: : : Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

About the Book

The long-awaited, eagerly anticipated, arguably over-hyped Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has arrived, and the question on the minds of kids, adults, fans, and skeptics alike is, "Is it worth the hype?" The answer, luckily, is simple: yep. A magnificent spectacle more than worth the price of admission, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will blow you away. However, given that so much has gone into protecting the secrets of the book (including armored trucks and injunctions), don't expect any spoilers in this review. It's much more fun not knowing what's coming--and in the case of Rowling's delicious sixth book, you don't want to know. Just sit tight, despite the earth-shattering revelations that will have your head in your hands as you hope the words will rearrange themselves into a different story. But take one warning to heart: do not open Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince until you have first found a secluded spot, safe from curious eyes, where you can tuck in for a good long read. Because once you start, you won't stop until you reach the very last page.

A darker book than any in the series thus far with a level of sophistication belying its genre, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince moves the series into murkier waters and marks the arrival of Rowling onto the adult literary scene. While she has long been praised for her cleverness and wit, the strength of Book 6 lies in her subtle development of key characters, as well as her carefully nuanced depiction of a community at war. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, no one and nothing is safe, including preconceived notions of good and evil and of right and wrong. With each book in her increasingly remarkable series, fans have nervously watched J.K. Rowling raise the stakes; gone are the simple delights of butterbeer and enchanted candy, and days when the worst ailment could be cured by a bite of chocolate. A series that began as a colorful lark full of magic and discovery has become a dark and deadly war zone. But this should not come as a shock to loyal readers. Rowling readied fans with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by killing off popular characters and engaging the young students in battle. Still, there is an unexpected bleakness from the start of Book 6 that casts a mean shadow over Quidditch games, silly flirtations, and mountains of homework. Ready or not, the tremendous ending of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will leave stunned fans wondering what great and terrible events await in Book 7 if this sinister darkness is meant to light the way.
LuckyLuciana and 164 others read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Nicholas33310 and 290 others own Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Black Pikmin123
Aug 05, 10 5:11pm
...I lie. I owned this once upon a time, then my mom decided to break the witchcraft with a hammer. And scissors. No joke. >> HarryPotterandTheHalfBloodPrince
Feb 20, 10 8:00am
Poor Dumbledore! Snape how could you!!!??? :'( HarryPotterandTheHalfBloodPrince
Triforce of Wisdom
Feb 16, 10 1:38pm
Eh, this was a major disappointment to me. I liked the movie more because it was so different from the book :P HarryPotterandTheHalfBloodPrince
Feb 06, 10 10:21am
Also amazing how many books Neoseeker doesn't recognize existing. HarryPotterandTheHalfBloodPrince
Dark Arcanine
Aug 29, 09 6:13am

Warning: Contains spoilers!


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the...

full game alchemist
Aug 08, 09 7:36pm
finding voldamorts "soul-parts" HarryPotterandTheHalfBloodPrince
Jul 22, 09 4:44am
Jun 06, 09 2:38pm
FAVORITE RIGHT HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! O YA!!!!!!!! HarryPotterandTheHalfBloodPrince
Jun 04, 09 2:30pm
This is the sixth book where Dumbledore is killed by Snape or Malfoy(can't remember.) HarryPotterandTheHalfBloodPrince
Jun 03, 09 7:31pm
Cliff hanger but awesome. HarryPotterandTheHalfBloodPrince
Jan 01, 09 6:27am
wonderful HarryPotterandTheHalfBloodPrince
Dec 13, 08 12:07pm
Good book HarryPotterandTheHalfBloodPrince
ben 4378
Oct 12, 08 11:37pm
very good HarryPotterandTheHalfBloodPrince
Apr 18, 08 9:04am
awesome HarryPotterandTheHalfBloodPrince
Mar 08, 08 11:50am
AWESOME!! HarryPotterandTheHalfBloodPrince
Nov 25, 07 6:02am
This book rocks. HarryPotterandTheHalfBloodPrince
Oct 20, 07 4:17am
Good book HarryPotterandTheHalfBloodPrince
Box shot of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [North America]
$  Compare Prices
7.6 / 10