Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceHarry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, the 6th and second to last book in the series. This is the book I had been waiting for since I first started the series The long awaited book where Harry and Dumbledore's relationship finally comes to the forefront. I'd been waiting for five books for Dumbledore to take up a more prominent role in Harry's magical education and while the basis of their time together wasn't exactly what I was expecting, it didn't disappoint in the least! Harry & Dumbledore's quality time together will always have a very special place in my heart. I'll try and summarize generally before going into plot details but it's hard for me not to go into spoilers right away: there is so much to discuss!
by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter #6)
Published July 16th 2005 by Bloomsbury
It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys' house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can't quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys' of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks' time? Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine...
So Half-Blood Prince starts off fresh on the heels of OotP. Everyone in the wizarding community knows that Voldemort is back now. The Ministry for Magic has gotten rid of Fudge and taken an stronger stance against the dark forces that loom ever closer. Having now lost his godfather as well, Harry must come to grips with his loss, as well as the contents of the ominous prophecy regarding himself and Lord Voldemort.
I did however find it a bit frustrating that Ron & Hermione are so reluctant to believe Harry's thoughts on Draco.
Another highlight in Half-Blood Prince for me is Ginny, the evolution of her character and consequentially her relationship with Harry. Can I just say how much I love Ginny?! She's fierce, brave, an incredibly skilled witch. She is also the least intimidated by Harry. He can be raging or sad to a point where Ron and Hermione would hesitate to approach him...but Ginny never hesitates...she can always get through to him.
And finally: Horcruxes! Half-Blood Prince is all about Horcruxes and I loved learning about them, how they came to be...every single pensive giving a clue for one or more of them. The concept is brilliant, hats off to Rowling for coming up with the whole idea.
My Rating: ALL OF THE STARS!!!!!!