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Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince

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By J.K. Rowling
You don't have your very own copy by now, WHY!?
Rating: Excellence
Read: July 2005

It's here! It's here! At very long last, it's here! The penultimate! The one that'll REALLY have us all on the edge of our seats-!

I cried at the end.

If you haven't read it by now, you're an even slower reader than I am. I have a friend who'd read it through two or three times in the first day. (She calls the first run a "blitzkreig." She's crazy. I took my time.) I'm going to try not to give anything big away, but you read this AT YOUR OWN RISK.


This is, without a doubt, the best of the books. Perhaps not my favorite, but the BEST. The writing is superb, the plot and pacing are the perfect blend, and it is VERY emotionally wired. As I said, I cried at the end.

I don't really know what to say. I should have done this right after I finished reading, but I was too zonked. I won't be rereading it any time soon A) because it's so heavy and B) because I remember enough to not be able to properly enjoy it.

JK Rowling said before 6's release that we should be asking ourselves not "Why did Harry live?" but "Why didn't Voldemort die?" In this book, she gives us the answer. It is obvious that this is closely linked to the prophecy, but we don't yet know how.

At Hogwarts, the kids have started their 6th year, which is prep for their NEWT tests. A new teacher has arrived… and Snape has a new job as well. The Order plays a very secondary role in this book, but the Weasleys are prominent.

And so is love. There's lotsa love going on in the world HP. The Shippers are, I'm sure, absolutely ecstatic.

I, however, am less so. I don't see any reason for Harry to hook up with who he does. It's unrealistic and stupid and just completely ARGH for me.

But, whatever.

The next book could rip apart the familiar pattern the other books have always followed- that of beginning in the summer, then they go to school, and finishing with the train ride home. That might not happen this time. And I don't think I like that.

Everything hits home too hard now… *sob*



Written by Shen

August 1, 2005 at 10:32 pm

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