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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

(Harry Potter #6)

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  2,861,252 ratings  ·  47,883 reviews
The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.

And yet . . .

As in all wars, life goes on. The Weasley twins expand their business. Sixth-yea
Paperback, 652 pages
Published September 16th 2006 by Scholastic Inc. (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 Voldem…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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(A) 86% | Extraordinary
Notes: It dwells on the delightfully mundane aspects of the magical world, and adds new dimensions to familiar characters.
Whitney Atkinson
i dont want to talk to anyone
dont even look at me
i was expecting it and i still cried for like 30 minutes
(A) 86% | Extraordinary
Notes: A relationshippy respite, it’s Sturm und Drang defogging: all lovesick woe, observing foes, and problematic snogging.
❀ Lily ❀
Holy shit, I'm in all sorts right now.

Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTfaG...
Tharindu Dissanayake
"5. Should you feel that a family member, colleague, friend, or neighbor is acting in a strange manner, contact the Magical Law Enforcement Squad at once. They may have been put under the Imperius Curse."

Time for interesting little subplots is over. We've arrived finally, where everything is closely tied to the core of the story and progressing fast. It's always delightful to see, everything that was great about the series still remains the same, if not better. However, disappointments, sorrow a
Kai Spellmeier
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Chelsea Humphrey
I'm not sure why, but this one took me completely by surprise. I was expecting this installment to be mainly filler to get us to the Deathly Hallows, but so much happened here that I must have forgotten from the movie. The Half-Blood prince was considerably darker than the previous 5 books, and I just adore how this series has progressed and grown just like most of its readers have. Obviously I knew what the big reveal was prior to finishing the book due to my viewing the films before, but it di ...more
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to my re-read of the phenomenal series “Harry Potter”. 🤓⚡️I'm reading the books, listening to a fun (adult) podcast and watching the movies. ❤️📚🎧🎬

⚠️This review contains spoilers⚠️
If you don’t yet know:
*why the elf made wine is the one to try tonight
*why the dragons blood is a bit dusty
*why Hermione’s confiscating fanged frisbees from 4th years
*why the mouth organ was always just a mouth organ
*why we hide sherry bottles
*why it is our mercy that matters now
*why we’re reaching into the lak
Ahmad Sharabiani
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6), J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling and the sixth and penultimate novel in the Harry Potter series.

Set during protagonist Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts, the novel explores the past of Harry's nemesis, Lord Voldemort, and Harry's preparations for the final battle against Voldemort alongside his headmaster and mentor Albus Dumbledore.

The book was published
Sean Barrs
I’m yet to mention one of the most important characters in this series in a review. I’m, of course, talking about Severus Snape.

Severus, the unsung hero.


Severus, who sacrificed his own soul.


Severus, who loved another more than life itself.


Severus, the half-blood prince- the truth about his character was, and will likely always be, one of the most surprising twists I’ve ever read in fiction. The set up is all in this book.

Jul 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Popular Fantasy Geeks
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Jonathan Janz
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I could revisit this world over and over!!

Mel 🖤🐾🐺
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, harry-potter
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
Merphy Napier
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, five-stars
Here's my video review https://youtu.be/lgj2rQTmymw ...more
Reynita ★ The Night Reader ★
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Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms
4.5 Golden Stars


yeah, it was dark, but probably the most Hilarious book of HP; it IS a Comedy! I was rolling in laughter! by Hilarious Ron, sassy Harry & Hermione's wittiness & the unique fun in the writing style, the impression, the descriptions, the comparisons.

anyway, don't get mad at me, but this book is my least favourite in Harry Potter series. it was kind of disappointment for me.
3 years gap, reading the other fantastic books many times, guessing & after that shocking end in book 5, lo
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It seems like by now, everyone would realize they should listen to Harry..
Such a sad end :( I knew that was going to happen before starting the series, but didn't know when. It still got me in the feels, though.
The book as a whole was really fun and entertaining. I love the mystery and learning more about Voldemort. The romance drama was funny as well.
I can't wait to see what adventures the next book brings and how it all concludes..
Reminder that all of my Harry Potter reviews contain unmarked spoilers, and lots of ’em. If you’re one of the two people on Goodreads who hasn’t read this series, this review is not for you. So, my dear underside-of-a-rock-residing friends:


This review will be interesting, because this book was far (far, far) from perfect, and yet I am utterly determined to give it 5 stars. (Which I have only given to the first book in this series.)

God, how do you talk abou
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites, ya
Do you know what is better than this book (this book being already amazing)? This book narrated by Stephen Fry.
I swear, this was my second attempt EVER to listen to an audiobook and the narration was so good I actually enjoyed it so much. And I hate listening to audiobooks!
Luca Ambrosino
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ENGLISH (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) / ITALIANO

«It was nearing midnight and the Prime Minister was sitting alone in his office, reading a long memo that was slipping through his brain without leaving the slightest trace of meaning behind»
Due to numerous attacks of Death Eaters, the new Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour, duly appointed, decides to meet the muggle British Prime Minister... It's the first time that the Muggle world and the magic one come bluntly face to face. J.K. Row
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read this book many times, although the penultimate one was years ago. Let's say that this was the first time I've read them in e-book form.

The reading was marvellous. There were things I'd forgotten, e.g. how late Harry and Ginny got together. I'd also forgotten about most of the funeral. I'll say no more, spoilers oblige.

What this book tells me is that sadly the more conservative of readers, grammarians etc will place so many books above Harry Potter #6, none of which is worth mentionin
Actual rating: 4.25 stars

This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

Why did Professor Snape stand in the middle of the road?
So you’ll never know which side he’s on!!
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
3rd read: August 2018 - audiobook
I will never get over Stephen Fry's narration. It's simply magical ✨

2nd read: Jan - Feb 2018
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always been my favorite out of the seven.
“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”

This brought my right back to my 14-year old self, who was cooped up in bed, shedding tears for the first time over a book, because of the ending.
I remember how I lay in bed, I remember the sun shining through the blinds and how wounded I felt that we lost one of the greats.
This still remains my favourite in the series alongside Deathly Hallows.
I’m glad this series has resonated with me for so long, is still st
April (Aprilius Maximus)
1.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ★★★★★
2.) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ★★★★★
3.) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ★★★★★
4.) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ★★★★★
5) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ★★★★★
6.) Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince ★★★★★
7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ★★★★★
8.) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ★★

Aj the Ravenous Reader
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Katerina

Buddyread with the cutest Trixi.

*sniffs* I have actually finished this several days ago but I spent those days mourning for the loss of one of my favorite characters of all time and before I start bawling my heart and eyes out again, let me straight away proceed to the random thoughts while and after reading the book. *sniffs*

1. *Gasps* Professor Snape???
2. Harry’s Quidditch Captain! Yaaas!
3. Weasleys’ Wizzard Wheezes (Say this ten times)
4. Malfoy’s head on Pansy Parkinson’s lap and Pansy stro
Spoilers for anyone who has never read the books or seen the movies. In which case, have you been living under a rock?!

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Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. 

There were some things I truly loved about this one. I loved how the bulk of the book, nothing crazy happened. It felt like some of the older books and I love that feeling. All the Harry and Dumbledore time we got, the memories of Voldemort’s past (which were very interesting) and of course Harry and Ginny, who I’ve shipped for a while now finally got their shot.

That’s the good. There is also a lot of sadness and despair. A very important and influe
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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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