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

4.48 of 5 stars 4.48  ·  rating details  ·  1,221,658 ratings  ·  16,546 reviews
This novel takes up the story of Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as Voldemort's power and followers are increasing day by day, in the midst of the battle of good and evil.
Paperback, 608 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Bloomsbury Publishing (first published July 16th 2005)
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Whisper19 in addition to the already offered answers, both of which are dead on (pardon the pun), Dumbledore needed to be seen as more than "the only one…morein addition to the already offered answers, both of which are dead on (pardon the pun), Dumbledore needed to be seen as more than "the only one Voldemort ever feared". Harry needed to see the faults in the man he perceived as perfect. Imagine the thoughts running through Harry's head when Dumbledore died - if Dumbledore, who was the greatest wizard of all times could not defeat Voldemort, how could he! But by seeing the mistakes Dumbledore had made throughout his entire life (and there were a couple) and by having Dumbledore admit to those to Harry at "King's Cross", Harry can see that Dumbledore was just a man. He can also be told by Dumbledore that he (Harry) is a "better" man than him (Dumbledore), a self-sacrificing pure soul, the only kind that stands any chance against Voldemort. (less)
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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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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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John Brooks
Dec 03, 2013 John Brooks rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Carmen Maloy
Oct 22, 2007 Carmen Maloy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
What stands out in book 6:

* The introduction of the Horcrux.
* Molly Weasley asking Arthur Weasley about his "dearest ambition." Rowling has always been great at revealing little intriguing bits about her characters at a time, and Arthur’s answer "to find out how airplanes stay up" reminds us about his obsession with Muggles.
* Harry's private lessons with Dumbledore, and more time spent with the fascinating and dangerous pensieve, arguably one of Rowling’s most ingenious inventions.
* Fred and Ge
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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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lamarcus brown
Aug 29, 2013 lamarcus brown rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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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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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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.
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
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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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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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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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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Mark
Although not a bad book, I found this to be the weakest book in the series. But that's beside the point isn't it? If you're reading the whole series you can't very well skip this one.

The main stream running through this installment is a sloooow recounting of how Lord Voldemort came to be like his is. To make room for that history lesson, most of the usual crowd (Hagrid, Neville, Luna, McGonagall, Remus, Fred, George, etc) have smaller parts. There is a side plot for Ron dealing with teen age rom
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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 impress with Harry. The chara
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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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Becky
I remember when this book was originally released. I'd gotten into the Harry Potter phenomenon late, after the 5th book was out, and during the time before Half-Blood Prince was out, I'd read and re-read the first 5 books... A LOT.

So then comes the 6th book's release, and by this time, I'm just as rabid for it as everyone else. I need to know what's happened. I need to know whether Sirius... but no. What I really need to know is What Will Harry Do Now? The day comes, and, at the time, I was wor
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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
Thomas
"I enjoyed the meeting too," said Luna serenely. "It was like having friends."

And that, my friends, is why I love Luna Lovegood.

But, on a serious note, this book blew me away. Even though I read it over a month ago the feelings of yes yes this is why everyone loves this series so much thank you yes still reverberate throughout my being when I think about it. This sixth installment incorporated a perfect mixture of action, romance, mystery, and wizardly happenings. All of the overarching plot lin
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Fred D
Dec 09, 2008 Fred D rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: fantasy
WARNING: SPOILER ALERT!!! The Half-Blood Prince was easily the best book in the series up to this point. It kept me riveted. This book is right up there among the best fantasy I've ever read. Rowling has finally earned a place in my mind among the best fantasy writers. I know, I came to that realization kind-of late, but this was the first book of hers that really blew me away. It was fascinating to see the scope of the story expand and long-time mysteries be illuminated. In any great fictional ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Again...wonderful, amazing book.

My wife however (and she was 60 at the time)never got over this book and was hesitant to read the last book. I can't go on without a spoiler other than to say we get another tragedy and it really jarred her. So again I can only say these are amazing books! The very quality makes them so real to many readers. Same advice...read the book and decide if your child is old enough. But be assured the quality is here.

I do recommend these books and believe that "you" will
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Priscilla
I'm so sad, but this book was so great. So far, my favourite book in the series.

Review up sometime... if I can get out of bed D:
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THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE IS THE BEST BOOK EVER!!! Oooooh!!! <3

Honestly I ended up watching all the movies before reading the books (ashamed :( ) but because if that I have been absolutly dying to read the Half Blood Prince. It's my favorite HP movie, ergo my favorite book! I'm a bit of an odd one I guess, liking the 6th book over the 7th, but I can't help it :)

Draco's in this book more. It seems to be about him and his struggles as well as Harry. I love that because it shows that he has things
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Mikey
Mar 21, 2007 Mikey rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: fiction
I wanted to like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Really, I did. After the huge disappointment of The Order of the Phoenix, I was ready to have fun again. But the same problems that plagued the fifth book are here in the sixth; this novel is more of a chore to get through than anything else, and long passages go by in which absolutely no action takes place. In fact, the whole book is inactivity; the plot consists of - get this - Harry learning about Voldemort's past. This is nothing that ...more
Mckinsey
Oct 03, 2008 Mckinsey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyon and everyone who loves magical and mystery books
Shelves: book-club
I love this book so much! This book kept me wanting more, I am so excited about the movie coming out! This book was a roller coaster of emotion there is sad, happy, love, and anger. This is a very myterious, sneaky book i fell in love with it. This book reminds me of all of my friends in a wierd way, and even some of my family members. I love that finally you find out more about Voldemort and his history other than him just being the cruel, evil bad guy but this book took that a lot farther and ...more
Liza H
I admit this is a re-read, as I have of course read this book before, when it first came out in 2005. I haven't read it since, however, and the way my brain retains information (ie: it doesn't) it was almost like reading it for the first time. Which is why I'm counting it here.

I'm one of the many who have been following Harry in his adventures with much interest and glee, and this book held as much magic for me as all of the previous ones. I'm especially thrilled with how much these books have
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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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"Yes," said Harry stiffly.
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