Narrator: Stephen Fry
Length: 20 hrs and 56 min
Release Date: July 16th, 2005
Series: Harry Potter #6
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny...
I love villain back stories and I’m so glad we got Voldemorts. Before now we only knew bits and pieces about him. No I have an idea of his whole end game, how he plans to achieve his plans, and how his while scheme started. It makes Voldemort more terrifying but also more understandable.
So many interesting plot lines
Because I’m writing this review three after I finished it (curse you, exams) I can’t quite get the proper details down, but I know I really enjoyed the multiple plot lines that developed over the course of HALF BLOOD PRINCE. The horcruxes are fascinating. I loved how it had me second guessing Snape and Draco. The only thing I didn’t love was the romance (more on that later).
Never let the sass end
Harry is just getting sassier the older he gets. I love it! So entertaining. And probably my favourite parts of Harry’s character honestly. It adds the perfect amount of humour.
The teenage romance angst really got on my nerves (unsurprising for many reasons knowing my mind). I’m much more interested in the plot and characters. I really don’t care for the romance drama and awkwardness and angst. Especially when it seemed to take up a lot of the story (particularly the Ginny obsession and Lavender Brown).
I’m not ready
DEATHLY HALLOWS is next and I am not prepared. I know it’s going to be darker, with higher stakes, more suspense, and death after death. I don’t know if I’m going to survive it. Most of all I don’t know if I’m ready for this series to end (and I don’t even belong to the group of people that grew up with this magical series).
THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE was an enjoyable read, aside from the romance angst that really got on my nerves. I like the direction the plot took, with questionable characters and more exploration of Voldemort’s past. I am super excited and also absolutely terrified to venture into THE DEATHLY HALLOWS.