About: 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.
Overall Rating: 5.00 +
Series Rating: 5.00 +
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NOTE: June 26, 2011 marks my “Gosh I don’t know how many times I have read this book” annual Re-Read! I will be changing all my ratings of this series to 5 because I have come to the conclusion that if I can re-read them this many times they are worthy of a 5!
What I Loved: This book I think is the one Harry finally starts to grow up a little though he is still way to angry for my taste. It has been a long time since I was 16 so maybe that is normal with all the loss that he has had in his life. I loved how they kind of split up the team for a bit so they could understand how important they were to each other. Also, I like the blossoming of young love that happened in this book because if you aren’t fighting for love and hope then what is the point. Loved the Weasley twins as always! They are the right amount of lightness that is needed in dark times!
Just my thoughts: This isn’t my favorite book in the series–never has been. To be honest, there are times when I think Malfoy is growing up more than Harry. I don’t like Malfoy but his journey has kind of been the flip side of Harry’s all along. Ron and Hermoine again to me are the best friends anyone can have. They put up with so much from Harry and until the very last of the book I don’t think he realizes how lucky he really is.
Why I gave it a 5+: After re-reading this book so many times, I have decided that all the growing pains were necessary to lead up to the last book in the series. The stuff I didn’t like had to do mostly with Harry—his anger, especially after the last book, really kind of didn’t work for me. Also, don’t like how he constantly questions Dumbledors thoughts on Snape. Still a really great book though.
Author Website: http://www.jkrowling.com/
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