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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439785960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439785969
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 13.4 x 3.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #984,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craobh Rua on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alice L. Hughes on 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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Format: Kindle Edition
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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By Murray on March 8 2014
Format: Paperback
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 potion text book that had belonged to the Half Blood Prince. Meanwhile, the Dark Prince was causing trouble that climaxed in a battle at the school. A favourite character dies in the battle. In the epilogue the Half Blood Prince is found out and the stage is set for the next story. The story intrigued me because of the mystery element. I wanted to know who the Half Blood Prince was and what would happen in the end.

I found Rowling’s writing to be very long winded. This story might have been said with a lot less writing. I also think her writing to be classist and a parody of English society; at least her version of that society. Given that, her strength is in her imagination and the colourful world that she has created. Her spin on words and names of the various creatures that inhabit Harry Potter’s world is brilliant. Her appeal to youth would be in her understanding of kids growing up and her empathy with them.

I think that youth readers would connect because the social scene of a school is presented in a way that relates to the contemporary scene. Something like snogging is a reality and just saying it happens is a validation to youth. Her portrayals of teenage angst and other nerve racking events like villains who symbolise bullies picking on kids is a excellent way to get the youthful reader’s attention. Kids acting like adults would appeal to the young reader. I found the adult characters to be tad cartoonish and the youth characters to be realistic.

What I really liked is that she kept to a traditional perspective good and evil.
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