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

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies.” ~Voldemort, p415

Ahh.. Harry Potter.. The 6th installment. This is the first book that I read before I watch the movie. I’d say, apart from the Goblet of Fire, the Half-Blood Prince is my favorite of the lot. Mostly because there are a lot of secrets and little things uncovered in this one. We get a lot of more insights into Voldemort’s past ( I really enjoyed Harry and Dumbledore’s trips into the pensieve), and at the end into the (un)genuineness of a long suspicious character.

And the death! I was shocked! I think I knew it from somewhere a while ago, but reading it, I just didn’t see it coming that way. I was literally tearing :'(. The last few chapters were hard, and I was dumbstruck for a few hours after I finished the book. I had to remind myself that it was just a fiction. Nobody really died, nobody got betrayed, and nobody’s really left alone to face an evil being with ripped souls. Even if it really happened, it didn’t just happen because I read it. It sure happened a long time ago, and me reading it or not didn’t make any difference to what happened in that world.

Yea I’m funny that way. Sometimes when I found a book or a movie that was so good, I got to believe it so much, like everything really happened and the characters were really alive. Once in a while I will still think of the characters and wonder how they’re doing. Like they really exist in some parallel universe.

I like how Ron and Hermione’s relationship develops more in this book, although not by much. It’ll be interesting to see how their relationship transforms in the 7th book, since there will only be three of them go on the adventure outside of Hogwarts (theoretically). Surely they have to be together at the end?

I was pretty sure for a while (well, until it was revealed, that is) that the Half-Blood Prince was Voldemort, and was kinda annoyed that nobody in the book thought that. I thought this must’ve been the first time ever that Harry Potter’s plot was completely predictable. Well, apparently I was wrong! Have to admit, I forgot about lots of things in book 5 when I first started book 6. What’s the prophecy again? Whose prophecy? Why did Voldemort want it so much? Though I got too lazy to look at Wiki to refresh my memory. But at the end the prophecy details didn’t affect much (in this particular book anyway).

I should read the Deathly Hallows soon before I forget everything I just read. Can’t wait can’t wait! For commenters, please don’t ruin anything for me. As much as I love this series, I think I’m gonna be pretty relieved when it’s over. It’s a long journey after all :)

Rating: 5 out of 5
Pages: 607
Publication year: 2005

First line
It was nearing midnight and the Prime Minister was sitting alone in his office, reading a long memo that was slipping through his brain without leaving the slightest trace of meaning behind.

Last line
His hand closed automatically around the fake Horcrux, but in spite of everything, in spite of the dark and twisting path he saw stretching ahead for himself, in spite of the final meeting with Voldemort he knew must come, whether in a month, in a year, or in ten, he felt his heart lift at the thought that there was still one last golden day of peace left to enjoy with Ron and Hermione.

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6 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling”

  1. I was shocked too. And I cried! I love these books so much. I love re-reading them, but part of me wishes I could read them for the first time all over again. Enjoy the last book!

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