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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
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Recommended to Dantezgirl by: SIL = Sister In Law
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Read from January 31 to February 03, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 5

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My review is comprised of Quotes from the book and POSSIBLE commentary by me. If you do not want any spoilers and quotes please do not read past the spoiler warning picture. Enjoy, Stay safe, Have fun! Thanks DG.

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Fudge fixed the Prime Minister with a rather stern look. “Of course they were,” he said. “Surely you’ve realized what’s going on?” “I . . ” hesitated the Prime Minister. It was precisely this sort of behavior that made him dislike Fudge’s visits so much. He was, after all, the Prime Minister and did not appreciate being made to feel like an ignorant schoolboy - Muggle Prime Minister

*Pats shoulder reassuringly* Not to worry mintier. I think Fudge has soul shares on the ignorant department *Grr* I still can't believe the audacity of Fudge, I really cant.

“I’ve been writing to Dumbledore twice a day for the past fortnight, but he won’t budge. If he’d just been prepared to persuade the boy, I might still be . . Well, maybe Scrimgeour will have more success.” - Cornelius Fudge

*Snarls* Oh no! Oh hell No! *Glares* I REALLY don't believe this idiot thinks he could still be considered for the position!

“Cissy, your own sister? You wouldn’t —” “There is nothing I wouldn’t do anymore!” Narcissa breathed - Bellatrix/Narcissa

Heh! Heh! If there is ONE thing Bellatrix will NEVER understand . . It's the love a mother has for her children. Good to see Narcissa FINALLY waking up, though a little too late but still *Shrugs*

Snape held up a hand to stop her, then pointed his wand again at the concealed staircase door. There was a loud bang and a squeal, followed by the sound of Wormtail scurrying back up the stairs.

Oh man, I really despise this sniveling sneak of a character. How appropriate that his Animagus form is a rat!

"Because he is sixteen and has no idea what lies in store! Why, Severus? Why my son? It is too dangerous! This is vengeance for Lucius’s mistake, I know it" - Narcissa

Pride and loyalty can make fools of us all Narcissa *Sigh* I know I should feel bad for the Malfoy's, but I don't. Their idiocy and prejudices landed ALL of them in this damnable situation in the first place, so on their heads be it.

“You should be proud!” said Bellatrix ruthlessly. “If I had sons, I would be glad to give them up to the service of the Dark Lord!” - Bellatrix

*Snort* Puh-Lease! easy to say when you're childless! Scary thing is though, I honestly think she means it! I wonder why Bellatrix didn't try for children with her husband. Mayhaps waiting for Voldemort to pop the question? *Snickers*

“Aren’t you listening, Narcissa? Oh, he’ll try, I’m sure . . The usual empty words, the usual slithering out of action . . oh, on the Dark Lord's orders, of course!” - Bellatrix

Heh! Heh! Bellatrix has a point. Snape is VERY slippery and VERY persuasive. One of the most convincing "Bad" characters.

“Judging by your look of stunned disbelief, Harry did not warn you that I was coming,” said Dumbledore pleasantly. “However, let us assume that you have invited me warmly into your house - Dumbledore

*Laughs* Good lord, I love Dumbledore! Such a fun sense of humor. And I love the "Will And Wont" chapter.

“I don’t mean to be rude —” he began, in a tone that threatened rudeness in every syllable. “— yet, sadly, accidental rudeness occurs alarmingly often,” Dumbledore finished the sentence gravely. “Best to say nothing at all, my dear man. Ah, and this must be Petunia.” - Vernon/Dumbledore

Bah Humbug! I have no idea, why in the hell of it, the Dursley's even bother! They are rude, horrible and I guess as prejudicial as some in the magical world and muggle world can be. *Chuckles* Dumbledore really does own this chapter.

The Dursleys, after quick, scared looks at one another, tried to ignore their glasses completely, a difficult feat, as they were nudging them gently on the sides of their heads. Harry could not suppress a suspicion that Dumbledore was rather enjoying himself.

*Roars with laughter* You gotta admit Dumbledore has a wicked sense of humor! Kind of think the Dursleys deserve more than a whack upside their heads with mead. Kind of like having the WHY behind Harry's stay at Privet Drive. Kind of agree with Harry you really want to throttle the house elf Kreacher. I still can't get over the fact Vernon was still a greedy git when Dumbledore mentioned Grimmauld Place.

The best that can be said is that he has at least escaped the appalling you have inflicted upon the unfortunate boy sitting between you.” Both Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon looked around instinctively, as though expecting to see someone other than Dudley squeezed between them - Dumbledore

*Shrieks* HOW CAN YOU BE SO DAMN BLIND! *Grr* these damn characters really crank my nerves.

"It is nevertheless possible that some spell or enchantment has been set upon the place to ensure that it cannot be owned by anyone other than a pure-blood." - Dumbledore

QUESTION: I thought Harry was a Pure-Blood!

“The Dark Mark,” he muttered. “Knew there was something . . ah well - Horace

QUESTION: How would Horace know HOW to cast the dark mark?

“Mollywobbles,” whispered a mortified Mrs. Weasley into the crack at the edge of the door - Molly

*Laughs* Aww how cute Arthur and Molly are even in troubled times *Smiles* How awkward for Harry though *Grins*

“Don’t you get used to her if she’s staying in the same house?” Harry asked. “Well, you do,” said Ron, “but if she jumps out at you unexpectedly, like then . . ”

*Grins* Poor Ron, still afflicted by Fleur. Harry jumping to Fleur's defense doesn't help his cause. *Chuckles* Boys, Boys. They have a lot to learn. I actually think it's rich of Hermione and Ginny snapping at Ron and Harry when they're BOTH unwilling to pursue a relationship with either guys at this point.

Bill, who would be staying at home with Fleur (much to Hermione and Ginny’s pleasure), passed a full money bag across the table to Harry.

QUESTION: How in the hell of it did Bill get access to Harry's account!

Ron hurried forward, looking hopeful, but Ginny stuck out her foot and Ron fell, sprawling in the dust at Fleur’s feet.

*Snickers* Gotta hand it to Ginny! That was funny! Poor Ron ever the blundering buffoon when it comes to Fleur.

“Well, maybe,” said Mr. Weasley, but Harry could tell that Mr. Weasley was humoring him - Arthur

FOR FUCK SAKES! Will these people NEVER learn! Harry and Dumbledore have spent the past YEAR alerting the public to Voldemorts return. Yet he comes to them with suspicions about Draco and he's once again IMMEDIATELY dismissed! *Grr*

“I liked the D.A.! I learned loads with you!” - Neville

Again, Why the hell not continue with the DA! There is still more to learn and with Dumbledore back in the game it should be even better! Remedial DADA lessons!

“Yeah, Zabini, because you’re so talented . . at posing.” - Ginny

*Roars with laughter* Way to go Ginny! She's quite fierce in this book! I like it.

“I was interested to see your new Patronus.” - Snape

QUESTION: What was Tonks original patronus?

“Do you remember me telling you we are practicing nonverbal 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 - Snape/Harry

“But you think you’re right?” said Harry. “Naturally I do, but as I have already proven to you, I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being — forgive me — rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.” - Harry/Dumbledore

“You can still see where those brains got hold of me in the Ministry, look,” said Ron, shaking back his sleeves. “And it doesn’t hurt that you’ve grown about a foot over the summer either,” Hermione finished, ignoring Ron. “I’m tall,” said Ron inconsequentially - Ron/Hermione

*Chuckles* Poor Ron. He can't seem to catch Hermione's attentions.

“I’m a teacher!” he roared at Harry. “A teacher, Potter! How dare yeh threaten ter break down my door!” “I’m sorry, sir,” said Harry, emphasizing the last word as he stowed his wand inside his robes. Hagrid looked stunned. “Since when have yeh called me ‘sir’?” “Since when have you called me ‘Potter’?” “Oh, very clever,” growled Hagrid. “Very amusin’. That’s me outsmarted, innit? All righ’, come in then, yeh ungrateful little . ." - Hagrid/Harry

“And they’d love to have me,” said Harry sarcastically. “We’d be best pals if they didn’t keep trying to do me in.”

One was very tall and thin; squinting through his rain-washed glasses Harry recognized the barman who worked in the other Hogsmeade pub, the Hog’s Head.

Kay, This is the FIRST TIME! I realized DUNG gives Aberforth the mirror shard. Incidentally, WHY does NO ONE Recognize, Mention Aberforth?

“Well, I’ll see you all — OUCH!” Harry had pinned Mundungus against the wall of the pub by the throat.

WOW! Harry sounds really agro here! Didn't know he had it in him.

“And Ginny, don’t call Ron a prat, you’re not the Captain of this team —” “Well, you seemed too busy to call him a prat and I thought someone should -" - Harry/Ginny

A streak of orange light flew under Harry’s left arm and missed Ginny by inches; Harry pushed Ron up against the wall. “Don’t be stupid —” - Harry

Ooh, someone's getting protective. Kay, I really like Ginny being all fierce in this book.

“Ginny, where’re you going?” yelled Harry, who had found himself trapped in the midst of a mass midair hug with the rest of the team, but Ginny sped right on past them until, with an almighty crash, she collided with the commentator’s podium. As the crowd shrieked and laughed, the Gryffindor team landed beside the wreckage of wood under which Zacharias was feebly stirring; Harry heard Ginny saying blithely to an irate Professor McGonagall, “Forgot to brake, Professor, sorry.” - Harry/Ginny

He did not see how he could possibly explain to Hermione that what she had done to offend Ron was kiss Viktor Krum, not when the offense had occurred so long ago.

Or d’you think she overheard you being rude about Filch? I’ve always thought there might be something going on between them . .”

QUESTION: So was it EVER CONFIRMED that Madam. Pince and Filch were indeed an item?

“So have you had a good term?” “Oh, it’s been all right,” said Luna. “A bit lonely without the D.A. Ginny’s been nice, though. She stopped two boys in our Transfiguration class calling me ‘Loony’ the other day —” - Harry/Luna

“What did you have to imitate her for?” “She laughed at my mustache!” “So did I, it was the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.” - Harry/Ron

Harry was left to ponder in silence the depths to which girls would sink to get revenge.

Heh! Heh! You go Hermione! One of the most well played revenge scenes EVER! I think Harry's got the of the female psyche pretty good.

Harry inhaled half his mead up his nose as he started to laugh. Really, it had been worth bringing Luna just for this.

I know the rotfang conspiracy is RIDICULOUS and I know Harry isn't the only one to laugh, jeer etc at Luna but that sounds a bit rude and even harsh too me. *Chuckles* I had to laugh at Professor Trelawny being "Sincerely Interested" in the rotfang conspiracy, Her and Luna make kindred spirits.

“I know what you’re up to! You want to steal my glory!” There was another pause, then Snape said coldly, “You are speaking like a child - Malfoy/Snape

My sentiments exactly Professor Snape!

“Only time I’ve ever seen Dad as angry as Mum. Fred reckons his left buttock has never been the same since.” - Ron

“But you are normal!” said Harry fiercely. “You’ve just got a — a problem —” Lupin burst out laughing. “Sometimes you remind me a lot of James. He called it my ‘furry little problem’ in company. Many people were under the impression that I owned a badly behaved rabbit.” - Harry/Lupin

*Laughs* I honestly still can't believe Harry didn't click to the name Fenrir Greyback, When he heard Malfoy mention it to Borgan. Naturally, I took HERMIONE to put two and two together *Rolls Eyes*

“Dumbledore’s man through and through, aren’t you, Potter?” “Yeah, I am,” said Harry. “Glad we straightened that out.” - Scrimgeour

What a powerful statement. I still can't believe the Ministers nerve at asking Harry to play poster boy for the Ministry. *Sigh* They just never get it right do they.

“There is a new password,” she said. “And please don’t shout.” “But we’ve been away, how’re we supposed to — ?” Fat Lady/Ron

QUESTION: So a portrait can refuse entry by lying?
QUESTION: Who tells the prefects the new password?

"It appears that Rufus found a way to corner you at last.” “He accused me of being ‘Dumbledore’s man through and through.’ ” “How very rude of him.” “I told him I was.” Dumbledore opened his mouth to speak and then closed it again. Behind Harry, Fawkes the phoenix let out a low, soft, musical cry. To Harry’s intense embarrassment, he suddenly realized that Dumbledore’s bright blue eyes looked rather watery, and stared hastily at his own knees - Harry/Dumbledore

*Sigh* I swear these two are like an old married couple! *Grins*
QUESTION: So is Forks tuned into Harry's emotions Or Dumbledore's? Or both? if at all.

"I extracted this memory with difficulty. When I saw what it contained, I attempted to use it to secure Morfin’s release from Azkaban - Dumbledore

So why the hell not use Harry's Goblet Of Fire memories to prove Voldemort is back! Harry would've consented and it would've verified Everything! Harry and Dumbledore have been preaching about for the past year!

Harry wondered whether constant disappearances and reappearances had somehow diminished his substance, or whether this frail build was ideal for anyone wishing to vanish.

QUESTION: Does apparition etc affect a person over time?

“We were thinking of buying Zonko’s,” said Fred gloomily.
QUESTION: Did Fred and George ever buy Zonko's?

There upon the smooth crimson velvet lay a heavy golden locket. Voldemort reached out his hand, without invitation this time, and held it up to the light, staring at it. “Slytherin’s mark,” he said quietly, as the light played upon an ornate, serpentine S - Voldemort

Oh man. Right here, Right here, is when Harry should've went "OMG, I'VE SEEN THAT LOCKET!" Right here, is when Dumbledore should've told him EVERYTHING. All these damn secrets and mollycoddling Harry is WHY I get frustrated at Dumbledore. Harry's inattentive behavior also frustrates me leaving Hermione to do it all.

“He’s got Crabbe and Goyle transforming into girls?” guffawed Ron. “Blimey … No wonder they don’t look too happy these days. I’m surprised they don’t tell him to stuff it.” - Ron

tells us, transparent.” “Well, what Harry said is the most useful if we’re trying to tell them apart!” said Ron. “When we come face-to-face with one down a dark alley, we’re going to be having a shufti to see if it’s solid, aren’t we, we’re not going to be asking, ‘Excuse me, are you the imprint of a departed soul?’” - Ron

“I have had it all tested for poison,” he assured Harry, pouring most of the first bottle into one of Hagrid’s bucket-sized mugs and handing it to Hagrid. “Had a house-elf taste every bottle after what happened to your poor friend Rupert.” - Slughorn

Kay, I don't think too much of Slughorn "Testing" the alcohol on house elves. I wonder if Hermione ever found out.

“He made a Horcrux? And that’s why he didn’t die when he attacked me? He had a Horcrux hidden somewhere? A bit of his soul was safe?” - Harry

After all my re-reading. I'm still unsure of what exactly happened that night. I know it's explained in Deathly Hallows I think but still *Shrugs* very confusing.

"Of course not, Harry! Don’t you see? Voldemort himself created his worst enemy, just as tyrants everywhere do! Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back!" - Dumbledore

No truer words have been spoken Dumbledore. In RL and Fiction.

Took a left at the broken Vanishing Cabinet in which Montague had got lost the previous year

OH COME ON!!! I know your full of panic and all that, but to mention it means to register it! How can you not notice that it's the same damn thing you hid in at Borgin and Burks! The same thing you saw when spying on Malfoy! god damn it! LOOK!

“But you can’t call that Sectumsempra spell good, Ginny, look where it’s landed him! And I’d have thought, seeing what this has done to your chances in the match —” “Oh, don’t start acting as though you understand Quidditch,” snapped Ginny, “you’ll only embarrass yourself.”

Ha! Ha! Ha! GO GINNY!!!

“I told her it’s a Hungarian Horntail,” said Ginny, turning a page of the newspaper idly. “Much more macho.” “Thanks,” said Harry, grinning. “And what did you tell her Ron’s got?” “A Pygmy Puff, but I didn’t say where.” - Ginny/Harry

*Laughs* I really do like Ginny in this book! 'bout time those two got together and even made Harry's inner beat roar in triumph *Snickers*

“Everything went pitch-black and the next thing I knew, I was being hurled headfirst out of the room!” “And you didn’t see that coming?” said Harry, unable to help himself - Trelawney/Harry

“It’s all my fault, all my fault,” he sobbed. “Please make it stop, I know I did wrong, oh please make it stop and I’ll never, never again"

*Tear* There's just something about a charatcer like Dumbledore being brought to his knees that's indecent and heartbreaking.

“of course . . Rosmerta. How long has she been under the Imperius Curse?” “Got there at last, have you?” Malfoy taunted.

Puh-Lease! Oh NOW we decide to be all clever and put two and two together! *Grr* I hate it when JK does this.

“What do I care how he looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave! And I shall do zat!” she added fiercely, pushing Mrs. Weasley aside and snatching the ointment from her.

GO FLEUR!! I like this scene! I wanted to add the Tonks/Remus scene but ran out of characters *Grins*


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01/31/2012 page 10
2.0% "Still as good as the first tim e around :)"
01/31/2012 page 49
8.0% "*Grr* I really, really dislike Fudge. I feel bad for the muggle prime minister. Heh! Heh! absolutely love Dumbledore in the "Will And Wont" chapter"

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Brooke That was so awesome! *Laughs*


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