Harry Potter Tuesdays #6: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Posted November 26, 2013 by Bee in Reviews, Special Events / 0 Comments

hp tuesdays banner Harry Potter Tuesdays is a new event here on Istyria book blog. I’ve wanted to re-read the books for a long time and since I finally got to do it, I decided to make it extra special. I’m going to review each book and compare the book with the movie. I was inspired by Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog when she read these books for the first time and reviewed them on her blog!

You can find the other posts here:
~ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
~ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
~ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
~ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
~ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter Tuesdays #6: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #6
Pages: 652
Published on September 16th 2005
by Scholastic
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The war against Voldemort is not going well; even the 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 with all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate—and lose a few eyebrows in the process. 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.

4 Stars



This review will, of course, have some spoilers. If you have lived under a rock for the past ten years or so, please join the living again. You should have read these books a long time ago.

So… that happened.

Sixth year! And the story is darker than ever before. The school year is harder because of their N.E.W.T.’s and learning to Apparate. And everybody knows about Voldemort now so that should be interesting. Right? Snape finally gets the teaching job he’s always wanted, which means a new Potions teacher named Horace Slughorn comes along. Harry never got the new Potions book since he didn’t pass his O.W.L.’s, so he gets a second-hand one that belonged to someone called ‘The Half-Blood Prince’. Inside that book are spells by the prince, but he has no idea who it is.

Again, a lot happens in this book. Dumbledore starts new private lessons with Harry and in the beginning we don’t really know the purpose (yeah I knew but I know the end, so…). We learn more about Tom Riddle’s past and the Horcruxes. And to be honest, this is one of the books I didn’t like as much as the rest. I don’t know why. Even know, writing this review… I don’t feel like writing about it again. Which is weird. Maybe because I’m tired? I don’t know. Maybe because of the ending?

Snape kills Dumbledore. That’s all there is to this book! All I can remember!

Keep on reading for my thoughts on the movie!

The book vs. The movie


Directed by David Yates
Produced by David Heyman, David Barron
Music by Nicholas Hooper
Released on 15 July 2009

Acting is great, music is great. Overall movie is great. Like it better than the book.

Dumbledore dies because Snape kills him.

That is all.


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