There's not much to say to say about this book: A collection of fairy tales from the Wizarding world of Harry Potter written by (the fictitious) Beedl...moreThere's not much to say to say about this book: A collection of fairy tales from the Wizarding world of Harry Potter written by (the fictitious) Beedle the Bard. If you have read the Deathly Hallows, you know this one.
My favorite stories have to be: The Warlock's Hairy Heart and The Tale of Three Brothers. Just wonderful.
And this book couldn't be complete without Albus Dumbledore! At the end of each story he gives his commentary.
And by the way, I will never forget this: No witch has ever claimed to own the Elder Wand. Make of that what you will.
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Wow. I can't believe it. I finished the entire series. All seven books. Wow. Just . . . wow. It seemed lik...more**spoiler alert** Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars
Wow. I can't believe it. I finished the entire series. All seven books. Wow. Just . . . wow. It seemed like yesterday when I started reading the first book. *sniff* Time passes so fast!
This was an amazing ending to one of the best fantasy series of all time.
Now that Dumbledore is dead, Harry, Hermione, and Ron are searching to destroy Horcruxes. This is not easy, considering that a Horcrux can be anything. Voldemort has infiltrated the Ministry and has made Harry Potter "Undesirable Number One". A reward is at stake to whoever captures Harry, so Voldemort can finally kill him himself after all this years. Dumbledore's secrets and past life are being released in this one. The question that Harry wonders: "Was Albus Dumbledore the man he claimed he was?" is answered.
Harry Potter is finally all grown-up. He has matured, Hermione and Ron had as well. This is not a children's game anymore. This is real. This is it. There's no turning back. They have to keep moving and destroy Lord Voldemort once and for all . . .
A lot of things happen: A wedding, a break-in at the Ministry, at Gringotts, and an almost death at Godrick's Hollow. Characters die, making this book unbearable because of the tears I shed sometimes. (view spoiler)[In order: Hedwig, Mad-Eye Moody, Dobby(*chokes in tears*), Wormtail(meh!), Crabbe, Fred(No!), Snape(probably the saddest one. The Prince's Tale was one of the most tearful chapters I'd ever read. In this one, Harry discovers that his mother was friends with Snape, and that Snape loved her. And that he wasn't a bad guy after all. Oh, and he's(Harry) a Horcrux.), Tonks and Lupin(*sniff, sniff*), and Colin Creevey. Jeez, no wonder it has has the word deathly as its title! (hide spoiler)] And let's not forget that "epic" battle between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. The climax of it all. There was more talk than action, but it still made my heart pound.
Certain chapters felt dry and sometimes boring. Some parts were unnecessary and felt like fillers. There were some moments that made think: "Really? Is that it?" Other than that, this book was freaking magnificent.
And the epilogue. I didn't want to finish the series: What else do I wait forward to? Sometimes I re-read the epilogue so I can remember the main characters happy endings after what happened. It felt so final . . .and happy. Just like I wanted it to be.
All was well, indeed.
Cheers to the end of this wonderful series! Hope to read them again soon! Salud! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I was wrong. The Half-Blooded Prince is even darker than its predecessor.
Everyone is finally growing up. Falling in love seems to be one of the charac...moreI was wrong. The Half-Blooded Prince is even darker than its predecessor.
Everyone is finally growing up. Falling in love seems to be one of the characters purposes in this book. There's a couple of love triangles in this one. Namely, Ron/Lavender/Hermione and Harry/Ginny/Dean. Jealousy is at strike for them and their love for each other is inevitable. Harry is in love with Ginny Weasley, Ron's sister. Hermione loves Ron, even though he is with Lavender Brown, his snogging partner(Ha!). Meanwhile, Dumbledore has a plan for Harry: Revisit Tom Riddle's(Voldemort) memories. There they find Riddle's darkest intentions, his childhood, and the reason why he became the man that he is now. That causes a new discovery: Horcruxes, which are pieces of soul in inanimate objects to ensure the person's immortality(that's what I understood, anyway). Voldemort has seven Horcruxes and they have to be destroyed. Also, Harry finds a book with the name tag: "Half-blooded Prince"(hence the title). The book helps Harry to pass Potions and develops an obsession with the book. Talking about obsession, Draco Malfoy is up to something, and Harry wants to figure out what is it. I'll say it: He is Voldemort's helper.
Someone seems to regret it.
This book has a lot of twists, unfortunately, it has been spoiled repeatedly. So much, that I don't think it matters if I say it:
The biggest book in the entire series, Harry Potter starts releasing his angry side, in the darkest installment yet . . .
Lord Voldemort is officially back. Too bad the Ministry of Magic is in denial and makes Harry look like a lying fool. When some Dementors escape, they attacked Harry and his cousin Dudley. To protect himself(and his cousin), he performs the Patronus Charm against them. This causes him to be temporally expelled from Hogwarts since doing spells outside school is banned. After having that deal with, returning to school isn't as wonderful as it used to be. A new teacher works at Hogwarts, and her personality is like snake's venom mixed with honey: Professor Umbridge.
She's willing to make the students miserable and not to teach them to defend themselves against the Dark Arts(Irony). That being said, the gang starts to take Defense Against the Dark Arts classes(Harry as the teacher) behind her back. Meanwhile, Harry's crush for Cho Chang has intensified. With her boyfriend, Cedric Diggory, dead(Goblet of Fire), he's not quite sure if to make a move. With the D.A(Dumbledore's Army) classes, their attraction between them intensifies and the result is Harry's virginity lost first kiss.
Yes, yes, get it on . . .
Harry's personality starts to radically change due to his internal connection to Voldemort. He can feel everything that Voldemort feels, especially strong feelings like anger and happiness. This causes his lighting scar to burn and to snap to everyone that talks to him. With his relationships straining, he is willing to destroy that part of him.
And we are also introduced to new characters. Luna Lovegood is by far one of my favorites. She's serene, eccentric, and very open-minded.
She's so cute! :)
And, of course, Bellatrix Lestrange.
She's insane, bitchy, and . . . awesome.
What can I say? I love good villains.
In this book, it is finally revealed why Voldemort wants to kill Harry Potter. The revelation is really shocking.
I really loved the tone of the book. What I didn't like was Umbridge(duh!), Harry's arrogance(it was pissing me off!) and Dumbledore's lack of anger(He is still a very wise, interesting man, but, he is WAY too calm!).
Despite that, this was a very fascinating read, and I can't wait for its conclusion.
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**spoiler alert** If you thought that Harry Potter was in extremely dangerous situations before, then you haven't seen nothing yet . . .
Fourth year at...more**spoiler alert** If you thought that Harry Potter was in extremely dangerous situations before, then you haven't seen nothing yet . . .
Fourth year at Hogwarts,things are expected to be normal, again. Harry is fourteen years old now, and in three more years, his wizardry coming of age is getting near. When Harry, Hermione, and Ron go to the Quidditch World Cup, Death Eaters invade the after-game and everyone is getting worried. But, things don't stop there: Someone wants Harry Potter dead, and the proof of that is his name modified to be selected to be in Triwizard Tournament, which is a contest held for older students. Everyone starts to doubt him, especially Ron, who really thinks he's lying, eventually straining their friendship. Meanwhile, Hermione Granger starts S.P.E.W, an organization to protect house-elves from exploitation from excessive labor. And then, there's the Yule Ball, which everyone is excited to go. Except for Ron and Harry, that is.
That's where things get more complicated. The gang is starting to grow up, not only physically, but also emotionally. The dance exposes everyone's feelings towards each other, jealousy is at strike, and new relationships start to form.
The book is not small anymore; it pretty much double its size. This is not a bad thing, au contraire it made it so much better. New characters are introduced, good and bad. The addition of Rita Skeeter added spice in this book, and you know damn well I like spicing in stories. Rowling broke the tradition of the past books to something unique and fascinating. The themes of friendship, justice, coming-of-age, equality, love, and loyalty are getting more developed and done flawlessly. Seriously, I don't see why some people hate this series. I guess it's just a matter of taste, anyway. And just for a little fun, for the haters(*giggles*):
I'm so immature.
Oh, I almost forgot, remember the man who killed Harry Potter's parents?
Yeah, that guy. Well, guess what? His body finally recovered and he's BAAAACK. OH. SHIT.
Another amazingly well-done book from the series. So captivating and wonderful. I guess the books had put a spell on me!
Heck yeah I do!
This is just getting better and better.
By the way, I found this little extra. Enjoy! (view spoiler)[ HELL TO THE MOTHERFUCKING YEAH! :D (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)