Hello and welcome to the final week of this months theme for October, of course, Harry Potter.
To check out my reviews for the previous five books in the series, please click below:
Please note, this review may contain some spoilers.
Today I’m reviewing the sixth book in the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is, of course, Harry’s sixth, and final year at Hogwarts. There’s a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher (again), although not new to the school, Professor Snape takes the stand for the position.
This year, we are introduced to the ‘Half-Blood Prince’, after Harry finds a potions book with annotations from this ‘supposed’ prince. This prince, and his annotations, pushes Harry’s knowledge of the subject even higher than Hermiones! And to the front of Professor Sulghorns mind, with his ‘parties’ causing quite a stir at Hogwarts.
The Dark Lord is still alive and kicking (or should that be killing?) and the mood of the book, and school, is very dark. Having lost a fair few wizards in the previous book, Harry comes across as very depressed, which is completely understandable!
Draco is being even more fishy and readers learn why as the story progresses, it reminds me of a mystery/crime fiction and the ending is not what you would expect! Draco being fishy, the half-blood prince being not who we expect and Dumbledore charging Harry with special ‘mission’ that he’s not supposed to speak of to anyone! Yep. All in all, this book has the making of a crime/mystery work of fiction.
Dumbledore and Harry begin the task of collecting Voldemort’s horcruxes, something which will continue long into the final book. And readers are given glimpses into Voldemort’s, Snape’s and Dumbledore’s pasts. Leading to a very interesting back story.
Of course, we have the worst death (in my opinion) at the end of the book, which leads us on to the final book in the series.
Let me know what you’re favourite part of the sixth book in the series is below in the comments, and stay tuned for my next Harry Potter themed blog post, which will be published Friday!