Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Original Post:
Oh, wow.

I’m not going to spill the book’s secrets. But, oh, wow.

Let me do say that Rowling has gotten much, much tighter with her writing; that the book is not as grumpy as the fifth (thank heavens) though it it pretty dark; and that this along with Prisoner of Azkaban, is my favorite.

I am dying to talk to people about it, but I don’t want to write spoilers. Not yet, anyway. I guess that’s what I get for reading the book the day it comes out.

July 28th Update (with spoilers!):
Since more people have read it by now…. My thoughts.

First off, I LOVED the book. A bit of history: Prisoner of Azkaban has long been my favorite. I thought it had the most interesting story, and the writing was just enjoyable to read. I enjoyed the fourth — thought the ending was great — even though it was long, but I thought the fifth dragged. Even when I re-read it right before the sixth came out. It’s so depressing and angst-ridden. A decent story, though way too much exposition. But because of that, Rowling was able to get right to the point on this one and propelled the plot quicker. I’ve also read in interviews (on Mugglenet and in Time) that she really enjoyed the writing experience of this book, and it shows.

I loved that Harry finally figured out that Ginny was a great girl, and that Ron and Hermione (mostly) got their acts together. Well, Ron mostly. (Though the Lavender bits were funny, too. “Won-won” cracked me up. Didn’t we all know girls like that?) My husband and brother are down on the way the Harry-Ginny relationship ended in the book, but I didn’t mind. Mabye it’s a male-female thing.

I’m agnostic about Snape. When I first finished reading, I was pretty sure he’d declared his intentions and Dumbledore was wrong to trust him. But after very long discussions with Russell and other bloggers and reading the interviews, I’m not so sure. I find Snape to be one of the more fascinating characters in the book and I can’t wait to see what Rowling does with his character. Hopefully, it’ll live up to all our expectations.

The challenge now is waiting the two years until the next one comes out. This book has one of her best endings… what a cliff-hanger!

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5 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  1. I very much liked this book too. I was impressed. We found a Barnes and Noble near a Metro stop on Saturday just before we left for the airport to fly home from Washington. I read most of it on the airplane. Best flight ever. 🙂I guess I’ll have to email you so we can talk about it more.

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  2. Do email me Amira; I’d love to know what you thought of HBP.If you’re interested, Russell’s got an interesting discussion going on over at his In Medias Res.<>http://inmedias.blogspot.com/2005/07/half-blood-prince-review-up-to-next.html<>It’s fascinating to see everyone’s takes on the whole thing.

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  3. Sonia says:

    I loved this book, it was page turner! I walked away from it thinking Dumbledore made a mistake about Snape too, but after much thought, I’m thinking it was all planned … Remember, Snape did not murder Harry when he had the chance yet again.

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  4. True that Snape didn’t murder Harry, but that could be for various other reasons. I liked Russell’s theory about Snape loving Lily; could he have spared Harry’s life for that reason, having nothing to do with Dumbledore? Not that I’m excluding the possibility that things are planned, but I like the idea that Harry was right about Snape, making him more proactive rather than reactive. Snape isn’t “evil”, I don’t think. He has compassion (he did save Harry’s life in the first book), he has loved (JKR said in an interview that someone has loved Snape, which I think is important). These make him less likely to fall totally under Voldemort’s power. Voldemort had no consideration for others — his disregard for everyone’s feelings, including Dumbledore’s is proof of that. Snape, on the other hand has consideration and feelings for other people. That he was willing to make the Unbreakable Vow, that he loved someone, that he cared that his mother was being beaten… It’s made him bitter. But bitterness is not evil.Anyway, as I said before, I find Snape fascinating. And I hope he has a decent end.

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