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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
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Jul 27, 07

Read in July, 2005

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 no one could have guessed.

The character development is astounding, and truly makes you take notice of how little you knew until this book. Dumbledore and Voldemort are fleshed out to an extent we hadn't seen before, and if possible, makes Dumbledore even more likable. He represents all that is good and loving and warm in the world, and Tom Riddle is his total opposite in every way. Voldemort is pure evil, but he never crosses the line of becoming a caricature of the villain. His torture of small children, his charm of the teachers, his murder of his own family, his desperation to achieve immortality at the expense of innocent lives, it almost overwhelms the reader to see such a character thrive in the wizarding world. Furthermore, Slughorn was one of the best additions to the books and his likable smarm added humor and warmth to an occasionally chilling book. He wasn't loathsome like Umbridge, annoying like Lockhart, conflicted like Lupin. He knew exactly what he wanted and had no qualms using the kids to do it, and for some reason, it was highly enjoyable to watch his antics unfold.

And, of course, more Ginny means more joy. She's by far one of the best characters in the entire series. Ginny represents strength and bravery arguably more than any other character in the series, and constantly looks after those that are bullied and belittled. In short, she's perfect.
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Kemi kercia after the sisth page,there was no stoping me...l lost sleep(kept me on my feet)so...so...fas.........


Kemi kercia ...............you will love it


Albert very well said. I'm impressed.


Elbert Ward I like your book


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