Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Large Print - 2005 | Large print ed
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Sixth-year Hogwarts student Harry Potter gains valuable insights into the boy Voldemort once was, even as his own world is transformed by maturing friendships, schoolwork assistance from an unexpected source, and devastating losses
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2005
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780786277452
0786277459
Branch Call Number: JLT ROWLING,J
Characteristics: 831 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Additional Contributors: GrandPré, Mary - Illustrator

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 10, 2020

In the sixth book of the Harry Potter series, the threat of evil Lord Voldemort is fully realized. Wizards are living their lives in fear. Students are being kept from going to school for fear of what might happen to the school now that the Dark Lord has returned. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is a thrilling book that will keep you on your toes. There are so many plot lines in this book and the thumping pace does not let up from first page to last. If you enjoy adventure and fantasy books, you will definitely love reading this series! I recommend this book to kids ages 13+ and rate it 4.7/5. @GymGirl of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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merritr
Aug 06, 2020

It sure is something different to review a book that so many tens of millions of people have read, children and adults alike. There are still millions out there who’ve yet to read them, so I need to avoid any spoilers. I also am aware that many/most of the 11 people who will read this post have probably read these books, so have formed opinions of their own. All of this to say...I will keep it short.

This is the book where (redacted) happens. Period. If spoilers weren’t taboo (as they should be), this seven word sentence would be the only description needed of this book. There are a few other relatively minor developments, but everything is minor compared to (redacted), isn’t it? And those other developments are fun and satisfying and set the stage for how readers will envision the characters of the series into adulthood, both the readers’ and the characters’.

When I read this book, 14-15 years ago, I was so upset and disappointed by (redacted) that I didn’t read the seventh and final book of the series until a few years later. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy this sixth book, not at all. I enjoyed Harry and Hermione and friends getting stronger and more powerful and confident, and navigating teenage and young adult issues instead of late-elementary and middle school ones. There wasn’t a lot going on with Hagrid or any of his magical creatures, which was sorely missed. And Rowling’s run-on sentences didn’t dissipate even a little, with some sentences taking up to 12 lines to come to wrap up. (Even Olivia noticed those, and wondered if there wasn’t a better way to write those sentences.)

Similar to her dad, Olivia isn’t chomping at the bit to start the seventh and final book, because of this book’s seminal event. But she wants to see how Hermione and Ginny help save the world, so that’s what we’ll do, starting tomorrow night.

When I open up and read the first paragraph of the seventh book to my daughter tomorrow night, the door begins to close on what will undoubtedly be one of my most cherished memories of being a father. For over 2 years now, nearly every single night at bedtime I have sat in my great-grandmother’s rocking chair in Olivia’s bedroom and read about Harry and Hermione and Dumbledore and the rest of the crew. As I write this, I’m aware how I am - in real time - inscribing in my long-term memory the narrative of what it meant to me to be Olivia’s father, the joys and the challenges. This was the sixth book of a famous and beloved story that meant so much to me, and I got to share it with my precious girl. In 70 years when I’m long gone and Olivia is telling her grandchildren of her dad, I hope she remembers me as “The Dad Who Read”.

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blue_dolphin_8333
Jul 18, 2020

This book has a ton of foreshadowing of the ending. This book also goes deep in other characters lives, as well as Harry Potter. We learn about Harry’s thoughts and more of what he has been through. There are many plot twists in this book, and we often end up with an ending that we didn’t imagine that would happen. There is a lot of sadness in this book, as well as good times, and humor. If you haven’t watched the movie yet, you should read the book first, since the movie forgets to capture some small, important, details that are in the book. The characters in this book mature a lot, compared to previous books. I would give this book 5 stars because of all the amazing content, and all the depth as well.

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sophiaSHkim
Jun 23, 2020

I was soo sucked into this book!! it was sad near the end tho.... But I still loved it soooooooo much!!

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DavidWudon
May 04, 2020

I wish there were more books to the series.

ArapahoeKati Apr 13, 2020

I’m over here crying and eating an entire bag of popcorn. Rowling does it again. This may be my favorite HP book for the details, the humor, the plot twist.

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CarreraBeane88
Feb 08, 2020

6th book!

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CASSIE ERIN KELLEY
Nov 29, 2019

Another year at Hogwarts, another year of Voldemort’s reign. The story is deeper than ever, and with the maturing trio comes realizations that every teenager must come to terms with about growing up. Add in friendship, rivals, and romance, and this is a great look at different universal truths that surround getting older.

The pressure increases for Harry, Ron, and Hermione in their sixth year at school. With the revelations from the prophecy in the previous book comes the need for knowledge on how to accomplish the monumental task set before them to bring down Voldemort for good. Unlike last year, Dumbledore takes a special interest in Harry and gives him lessons that prove to be an important lens with which to view the greatest Dark Wizard ever.

Rowling takes us back in time to see how Voldemort became the monster that terrorized Muggles and Wizards alike. As we delve into the past of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, we learn more about Harry, Ron, Hermione, and even Dumbledore, whose past is still shrouded I’m quite a bit of mystery.

By the end of this journey, lives will change forever and the battle lines will be drawn. Who will win the second Wizarding War? How can Voldemort be stopped? Are our trio ready for the horrors ahead?

The end of this book is filled with fear and hope, and I can’t wait to read the last book to find out how everything is wrapped up. If you enjoyed Harry’s journey up to this point, definitely read this book.

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nbartos
Oct 26, 2019

I think this one is now my favorite. I love learning about all the history and everything that has lead up to the current state of things. I also loved reading about all of the relationship drama and teen hormones and silly moments like that. It was sort of a relative calm before the storm, and I really appreciated that. The tension in this book between Harry and Draco is just so engrossing and fantastic, and Slughorn was such an interesting and enjoyable addition to the cast of characters. I absolutely loved this book.

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SophieBPO
Aug 26, 2019

Needs more gay

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violet_dog_14275
May 14, 2018

violet_dog_14275 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 30

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Apr 12, 2018

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mauve_bird_127
May 16, 2019

Ginny: "You'd think people had better things to gossip about. Three Dementor attacks in a week, and all Romilda Vane does is ask me if it's true you've got a Hippogriff tattooed across your chest."

Ron and Hermione both roared with laughter. Harry ignored them.

Harry: "What did you tell her?"
Ginny: "I told her it's a Hungarian Horntail. Much more macho."
Harry: "Thanks. And what did you tell her Ron's got?"
Ginny: "A Pygmy Puff, but I didn't say where."

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mauve_bird_127
May 16, 2019

"Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?"
"Yes," said Harry stiffly.
"Yes, sir."
"There's no need to call me 'sir', Professor."

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crhinehart
Nov 24, 2018

“I knew Ginny was lying about that tattoo.” -Ron Weasley

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TacoCat114
Jan 07, 2018

"Harry! We heard a noise and someone said something about the Dark Mark-"
-Ernie Macmillan

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MasterCraft246
Jan 07, 2018

"I don't want to stay here overnight,' said Harry angrily, sitting up and throwing back his covers, "I want to find McLaggen and kill him.'

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MasterCraft246
Jan 07, 2018

"Avada Kedavra!"
-Severus Snape

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MasterCraft246
Jan 07, 2018

"Pip Pip!"
-Dumbledore

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ReneeMG06
Jul 05, 2017

"On the other hand, the prince had proved a much more affective teacher than Snape so far."

HAHAHAHA You will only understand this if you have read this book.

violet_pony_296 Jun 04, 2017

harry m'boy!
-slughorn

"Sectumsempra (for enemies)"

- Half-Blood Princes's copy of Advanced Potion Making.

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dmoney98
Jun 22, 2014

This in stallion in the harry potter series delves more on the relationship between dumbledore and harry, a mysterious book left by a mysterious person which gives harry a heads up in not only potions but other things as well, harry also starts falling in love with Ginny weasley where he becomes very distraught when he learns she is already dating, what lies in store next for our great and mighty hero harry potter?

Michael17bpl Jul 24, 2013

Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts opens to find him more mellow and grown up than ever. When the day finally arrives, Harry is excited to be taking private lessons with Dumbledore this year, who is showing him all about Voldemort's past. Dumbledore hopes that knowing as much as he can about Voldemort will help Harry in his final battle with the Dark Lord. A mysterious book previously owned by the Half-Blood Prince comes into Harry's hands early on during his Potions class and changes the course of his school year by giving him a reputation for Potions brilliance that baffles everyone. Harry quickly grows to depend on the information he gets from the Half-Blood Prince's book and uses some of his spells outside of class, much to Hermione's displeasure. Harry also keeps an increasingly close eye on Draco Malfoy. Convinced that Malfoy has replaced his father as the head of the Death Eaters, Harry believes Malfoy is constructing a dark plot inside the school but can't for the life of him figure out what it is. Between Ron and Hermione's skepticism, and Malfoy's disappearances from the school grounds, As the year speeds by, Harry and Ron are both amazed at their blossoming love lives. Harry especially falls hard for someone he knows he shouldn't, his best friend Ron's sister, Ginny. Harry and Dumbledore leave on their mission to destroy a horcrux., Malfoy's dark plot finally works and he is able to sneak in Death Eaters to attack the school, and a fierce battle takes place between the students, members of the Order of the Phoenix, and the Death Eaters. Having succeeded in their mission to recover the horcrux, Professor Snape kills Dumbledore.

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dovercourt
Jan 22, 2013

Harry begins his 6th year at Hogwarts. Lord Volemort and is now harsher than ever on Muggles, too. Harry begins taking lessons from Dumbledore, and also begins to find a new love in his heart.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 19, 2012

Lord Voldemort has returned and his wrath has been felt in both the Muggle (non-magical) and Wizarding worlds. Severus Snape, a member of Dumbledore's anti-Voldemort Order of the Phoenix but formerly one of Voldemort's Death Eaters, meets with Narcissa Malfoy, mother of Harry Potter's school rival Draco. Snape makes an Unbreakable Vow to Narcissa, promising to assist and protect Draco.
Meanwhile, Dumbledore collects Harry from his aunt and uncle's house and takes him to the home of Horace Slughorn, former Potions teacher at Hogwarts. Dumbledore tries to persuade a reluctant Slughorn to return to teaching and finally succeeds. Later, when shopping for schoolbooks, Harry and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger follow Draco Malfoy to Dark Arts supplier Borgin and Burkes, where they overhear Draco insisting that the store-owner fix an unknown object. Harry is instantly suspicious of Draco, whom he believes to be a Death Eater like his father.

lucky Dec 24, 2008

Harry is starting his sixth year at Hogwarts school. Dumbledore has come to pick him up from the Dursley's. At Hogwarts, Harry starts receiving lessons from Dumbledore on how to defeat lord Voldemort.

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Mogenta
Sep 19, 2012

Violence: a lot of fighting and killing, but id say still safe for kids.

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Campbell
Aug 24, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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