5 Things About Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

July 10, 2016 Review 14 ★★★★

5 Things About Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
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Narrator: Stephen Fry
Publisher: Pottermore
Source: Borrowed
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...

More Voldemort

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).

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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. 

Rating Report
Overall: 3.8

14 Responses to “5 Things About Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling”

  1. Laura

    I really liked learning about Voldemort’s backstory when it got to the Half Blood Prince too, and I liked how the whole thing with the Horcruxes neatly explain how he didn’t die when he tried to kill Harry as a baby. Plus it sets up an extremely hard quest for Harry to undertake to finally defeat him!
    I hope you enjoy the Deathly Hallows! :)
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    • Bec

      It does set up so many great plot things!

      My review for Deathly Hallows should be appearing soon ;)

  2. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    When I first read Harry Potter, I was like 25 so I don’t belong to the generation that grew up on them either…didn’t stop me from being hopelessly consumed and obsessed though!

    I was a big fan of the whole Tom Riddle backstory…knowing how dark his past was made me fear him even more! He just never had much good in him. I didn’t mind the relationship stuff though. I mean, Lavender Brown annoyed me but I knew she was just an obstacle to pass over. LOVE Ginny and Harry to no end though ♥

    You KNOW I’ll be stalking for your progress and review of DH!! Eeeep!
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    • Bec

      It did at to his creepiness!

      The relationship stuff just got on my nerves for various reasons haha. It was just too much and some petty stuff (they are teenagers though so it should be expected) and I just wanted them to hurry up and get over it.

  3. Tyler H. Jolley

    I didn’t grow up on the HP series, but my kids did as they got older. They’re now old enough to appreciate the books in addition to the movies they loved. We’ve been reading them together at night. It’s made for a really fun summer project.

    • Bec

      It was so frustrating and created so many unnecessary problems.

      I have finished it! My review will be appearing sometime soon.

  4. ShootingStarsMag

    Ah! I can’t imagine reading these for the first time again and reaching the 7th book. I hope you like it, but yeah, it will be bittersweet I’m sure. I LOVE this book. Harry is full of sass. I love his humor – people that only see the films don’t get that he’s REALLY funny. hah This one is my second favorite after The Prisoner of Azkaban.

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    • Bec

      You’ll see what I thought of it soon ;)

      Haha Harry is so much more hilarious in the books than the movies. It’s so entertaining.

    • Bec

      It does get more interesting as the series goes on. I’ve read quite a few series that get more epic and complicated as they go on and those always end up being my favourite.

    • Bec

      I’ve been watching the movies as I write the reviews for the book I just finished. Before then I’d only seen bits and pieces of some of the movies. They’re pretty good adaptions!

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