Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince

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A special new edition in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, with a stunning new cover illustration by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick.

A special new edition in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, with a stunning new cover illustration by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick.

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.

This gorgeous new edition in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone features a newly designed cover illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick, as well as the beloved original interior decorations by Mary GrandPré.

Publisher: Vancouver, B.C. : Raincoast Books ; London : Bloomsbury, 2005
ISBN: 9781338299199
Branch Call Number: YA FANTASY ROW
Characteristics: 607 p. ;,21 cm.


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Jun 06, 2019

I would like to give this a 4.5 because of how long it was. I think this one is my second favorite of the series or 3rd favorite but it was entirely too long. I think we could have done without some of the things in the beginning and middle. Overall still fantastic and what an ending!

Feb 24, 2019

extremely distraught...starting book 7 immediately

Feb 09, 2019

BEST BOOK EVER!!! Though, very tragic at the end. Five stars for me

Jan 12, 2019

The re-introduction of the meme quotes, this one is referred to as "Hermione Granger and that time I told Harry about the dangers of copying off of somebody else's work that wasn't mine and 'OH LOOK I WAS RIGHT'!" Sometimes these summations are just better than anything I can say about these books or movies, but in all fairness what makes this book such a strong addition to the series - is the description and history of Voldemort, and going back you can even find descriptions of Snape that hint towards what's to come.

RyanR_KCMO Nov 26, 2018

Unlike Order of the Phoenix, this entry in the series is air-tight. It hits hard and fast and builds a dark frame of unknown threats and mystery. This was the first time that I have read the book since my first time through all those years ago; it did not disappoint.

Jun 29, 2018

Note - I am reading the Harry Potter books for the first time. Any expressions or opinions are brought to the table as someone who has little prior knowledge...

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is the sixth book in J. K. Rowling's prolific Harry Potter series. Like many of the previous books, J.K. Rowling has written a novel filled with magic, mystery, and wonder. But as the series moved forward, so did the character development of the mainstays of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. There's been touches of romance in the previous two books, but it floats to the forefront of several plot lines here.

The Half-Blood Prince is also considerably darker than the early H.P. novels. Specifically in dealing with dark magic and the ever present Lord Voldemort. It's shown in a torture scene (although it's pretty light compared most modern media), and the tragic twist at the end.

If you have young readers, it's at this point in the series that you need to come in with well written discussion questions. Talk to your readers about the difference between good and bad, and how we are influenced by the world around us. Discuss romantic relationships, consent, boundaries, and how to find the right fit. Ask how the story made them feel, and how they want to treat others. Do character development deep in the hearts of your children, in the same way Rowling did with her stories.

With all of this said, I greatly enjoyed this book. I think it's the strongest in the series (thus far...) It well deserves my five star review. I can only hope that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" brings everything together well.

Jun 27, 2018

exiting but a litle sad

Jun 02, 2018

it was great
i loved it

Jan 06, 2018

Rowling is a writer genius, and even me, an old guy, enjoy the whole series. But while the public believes the H.P. story is pure fiction, it is not. I happen to have hit on several sources which give me the background knowledge to realize that the H.P. story is an exact parallel, though in a symbolic and fictionalized form, of the religious history between the Roman Church and the Templar Order of warrior priests, those who built the Cathedrals as symbols of man-made perfection. DumbLeader represents the Roman Church (key: Fawkes, the Phoenix bird - who was Guy Fawkes? do you know from English history? He was a Catholic, who allegedly did, he alone??? the Gunpowder Plot. He was a patsy, a cuckoo, who was framed by the Protestants with the aim to justify before the public the change of power in England from seemingly Catholic to actually openly Protestant). Dumbledor (in magic language's double speak: Dumb Leader, Albus: All Bust, bungle all). Why Albus-All Bust" ? Because the Wizards, all of them (there are no good ones and bad ones in reality), are in fact Luciferians (ValDeMort), who are the "Rebel Angels" (their holy star is Sirius, the Morning Star), who want to change the world for a more "perfect", orderly one, a robotic society with all rules and no freedoms. They do exist, this is not fiction! So, DumbLeader also represents God Creator, who created an imperfect world, which ValDeMort ("Death Valley" in French) wants to "put in order," hear Dolores Umbrige speak. OK, so this Half Blood Prince episode feels unnatural to me, because of the withered, blackened hand of DumbLeader (God Creator), and that part where he has to"drink the bitter cup to the dregs" (prepared by ValDeMort - Lucifer, Lord of Dark Light). OK, so I could tell all details, where real religious history and the H.P. story exactly coincide. For example, the Diary of ValDeMort is the scrolls the Templars dug up during the First Crusade, and from which they revitalized the Order. There indeed was an international convention of Wizards (Templars) in 1128 AD in Troyes, France, where they did this. And Harry is the Jesus figure, as adopted by the Roman Church, and the part where he pierces the Diary with the Basilisque fang and thus sends Voldemort back to a latent state, is the event when in 1307 the French King Philippe the Fair and the Roman Church attacked the Templars, captured some of their leaders and killed their Grand Master, Jacques de Molay by burning him. The Templar wizards fled with their galleys (gallions, see?) to Scotland. And the Gringotts Bank is the World Bank, because the Templars were very materialistic, and they were world bankers already in the 1200s. This is one of the reasons the French King wanted to rob them, bec. he was indebted to them. OK, so, I feel this Half Blood Prince episode is the weakest, but overall, I find the whole series fascinatingly entertaining, especially I like the video games of it. However, if you have the Half Blood Prince video game, watch that all the rainwater spouts around the Hogwarts Castle court are penises in erection, sculpted in stone - they mock the public (the "Muggles" you are)! No kidding, watch it! ValDeMort is not dead - it's only for your happy ending Rowling twisted the tale this way. Voldemort's bank is the World Bank, it already controls all of us.

Jan 06, 2018

loved this better then order of the phenix like if agree

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May 16, 2019

Ginny: "You'd think people had better things to gossip about. Three Dementor attacks in a week, and all Romilda Vane does is ask me if it's true you've got a Hippogriff tattooed across your chest."

Ron and Hermione both roared with laughter. Harry ignored them.

Harry: "What did you tell her?"
Ginny: "I told her it's a Hungarian Horntail. Much more macho."
Harry: "Thanks. And what did you tell her Ron's got?"
Ginny: "A Pygmy Puff, but I didn't say where."

May 16, 2019

"Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?"
"Yes," said Harry stiffly.
"Yes, sir."
"There's no need to call me 'sir', Professor."

Nov 24, 2018

“I knew Ginny was lying about that tattoo.” -Ron Weasley

Jan 07, 2018

"Harry! We heard a noise and someone said something about the Dark Mark-"
-Ernie Macmillan

Jan 07, 2018

"I don't want to stay here overnight,' said Harry angrily, sitting up and throwing back his covers, "I want to find McLaggen and kill him.'

Jan 07, 2018

"Avada Kedavra!"
-Severus Snape

Jan 07, 2018

"Pip Pip!"

Jul 05, 2017

"On the other hand, the prince had proved a much more affective teacher than Snape so far."

HAHAHAHA You will only understand this if you have read this book.

violet_pony_296 Jun 04, 2017

harry m'boy!

Apr 22, 2017

"Sectumsempra (for enemies)"

- Half-Blood Princes's copy of Advanced Potion Making.

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Jun 22, 2014

This in stallion in the harry potter series delves more on the relationship between dumbledore and harry, a mysterious book left by a mysterious person which gives harry a heads up in not only potions but other things as well, harry also starts falling in love with Ginny weasley where he becomes very distraught when he learns she is already dating, what lies in store next for our great and mighty hero harry potter?

Michael17bpl Jul 24, 2013

Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts opens to find him more mellow and grown up than ever. When the day finally arrives, Harry is excited to be taking private lessons with Dumbledore this year, who is showing him all about Voldemort's past. Dumbledore hopes that knowing as much as he can about Voldemort will help Harry in his final battle with the Dark Lord. A mysterious book previously owned by the Half-Blood Prince comes into Harry's hands early on during his Potions class and changes the course of his school year by giving him a reputation for Potions brilliance that baffles everyone. Harry quickly grows to depend on the information he gets from the Half-Blood Prince's book and uses some of his spells outside of class, much to Hermione's displeasure. Harry also keeps an increasingly close eye on Draco Malfoy. Convinced that Malfoy has replaced his father as the head of the Death Eaters, Harry believes Malfoy is constructing a dark plot inside the school but can't for the life of him figure out what it is. Between Ron and Hermione's skepticism, and Malfoy's disappearances from the school grounds, As the year speeds by, Harry and Ron are both amazed at their blossoming love lives. Harry especially falls hard for someone he knows he shouldn't, his best friend Ron's sister, Ginny. Harry and Dumbledore leave on their mission to destroy a horcrux., Malfoy's dark plot finally works and he is able to sneak in Death Eaters to attack the school, and a fierce battle takes place between the students, members of the Order of the Phoenix, and the Death Eaters. Having succeeded in their mission to recover the horcrux, Professor Snape kills Dumbledore.

Jan 22, 2013

Harry begins his 6th year at Hogwarts. Lord Volemort and is now harsher than ever on Muggles, too. Harry begins taking lessons from Dumbledore, and also begins to find a new love in his heart.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 19, 2012

Lord Voldemort has returned and his wrath has been felt in both the Muggle (non-magical) and Wizarding worlds. Severus Snape, a member of Dumbledore's anti-Voldemort Order of the Phoenix but formerly one of Voldemort's Death Eaters, meets with Narcissa Malfoy, mother of Harry Potter's school rival Draco. Snape makes an Unbreakable Vow to Narcissa, promising to assist and protect Draco.
Meanwhile, Dumbledore collects Harry from his aunt and uncle's house and takes him to the home of Horace Slughorn, former Potions teacher at Hogwarts. Dumbledore tries to persuade a reluctant Slughorn to return to teaching and finally succeeds. Later, when shopping for schoolbooks, Harry and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger follow Draco Malfoy to Dark Arts supplier Borgin and Burkes, where they overhear Draco insisting that the store-owner fix an unknown object. Harry is instantly suspicious of Draco, whom he believes to be a Death Eater like his father.

lucky Dec 24, 2008

Harry is starting his sixth year at Hogwarts school. Dumbledore has come to pick him up from the Dursley's. At Hogwarts, Harry starts receiving lessons from Dumbledore on how to defeat lord Voldemort.


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Sep 19, 2012

Violence: a lot of fighting and killing, but id say still safe for kids.

Aug 24, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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