“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
I’m still trying to complete my Harry Potter series reread and the other day I was able to finish the sixth book in the series. In Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, the main characters are about to come of age in the wizard world and it shows. At the age of sixteen, the main characters are given more responsabilities and the world they live in is becoming more dangerous every day. Harry and Dumbledore have to face new challenges as they are trying to defeat the Dark Lord… J.K. Rowling‘s prose is brilliant as always. Although the series gets darker as the main characters grow up, it only feels like a natural development and I guess it’s part of the charm of her novels. Relationships develop and romance starts playing a role, but it doesn’t distract from the main story. Harry’s adventures are more dangerous than ever, and the battle against Lord Voldemort is not without victims… Like the rest of the series, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince simply delivers.
WARNING: Spoilers! I’ve tried to keep this summary short, but it’s almost impossible to keep it without spoilers… Please don’t read this summary if you haven’t read the previous books yet!
Harry Potter is starting his sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraf and Wizardry, and things are not getting easier. After He Who Must Not Be Named showed his face at the ministry, people no longer think that the young wizard is lying about his return, but Harry is not sure it’s a good thing. People are becoming afraid, and there even has been talk about closing Hogwarts… Some people call him The Chosen One, but he has other thoughts in his head. Dumbledore is going to give him private lessons this year, and Harry is full of questions. The headmaster promises him that he can join Dumbledore on his quest, but there are other things going on at Hogwarts as well. What is Malfoy exactly up to? And what about the mysterious potions book and the half-blood prince?
The Harry Potter stories continue getting darker and more dangerous as Harry ages, and this sixth book is definitely no longer suited for the younger readers. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince is no less brilliant than the previous books though, and anyone who loved the first five titles will enjoy this second-to-last installment as well. J.K. Rowling managed to give us yet another magical adventure with an ending that will leave you in tears or at least shocked…