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.
...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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Rowling may have faltered here and there, but as she shows in this latest work, she never fails to deliver.
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.
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!
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
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.
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...
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...
Their travels through the past together in Dumbledore’s own memories as well as those from others are fascinating.
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.
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!
...Rowling has succeeded in delivering another spellbinding fantasy set in her consummately well-imagined alternate reality.
The ending is very exciting and unexpected; key to the last book of the Harry Potter series. I thoroughly recommend it!
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.
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.
...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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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