Festa #3.16 – Book Worm/Sequel Saga – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)

Things are really ending soon now that we have reached the penultimate book of the Special Series/Festa! I’m not gonna chatter with more intro but let’s get straight into it! With that, welcome to another edition of The Book Worm / Sequel Saga!

Of course, there’s lots more exciting posts on the series, so please do check out the main post on The Harry Potter Universe!

Cover page of the edition that I own

Title : Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Country of origin : United Kingdom

Language : English

Author : J K Rowling

Format : Series (Book 6 of 7)

Publisher : Bloomsbury

Published : 16 July 2005

Length : 607

Adaptations : Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009 film)

Harry is set to start his sixth year at Hogwarts but the times couldn’t be any more dangerous – the world has finally acknowledged that Voldemort has returned and the times are dark and dangerous. Apart from his classes at Hogwarts, Dumbledore informs him that there are some “classes” he must take with Dumbledore as well.

The story then documents Harry’s sixth year and the truth and key to finally ending Voldemort as he grows stronger with his gang of Death Eaters.

When I talked about the Goblet of Fire, I mentioned how it was the premise to the real end of this story. With the Half-Blood Prince that’s where we really are at – the TRUE end of this story. Sure, the next novel is there too but it’s all based on the information that we receive from this book – so plot wise it couldn’t be more serious.

By the time we have this book I think we have reached a point where Harry has matured from the little 11 year old boy we met six books ago. Of course the book isn’t all dark and gory with Harry’s and Ginny’s story and all, but the overall setting is quite dark. The book also serves as the final acts for a lot of important characters, shocking as it is.

Overall, the book is dark, interesting and keeps us on the edge. Whatever complaints I had with the fifth book were levelled with this book and it made me very excited for the finale I was expecting in the Deathly Hallows as well. What did you think of the book? Let me know in the comments!


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