Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Half Blood PrinceJ.K. Rowling
Genre: Youth Fantasy
Form: Audio Book
Series: Harry Potter

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.

Source: Back of Audio Book

For the first (and probably last) time ever, my husband read/listened to a book spontaneously. We are both preparing for the release of the next Harry Potter movie coming July 17th – and decided to take on the Half-Blood Prince together. It was fun as we discussed the book, and both made predictions as to who the Half-Blood Prince would turn out to be. Both of us were wrong by the way.

These books just keep getting better and better. It’s almost sad to realize that this is the 2nd to last book of the series, now that I’m really into it. I enjoyed the obvious aging in this book, the crew are now becoming real teenagers, with all the hormones to go with it. Before all of this, the aging wasn’t very obvious, and in my mind I was still seeing the young kids I first envisioned in the beginning (despite having seen the movies). There is quite a bit of fun to be had with the hormones.

I enjoy seeing Harry’s compassion come out, especially toward Luna Lovegood. For the huge temper he’s got on him, he’s also got quite a bit of love and friendship to spare for others as well. But by far, the most interesting parts of this book was Harry’s meetings with Dumbledore, as well as his adventure, even if it’s ending was not so great. All of this made this book a MILLION times better than all the others in my opinion. Well The Order of the Phoenix was pretty good – but J.K. Rowling’s writing has started to soar in Half-Blood Prince for sure.


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