Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling
Published : August 27th 2013 by Scholastic (first published 2005)
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.
So, I’ve been reading through the series and I have to say, The Half-Blood Prince was just as good as I remember it being. Wait, I lied. This is even better than I thought it being. The Half-Blood prince is that present you find after opening all your Christmas presents like a day after everything. It’s the 5 dollar bill you found in your pocket of those jeans you haven’t worn in 4 months. The Half-Blood Prince is probably my ultimate favorite book in the series.
I think this is the book where everything just becomes real for Harry and not only for him but for us as readers. I think this really took a turn to where Harry actually becomes…human I guess. He deals with emotions, he’s not longer angsty, he realizes the repercussions of everything, and he’s becoming a man and still learning. And not only Harry though, J.K. Rowling gives a sense of human nature to all of her characters. Especially going so deep into the backstory of Voldemort and even further into the Gaunts. And she didn’t stop there, no, she took Malfoy. Sniveling little annoying, heaping mound of jerk Malfoy and made him into a vulnerable little being, someone with their back against the wall, a scared, very scared boy.
This book was just a Rowling masterpiece. I’m so happy to see her writing blossom through these books just like all of her characters, her little babies. I just can’t reiterate how amazing this book is. It just brings everything together for the last installment. Rowling really thought things through when writing this and it shows. It shows how much she cares for all of her characters, how much it means to her to let us know that they’re all just…people, they’re people with feelings and emotions and who just so happen to live and go to this amazing place we can only wish was real.
I also cannot believe that it took me so long to reread this. I feel like the Half-Blood Prince truly makes you feel like you’re on an adventure with the golden trio, always moving forward to beat Lord Voldemort.