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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
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Nov 28, 09

bookshelves: series, fiction, young-adult, fantasy, own
Read in January, 2009, read count: 1

Even though I already knew what was going to happen, no thanks to a friend who spoiled it for me, that didn't stop the tears from flowing as I read the end of this book. J.K. Rowling continued to take the series down a deeper and much darker road with this book. This particular book seems to focus quite a bit on emotions--fear, love, hatred, grief. As a reader, this book was the most gripping out of all of them. Within the first chapter or two, I was already ready to start throwing punches left and right. And that amount of emotion was there throughout the entire book--especially the ending. Now, I know that these are works of fiction, but for Harry Potter fanatics, the death of someone who has become very real to us and who is a favorite character of many, the ending was as painful as can be. I definitely have to give props to Rowling for her control over her readers' emotions in this book. We've reached very frightening times in Harry's world...I can only imagine what the next book is going to bring...
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“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”
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“It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew - and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents - that there was all the difference in the world.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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“Dumbledore will only leave from Hogwarts when there are none loyal to him!”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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“Nobody's ever asked me to a party before, as a friend. Is that why you dyed your eyebrow, for the party? Should I do mine too?”
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“The thing about growing up with Fred and George," said Ginny thoughtfully, "is that you sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.”
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“Dumbledore's man through and through, aren't you Potter?"
"Yeah I am," said Harry. "Glad we straightened that out.”
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“And Harry saw very clearly as he sat there under the hot sun how people who cared about him had stood in front of him one by one, his mother, his father, his godfather, and finally Dumbledore, all determined to protect him; but now that was over. He could not let anybody else stand between him and Voldemort; he must abandon forever the illusion he ought to have lost at the age of one, that the shelter of a parent’s arms meant that nothing could hurt him. There was no waking from this nightmare, no comforting whisper in the dark that he was safe really, that it was all in his imagination; the last and greatest of his protectors had died, and he was more alone than he had ever been.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

J.K. Rowling
“Harry looked around; there was Ginny running toward him; she had a hard blazing look in her face as she threw her arms around him. And without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the fact that fifty people were watching, Harry kissed her. After several long moments, or it might have been half an hour-or possibly several sunlit days- they broke apart.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


Reading Progress

12/28/2008 page 19
2.91% "So excited to start this :)"
12/28/2008 page 38
5.83% "Oh my god does this book start out with a bang ,or what?!"
12/28/2008 page 38
5.83% "Oh my god does this book start out with a bang ,or what?!"
12/30/2008 page 387
59.36% "I got to read a lot on my plane to California yesterday! :)"
01/07/2009 page 594
91.1% "It's coming...it's coming...and I don't want to read it :("
01/09/2009 page 597
91.56% "Can we talk about how I don't even want to finish this book now because I'm so devastated? 3" 1 comment
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Fiona You know one thing I notice, is that the US HP covers are so much better then the UK where Harry/Ron/Hermoine look nothing like they do in the books. I would really like to get hold of the US dust jackets and just exchange them for the British...

I'd get the US version - only I've heard they have American spellings and they've changed words around? Like trainers to sneakers, jumpers to sweaters etc? Or was that only in the first?


Jess Michaelangelo I did notice that I liked the US covers better, no offense hehe. Yeah they do change the words around...I noticed in the fifth book, though, that there were words that I assumed were British because I didn't know what they meant :)


Jess Michaelangelo Actually Fiona...I was fibbing...I just noticed that they haven't switched the phrases in this book...hehe sorry! I came across the word "trainers" and I thought, "I have to tell Fiona!" :)


Beth F. They switched them in the earlier books but let the British words stand for the later ones. I'm not sure when the switch happened though...


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