Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Review | Spoiler Free.

Title: Harry Potter and the Half -Blood Prince (Book 6 in the Harry Potter Series)
Author: J.K Rowling
Page Count: 607 pages

Synopsis: It is 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 Dursleys’ 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…

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My Thoughts

Hannah, Have you been living under a rock?   |   How have you never read this before? 

No, I haven’t been living under a rock. I know, I’m kicking myself for never reading this sooner or Deathly Hallows for that matter. I started reading the Harry Potter series I think last year or the year before, now we all know how long Order of the Phoenix is don’t we? Well I finished that one then before I had chance to move on my life got busy again. Uni work crawled back in. So when things died down again I thought I would need to restart the series before I got to these just so I could have them fresh in my mind. This is where the vicious circle starts because then as you can imagine I got 3 books in again and had to put them down. But this time I thought no, i’m going straight for those last two books and now here we are.

book-cover

As always with my reviews I like to take a moment to talk about the book covers and this one is really interesting because there are so many! I myself have the original Blue one (bottom left hand corner of the top image), this is the UK Hardcover that was first released and I really like it. I love the brightness of it and I love the cover art of the fire with Dumbledore.

plot

Now I want to make this review as spoiler free as possible, so I’m going to try to discuss plot without revealing too much. 

The main point I want to bring up about the plot of the book is how it differs from the movie, if you are like me and have watched the movies before reading the books then you will be pleasantly surprised to know that boy are things a bit different. One example which I will mention which isn’t a major plot point is the first meeting and dinner with Slughorn, in the movie this happens in the Castle for the first time however in the book it actually takes place on the Trip to Hogwarts on the express. When I first read it I was like oh this is different and it was very exciting to see what else was altered in the movie.

The plot of Half-Blood Prince is very exciting for a number of reasons, there is action as Dumbledore and Harry set out on a journey, there are shocking moments but also it is filled with the history of Voldemort which I loved. I loved learning more about him, his childhood and why he became the man he is.

Overall the plot may at first seem of a slow pace but there is so much mystery crowded within this story, so much happens that makes you question everything. Having seen the film I thought I knew what was going to happen but as I was reading I felt as if I was experiencing the story for the first time, things were in different places so of course it was easy to assume that position but overall it was the power of J.K Rowling’s words which allowed me to experience the story as if I had never seen it before.

setting

The setting of Half- Blood Prince is very interesting, of course we are transported back to the Hogwarts Express, the Burrow and Hogwarts. All places we adore to be and they are as wonderfully described as all previous books but in this book there are also a series of new places which we get to experience. Because nobody likes a Spoiler Sue, I won’t name them but as Dumbledore and Harry partake in a journey together they go to a series of new places which we haven’t been before and they further develop the magical world into a greater detail. I loved seeing these new places, especially as they are within England. Normally when I read any fantasy books or any books really I like to have them set outside of England and in other places like America, as I find it easier to lose myself however Harry Potter is my exception. I love how it transports London and England as a whole into such a magical place.

characters

Half- Blood Prince, is the book in the series which really allows you to witness character growth and the history of a number of characters from the series. Firstly as mentioned in my plot section, we experience the history and childhood of Voldemort which really transforms his character into a darker figure for me, I loved hearing the stories as to why he became the way he is but also reading of how dark and sinister he was from such a young age placed a darker element on the book for me. The extent of Voldemort’s darkness from early on is really fascinating and something that drew me in.

Another character which develops further in this book is Draco, without revealing major spoilers Draco goes on his own journey in this book. There is mystery surrounding his actions and the beautiful thing about J.K Rowling’s work is you are able to picture his struggle with the decisions he is about to make.

And of course I also have to mention Luna Lovegood. Prior to reading this book I have to be honest that when people told me Luna was there favourite I was always a bit like why? Because whilst I found her charming and fascinating in the movies and of course funny I wasn’t taken to her fully. Half-Blood prince transformed her into one of my favourite characters, you get to see Luna more in Half-Blood prince and we get to hear more of her funny comments. Luna is definitely a character which I am going to be looking out for in Deathly Hallows, in order to see what she gets up to and how she might further develop.

rating

Ah, the Rating stage. I think everybody can guess what I am about to rate… 5 stars of course. For me this book was beautifully crafted and I enjoyed it as much as the other books in the series. This book is 600 pages long and it is truly packed full of detail, the plots packed with mystery, drama and action which is fascinating in itself to me that in the world of magic and the beginning of the war of GOOD VS EVIL, J.K Rowling can throw in relationship problems and it works perfectly without being overcrowded like ‘oh gosh not another plot point’.

I had no problem falling back into the world of Harry Potter and Hogwarts which is another credit to the beauty of J.K Rowling’s work. Despite the time frame you have left from reading the previous book or seeing a movie, you can fall back into the world so easily and be fully embraced. I am so fully immersed into the world now that I think I could pick up any book in the series instead of following the order of them and read it without feeling lost.

As J.K Rowling famously says ‘Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home’. And these words are truly fitting.
I feel such a sense of love, comfort and just an overall sense of home from reading the books. I probably send you, my lovely followers mad with my constant talking about Harry Potter and posting about it but hopefully not because I do love doing so. It’s hard to put into words how something fictional can be such a huge part of my life.

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Let me know in the comments your thoughts on Half-Blood Prince. If you have read the book before or what your favourite book in the series is so far. Or feel free to talk to me about anything Harry Potter, trust me you’ll be making my day by doing so! 🙂

 

 

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21 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Review | Spoiler Free.

      1. Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite too. And Goblet of Fire. Well, they’re all my favorites, actually! Lol 😂 This is my first reread of the series. Last time I read Sorcerer’s Stone was 16 years ago! The first time I read it. I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to finally reread the series.

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      2. Ah that’s so fun though that you did wait so long because is it almost like reading them again for the first time? It’s nearly the 20th Anniversary of it’s release just a few more months to go so you chose a brilliant time to do so 🙂

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  1. You really robbed yourself of something special by watching the films before reading the books. I feel sad for you! Everybody should have the spectacular experience of the books first. The plot is so much more detailed; you get a much richer experience with the books. If you read the books already knowing roughly what’s going to happen, it’s not the same. The films put the images of the actors’ faces and the settings in your head; you will never know what your brain would have imagined everything and everyone to look like.

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    1. I know I wish I also had read them growing up. Although I wasn’t a big reader until I was practically finished with secondary school, I always was at the book releases with my sister though. I don’t mind too much that I saw the movies first because I do love the actors who play them 🙂

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  2. Awesome review! I love every book in this series, but if I had to choose, Order of the Phoenix would be my favourite! However it is my least favourite movie because I feel like the movie skipped over a lot of stuff and just wasn’t as action packed as the book is, especially when they get to the department of mysteries! I loved finding out Voldemort’s back story as well in this book! I feel like a lot of things are explained in this book!

    I’m currently on my 4th reread/relisten of this series and I’m listening to this series on audiobook for the second time and I’m on Deathly Hallows now! I highly recommend the audiobooks narrated by Stephen Fry! They are amazing and his voice is perfect for this series.

    I really wish that I could read this series for the first time again, would be amazing!

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    1. Ah I definitely need to check out the audio books, I have never listened to an audio book but I feel like it would be perfect background for when i’m trying to do uni work. Stephen Fry’s voice is very calming too. Thank you so much for reading my review and commenting, I love that you’ve reread the series so many times now. I definitely want to start a reread once i finish Deathly Hallows. I wish the movies were able to include all the details of the books, I would gladly sit and watch a 10 hour harry potter film, I promise 😄

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      1. I actually managed to watch online (so naughty I know) a copy of Chamber of Secrets the other month which was obviously not a UK version and it had scenes in there that I had never seen before! It was a scene where Lucius and Draco go into Borgin and Burkes. That wasn’t in the UK version I ever watched and not in the extended DVD I thought I had so it was so amazing to see!

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      2. That’s awesome! I watched a tonne of deleted scenes one day and I’m sitting there thinking ‘why didn’t that stay!!’
        The one that completely annoys me that is a deleted scene is from Goblet of Fire where the students sing the Hogwarts song thing. For the want of the 1 minute it was, why couldn’t they leave that in. 😭😫😫

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  3. Yay! I’m so happy you’ve read it 💕
    The books differ so much from the movies, they left out so many great things! I feel like you better understand everything while reading the books. And yay, Luna is absolutely fabulous, I love her and I think you now know why so many people do! Wonderful review, Hannah and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Deathly Hallows 💕

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    1. Thank you so much Michelle! I’m 300 pages into Deathly Hallows and I just have this pit of dread as I get closer to the end because I know some deaths are coming… I wish the movies could of just included everything, I don’t mind watching 10 hour films haha!

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  4. This was probably my least favourite book in the series 🙈 (favourite is a tie between Prisoner of Azkaban and Order of the Phoenix). It’s actually the only one I haven’t reread, haha. There was just something about it I couldn’t connect with? I’m really glad you loved it though and you’re finishing the series 😀 I think the best thing about this series is that both the books and movies are super magical so you still get to experience something wonderful no matter what you go with first ♥♥ Can’t wait to see what you think of Deathly Hallows!

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    1. I feel like in order to have a favourite I need to reread them all again. But for me Prisoner of Azkaban and perhaps Philsophers stone maybe could be my favourites. Of course the first one because it’s where it all began.
      Aw its a shame you couldn’t connect with this, perhaps because there was so much uncertainty to it and back and forth rather than adventure? I’m 300 pages into it now I’m so scared because I don’t know if I can handle Fred dying…

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