Into the sixth of seven books now. Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince is a book I don’t look forward to with gusto when I reread, because for a Potterhead, it’s a book which brings a sense of sadness and loss more than anything else. At least, I think so.
After the events of The Order of the Phoenix, we see a major change in the Ministry of Magic, and that Voldemort’s return to power is now becoming more ominous. Dumbledore takes Harry’s help to recruit a new professor, who then plays a big part in the book. We learn that it’s not quite as simple as using Avada Kedavra to kill Voldemort and aid Harry in the prophecy, and that the dark lord has taken steps to that extent. But Dumbledore and Harry start on a journey (not exactly literally) to remove the obstacles the Dark Lord has placed.
I liked a few things in the book that aren’t related to the fight between Harry and Voldemort. Harry becomes Quidditch captain, expectedly perhaps but given the disappointment in Order of the Phoenix, I wasn’t sure it would be so. An expected romantic angle comes to a conclusion, and an unexpected one too. And I liked Harry’s instincts in the book, which were on target from the start, even though others felt otherwise. Really loved the description of Fred and George’s new venture too. The main flipside to the book is the twist at the end which I feel will add more obstacles in the battle between HP and LV. It saddened me a lot, but I think Rowling is playing to end the novel in a particular way. How she gets there is another thing though.
As one gets to the end of the series, each book is a bit bittersweet, so while I loved the book, in a way I didn’t too. But yes, no doubt I’d reread umpteen times and recommend the series to any reader!
Title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Series: Harry Potter #6
Author: J. K. Rowling
No. of Pages: 668
Rating: 10 out of 10