Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)

 
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)
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Release Date
July 16, 2005
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0439784549
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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. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate — and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

So it's the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here are Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort — and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.

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The Chosen One
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5.0
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It is Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As Voldermort's sinister forces amass and a spirit of gloom and fear sweeps the land, it becomes more and more clear to Harry that he will soon have to confront his destiny. But is he up to the challenges ahead of him? And what's more, will he be able to survive them?

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince must be one of my most favourite Harry Potter books. I know I said that before in my other reviews, but I truly feel that this is the one. It has all the same themes, but in this book, they go deeper, both in the words and yourself.

I thought that it was so clever of J.L. Rowling to not make Harry go out there and try to kill Voldermort by force, but let him figure out the pieces of his enemy, through memories, then act upon them. This is something very few books have, patience, as in most, the character would go and try to finish the job quickly.

The characters are growing up as well, and crushes and relationships start to break up Hermione, Ron and Harry. They came back together near the end, but its kinda sad and funny to see them grow up.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is fun, mystical and thrilling, with hints of mystery, action and magic. This book is for everyone, and I mean absolutely everyone.
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-Harry Potter cannot go wrong!!!
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Wonderful and Heartbreaking
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Oh, this book. THIS BOOK. I loved it, even though it broke my heart. I loved it because Dumbledore finally enlists Harry's help in unmasking Voldemort's past with an eye toward predicting the villain's next move. The history of both Voldemort and of the other characters I've come to love (Snape, Dumbledore, Sirius etc.) is as superbly rich in detail and nuance as any of Rowling's tales. But what really sets this book apart is the ending. (I figure it's too late for spoilers, but I'll be careful anyway.) I cried. Even though I realized it had to happen so that Harry would step up to the role that has been looming over his head since birth, it was a LOSS. Amazing book.
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Under Expectational
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3.0
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Reader reviewed by Becca

In this part, being book number six of this heptalogy Harry Potter makes his way back to school and the unexpected occurs. For this pint-sized boy who has finally reached the age of sixteen finds himself stuck inbetween everything in life from romance to his lessons in order to defeat Voldermort and all at once trying to find himself in all this mess aqnd still stay sane against all odds. This may sound interesting to some but I literally mean that this is what he spends his time doing throughout the whole entire six hundred page hunk of literature. I found that she left out the heart stopping twists and turns which I search for the most in a good novelists creations. I found that there were less battles bringing on anxiety and anxiousness and that she left out everything she used in the other books to make it relatable and mystifying. There was really only one big poart where.... well I eouldn't like to become a spoiler to where something devastating occured. Of course If she used her brilliance from the other scenes in the other novels I might have been found with a fit of tears streaming out of my awaitful eyes but instdead I was just at first angry at the event. Maybe if he had a better ending with more of a part to it I would have thought of it as justifiable but it wasn't at all means. The rest of this gruesome tale for book six was boring with just usless information being poured in from all ends. I found it boring to watch Harry undergo his hormonal reapperance and learn about defeating Voldermort by sitting around in a gothic styled castle while doing nothing at all. But yes I must cut J.K some slack because it must be pretty challenging to weave out the correct structure to be built for the best epic and unforgettable ending possible. Nonetheless I did find her other books spectacular and perfect for any young adult and maybe an adult at the least looking for a getaway trip to thde little suite called Hogwarts. But I found the the romance was utterly distastefull. As unsupportive as an untied shoelace upon a shoe.I didn't feel that fluttery feeling in the pit of my stomach as I normally do and it was boring with little emotional words to be put forth into it. But of course if you are a person like me to expect every human being to be given the gift of describing love as fondly as Hunger Games author Suzzane Collins does you will never find any book romance to be quite appealing. But i still urge you to read the series for the other books are the complete opposite of this one which left me with a bad taste in my mouth. For the book still showed beautiful writing skill and artiste. I believe that igt also helps build Harry's character but at the same time make him more realistic which in turn reveals to me his vulnerability. I give my sorry to J.K who I inspire though dislike her one book but hoew can you make seven perfect books in a row? Impossible which I could never achieve and I give any Harry Potter fan the permission the rant on my findings even so being a huge fan myself and probably knowing the same or more than them about the book- Becca's reviews Please ignore spelling mistakes due to bad typing skills and no spell check.
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Sad, but still loved it.
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Reader reviewed by Adriana

I've been reading these in sequence before each of the movie versions come out, so I haven't gotten to reading the last and seventh book.  For this one it was nice to see Harry a bit more evolved, but it was also sad to see some of the things that happened.  Far less sugar-coating, but I loved all of the action and the answers that were divulged about Lord Voldemort.  It kept me guessing until the end, and I haven't seen the movie yet, but I hope they captured all of the important parts.
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Darkness Falls Across Hogwart's Door
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Reader reviewed by GRgenius

Alas, it was bound to happen.  This installment of the "Harry Potter" series has us saying goodbye to a major and well-loved character.  (sorry, not listing who it is in case someone hasn't actually read it yet...imagine that!)  Harry and his pals are dealing with dark times indeed, as well as their own blossoming adolescence.  Friends are made, foes are made to choose sides, as the Dark Lord attempts to regain his strength through the many Horcruxes he left behind.  Can they stop what's coming?  Are they strong enough without their fallen friend?

Recommended for all readers, although young ones may need some consoling when the "deed" is done.  An overall fascinating addition to a great collection leaving you impatient for the final book.....happy reading!
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Reader reviewed by Kristen

I really can see why the narrator of these books has won some serious
awards! He does a great job of reading the book. I do somewhat wish
they had done a full-casting of these books, but one can't be picky. I
think I read too fast and when I listen to an audiobook, I get more out
of the book. It was nice to get a picture of what happened so I'm
prepped for the movie coming out soon!

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good book here ppl read it!!!!!!
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Reader reviewed by SNooGaNZ-SLay3R

the war against voldemort isnt going good ppl!!!!!!!!!!!!!muggles are noticing dumbledore hasent been seen in awhile and in long stretches of time...harry recieves help from the mysterios half blood prince...READ IT FO SERIOUS.........................................................................
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Hogwarts year 6
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5.0
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Reader reviewed by HoopsGirl27




With Dumbledore back as the Headmaster, Harry and Dumbledorego on a search for Voldomorts hortexes.  Harry finds out hortexes are objects that a wizard can choose to keep part of their soul inside it, so if something were to happen to the body the wizard could still live.  While at school Harry takes classes so he can become successful when he leaves Hogwarts; one is potions.  Since he doesnt have some of the supplies he borrows some; one is an old textbook that has hints written in it by someone called the half-blood prince and Harry soon becomes a popular student in potions.  But who is the Half-Blood Prince and can he be trusted when it could mean life or death for Ron?  Harry and Dumbledore soon find out that Voldomort made seven hortexes. Dumbledore tells Harry two have already have been destroyed so they set out for the other five.  Will Harry and Dumbledore be able to destroy the other five hortexes?


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All praise the prince
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Reader reviewed by Alex11181992

In the evils of darkness and a war coming to a begining. Harry needs to learn new spells to defend himself from the evil
With some new characters that would make you think what jk rowling was thinking about while reading this book.
The darkest and evilest book in the potter series this book will make u want to make sure that their is no such thing as magic in this world so u could stay away
Enter the world of jk rowling if you dare.
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year 6 at Hogwarts
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Reader reviewed by 3hoildaybabies

JK made me cry!!!! Now thats just not nice! This book was great! The back story, the adventure, a bit of romance & broken hearts. Wow, JK just keeps getting better with every book! I am turning into such a Potterhead. You will not be disapointed it this 6th installment!
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