Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Review

Now, I finally have finished the sixth book of the Harry Potter series. The tricky part is that its movie adaptation is my least favorite- doesn’t help if you are about to read the book.

The war against Voldemort is not going well. Hermione scans the pages of the Daily Prophet, reading out terrible news. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and yet…

As in 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 tough, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

And all the while Harry searches for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort- hoping to find what may be his only vulnerability

To me, Half-Blood Prince only feels like set-up to Deathly Hallows, the 7th and final installment of the Harry Potter series. That is one of the reasons why Half-Blood Prince is one of my least favorite. However, I feel like the book is so much better than the movie- due to some scenes I wish were in the movie and some that were better.

There are two characters I really find annoying in Half-Blood Prince- Lavender and McLaggen. Yes, Lavender was in prior books (but not annoying), but this time around her relationship with Ron was driving me nuts. Then the way McLaggen was treating Harry and Ron- not appropriate one bit (if you don’t remember, he was the guy who competing for Keeper against Ron).

Malfoy’s tactics are really frustrating to witness- by harming two students (one was cursed and the other poisoned). I know that wasn’t his intention- to cause it on them, but someone else. But crazy.

Glad we were able to learn about the Dark Lord, and how to defeat him. By destroying those Horcruxes- that was Slughorn was hired and why Harry had his lessons. He had to learn more about him to eventually find out those dangerous and possibly deadly objects. Despite being a huge part of Deathly Hallows—-one reason why Half-Blood Prince feels like set-up. It even shows you that Ron and Hermione are loyal to Harry—-especially at the end of the book.

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