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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [Hardcover]

J. K. Rowling
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4.0 out of 5 stars Da Do Won-Won-Won, Da Do Won-Won Jan. 25 2007
Format:Paperback
Orphaned as a baby and subsequently raised (in the loosest possible terms) by his Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia, Harry's early years were thoroughly miserable. Although he had been told his parents had been killed in a car crash, in reality they were murdered by an evil wizard called Voldemort. Harry, however, somehow survived this attack and Voldemort subsequently disappeared for many years. Tracked down by an apparent giant called Hagrid on his eleventh birthday, Harry discovered he was a wizard and has since been attending Hogwarts - a very prestigious school for training young witches and wizards. The school's headmaster Albus Dumbledore, considered by many to be the greatest wizard of modern times, has become something of a role model to Harry. His time has Hogwarts has provided also him with some of the happiest moments of his life : he has made friends for the first time (Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and Hagrid being the most notable) and has become the Seeker on Gryffindor's Quidditch team. (Gryffindor is Harry's house, while Quidditch is the most popular wizard sport). Unfortunately, it has also become apparent that Voldemort's disappearance was only temporary, and his desire to kill Harry has not lessened. Furthermore, some of his key followers are also at Hogwarts. Professor Snape, the Potions teacher who has picked on Harry from the day he arrived, was a noted Death Eater. Draco Malfoy, Harry's arch-nemesis among the student body, is the son of another noted Death Eater...who, thanks to Harry, is now in prison.

The Order of the Phoenix is a secret society formed by Dumbledore to lead the fight against Voldemort and his Death Eaters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Drawn in May 25 2006
Format:Hardcover
While shopping for myself online, buying my usual fiction fixes ("Secret Life of Bees" by Kidd and "Katzenjammer" by McCrae, just to name a few) I decided to get this and all other Harry Potters for my kids. Problem is, THEY can't get to them until I finish, and so they have to wait in line. How sad is that? Or good? I just finished book 6 and have to say that while it was not perfect (what is?) it was still satisfying. We learn a great deal more about Lord Voldemort's past in this book, and Severus Snape is arguablythe most fascinating character in the entire series. If you want an outstanding series of book for the kids or YOU, then this will surely do the trick. For those looking for more "adult" reads, try something along the lines of Brown's "Angels & Demons," or the rollicking "Katzenjammer" by Jackson McCrae. But either way, read "Harry Potter"--the entire series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rowling weavers another wonder!!! Dec 20 2005
Format:Hardcover
Lord Voldemort is alive and the wizard community is in an uproar. The Death Eaters evil deeds are spreading beyond the wizard world and threatening the muggle world. Dementors are everywhere draining all light, hope, and happiness. All the while plots abound (Is Harry really "The Chosen One'?), danger is around every corner (has Draco become a Death Eater?), and Harry, Ron, and Hermione still have to decide on what course to take for their N.E.W.T's (Nasty Exhausting Wizarding Tests). Ah, to be a 16 year old wizard. Author JK Rowling has once again weaved a riveting adventure that's suspenseful, gripping, and imaginative. A darker book in an increasngly dark series (there's another death that effects Harry deeply), but Potter fans will undoubtedly read it from cover to cover, over and over again, while waiting for the grand finale. I know I will. :) Other suggested reading: "The Chronicles of Narnia" by CS Lewis and "GAAK" by Darryl Hughes. Both wonderful all age adventures.
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The sixth book begins with the Minister of Magic visiting the English Prime Minister – that is the Minister of Muggles. Of course, it is not very surprising that the normal minister does not enjoy his magical counterpart’s visit. But it’s amazing the way the author has written the scene – the detailing too great for words.

This is followed by the Unbreakable Vow that Snape takes with Draco Malfoy’s mother. Could Dumbledore still trust him or was the school principle getting senile with age? Read the book to find out more about this one.

Dumbledore takes Harry’s help in bringing Professor Slughorn out of retirement – another cute scene so well written – to teach at Hogwarts and Slughorn goes on to become the Potions Professor much to the students’ surprise and delight. They are happy that Professor Snape is not teaching potions any more. But much to Harry, Ron and Hermione’s horror, Snape is the new teacher for Defence Against the Dark Arts.

While Harry improves tremendously in Potions – especially with the help of the book that he ‘borrows’ from the Half-Blood Prince, he begins to hate DADA, no thanks to Snape. Their hate-hate relationship continues while Harry does his best to convince Dumbledore that Snape is an enemy. Would the principal listen to Harry? No, it seems.

Harry is also not very happy with Draco Malfoy’s strange activities and is convinced that Malfoy is a Death Eater now. But no one seems to take him seriously – not even Hermione and Ron.

Things turn murkier when murder attempts on students bring terror into the youngsters’ lives. While Harry has special classes with Professor Dumbledore, they are usually trips down memory lane through the pensieve.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Colourful Imaginative
The story started out with a couple of scenes that seemed to finish up previous stories. The new story began with the students going back to school and Harry Potter finding a... Read more
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How can you go wrong with Harry Potter? Just introduced our Grandaughter to the series and she loved it. We also bought a few more books and then the CD series for her.
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Published 19 months ago by dbrou101
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Loved this book. The whole series was great. Much better then the movies. I will keep this series for my kids to read when they're old enough.
Published 22 months ago by K. Sheppard
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: The Past Is The Future
Harry Potter's war meets the Muggle world. Battles, carnage, deaths, abductions, betrayals, oaths and politics are all fodder for this volume. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Scoopriches
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality Product
I am VERY DISAPPOINTED with my purchase! The description of the product was MISLEADING. I was aware that the book was used but what I received in the mail is RIDICULOUS. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2011 by Unhappy First-Time Customer
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Like children and adults everywhere, I caught the Harry Potter bug early and read the first three books in the series early on (though in paperback format, so not that early), but... Read more
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