(Harry Potter #6)
by J.K. Rowling
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Publication Date: August 27th 2013
(first published July 16th 2005)
ISBN: 9780545582995 (15th Anniversary Edition)
Genre: Children's | Fantasy | Magic
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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.
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 at 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. (Goodreads)
While I had read the other books in the Harry Potter series before, this was my absolute first time reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. While I was super excited to be moving along in my Harry Potter readathon, I was also a little worried, especially considering how dark the previous book had been. This book, well, this is the book that completely broke me.
I know I've gone on and on in my previous posts about the characters in this book, so I'm just going to say, I still love them all. Actually, I love them even more after reading this book, if that's even possible. Harry, Ron and Hermione have a friendship that everyone wants, but most people rarely have, and I've loved watching this bond grow more and more as the series has gone along. I have so many favorite characters in this series, and this post would be more like a novel if I went on and on about them. I just love them all.
As I mentioned above, this is the book in the series that completely broke me. I knew what was coming near the end, as it is super hard to avoid spoilers for a book that has been out so long, but while I knew the main events, I did not know the details, and that's what really got me. I was an absolute complete blubbering mess from chapter 27 on to the end of the book. While I have cried at the previous books in the series, this one was super ugly crying. That ending, it just broke my heart. Sigh.
Overall; even though this book broke my heart into so many pieces, I still adored so many things about Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and I'm so glad to have finally read it. I really wish I had read it sooner. It looks like I'm actually going to finish the Harry Potter series this year, bring on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!!