Monday, 26 May 2014

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling 

Harry is in his sixth year of Hogwarts and this is the year where he’s finally allowed to live his life without too many problems. It’s about time.

One thing different about this book was that it didn`t start at the Dursley’s home and was instead about the muggle Prime Minister meeting Fudge – How well the Prime Minister takes the knowledge of magic and wizards/witches.

Then there’s Snape who is entrusted with protecting Malfoy even though Malfoy doesn`t trust Snape at all with his plans.

Harry is given private lessons from Dumbledore and in these lessons Harry gets glimpses into Voldermolt’s past. Harry realises that Tom Riddle is quite a twisted person and he’s also hungry for knowledge and power.

Slughorn is a teacher who used to teach at Hogwarts and with a little help from Harry, Dumbledore persuades Slughorn to come back. Slughorn surrounds himself with famous people, people who have the connections and people who have potential – one of his favourite students were Lily Evans and Tom Riddle.

Harry’s dislike/hatred for Snape gets turned up a notch and the feeling’s mutual. To the point where Harry’s being a smartass

“Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?"
"Yes," said Harry stiffly.
"Yes, sir."
"There's no need to call me "sir" Professor."
The words had escaped him before he knew what he was saying.” 

 Dumbledore to an extent annoyed me for how much pressure he put on Harry however their trust for each other was both ways. Dumbledore realises that he has to tell Harry about Voldermolt in order for Harry to survive.

The horcruxes are objects/beings in which your soul can be placed to make you immortal and Voldermolt has 7. This sets the scene for the final book.

What does the Half-Blood Prince mean? Whilst watching the movies I actually never knew what the Half-Blood Prince meant. Basically Snape’s mother’s surname was Prince and when she married a muggle Snape become the Half-Blood Prince!

Lastly Hermione and Ron need to get to together – forget Lavender! Also Ginny and Harry and when they kissed …

Side note: Percy you’re still a dickhead

Lastly I love the friendship between the trio and how throughout the books they’ve always (with a few exceptions) trusted Harry – however in this book Harry’s knows something’s going on with Malfoy (and Snape) and no one believes him. Maybe because who would have thought Voldermolt would have recruited a 16 year old

The ending: Hogwarts without Dumbledore – I can’t picture that (everybody’s screwed)

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