Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Most of us have started reading the Harry Potter series when we were kids and as we gradually grew into our older versions, along with it came our refusal to acknowledge the fact that our favorite characters have grown up as well. But grow up they did and their problems have escalated as a consequence.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince begins in a maudlin tone as Harry wrestles with a multitude of emotions as well as the discovery of the prophecy that ultimately determined his fate. Through private meetings set up with Dumbledore, he spends most of the year delving into Voldemort’s past and Harry eventually realizes that he really was, once upon a time, human. Harry also learns that in his desire for immortality, Voldemort splintered his soul into seven fragments known as Horcruxes. Each of these Horcruxes must be found and destroyed in order to defeat Voldemort.

It is easy to forget that Harry, though he has considerably grown, is still a kid. Even though he spends most of his time exploring Voldemort’s past and learning about how to defeat him, he also has Quidditch, girls, and school on his mind. Much of this book is spent in dark contemplation and it gets darker and more emotionally-charged with every turn of the page.

J.K. Rowling has created a story that is somber, complex, severely poignant, and utterly surprising especially towards the end. She has been gradually preparing her readers with the inevitable conclusion of the series and she has done it with remarkable restraint and aplomb. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince  is the sixth book in the series and it ends with an emotional punch that is sure to leave its readers in an unresponsive stupor.

This was a post by Hanna, who is supposed to be doing her homework.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

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