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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)

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It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys' house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can't quite believe that Professor ...more
Paperback, 652 pages
Published September 16th 2006 by Scholastic (first published July 16th 2005)
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Aloysius
Jul 15, 2007 Aloysius rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Popular Fantasy Geeks
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John Brooks
Dec 03, 2013 John Brooks rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people with souls
The crown jewel of the Harry Potter series, "Half-Blood Prince" is one of the finest novels I've read in my lifetime. Having allowed us to watch Harry evolve and mature for so many years, Rowling finally lifts the veil, so to speak, humanizing the larger than life characters of not just Dumbledore and Snape, but significantly and achingly, Tom Riddle. This is love letter to one of the hardest things we all experience: the moment that your idols become your peers, your parents become your friends ...more
Chris
Since pretty much everyone I know has read these books, I figure reviewing them is pretty pointless. But with the new book coming out in a couple of days, I have to go through them beginning to end. To make the reviews more entertaining, I will be doing them in a variety of unexpected formats. For this review, I will be writing as a power ballad.

(Intro: Piano and strings)

You were always by my side
You will always be my guide
But the road I'm on
Goes on and on
And I've left you beHIIIIIND!

(Big crunch
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Kassidy
It seems like by now, everyone would realize they should listen to Harry..
Such a sad end :( I knew that was going to happen before starting the series, but didn't know when. It still got me in the feels, though.
The book as a whole was really fun and entertaining. I love the mystery and learning more about Voldemort. The romance drama was funny as well.
I can't wait to see what adventures the next book brings and how it all concludes..
Whitney Atkinson
i dont want to talk to anyone
dont even look at me
i was expecting it and i still cried for like 30 minutes
Raeleen Lemay
Re-Read in December 2014 for Harry Christmas To You

This is DEFINITELY one of my top favorite books in the series. Shit just gets so real.

My thoughts:

-Dumbledore is so FREAKING sketchy in this book! He's so secretive, and he's always sneaking around, not explaining anything to Harry.

-I'm always so proud of Fred and George for getting their own joke shop... I don't know what it is, I just feel like a proud mom.

-ALL OF THE TOM RIDDLE BACKSTORY. THE GAUNT HOUSE. OMG. I literally need a whole book ab
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Carmen Maloy
Oct 22, 2007 Carmen Maloy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
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Franco  Santos
Amé con todo mi ser este libro. Todo se vuelve más umbrío y oscuro. Es un tomo triste y en el que se revelan muchas cosas determinantes para el último libro de la mejor saga de todos los tiempos.

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Dolió.

Y ahora, Harry, adentrémonos en la oscuridad y vayamos en busca de la aventura, esa caprichosa seductora.

- Albus Dumbledore
Inge
Spoilers for anyone who has never read the books or seen the movies. In which case, have you been living under a rock?!

"Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love."

Albus Dumbledore is by far one of my favourite characters. He is clever, kind, badass, but most of all, he is weird. And I like weird. I like the way his first-day-of-the-year speeches make no sense at all. I like how he uses different types of candy for his office passwords. I like how he
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Nightfalltwen
Jan 17, 2008 Nightfalltwen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: children-9-12
Well I decided to come back and actually put in a review for this book since all I'd done is give it a star and go on my merry little way.

Hated this book. Flat out, this book was the worst of the whole seven-book series.

I bought HBP the day it was released and I was very excited to read something new in the series. To my shock, I couldn't believe how bad the story was. Something happened to JKR's editor. I think perhaps foul play was involved because apparently the editor was completely absent.
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Manny
OK. I'm prepared to admit I've read it. As someone once said about Jeffrey Archer novels, it's rather like a packet of stale chips. You keep taking them out and eating them, hoping that the ones at the bottom are little better. But they're not. After a while, you notice that the bag is empty, and you feel rather disgusted with yourself.

She claims the whole story was planned from the beginning. Yeah, right. Though, to be fair, she's in good company; Proust said something similar about A La Recher
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Sammy
Okay, how am I really supposed to review this book? The thing is, I'm obsessed with Harry Potter, no way around it. I've been obsessed, and more than likely will always be obsessed. So I can't really step back and give a biased review on this book... but I will give a review nonetheless.

This book did not let me down. Just like Order of the Phoenix I read it within 24 hours. Every single chapter, sentence, word, grabbed at me! By this point in the series I'm seriously invested in the characters a
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Jason Koivu
This is when Rowling really focused on the finish. No more f-ing around. This woman had a job to do.

In a way, I was glad the sports championships, tournaments and other silly asides were done with. On the other hand, the story became singleminded in scope. As readers we were no longer inhabiting the world of Harry Potter, we were now on a quest. As much as I've complained about those silly asides, I realized after finishing this book (and especially after the next one) that I missed them. Divers
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Elesia
I am a mess after that ending holy mother
lamarcus brown
Aug 29, 2013 lamarcus brown rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all ages
ok, I admit it. I'm a grown man (debatable) and I like Harry potter. However, I was like any other 'Mr. Macho' in the beginning thinking Harry potter Books are for children and maybe women.

It started off innocently enough, my wife and daughter were reading the books, they really enjoyed them so I bought the first movie for my daughter when it came out... then the second, third, and fourth movies. And I enjoyed them, but I still hadn't plunged to the humiliating level of actually reading the boo
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
These books are breaking me. I admit it. I'm addicted to a children's book series. So sue me.
This book isn't as action packed as the other books in the series. It tells more of the back story and it's when I saw Harry truly grow up. My heart is completely broken over this little story.
The only fault I could give this book is that it doesn't have as much of my boyfriends George and Fred as the other books. So I'll just add them here.


Really people if you are one of those and yes I was one..tha
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Maureen
Reread in December 2014 for #HarryXmasToYou

I loved rereading this book. I always forget how different it is from the movie! SO GOOOOOOD!
9 3/4
Harry Potter changed my life. If I hadn’t read Harry Potter when I did I would not be the same person today. What I am today, in a part is due to Harry. I cannot really say enough to make you understand how much Harry Potter means to me.
Sandra
Please excuse me while I cry myself to sleep :'(
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Okay so even after that ending this is still my favorite of the series by far. Before it had been The Prisoner of Askaban, but I loved this one so much!

I only have a few dislikes (apart from the ending obviously), and they are mainly how some characters irritated me.
1. Could Hermione & Ron not shown a bit more trust & support in his suspicions about Draco & Snape & about the room of requirement?
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Elena
It's funny how even though you know exactly what will happen, who will die, who will live, you still find yourself laughing, crying, just feeling every emotion possible. This is exactly what Harry Potter is capable of doing with you. It's a special story and I can't wait to read the last one. Even though I will probably be a big effin mess afterwards.
Jonathan Janz
Here's the thing about the Harry Potter books...

They're awesome.

Deep, huh? Well, deep or shallow, it's the truth. I waited a long time to read the Harry Potter books because I wanted to experience them with my own children. My son (8) and I just finished the sixth book, my first daughter (6) and I are working on the first, and my youngest child (3) is content to commandeer her siblings' wands and run around shrieking, "I have a Harry Potter stick!"

In other words, we all enjoy it.

I could write a
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Laz
“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”


How did we come from the first book to this? How has this become one of the most emotional series ever? How has this become about pain, hurt and death?

This book was huge, just huge. I enjoyed every single page. Well, enjoyed isn't the right word because this entire book is pain in all of its glory.

Our heroes are grown, fully-grown. They have come face to face with their mortal enemy and have to stand up against h
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Keely
After the loss of the (admittedly: occasionally interminable) dark psychological tone of the last book, this one falls into a very recognizable 'plot coupon' pattern, which should be familiar to anyone who played D&D or watched Dragonball (we were all 11 once, right?). Of course, constructing the finale around such a simple and direct concept for the ending of the conflict is easy for the author. However, it is formulaic and predictable for the reader, and robs us of actually seeing a physic ...more
Maxwell
My favorite of the series. It is just as good every time I read it. I'll never get over that ending, though.
Ty
I have three words for you: oh - holy - hell. I had braced myself but I wasn't really expecting the bottom to drop out from under us until the 7th book. Arghhhhh.

There's more of the same here ie. heartbreak and betrayal but this may just be the most terrifying and complex of the series. In fact, there is so much plot advancement that it makes me want to crawl into a ball (while I wish for simpler times when Harry was just an orphan who finds out he's a wizard and there was still lots of fun to b
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Steve
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the most complex, multi-layered, and emotional book of series so far. After a slow start, the momentum picks up like a snow ball rolling down an icy cliff until a the breathtaking, unnerving, and unflinching climax. Rowling stays true to form the entire ride. The characters become deeper and more thoughtful in a well-written book of imagination and originality. Rowling doesn't dumb down her characters; she illustrates them as they should be... as real, c ...more
Jake
The first time I read it at camp, I was bored and taken aback by what I saw as worthless and superfluous backstory. I openly mocked the counselors and campers who cried as a result of the famous murder.

I reread it this past week in anticipation of the final chapter and am embarassed to say that I came close to spilling tears on the Metro as I finished it. This book is better than I remembered, and the history IS significant. It sets up the seventh perfectly and escalates the war and plot in ways
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Liz*
"Voldemort himself create his worst enemy, just as tyrants everywhere do! Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress?"

This book is incredible, one of the most complex of the series, IMO. There's little action compared with previous books but the flashbacks and the intensity of the ending always made me feel like this is the saddest of all seven.

Moments like this:

that really creep me out, even if Draco was a very nasty little thing.

I'm also so impressed with Harry. The ch
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Stuart Douglas
There is an popular school of thought which says that as soon as an author becomes very successful (in the sense that people might actually buy their books rather than the Guardian Review section stating the author has a narrative voice reminiscent of early Banana Yoshimoto), it is pure intellectual snobbery to claim that he or she is nowhere near as talented as is generally suggested and that other, far more obscure writers are considerably better and more worthy of adulation.

This is, of course
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Mohammed Arabey
First of all ,It's the less "action" book in the series, That's why many may get disappointed, But I see it's one important book for the character development and to wrap up the actual "Task" of how Harry should finish Voldemort. as at that book we learn more about his past also we realize secrets that the writer kept hidden-although gave some hints that proved it was there from the beginning-about what Harry's facing, The cleverness of showing the "Horcruxes" idea was there since the early stag ...more
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Although she writes under the pen name J.K. Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling. Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name. As she had no middle name, she ch
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Harry Potter (7 books)
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  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
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“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."
The words had escaped him before he knew what he was saying.”
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