that Draco Malfoy is up to something, and more than a little conflicted by his attraction to Ginny Weasley, sidekick Ron's suddenly not-so-little sister. Harry's relationship to Dumbledore is entering a new phase, too, as under the kindly old wizard's direct guidance, he begins taking trips through a series of magically preserved memories to explore his archenemy's parentage and character.

Meanwhile, Harry's glee at getting a leg up in Potions class thanks to a heavily annotated old textbook that once belonged to a mysterious “Half-Blood Prince” rivals his discomfort at being caught between Ron and Hermione, who are going through a rocky patch, and the horror of discovering that his new Defense Against the Dark Arts instructor is none other than hated, hateful Severus Snape. How could Dumbledore possibly insist, as he repeatedly does, that Snape is a trustworthy ally?

While charting teenage infatuations and friendships with a wry wit that occasionally tumbles into outright merriment, Rowling tucks in several revelations (notably, the secret to Voldemort's seeming immortality), adds a dash of sympathy for Malfoy (of all people!), who does indeed turn out to be part of an ugly scheme, and further develops Snape's role as a pivotal character. Then, after a heartrending test of Harry's loyalty to Dumbledore, Rowling propels the plot to a climax that is–thanks to artful pre-pub preparation–tragic, but not uncomfortably shocking. This newest excursion into the Potterverse will leave readers pleased, amused, excited, scared, infuriated, delighted, sad, surprised, thoughtful–and likely wondering where Voldemort has got to, since he appears only in flashbacks. There's no doubt, however, that he'll figure prominently in what promises to be a spectacular finish.

SLJ 8-05
ROWLING, J. K. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. illus. by Mary GrandPré. 672p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Bks. 2005. Tr $29.99. ISBN 0-439-78454-9; PLB $34.99. ISBN 0-439-78677-0. LC 2005921149.
Gr 5 Up–Opening just a few weeks after the previous book left off, the penultimate entry in the series is, as the author foretold, the darkest and most unsettling yet. The deeds of Voldemort's Death Eaters are spreading even to the Muggle world, which is enshrouded in a mist caused by Dementors draining hope and happiness. Harry, turning 16, leaves for Hogwarts with the promise of private lessons with Dumbledore. No longer a fearful boy living under the stairs, he is clearly a leader and increasingly isolated as rumors spread that he is the “Chosen One,” the only individual capable of defeating Voldemort. Two attempts on students' lives, Harry's conviction that Draco Malfoy has become a Death Eater, and Snape's usual slimy behavior add to the increasing tension. Yet through it all, Harry and his friends are typical teens, sharing homework and messy rooms, rushing to classes and sports practices, and flirting. Ron and Hermione realize their attraction, as do Harry and Ginny. Dozens of plot strands are p

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756967659
  • Publisher: Scholastic HRDerbacks
  • Publication date: 7/12/2006
  • Series: Harry Potter Series , #6
  • Pages: 652
  • Sales rank: 598,687
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling is the author of six celebrated novels in the Harry Potter sequence. Her most recent book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, was named an ALA Notable Book and recognized with prizes as diverse as an Anthony Award for Best Young Adult Mystery and a Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Novel Award from Disney Adventures magazine. She has also been named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Ms. Rowling lives in Scotland with her family.

Jim Dale is the voice of all the characters in the Harry Potter audiobook series. This work has won him a Grammy® Award (2000), three Grammy nominations and three Audie Awards. A Member of the Order of the British Empire, Mr. Dale has also won a Tony Award®, four Drama Desk Awards and an Academy Award® nomination. Visit Jim at www.jim-dale.com.

Biography

As the often told story goes, J. K. Rowling was on the brink of poverty, receiving welfare when her first Harry Potter book catapulted her into a stratosphere of stardom rarely enjoyed by any writer. While accounts of Rowling's destitution have been greatly exaggerated, her story is still something of a rags-to-riches tale not unlike that of her most famous creation.

Yes, Rowling did briefly receive government assistance after returning to her home country of England following a stint in Portugal, but that ended when she took a fairly well-paying teaching job. Rather than financial hardships, the period between a 1990 train ride from Manchester to London -- during which Rowling first conceived of a "scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn't know he was a wizard" -- and the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was marked by setbacks of a more personal nature. Her mother passed away. She divorced her first husband, leaving her to raise her daughter alone. The writing career she'd always desired was becoming less and less viable as her personal responsibilities mounted.

Then came Harry, the bespectacled boy wizard she'd first dreamed on that fateful train ride.

The success of the first Harry Potter novel (given the slightly less lofty title of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.), in which the orphaned, seemingly ordinary boy discovers that he is not only a possessor of incredible powers but already a celebrity among fellow wizards, was far beyond anything Joanne Kathleen Rowling ever dared imagine. International praise poured in. So did the awards. Rowling won England's National Book Award and the Smarties Prize for children's literature. The series spawned an equally successful and hotly anticipated series of films starring the young megastars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson and featuring such venerable British actors as Maggie Smith, John Hurt, John Cleese, and Alan Rickman.

Rowling is responsible for introducing several new words and terms into the English lexicon, such as "muggle" (a civilian lacking in wizardly powers) and "Quidditch" (a fast-paced sport played while riding broomsticks). Perhaps most satisfying of all for the mother and teacher was the way she single-handedly ignited the literary pursuits of children all over the globe. Kids everywhere couldn't wait to get their hands on Harry's latest adventure at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is no small feat, considering that the novels tend to be exceptionally lengthy for books aimed at such a young audience (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is just a few pages shy of a whopping 900 pages!). Rowling has said that she conceives of her novels as "real literature," despite the fact that they are written for young people. Perhaps a testament to the literary merit of her books is the fact that they are nearly as popular with teenagers, college kids, and adults as they are with the grammar-school set.

With the massive popularity of her Harry Potter novels, Rowling has achieved similar fame and fortune -- for better and for worse. According to an article in a 2004 edition of Forbes magazine, Rowling's wealth was estimated at 576 million English pounds. In U.S. currency, that made her the very first billionaire author. The downside of that success is the unwanted attention she receives from Britain's notoriously relentless paparazzi. As Rowling lamented to Jeremy Paxton of the BBC, "You know, I didn't think they'd rake through my bins, I didn't expect to be photographed on the beach through long lenses." Rowling has also come under fire from Christian groups who object to her depiction of wizardry and witchcraft and certain critics who contest the "literary merit" of her work. Of course, one must always keep in mind that no one ever achieves Rowling's level of celebrity without having to listen to the griping of naysayers, none of which has impeded her continued success seriously.

Although Rowling could surely sell countless copies of Harry Potter books for as long as she is able to put pen to paper (and she does write much of her work in longhand), she initially conceived of the series in seven installments and has, of course, realized that plan with the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. "There will be no Harry Potter's midlife crisis or Harry Potter as an old wizard," she once told the Sunday Telegraph. As for what life after Harry Potter might entail for Rowling, she has suggested quite a number of possibilities, including ideas for adult novels and possible tie-ins to the Hogwarts universe involving periphery characters. Whatever Rowling chooses to do, she has forever guaranteed herself a place alongside Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, and L. Frank Baum as one of the most beloved children's authors of all time.

Good To Know

Rowling's parents met on a train, coincidentally from King's Cross station to Scotland. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when Rowling was 15, her mother died in the early 1990s. Rowling has a sister, Di, two years younger than she, who is an attorney.

Rowling's publisher requested that she use initials on Harry Potter covers, concerned that if they used an obviously female name, the target audience of young boys might be hesitant to buy them. Rowling adopted her grandmother's middle name, Kathleen, for the "K".

Rowling made a special guest appearance as herself on the hit cartoon show, The Simpsons.

With great success often comes great controversy. Rowling's Harry Potter books landed on a list of banned books because of their depiction of wizardry and witchcraft. However, Rowling regards her place on the list as a feather in her cap, as past lists have included works by such literary giants as Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, J. D. Salinger, and Harper Lee.

Rowling ran into a bit of potential trouble in the wake of stepped-up airline restrictions. While traveling home from New York, she refused to part ways with the manuscript of her still in-the-works final installment of the Harry Potter series during bag inspections. Fortunately, she was allowed onboard without further incident.

In 2001, two Harry Potter tie-in books were published: Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander. For those wondering who the mysterious Misters Whisp and Scamander are, well, they are actually both J. K. Rowling. The author donated all proceeds of her pseudonymous books to the charity Comic Relief.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Joanne Kathleen Rowling (full name), "Jo"
    2. Hometown:
      Perthshire, Scotland
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 31, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England
    1. Education:
      Exeter University
    2. Website:

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

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    Excellent read

    The book is definitely a must read. I have enjoyed reading all the H.P. books from start to finish.

    34 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    SImply amazing

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling, is another incredible account on the life of Harry Potter. Entering his sixth year at the acclaimed school of witchcraft and wizardry, Hogwarts, Harry is faced with an even tougher set of tasks than ever before. Throughout the year, Dumbeldore calls upon him occasionally for some "private lessons", but Harry soon finds out that these lessons are not for practicing his magic. No, Dumbeldore calls upon Harry to once again delve into the Pensieve, and explore the many memories people have of a younger Tom Marvolo Riddle, or Lord Voldemort. The reason Dumbeldore is doing this is because he believes he has found the secret to Voldemort's power: Horcruxes, and the only way they will be able to find the horcruxes is to find objects that Voldemort was very attached to. Horcruxes are a very dangerous and dark type of magic in which one slices up his/her soul and hides it in objects, so even when they die, they aren't really dead until ALL of their soul is destroyed. Dumbeldore believes that he has found one of Voldemort's horcruxes and wants Harry to come and help him destroy it.
    I give this book 5out of 5 stars because I believe this is a book in which many teenagers and even adults can relate. Rowling, including the other five books in the series, creates an imaginative world, but that relates to society today, which is why they are all so popular. Rowling assembles her characters so that many different types of children can relate to them. For example, Ron is struggling with his hormones and is continually "snogging" with his newfound girlfriend Lavender, but isn't really sure about the whole relationship thing. Now many teenage boys (or girls) can definitely relate to this! Most boys aren't sure what the heck they feel and go with their first instinct: to get a girlfriend no matter what. This relation to the real world, and many others, is part of the reason why I love these books and why so many others do as well.
    The last reason (but not the only reasons) I give this book 5 out of 5 stars is because of the intense suspense and just how well the book is written. Just like every other Harry Potter, every single page leaves you begging you for more. Personally, I'd just read these books for hours on end if I could. Rowling ends every chapter in a way that you can't just put it down and stop reading for the day: you HAVE to keep reading. The plot in this Harry Potter is incredibly thought out, super exciting, but surprisingly simple, which I think is why many people read it so often. It is not difficult to understand at all but the imagination Rowling put into writing is (and all the others) is astonishing.
    In conclusion, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an amazing book to read. This is my favorite series of books EVER and this is my 2nd favorite one in the series, next to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

    29 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2011

    THIS IS AWESOME

    It is an awesome book!! I cried at some parts and Laughed out loud at others!! YOU MUST READ THE BOOKS!!

    26 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Im 10 and i luv it

    Omg, i love these books and im 10 i just love harry potter so much i know alot of the chsractors:Harry potter, Hermione Granger, Ronald Weasley, Fred Weasly, Gearge Weasly, Ginny Weasly,Nevill longbottom, Luna Lovegood, proffeser McGonagall, Severaus Snape, Rebius Hagrid,Oliver Wood, Percey Weasly. I mean a little impressive for a 10 year old right! p.s. I LOVE HARRY POTTER IF I RATED IT IT WOULD BE OVER 600,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000!!!!

    21 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Just gets better and better..

    I've read all the Harry Potter books, lots of times. Everyone in Hogwarts wants to know if Harry is the chosen one, Harry thinks he is ..others think not. This is my favorite Harry Potter book of all,i loved this book. J.K. Rowling is an amazing author, one of my favorites,Half-blood prince was amazing! Thrilling, and the movie was good too. (I screamed in the theatre, sorry ppl.)Great book for anyone to read, especially book worms who can commit to a thick book, like me. Harry's journey in these books is irresistable, I never thought I would read the Books, Until i saw Goblet of fire at the movies, and rushed straight to Barnes & Noble to get the boxed set :)Get this book and you wont be able to put it down. Lost track of time one night and went to school without sleep..Awesome book. You should read it :)

    18 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    The Triumph of the Collective Imagination

    Rowling has managed to create a complete literary ecosystem from virgin word wool, replete with characters who resonate beyond tired tropes and who have, in their way, become cultural and ideological touchstones. The sixth installment of the Harry Potter mythology manages to both enlarge and shrink the world of wizards and humans through a thorough parsing of the details and the full realization of each character and their backstory. Not content to rely on standard archetypes, Rowling has managed a feat many writers cannot reach; namely, to have captured the complexity and contradictory nature of human existence in such a way as to make it accessible to audiences of all ages. Truly a praiseworthy piece of work.

    18 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

    highly recommended

    Book is better than movie loved it

    16 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2005

    A very awesome book

    This was far by the best book from J.K Rowlings series so far. It is quiet the book. If you are a harry poter nut like I you will really want to read this book. When i got to the end i wanted more, so much more. I have reread the book 15 times since it came out. this book is outstounding and it easily takes the 5 stars. I really wish that the book was longer,But i still enjoyed it.

    16 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2005

    Another winner!!!

    I've just finished reading the 6th book. I must say this has to be the best installment so far. I laughed and I cried. I feel this is a book for all ages. I can't wait for the next book...I tried to read this one slowly but it was impossible to put it down. I just wish the series could go on forever. J. K. Rowlings is a MASTER!

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    awesome book!!!!!!!!

    Harry Potter and the Half Blood The war against Voldemort isn't going that well. Harry Potter has joined Dumbledore to destroy Horcruxes. Life has become more of a wizard war every day. This book is an amazing thrilling book. It's filled with adventure, and lots of humor. To me it's the best Harry Potter book ever!! This is diffenetly a fourth grade and up book .and be sure if you want to read this book you should read book 1,2,3,4,and 5 in order to understand this story and not be confused on what's happening. Also this book is 652 pages so you better like long and adventurous books. And finally I would diffenetly give this book 5 stars!!!!!!

    9 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

    By Far The Best Book Ever Made.

    This book is sooooo amzing. I mean like the war in voldemort, dumbledore away for times that seem like 4ever, and the order is just not having their good days(or months)But...as life whizzes past,hogwarts student learn to apperate.. and later on harry finds what may just be the only single vulnerability voldemort................

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    ANOYMOUS

    I absolutley love the sixth HP book. It is filled with action and things that make you think. A great summer read.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!

    LIKE I WOULD TOTALLY PICK LIKE A THOUSAND FOR THAT RATING!!!!

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Greatest books ever!!! :)

    I would recomend this to people who love fantasy and who love a story with magic!!! Your love the books like i did!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2009

    The book may, as fillers go, be an interesting read and all that, but the moral message sucks!

    The fact that our 'hero' is even considering experimenting with an unknown spell on another human being is disturbing enough and then to have him use it, nearly kill someone, and then, THEN, have no regret or remorse except for missing Quittich, getting detention, and worried about loosing the book that he got the dang spell from in the first place is apalling! To top it off, we have Harry lying and cheating! If I had kids, I would NOT, NOT want them reading this book! As for the rest of us, if you decide to read it, don't expect much real heroisim or morality from Harry.

    5 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2005

    Does not disappoint

    'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,' although not the best in the series, definitely meets the high standards in quality that we have all come to expect from the series. What's great about this book, is that although it's the darkest and most violent entry yet, J. K. Rowling still leaves plenty of time for fun and surprising character developments. I enjoyed the many romances between the main characters, the new Potions professor, Horace Slughorn, and the bigger role that Dumbledore plays in this book. Much more is revealed about Voldermort this time around and Harry seems more seasoned and mature too as the scope of what he must do in the next book sinks in. Those fans who are saying this book is dissapointing are dead wrong. The character development is sharp and well defined, more questions are answered, and the plot twists and the death at the end are the most shocking yet. The darker tone that the last three books have taken are necessary for the arc of the whole story and provide great suspense and drama as the story continues to get more complicated. Highly recommended!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Loved it!

    Fantastic read!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2013

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is another amazing instal

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is another amazing installment in the Harry Potter Series. On the plus side, the wizarding world is once again standing behind Harry and Dumbledore, aware that they were telling the truth about the return of Voldemort. On the negative side, however, many have met a premature death in the fight against pure evil. These are dark times, and though it seems impossible, the events that unfold in this novel are even more ominous than those that came before it.

    This is the first time readers are given a glimpse of the life that Tom Riddle led before becoming Lord Voldemort, beginning with his ill-conceived birth, and taking us through his time and actions in an orphanage, and his acceptance and studies at Hogwarts. Finally, we are able to begin to put together the pieces that made Voldemort who he is today—a killer intent on ruling forever and riding the world of mudbloods—anyone who isn’t a pureblood witch or wizard. I really enjoyed this backwards glance into the life of our foe, Voldemort, as the puzzle-pieces began to come together and it is impossible not to be curious about the life and times of someone so inherently evil. Readers learn much about Voldemort’s heritage, and perhaps the most important detail comes to light in this novel in terms of his life: the horcruxes. As the truth becomes clear concerning how Voldermort survived his backfiring curse the night he attempted to kill Harry, and with this knowledge, the race against time begins.

    This is an extremely engaging novel and, though sinister in tone and ominous in nature, it is an amazing tale that will leave you glued to the pages; it will haunt you long after it’s over, especially as the unthinkable happens in this novel, an event that had me so aghast that the tissues by my side were not enough to do it justice. It is the beginning of the end, and while I do not want this amazing world that Rowling has created to end, I am more than ready to see justice served.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Bittersweet

    This book had me crying, laughing, and on the edge of my couch . Because I already saw the movies before reading it I knew what to expect . But mo matter how many times I've seem the movies the book is still better and is much more detailed

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    My expressions

    When Harry gets to school- :) When Harry does outrageuos things- o-0 When Dumbledore dies- :0

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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