Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. RowlingWhen 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.
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
RSS Feeds. Not only is he a threat to the wizarding community, but he's now causing havoc in the human world as well. The Ministry of Magic has their hands full cleaning up bizarre, inexplicable events, while Professor Dumbledore has increased security around the school. Harry continues to learn the skills he'll need to take on his nemesis, and Dumbledore offers him private lessons in which he educates Harry on Voldemort's background and shares theories about the dark lord that he hasn't told anyone else. While increasing his knowledge of his enemy, Harry unexpectedly falls in love, but his budding new romance may be in jeopardy before it's barely begun. When another person Harry cares for deeply falls prey to the dark lord's followers, the event ignites a burning desire to see Voldemort deposed once and for all and brings Harry to finally accept his destiny
Arthur A. LATE on an ink-black night in June in the Lebanese hill town of Zahle, a teenage boy sidled up to two travelers as they strolled along the bank of a river. He had read the five other Potter books many times, he explained -- both in French and in English, which "takes longer, but it's better, because it's her words. The boy's inquiry did not produce the results he'd hoped for, but it may have settled a larger question: is there a book-loving child on the planet who isn't obsessed with Harry Potter? Um or "er," as Harry would say , perhaps not. But, like other susceptible children and grown-ups , who among them own million copies of the first five books in the series, the Lebanese Potter fan had to wait until one minute past the witching hour of July 15, , to satisfy his curiosity about what had befallen Harry since he battled the evil allies of Lord Voldemort more prudently referred to as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. These newest 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.
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July 19, This book review originally ran on July 18, Lewis did with the four young Pevensies. Frankly, creating believable teenagers in fiction is a tougher job than is usually acknowledged. Which is why it's nice to see that Harry's turning out so well in the sixth book of the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. His admittedly justifiable sullen anger from "Order of the Phoenix " is gone, and in its place is a determination to enjoy life. As a result, the first half of the book offers a sense of lightness to balance the ominous doings to come.