"Even when the rainbow seems to pass right by me....I'm still finding Gold in the clouds....."

24 May 2017

2017 Book Review #16: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Just finished the 6th book in the Harry Potter series...only one more to go!

And so far, this definitely beats out book 5 and so far it is my absolute FAVE in the series with 4 following a close 2nd.


Harry Potter has finally been believed by all the folks in the Muggle world as well as in the wizarding world that the evil Lord Voldemort has returned.  The newspapers report daily about people who have been found murdered by this evil wizard. The Order of the Phoenix is still reeling from some losses and everyone is "on edge" at school begins again.

The Hogwarts School even notices that Dumbledore, their beloved headmaster, goes missing for several days, returns, and then disappears again.  Where is he going...and why??

Hermione, Ron, Neville, Luna, Malfoy, and of course Harry, are all now in their 6th year.....this is the time they will learn to apparate!

Harry is now captain of the Quidditch team and life seems to go on with all of the normal teenage events:  falling in love, studying, competing, and then...Harry discovers how to make potions from a textbook that was once owned by the Half-Blood Prince.

 But just who is this prince??


This was by far the most exciting book thus far in the series...at least in my opinion.  It's also my favorite.  I love how the author has expanded the story line, developed the characters even further...Ron, Hermione, Harry and Ginny especially, and how the theme of love trumping evil plays out.

There is a very sad moment in this book and my oldest daughter has warned me that when we watch the movie together this weekend (we watch each movie as I finish each book) she will be wiping tears.  

The cave scene and chase through Hogwarts School is very fast-paced and action packed with so much mystery that I am now longing to finish the series to find out just exactly how Harry is going to triumph over the evil Lord Voldemort.

I don't want to give you my thoughts about Dumbledore because if you haven't read the series and plan to, I don't want to ruin it for you. Let's just say I was shocked!!  

In my opinion, this book is appropriate for ages 9 and older.

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, I rate this a 10.

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