Reviews of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    • Publishers Weekly
      5 

      If Harry grew up in the last book, here he becomes a man, learning the true impact of the last book's prophecy, and the importance of love as the antidote to fear.

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    • NY Times
      4 

      ...this is a coming-of-age story that chronicles the hero's evolution not only by showing his maturation through a series of grueling tests, but also by detailing the growing emotional wisdom he gains from understanding more and more about the past.

      Jul 16, 2005 Read full review
    • Guardian
      3 

      The odd glumness of this novel is partly a consequence of its loss of a satisfying plot, its lack of shape...We must not think that she is making her stories up on the hoof, even though the idea of there being seven books, one for each of Harry's years at Hogwarts, must have come to her only belatedly.

      Jul 22, 2005 Read full review
    • Blog Critics

      If you have been waiting for this for months, rest assured: this is the series’ The Empire Strikes Back. The stakes are even higher and the surprises bigger than you imagine, and despite the usual problems of editing and focus, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince delivers the goods...

      Jul 16, 2005 Read full review
    • AV Club
      4 

      Longtime fans who fixate on anyone but Harry himself may be disappointed that their favorite character doesn't get more face time, but in the end, the only way Half-Blood Prince really disappoints is in how quickly it reads and how fast it's over.

      Aug 02, 2005 Read full review
    • Entertainment Weekly
      4 

      It's heartening, both as an author and a reader, to see that J.K. Rowling is brave enough to experiment with her beloved series, and that she has remained true to the emotional and physical development of her characters.

      Jul 20, 2005 Read full review
    • PopMatters

      Rowling may have faltered here and there, but as she shows in this latest work, she never fails to deliver.

      Aug 01, 2005 Read full review
    • ABC Perth
      4 

      The sixth Harry Potter book is worth the wait...I think that anyone who likes Harry Potter will enjoy this book, mostly people aged 10 and up.

      May 17, 2020 Read full review
    • Fantasy Book Review
      4 

      There are so many plot lines in this one and the thumping pace does not let up from first page to last...Excellent book, in fact I may just start reading it again!

      May 16, 2014 Read full review
    • SF Reviews
      4 

      Part of the reason, I think, that Rowling's series has managed to remain so consistently strong when so many other long-running multibook fantasy sagas...is that Rowling has had a definite plan, a clear blueprint for how her epic was to unfold through each volume

      May 16, 2014 Read full review
    • Hope Chest Reviews
      5 

      All in all, there was a lot going on in this penultimate book of the series. I finally got an explanation - sort of - for why Hogwarts can't keep a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher for more than a year, which is something I've been wondering since the first book.

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    • Once Upon A Bookcase
      4 

      The whole idea of Voldemort's horcruxes is just genius, because it's so complicated and you realise just how hard it will be to defeat him...

      Sep 10, 2011 Read full review
    • https://heatherlo.wordpress.com
      4 

      This is also the book where I fully came to appreciate Rowling’s genius in writing this story. There are things that happen in this book that were foreshadowed several books back, only we as readers had no idea what was to come...

      Mar 30, 2015 Read full review
    • Whimpulsive
      5 

      Their travels through the past together in Dumbledore’s own memories as well as those from others are fascinating.

      Sep 10, 2010 Read full review
    • http://www.feoamante.com
      5 

      Overall, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE is much more mature in content and tone from the earliest Harry Potter books. Despite the appellation of being a book for "young adults," it is still a good read, and I'm definitely looking forward to the final book.

      May 16, 2005 Read full review
    • http://www.bbc.co.uk
      5 

      A fascinating story of love, hate, betrayal and all-round laughs. Ron, Hermione, Harry and crew, especially the first three, are brilliant role models for every friendship. The best book of the year so far!

      Jan 10, 2006 Read full review
    • NY Times
      5 

      ...Rowling has succeeded in delivering another spellbinding fantasy set in her consummately well-imagined alternate reality.

      Jul 31, 2005 Read full review
    • Guardian
      4 

      The ending is very exciting and unexpected; key to the last book of the Harry Potter series. I thoroughly recommend it!

      Sep 16, 2015 Read full review
    • Guardian
      3 

      The odd glumness of this novel is partly a consequence of its loss of a satisfying plot, its lack of shape. There is, I think, a clear reason for this, evident from the amount that we have been hearing about Rowling's plans for her characters.

      Jul 22, 2005 Read full review
    • Blog Critics
      4 

      If you have been waiting for this for months, rest assured: this is the series’ The Empire Strikes Back. The stakes are even higher and the surprises bigger than you imagine, and despite the usual problems of editing and focus, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince delivers the goods.

      Jul 16, 2005 Read full review
    • Christian Science Monitor
      4 

      ...as always, Rowling excels at propelling the action forward, and her creativity is undiminished. Also, she raises some interesting questions about the perils of believing the best in others, and whether the possibility of redemption is always worth the cost.

      Jul 19, 2009 Read full review
    • About.com
      5 

      My main complaint is that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is not for children...I do believe, however, that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is brilliant. It is by far the best of the series.

      Feb 12, 2016 Read full review
    • Yahoo! Voices

      Despite my reserves at this being a book I would actually call young adult I did enjoy it. The story kept my attention, and while some of the plot was blatantly obvious from the get go it still made me curious as to what exactly was going to happen.

      Jan 05, 2010 Read full review
    • http://bestfantasybooks.com

      The penultimate book in the seven book series is far darker and more complex than any of the books that came before it, and by the book’s close many of the questions asked within its pages remain unanswered...this book is impossible to put down, as the mystical and mythical aspect of the Potter story slowly unfolds before you.

      Feb 08, 2015 Read full review
    • https://www.commonsensemedia.org
      5 

      As the protagonists age, so do the books, growing darker, more violent, more complex, and much more emotional. While young kids will still want to read it...this is clearly aimed at tweens and up. But the series remains compellingly readable, breathlessly suspenseful and exciting, and now powerfully emotional.

      Aug 23, 2009 Read full review
    • Angela's Anxious Life
      4 

      I love Slughorn. He is one of my most favorite professors ever. I just love his style...The end of this book is just one big sad ride... I can't wait to get started on the final book.

      May 11, 2013 Read full review
    • Giraffe Days
      4 

      Once again, I have no complaints with Rowling’s writing, and she has managed to write a story that makes me feel like a kid again – completely absorbed in the magic of the world and the characters, something I always fear I’ve grown out of.

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    • Carina's Books
      5 

      I loved reading about the Cave part near the end of the book. With Harry going off with Dumbledore. It was so exciting and creepy and I loved it so much. Heartbreaking too...loved every single moment of the book.

      Jul 23, 2015 Read full review
    • The Bawdy Book Blog
      4 

      I continued to waffle between Snape being bad and Snape being good. Rowling played both sides of him SO WELL, it was incredibly hard to decipher, but I knew which team I wanted him to be on!

      Sep 17, 2013 Read full review
    • Relevant
      4 

      The characters are fantastic as always, Rowling's writing is sharp and terrific and the story propels you to the end so quickly you'll probably return for a re-read before too long.

      Jul 14, 2009 Read full review
    • Jayne's Books
      4 

      While I had moments in which I felt that the book was hard sometimes to get through, I found the book to be a pleasurable and enjoyable read. The book is a good continuation of the series and is an excellent jumping off point for the final book in the series. Highly recommended.

      Aug 06, 2015 Read full review
    • Yearning to Read
      5 

      To say I'm hooked would be the biggest understatement of the history of the world!! Glued, stuck, plastered, never-to-be-parted-from - those don't even say enough! I'm in love!

      Dec 26, 2011 Read full review