Author: J. K. Rowling
Publishing Company: Bloomsbury Publishing
Genres: Children’s Book, Fantasy
It is in the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursley's House in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can't quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys' of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks' time? Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine ... (credit)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has less action than his predecessors. It tries to unite the plots of the other five books and shows the reader the so called red thread of the whole Harry Potter universe. I remember reading it for the first time a few years ago when I sat there and with every new memory Dumbledore has shown Harry I thought: “J. K. Rowling is a genius! Unbelievable how complex everything is.”
Well, every book has its mistake and you could nag about every little detail but then when you read the sixth book of the Harry Potter saga you finally see how brilliant Mrs. Rowling is, how much work she put into these books and how complex it really is.
This book is also kind of the preparation for the last one because it shows the reader what still has to be done to defeat Voldemort.
And then the terrific but very sad death of the greatest headmaster so far: Dumbledore.
The only aspect of this book that kind of annoys me is the Potion book of the Half-Blood Prince which is emphasized over the top. I don´t know why this book has such an importance and why Harry treats it like his personal bible. Why he always tries to find the answers in it for everything because he got some help from it in his lectures and a few new spells. I understand why it´s necessary to mention it because of the mystery of who the Half-Blood Prince is. Because it is important to know why Snape acts like he does. But it the whole idea doesn´t approach me.
Compared to the last five books the title and the main topic wasn´t as perfect as the other.
So I´m really looking forward to (re)reading the last book for the ecxiting end.
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14.02. - 21.2.2011