Monday, April 26, 2010

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - Book 17, 52 in 52

Beyond the walls of Hogwarts, Voldemort grows steadily stronger. Disappearances and deaths are on the rise, but inside of Hogwarts life goes on as close to normally as it can. Harry becomes Quidditch captain, receives assistance in potions from an old school book belonging to someone called the half-blood Prince which is laden with notes, spells, and corrections, spends time with Dumbledore learning everything he can teach him about Voldemort's life, and struggles to keep his friendship with both Ron and Hermione despite the conflict between the two of them while battling himself over his feelings towards Ron's sister Ginny. He knows Malfoy is up to something for Lord Voldemort but is unable to find out exactly what it is. Then while he and Dumbledore are away, it happens. Malfoy leads Death Eaters into Hogwarts. Dumbledore weakened from the events of the evening is stripped of his wand by Malfoy and killed by Snape as Harry watches helplessly frozen by Dumbledore under his invisibility cloak leaving Harry to carry on the work of locating and destroying Voldemort's remaining horcruxes so that Voldemort can finally be killed.

The sixth book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, actually comes across a bit lighter than the 4th and 5th books in the series. A good portion of the book is spent on more day to day activities in the school of Hogwarts. I'm not particularly fond of all the dating and flirting that goes on, but it is understandable given the current age of Harry and his friends. I've decided it will make a good jumping of point to a discussion with Jessie that I've been procrastinating on but know she is old enough to have at this point. The death of Dumbledore at the end, while certainly hard on Harry, is easier to read than the death of Sirius in the previous book. His reaction is more soldierlike with acceptance mixed with determination to finish the path that he and Dumbledore began down.

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