Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince

Rowling, J. K

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince
Baker & Taylor
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.

This special edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has a gorgeous new cover illustration by Kazu Kibuishi. Inside is the full text of the original novel, with decorations by Mary GrandPré.

The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.
And yet…

As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate — and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

So it’s the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort — and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.

Publisher: New York : Scholastic, c2005
New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, c2005
ISBN: 9780545582995
Branch Call Number: J FICTION ROWLI...J
Characteristics: x, 652 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: GrandPré, Mary
Alternate Title: Half-blood prince


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Dec 21, 2014

twisting plot page turner so much more to describe. I loved this book J.K. Rowling has really been turning up the heat in her last few books the plot has been so devious lately, I just cant get enough!

Oct 07, 2014
  • danielestes rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Say all you want about formulaic plot devices and fan-fiction romances, but that couldn't stop the Half-Blood Prince from elevating the Harry Potter phenomenon to a feverish level. Pottermainia was ubiquitous and the world couldn't get enough. Even the book's three-word plot twist (___ kills ___ for those who still don't want to be spoiled) became an infamous meme in itself.

The brilliance of the Half-Blood Prince comes from JK Rowling somehow juggling the imminent threat of Voldemort and his death eaters with the everyday drama of being sixteen and in school. The often light-hearted tone should feel off by all accounts but it doesn't. It works.

Here we get to look back into Voldemort's past, uncovering secrets about the boy Tom Riddle transforming into He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. And the addition of the new Slytherin professor, Horace Slughorn, provides a complex perspective on a man who isn't so obviously black and white like the Slytherins tend to be.

Oct 07, 2014

So happy she wrote this!! Severus Snape is my favorite in the whole series. I think she should write book in his perspective!!

Sep 27, 2014
  • fameby23 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Probably my favorite of the HP book! This installment in the series brings the overall story to a new, heightened level of friendship and love.

Sep 09, 2014

Our heroes must draw on all their talents as they prepare for their final adventure. Enthralling suspense, mystery and heartbreak. The most entertaining of the latter books in the series, leading seamlessly to the final volume. For older readers.

Aug 28, 2014
  • AgentAndi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The best!

Aug 10, 2014
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Jul 31, 2014
  • Auto957 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I LOVE this series so much!!! I have read it tons of times and encourage everyone else to read the series!

Jul 10, 2014
  • JudithAnthonyJohnston rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved LOVED this book.
Snape is my favorite in this book

Jul 10, 2014
  • ivoryelroy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Absolutely loved this series you just fall in love with all the characters even the bad guys

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Aug 10, 2014
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sonika_alta12 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 28

Jul 31, 2014
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Jul 10, 2014
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Jul 08, 2014
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Jul 03, 2014
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Jun 26, 2014
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Jun 05, 2014
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Jun 03, 2014

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Apr 14, 2014

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Jul 05, 2014

We all must choose between what is right, but what is right is not always easy. - Dumbledore

Aug 29, 2013

"We all must choose between what is right, and what is easy."
~ Albus Dumbledore

Jul 10, 2013

heres another quote from that website: McLaggen: "I'll be trying out for Gryffindor Keeper too. Nothing personal." Ron: "Really? Big, strapping fellow like you? You look like you've got more of a Beater's build to me. I mean, to be Keeper, you've got to be a quick and agile sort..." McLaggen: "I like my chances. By the way, you wouldn't mind introducing me to your friend Granger, would you? Love to get on a first-name basis with her, if you know what I mean..."

Jul 10, 2013

all of the quotes i added are from the website:www.harrypotter.wikia.com

Jul 10, 2013

McLaggen: "His sister didn’t really try. She gave him an easy save." Harry: "Rubbish. That was the one he nearly missed." McLaggen: "Give me another go." Harry: "No. You’ve had your go. You saved four. Ron saved five. Ron’s Keeper, he won it fair and square. Get out of my way."

Jul 10, 2013

"Surely nobody in their right mind would have let Luna Lovegood commentate?"

Jul 10, 2013

"Meanwhile, the Hogwarts library had failed Hermione for the first time in living memory. She was so shocked, she even forgot that she was annoyed at Harry for his trick with the bezoar."

Jul 10, 2013

Ron... you're my best mate, but carry on treating the rest of them like this and I'm going to kick you off the team."

Jul 10, 2013

"I can make bad things happen to people who annoy me. I can make them hurt if I want to."

Jul 10, 2013

"He did not usually lie in bed reading his textbooks; that sort of behaviour, as Ron rightly said, was indecent in anybody except Hermione, who was simply weird that way."

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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?

Jul 24, 2013
  • Michael17bpl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

Jun 19, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 11, 2011
  • henein rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As the novel begins, a "grim mood" has fallen over the country. The minions of Lord Voldemort (a.k.a. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named) continue to grow as his evil spreads. The Ministry of Magic has stepped up security everywhere, and as Harry enters his sixth year at Hogwarts, he begins to see himself -- and everyone around him -- in a different, more discerning, light. With rumors swirling about Harry being the prophesied "Chosen One," he begins taking private lessons from Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore.

As Dumbledore prepares Harry for his destined clash with Voldemort by revealing jaw-dropping insights into the Dark Lord's past -- who his parents were, what happened after he left Hogwarts, and more -- Harry also struggles to uncover the identity of the Half-Blood Prince, the past owner of a potions textbook he now possesses that is filled with ingenious, potentially deadly, spells. But Harry's life is suddenly changed forever when someone close to him is heinously murdered right before his eyes....

Jan 01, 2009
  • lucky rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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Aug 14, 2014
  • violet_dolphin_2015 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Other: more of a love book

Sep 19, 2012
  • Glaceon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 24, 2008
  • Campbell rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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