Format: Audiobook, eBook, Hardcover
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
Narrator: Stephen Fry
Length: 18 hrs and 55 mins
Date Read: Aug 2016
It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys' house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can't quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys' of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks' time? Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine...
J.K. Rowling charts Harry Potter's latest adventures in his sixth year at Hogwarts with consummate skill and in breathtaking fashion.
Series: Harry Potter #6
Also by this author: Harry Potter and The Sourcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and The Sourcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban br> br>
Also in this series: Harry Potter and The Sourcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Bought for Myself
Overall Rating: 5.00 +
Series Rating: 5.00 +
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.
What I read/listened to this time around (I usually do a listen/read combo–sometimes not):
2009: HC US
2010: HC US
2011: HC US/Audiobook US
2012: HC US/Audiobook US
2013: Ebook US/Audiobook US 07/16/2013
2014: Ebook US/Audiobook UK Jun 27, 2014
2015: Ebook UK
2016: Ebook UK/Hardcover UK/Audiobook UK