‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’
By J.K. Rowling
Book #6 in the Harry Potter Series
When Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens, the war against Voldemort has begun. The Wizarding world has split down the middle, and as the casualties mount, the effects even spill over onto the Muggles. Dumbledore is away from Hogwarts for long periods, and the Order of the Phoenix has suffered grievous losses. And yet, as in all wars, life goes on.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione, having passed their O.W.L. level exams, start on their specialist N.E.W.T. courses. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate, losing a few eyebrows in the process. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Harry becomes captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team, while Draco Malfoy pursues his own dark ends. And classes are as fascinating and confounding as ever, as Harry receives some extraordinary help in Potions from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.
Most importantly, Dumbledore and Harry work together to uncover the full and complex story of a boy once named Tom Riddle—the boy who became Lord Voldemort. Like Harry, he was the son of one Muggle-born and one Wizarding parent, raised unloved, and a speaker of Parseltongue. But the similarities end there, as the teenaged Riddle became deeply interested in the Dark objects known as Horcruxes: objects in which a wizard can hide part of his soul, if he dares splinter that soul through murder.
Harry must use all the tools at his disposal to draw a final secret out of one of Riddle’s teachers, the sly Potions professor Horace Slughorn. Finally Harry and Dumbledore hold the key to the Dark Lord’s weaknesses… until a shocking reversal exposes Dumbledore’s own vulnerabilities, and casts Harry’s—and Hogwarts’s—future in shadow.
Harry Potter is one of my all time favourite series, so I am definitely biased to love it.
I’m not even sure what prompted me to jump into this book. I hadn’t been doing a re-read or anything. I just kind of picked this one up randomly. I started to get really into it again and just couldn’t put it down!
It was amazing to read this book again, It really reminded me of key information in the Harry Potter world. It was great to see details I’d completely forgotten about.
The 6th book is when things are getting super real! We begin to learn about Voldemort’s past and the choices he makes during his past that have built his and Harry’s futures.
I genuinely forgot how sad the end of the book is! I was completely done by the end of the story, legit crying on the train kind of done.
I would highly recommend a reread to anyone who loves the Harry Potter Universe.