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Old 07-15-2005, 10:18 AM
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Old 07-18-2005, 04:55 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I've just finished reading the book. After spending 9 hours reading it nonstop through the night, I'm a little confused, cuz my brain is filled up with all this information. I feel like I should read it again to fully understand what's going on.
But there's no denying that it's an amazing book, even though it's not entirely what I expected. So far, I could say it's my favorite book out of the six.
I'm simply delighted about the H/G and R/Hr romance...
There were so many new names and words in this book, which is probably why i feel spdizzy after having read it.
I was stunned that Snape was the half-blood prince, even more stunned when Harry almost accidentally killed Draco. During that whole scene I was whispering, "no-no-no-no"
The whole Snape thing had me confused. After reading the second chapter half of me trusted him but the other half didnt. Even though Snape was still helping Draco at Hogwarts I had to trust Dumbledore. But when I found out that Snape had been the spy who had heard the prophecy (or part of it) that was the last straw. I felt like shouting with Harry at Dumbledore.
What amazes me even more is that after their adventure in the cave, Dumbledore asked for Snape... And I was shocked when Dumbledore begged Snape. Dumbledore BEG??!! that's unbelievable!!
I'm so excited about the next book. It seems weird that Harry won't be returning to Hogwarts, but it makes it more exciting, that the three of them will be fighting Voldemort for real, destroying his soul bit by bit.
My only hopes for the last book are that Harry survives (obviously), that Ron and Hermione will finally get together, and that Ginny and Harry will get back together, because they really are the perfect couple.
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Old 07-18-2005, 05:01 AM   #27 (permalink)
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yes.. finally let me begin saying that i didnt really enjoy this book that much...first of all the book was 20 pages shorter then i thought next Although a lot of questions were answered like:
1. How Voldemort survived AK
2. How harry can kill Volemort
I didnt like the book
By the end of the book i had a weird feeling i mean with Dumbledore dieng (although i thought he was going to die i didnt think JKR would actually kill him especially by SNape who i hate only because he disliked my favorite character Sirius) i thought killing DD is necesarry for Harry killing DD in the end (maybe and hopefully and Snape too)
I was indeed mad that no questions about Sirius were answered ( The Veil, What happend to him. etc.)
The book left me at a total CLiff Hanger for many reasons:
1. Will Hogwarts re-open(probally)
2. Will Harry return (hopefully)
3. What will happen to Snape that dirty little BAD WORD which i hope he gets Crucioed
4. What will happen to Fawkes
5 I could keep going but other things like what will Happen to the other charactes especially all the LOVE going around (Lupin/Tonks, Fluer/Bill. Harry/Ginny?, Ron/hermione?)
I could keep going on and on this book left me with so many questions which i think was JKR's intent....Like i said before i want my Sirius back..
Like i knew was going to happen Voldemort wasn't going to face Harry in this book..i thought this because on the cover the DM was over Hogwarts and surely Voldemort wouldnt attack there...
Snape the half-blood prince wow i didnt see that coming although when i look back there were some clues like Harry's dad using Snapes spells on him Also a huge clue was the CONNECTION between DADA and POTIONS..i should of saw this in the beginning..duh and Snape asking harry where he learned those jinxs
I loved when harry thrashed Malfoy and i hope Snape gets it in return for i HATE him dirty little BAD WORD
Well im stuck here and i have to wait till the 7th book... CANT WAIT
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Old 07-18-2005, 05:04 AM   #28 (permalink)
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one other thing well 2 actually i quite enjoyed the book although i said differnetly above.. i was a little dissapointed Harry said he wont return but i think he will to complete training after all he doesnt know a lot...I was a tad dissapointed They didnt have a trip back home on the Hogwarts Express CHoo Choo.. i'm so sad now i just want DD and SIrius back
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Old 07-18-2005, 08:01 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Really good, although I was lost until around the 23rd chapter. Reading the chapter titles, before the story I knew Dumbledore was going to die. And I am also proud of myself for wanting to kill Snape more than Voldemort.
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Old 07-18-2005, 08:13 AM   #30 (permalink)
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I felt a little disappointed after reading the book. I have always loved Harry Potter, and have waited in high anticipation for this book to come out, and once I had it- and read my way through it, I realised it was different to how I thought it would be and the main things that disappointed me were:
-The way Dumbledore died- Ok, so it didn't come as a huge shock to me that he would die, but the way it was handled wasn't all too great. The fact that Snape killed him came as a real shock to me. Although Dumbledore is said to be the only one Voldemort feared and such a powerful wizard, I thought JKR wouldn't have just had just one curse to kill him off- I was expecting a duel before the Avada Kedavra would be said. As for the begging, I can understand why JKR has put that into the book, Dumbledore trusted Snape and his begging was a way to show his realisation of Snape's betrayal- very sad all the same.
The Romance- Well- I have always wanted a Harry/Hermione thing to happen, and it was clear from the start of this book that it wouldn't, so I kind of got used to the idea of Ron/Hermione and I admit it grew on me. What I hated was the fact Hermione stooped to Ron's level by accepting a "date" with McLaggen- I knew Ron and Lavender wouldn't work out- Ron wasn't in it for the right reasons and I was actually pleased with the way JKR handled the end with Ron holding Hermione and stroking her hair- v. sweet.
Harry and Ginny was a ship I never expected to come true, and never really a one I liked. Sure, she once had feelings for Harry, and although it was never confirmed she was over him, I never thought it would happen between them. I just didn't like the way Harry suddenly developed feelings for her, and he had always been more discreet (even in his thoughts) about his feelings for Cho. But when he said things like "She's Ron's sister!" It just seemed so different to the Harry we know. But I loved the way he
kissed her- as I've said in the Romance forum- very impulsive and romantic.
Other romances like Tonks/Remus, Bill/Fleur were good in my opinion. The only fear I had whilst still reading the book was that JKR was going to pair everyone off. I'm glad she hasn't yet- but there's definitely going to be more of a Ron/Hermione thing to come.
The Half Blood Prince
I didn't expect it to be Snape- and now looking back, I should have known- for the tips to perfect potions, the scribbles of spells for "enemies" and the fact that the spell of tipping someone upside down was made clear to Harry via Lupin (I think) that it was a popular spell at the time James went to school- obviously Snape was his age. With the Unbreakable Vow, that certainly aroused suspicions of Snape not being completely trustworthy, but I wouldn't have predicted his murder of Dumbledore.
Overall
As I've mentioned, I was disappointed in the book, but the parts I liked was the fact we now know so much more about Voldemort, and I love that Harry has matured in the book. The fact that he was very angry in the 5th book didn't impress me, and I like how he's got over that. The romance definitely could have been wrote better, but I wouldn't say it was a "bad fan fic" as some people have.
The fact that Harry won't be returning to Hogwarts was a plot that never crossed my mind, and I will find it so odd to be placed in a different setting.
I found it odd there wasn't more explanation about the Half Blood Prince, or more of a backstory to Draco's actions, but I'm sure we will find out more in the next book.
The Horcruxes I thought was very clever, and something I would never have thought of. I just assumed they would be in the basin when Harry and Dumbledore went- and I'm dying to know who R.A.B is...
Another part of the book that brought the most tears to my eyes- (I posted this on the death forum)

<<<"It's going to be alright, sir," Harry said over and over again, more worried by Dumbledore's silence than he had been by his weakend voice. "We're nearly there ... I can Apparate us both back ... don't worry..."
"I am not worried, Harry," said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. "I am with you".


I balled when I read that line- it meant so much to me and was a way to prove how much faith Dumbledore has in Harry. So touching, and very cleverly done. >>>

I'm sure there is so much more of the book I haven't discussed, but this post is getting long...
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Old 07-18-2005, 08:50 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Firstly, let me say that I have slept maybe four hours in past two days, as I have already read HBP twice.

Overall, as I was absorbing HBP, I had the very strong feeling I was reading a particularly sappy piece of fanfiction, and that certain parts of the book met all sorts of fic cliches. In addition, several characters mental and physical changes were far too rapid and random. For example, though Dumbeldore had been weakened by his MoM duel, his deterioration (sp?) was, in my opinion, way too fast and almost uncharacteristic. And Harry, shouldn't his anger towards Snape and depression over Sirius' dying have been more, shall we say, strong? His speedy mental healing over the loss of his godfather was clearly a tool Jo used to speed the story onto...romance? This blunder was clear to me and I have the sneaking suspicion that she delved so deeply into love ties so as to please her fans. Or perhaps she just wanted to resolve some much debated "ship wars". Either way, though some romance is needed in the story about a 16 year old, too much of HBP revolved around who was snogging whom, even to go so far as Filch!

In addition, the whole "evil book that Harry trusts" plot is far too familiar and way too predictible. I was even exasperated this time round as Harry tailed Snape, even if Mr. Potter's suspisions seem to be correct. Jo was clearly following the "ditch the mentor so that the hero stands alone" cliche by eliminating Dumbeldore in a bulky and overly shocking way. And, I was reminded most strongly of Spiderman when Harry became too noble to put Ginny in harms way by dating her any further. The end of the book seemed to halt abruptly.

Once a fan who couldn't stand the slightest word of negativity (however true or untrue) about the novels and now the one dealing criticism, I am shockingly pondering whether or not to read 7. Sadly, I felt as if HBP was written by an entirely different author, one who had retraced Jo's trodden steps and filled the book with too much kissing. Many characters seemed- out of character. I am afraid to say, but once Hogwarts and its magic are out of the picture...err, book, I am afraid the 7th will be too dark and far too different.

....that R.A.B. in the decoy horcrux (yikes! sp? again! I'm too tired..) most likely our friend sirius' "death eater" bro, Regulus A.(?) Black. Hmmm... maybe worth reading 7...
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Firstly, I got the book at midnight.. Got home at 1:00am. My mom made me go to bed at 3:00am.. I woke up at 7:30am.. Continued reading and had it done by the morning of the 16th..

Absolutely brilliant!

HBP was a very deep story. It had more to it than books 1-3.. Horcruxes and Dumbledore and Snape and Malfoy.. Somehow, I knew that Dumbledore was going to die and that Snape was evil. I thought Draco would become a Death Eater, but I didn't think his assignment would be to kill Dumbledore. I thought about the only way Harry would be able to kill Voldemort and I figured he would have to die too. I thought something like the Horcruxes was going to happen...

I'm in a huge rush typing this, so I really have to cut it short. I'll probably be back here a few times later though!

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Well we understand why Harry's life has been so famous more in detail of what hapenned. We see that everyone is so big that they cant fit every part of their body so we know they have gotten so tall now since they are in the 16 to 17 age range.

Everyone is getting mature that they understand more about life since they are of age in the Wizarding world. We see totally much more on little Tom's(Riddle's) life on Account of the (spoiler) pensieve hence the cover. Then we suspect a certain someone doing dark magic. Then Harry gets tremendous help on the Advanced Potions Book by the "Prince". Hermione helps a certain someone.

The book deals here more with love & why did this thing happen more?. Harry really misses Sirius and he hates it when someone mentions his name. We see a new character as a Professor but not the subject you think.

We see more in-depth coverage of many very untouchable subjects



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I loved the fact Dobby was back BUt i was mad that More classes with Snape werent showed and one thing that bothered me was that a lot of questions about Sirius werent answered
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Harry Potter and The Half lood Prince is AMAZING!!!! I have to say this is JK's best book yet. We finally learn that Harry has been right all along, and that ____ is a &*%^#$ traiter! $%^# I hate him! It shows how all the characters have matured, most of all Harry, who finds he is very much attracted to _____. There is also something stirring between Ron and _______. And of course, we get to hate _____ even more as he plotts the death of ________ and becomes a death eater. Somethings we knew were coming all along but didn't want to think about it, others were a complete surprise. Jk combines passion, danger, courage, thrill, love, responsability and understanding to make this one of her deepest, and most amazing books yet. We cry with Harry, mourn with Harry, fight with Harry, and celebrate with him, he has a little place in all of us, each of us relates. But perhaps that's what makes JK so amazing... how she can create a character that we can relate to....

ONCE AGAIN HBP is the most amazing book ever, i LOVED IT, and can't wait for the next when Harry sets off, alone, all the people who loved and protected him gone. He must fulfil what he needs to, he starts off in search of the other Horcrux and the misterious R.A.B....


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the book was okay compared to jks other works
the 4th and 3rd were definatly better
it was more ....wats the word........less repeatative....than the other books
as it didn't end off with ahrry meeting voldemort nd having a great battle in the end

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I was not disappointed at all by HBP, though I was devastated by our beloved Dumbledore going out in such a fashion. Though I expected that DD very well might be the character on the chopping block, I completely did not think Snape would do it, right up until he did, and then maybe for a little while thereafter. I suppose when I go back and read it, it will be more obvious along the way, but I just had the blind hope that Snape was good deep down (though perhaps he is, in some way not yet uncovered). Although I'm already whining for another installment, I don't mind having some time to recover from the blow and build enough resolve to withstand the emotional roller coaster that has to be coming in book 7.
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I really liked HBP just because it was a little different than the othere five. And from chapter 2 on...I just kept asking myself if we really know which side "he" is on. It was probably tied with PoA as my favorite book.
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As I finish the last chapter of Half-Blood Prince I cannot help only finding a way to describe it all:

What a book!

I felt I went though all kind of emotions while I was reading, and not necessarily all positive. It was strange but as I found certain part of the story I couldn't help thinking, like Harry, somebody had ripped off the cover of the real book and placed the content inside with a fanfic.

This was no dumb appreciation. First off, the writing style is completely changed. There were part which went by fast, as if spinning and leaving no trace of it happening. I wondered if I was reading too fast here. But the feeling remained that, no matter how slow I was trying to digest it (and mind, I read it in 2 days so I can't speak), it was not me but the book which moved too fast. All bunch of stuff happened one after the other and in a dizzying rhythm. I think I cannot start explaining...

I was not surprised to find this format, I must say. The thing is, this is the perfect format to show the swallow, easy, egocentric and indifferent kind of tint the 16th year is known for. Now, before being thrown tomatoes (can or not, you chose) I must say that this is, though a generalization, something I base on personal experience; that at 16 one must believe is right before the other, making it much easier to make fun of others and take even opportunities to make little cheats. As you see, one of the themes in the book. I'll go as far as point out Ginny cheeking Fleur for every silly thing, Hermione playing dirty on Ron and on. This is, over all, a low-moral book which fits with the thematic of the book of this particularly egocentric part in life.

Again, the format of fanfic is perfect for this, because as a teenager who has got their attention in this no more than needed be, the fanfic must move quick and go to the point. Now, let me tell where this irked me. While Harry could have this view of things, everything else shouldn't have moved as superficially and fast as it did. It was Harry alone the one with this rhythm, not the others (especially adult characters).

What had started with a very amusing, quite characteristic, hinted to a direction we all knew that we were sure to be reading Harry Potter, from the second chapter on everything changed. The format of fanfic started from then on. Needless to say, I have mixed feelings about book6. And I'm half surprised I was not the only one to make this comparison between the book and a fanfic, I mean, it looked as if it was badly written O_o (On the casual ways and such, I being a non-native speaker picked that difficulties worse than most of you). Here's my personal experience;

I was reading hungrily, page after page, screaming to myself "wow, I can't believe it, I was right about this!" quite too often, to the point I thought I had spoiled the book for me (lol). Then on the chapters developed rather dully. And then I was marveled as I approached the last chapters, finally culminating in tears, in a passionate feeling no other of the 5 books shown and wanting me to scream "this is the best book of the six, I swear!"

I have already said how fast the story went, so much happenings seemed to occur with Harry having little to no impression of those happenings and we, as well, couldn't find it's weight into the story. It seemed, only worries in Harry's head was not disappointing Dumbledore, again, and over all other things discovering what Malfoy was up to quite obsessively. And it wasn't the scenes alone. The weight of the characters suddenly diminished, don't you think? To the point some were only as a romance figure, such a Lupin and Tonks. McGonagall as she took Dumbledore position wasn't more than trying to imitate what Dumbledore would have done; all like fans, forgetting the other person is human. Hagrid, as childish as always, had to seek the aid of younger students than him and seem to be only another big leak of information, which was wittingly used by Harry in ways making one wanting to laugh out loud (only objection was the little need for the silly luck-potion). Hermione and Ron taking Harry's suspicion of Draco lightly was quite out of character, and Dumbledore suddenly didn't look that wise or marvelously intelligent.

I don't think I was the only one shocked to see Harry jump from trying to take Dumbledore's throat in book5 to see him as his best pal. That seemed inconsequential to the story. Then again, I didn't like the last scene with Dumbledore speaking to Harry in book5; thought it was a forced way into telling the story, not unlike these "lessons" with Dumbledore and chapter 2, with Snape revealing everything to Bellatrix Lestrange. Those felt like forced explanations.

I had the sensation, also, that the story started to lack reality, and was in many ways reminded of anime. For example, close to the end of the book, Dumbledore saying "It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more" reminded me powerfully of Rei Ayanami(Evangelion)'s speech about darkness. But it was not only that. It was also the idea that we were drifting more and more from this reality specialty Rowling possessed, when she ventured to make "good luck" potions which exceeded our understanding of reality: we would never trust good luck. And the magic seemed to grow more inhuman, wonderful, even "all mighty". It was, for example, the idea of unspoken magic, the side-along-Apparating and complicate-magic-we-of-course-couldn't-have-guessed; I had the sensation I was reading though a very good fanfic, only not Rowling's work.

And why, I wonder, Harry was so easily distrusting Snape again, accusing Malfoy as if he read the first two chapter with us readers, and on the contrary why Hermione and Ron refused to think of his accusations any more than, well, obsessive hallucination! Wasn't a bit of a get-away, and incoherent?

Usually, the school part is the one I most look forwards too. This time, I fairly enjoyed the Burrow visit and even though thought it a bit of a "too much bloody luck" they bumped into Draco and followed him to Knockturn Alley, I still thought there might be nothing wrong with this new style. But as soon as the school started, things started to get even messier and difficult to understand.

I for one still cannot phantom what in bloody Merlin's name would make Harry think it was a brilliant idea to enter Draco's compartment and so and so? I thought, I had never seen Harry acting more stupidly, and I had troubles alienating with the character, feeling myself like him. I couldn't understand what he was thinking. He was wittier with words, kind of. Maybe more sure of himself. I also find no use in the Lucky Potion and found it a bit of a fraud: Harry could have made use of his wits to try to convince Slughorn instead to resource to magical help. That one was disappointing, I always thought Harry intelligent on his own to work it out.

This also reminds me of the second chapter again. Again, yes, it gave away too much information, forced-felt. But this was the one definite proof that I was wrong to assume the HP books moved (first chapter from first book as an exception) as it was all coming from Harry's Point of View. If we only could see what Harry could see, there was a veil of mystery surrounding us the same it surrounded Harry, and this time it did not came. Moreover, though all the book I felt detached from the figure of Harry, save for a few small things.

Besides, with Harry taking many things lightly, it was difficult to find, again, reality in it. It was difficult to appreciate the seriousness (few taken) on the happenings. I mean, Harry isn't shown, like other times, like a critic thinker but, mind the expression, Dumbledore's lapdog. We find a loyalty that was not there before, to follow each and every order from Dumbledore. In the way Harry followed Dumbledore around, I was even reminded of Wormtail!

Quite honestly, I have never considered Dumbledore that wise. Sure, if compared to the level of ignorance from other characters, Dumbledore has to be cleverer, but he is equally flawed in ways that even he denied. What do I mean? The way he imparted judgment so easily and hypocritically over other people, such as Voldemort. Seems to me I might not have been that far from the truth when I said "Dumbledore created Voldemort". Why if Dumbeldore feels so much compassion for elf Kretcher can't he have that same compassion for Riddle and try showing some of that love when he needed it back then? Sounded hypocritical. Well, this is my own assumption anyways, I just feel Dumbledore's own blatant accusations could have made more damage than he give himself credit on, even though this book when he arrogantly feels he can understand Tom to be inhuman even at the age of eleven.

And there was a particular scene when Dumbledore started sounding like an irritated Hermione and that just didn't do.

Moving over, the book had one major flaw over all and even as I try I can't think of it less than a flaw. Those who knows, know I'm a tad bit intolerant to sheer drama. I remember staring at the whole soapy drama between Ron and Hermione trying to think a good reason why Rowling would want to lower her writing level to that of soap operas. And before all shippers come to bite my head, I will say it first - guess what? Romantically speaking, I thought HBP was a fiasco. Mind, not because it goes against my ship. No, honestly, I'm not being a sore loser. On the contrary, never before I have been more convinced Ginny is not Harry's match and can blame it all to misplaced hormones.

I will go back to it over again, that Harry had never felt anything for Ginny and the idea of suddenly being interested is, pardon master Rowling, lame. You can feel it yourself; Harry had not sought after Ginny until jealous of Dean. And maybe, of the situation of kissing, not on Ginny specifically. Though the last scene, which I was seeing it coming all along, could've made me have my doubts by the "mature" tone it intended to have. But you have to admit there's something weird in the fact Harry would trust Hermione and Ron to come with him, when we know Harry to love them so much, and then refuse to have Ginny help; he does not feel Ginny to be his equal! I feel even Ginny/Harry shippers must be disappointed. (Only consoling I have for the shippers is, well, at least it's not the Cho Chang disaster.)

# If anything, you have to admit all along about my main ship (whoever had read at least one fanfic of mine can guess what is my ship, and even then I was right all along) : they do obsess over each other. Full stop. Just look to what extremities did Harry go! I feel like a winner.

But, once again, this is not a shipping essay and, believe it or not, not the reason I thought it was a fiasco. No. Ginny/Harry and Hermione/Ron situations included, though at some point funny, went out of hand. It was not only the sudden unneeded angst and need to show a bit "evil" side of the characters, there was a certain cruelty in love, as the teasing reached hurtful levels to the point you got quite fed up of Ron asking if Hermione was interested in him. Oh Ron and Hermione, it was such a fiasco that one, I think I even started to consider those two were better off going different ways! (Of course, they won't.)

I wasn't expecting a love story - actually was expecting much less than we were shown, but, well, I'm about to guess Rowling has not a bone for romance. Again, I would have preferred a small hint or subtlety (even if I didn't say the same weeks ago... *cough*) I did enjoy when Ron corny-ly but cutely said that he didn't want Hermione to be with McLaggen. That and full top, from then on it acquired a rightfully childish tint and unnecessary anguish tone it didn't need and personally bored me.

I still see Luna/Harry having hopes and Ginny/Harry crashing in the next book. All in all, this was what made my journey though HBP quite uncomfortable. But enough with the shipping. I leave the Romance to be an issue to discuss aside from the book and say that, all in all, its passionate and powerful ending compensates for most disappointments.

As I said, as I reached the final chapters, 28 and 29 especially, I couldn't help changing my mind completely about the book. There were moments going up and down, like moments I felt I could worship Rowling's brain and some I close-to loathed. Again, I'm not sure I liked the way the story was told, but I loved the resolution. And I truly think the switch of styles doesn't have to be a negative thing. HBP made me go from loving the first chapter, to skimming though all in the middle with an incredulous look that not even "the intelligent man" was making much sense, to finally that marvelous ending which was indeed closing up all. You wouldn't believe me, maybe, but I had even previewed most of what happened with Draco in one of my fanfics (O_o). So I was proud of myself. And this brings me to my final subject.

Seeing Draco in the light of a more human face. It looks like a great idea! Opposed to the new cruelty that Harry couldn't suppress. To the, maybe, stupid attitude Harry appeared to have (and, mind, about my previous generalization, I think we grow vain at 16 but I also think we are most intelligent, but maybe I sound like a loony to all but myself). And I can't help but be convinced this book was focusing on morals, and especially that which we get from putting us reader to alienate with the "dark" people rather than the "light" side, to find how human the dark-side can be as well.

And that's a plus. Pity it wasn't exactly obvious conclusion and, to some of us can feel like old-news, but that's definitely a plus. However we might have found it confusing, however (maybe to you as well) irking it was that such mysteries were responded so fast and so simply, and while I sure agree that unveiling such important parts of the story so fast, so unexpectedly, was a bit of a disappointment, this is the 6th book of the Harry Potter series. The Half Blood Prince.

NOTE: Noting other reviews in here I see my observations were shared by other people, even if mine is more scaringly lengthy. I think Treamayne and NymphNamedTonks best summed up my view. I also need a moment to humbly recognize my mistakes. About the Half-Blood Prince identity; OK, OK, I admit it to those who know I didn't even get close to who the HBP was. I bow to Emma on that (=P) On Harry/Ginny, I already made a point of it, I still think it won't be lasting. In fact, I don't see it as more as a sudden rush of hormones sent the most obvious way, but Harry's feelings are not that near her at all.

On Draco Malfoy (Guess it's your time to admit you were wrong all along about dear Draco, Emma~); I admit I kept saying he was not "turning good"... which is also true in a way. He's still nasty (*remembers the train*) But I did guessed quite right that it was Mafloy's family being threatened with their members which pushed Malfoy move to stay at Voldemort's side (mind, I was thinking of Lucius, threatened by Voldemort, not Draco), even if firstly they might do it willingly. And as last point - there's more but this already too long - Lupin/Tonk; OK, you beat me, hands down. Again to Emma and cia. Though I, too, got I have my sheer bit of right guesses
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The new book was definitely not what I expected! I actually thought it would be just a normal confontation but Harry only saw____in the memories. Wow. I really loved the book though! It gave me more feeling on the Potter world. I gained even more hate for some, the HBP for instance. What he did was ABSOLUTELY horrible and I hope that Harry gets to kill him. It would be nearly satifying. It was so sad that ____ had to go and d^^. I cried. JK is seriously trying to kill me I know it! =P Well I cant wait for the next book now especially since __might not go back to ___. OMG!!!! He better find all the ___.

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the book was okay compared to jks other works
the 4th and 3rd were definatly better
it was more ....wats the word........less repeatative....than the other books
as it didn't end off with ahrry meeting voldemort nd having a great battle in the end

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I'm sorry but I dont agree with you at all. I thought the book was extremely well edited. I didn't think that it was at all wordy or flabby. I thought Jk put all the information she imagined to be in Harry's 6th year in that book without excess of any sort. It was superb writing from my stand point....sorry for the spamming but I thought it was very necessary....
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I loved the book. The 4th had been my favortie but this one is diffently more intresting. I think it solves alot of our questions. It was a stroke of brillance on her part. I can't wait for the next book, so i can see some action which there will be plenty of since we have all of the facts now.
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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince ties in very near with Prisoner of Azkaban for the spot of my favourite book.

In my opinion, and Jo's defence, I think it was a very well written book, once you take the time to understand it. Upon the first read, I was throughly shocked, dissapointed and despaired.

Atfer much grieving, I was feeling utterly miserable with myself. I gave the book another shot, this time reading slowly, digesting each word, page by page, chapter by chapter.

Then, to my delight, I realized just exactly how much of a great book this is. It was just the amount of information that has been devulged in this book that makes it a little too much for the first read. There was immense humour in the book, I noticed that upon the first read itself, yet even then the books took a much darker turn.

Frankly, decrepit shaky statements of first time readers who judge the book in the first day of its release are ... well idiotic, for the lack of better words.

I remember when OotP came out, we had the same response with readers. It takes a while to sink it, because its been to years since we had new information, and this one was abundant with it.

Harry's romance shouldn't be so much of a shock as it should be with his maturity. He has always been the immature one, but the prophecy has forced him to grow up. Sirius's death, hit much close to home then Cedric's did. The woes of life have caught up with him.

Also, I don't think Harry's loyalty should be questioned at all. It has been clear that from Book 2 the boy has been very much loyal to Dumbledore. Anger will never rampage that, loyalty, if anything, has grown stronger.

One has to remember that things have changed in the wizarding world, Harry is growing up, and more importantly, Jo has been growing too. You can't expect her to stay the same forever, now could you?

The real magic of her writing, is that despite the changes, the style and the plot, it still has the love of her readers, and I can't imagine anyone of us not getting anxiously in line for the seventh book..


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I think that this book was the best in the full series. Now HBP falls first place for me and the GOF. I mean this book was not at all "wordy, flabby and not very well edited." My foot. This was the best book. I mean, it has kept us turning the pages, not only to find out the Half Blood Princes but for some quite well known reason, which I am sure, the readers of HBP know.
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Definetly my all time favorite book so far. Many suprises especially the one at the end!! Still slighty shocked seeing as I just finished reading the book about 30 mins ago. Now I'm wanting the 7th to come out soon, LOL. I was, by far, the most detailed and in depth book. It made me laugh when Harry would mention how weird girls are cuz we are! J.K. Rowling definetly made it so believable, especially the teen-age business.
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Humour, romance, information and questions answered. It had it all, and yet I felt that it mounted to a disappointing read all the same. It lacked much of the excitement (in part 'cos of all those lessons with DD where Harry was just watching what was being dished out) of a good adventure, and more importantly, the style and execution was very different from the previous books.

Fine, it's a very different book. I can take "different". What I can't take is how, in order to cram all that info into a book, the key elements which have always made this series "Harry Potter" are being irretrivably stripped away:

Malfoy
I'm not much of a fan girl, but I missed Draco's taunts and swaggering self all the same.

Lessons
It used to be that lessons at a school of magic always promised new and exciting possibilities. "Alohomora" can be conveniently used later on during the climax and so on. But this time we've pretty much been reduced to hearing about Potions and nothing else. I would've really liked to see how the combination of Harry's fave subject and least fave teacher turned out. But there was very little mention of the things Snape taught in DADA...

Dumbledore
Perhaps "everything happens for a reason" and DD and Harry's adventure in the cave wasn't all for nothing. But to think that DD traded his life for a fake Horcrux is really disheartening. Worse still, we don't hear his wise words and assurances at the end because he's, well, gone. And we never will again. That portrait of his better talk a lot in Book 7.

The Funeral
Distinctly lacking in the grandeur that I was hoping for, with just the usual politically correct speech and everyone gathering to leave right after it. I was more touched by the things that happened before the funeral than during it. Maybe it's just me.

Style
Now this is really different from all the other books. The pacing was good, but the sentences just seemed like lines of description strung one after another. The book very much felt like a report and description of events, not like a story unfolding itself with the usual JKR panache. Again, it's probably just me, but I really didn't manage to relate to the characters... except for their grief over DD's death.

So DD's gone, cocky Malfoy's gone, Sirius is gone, Snape's gone, and possibly the whole Hogwarts too. The book answered some questions but also created a lot more. We haven't found out much about Lily throughout the books. It's supposedly central to the plot, but having it all suddenly revealed in very the last book will seem so... odd. Really, I think the book wasn't all that bad, but still a bit disappointing for JKR standards. 3 and a half out 5 stars. *sigh*

It should've been a warning sign, when she revealed that this was her proudest book since PoA. Why is it that authors and fans in all genres never seem to agree on their fave works?
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This, not being my favorite of the series I strongly believe that Rowling should have put a precaution for her younger readers. The characters are growing older and now they are getting in darker situations in which aren’t always suitable for all readers. Rowling makes her characters relate to ordinary teens like those first crushes and first kisses and I like that . the story is wonderful but my favorite will always be the 4th book.
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Harry Potter and The Half lood Prince is AMAZING!!!! I have to say this is JK's best book yet. We finally learn that Harry has been right all along, and that ____ is a &*%^#$ traiter! $%^# I hate him!
I agree... I was an avid follower of ______, and now he went and destroyed my liking of him, and of my believing he was just mis-understood... I want revenge on him now... SO much...
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JK doesn't need to make precaution's about anything! These are her books and like she said before, people really underestimate kids and what they can or can't understand.

I thought that HBP was brilliant! I was either laughing or crying during this. I cannot tell you how shocked I was to learn that ___ is the HBP. I was considering Hagrid all along. And now I finally understand what DD meant when he crypticly said "But in essence divided" in OotP. It seems like everyone was hooking up with someone in this book to me though, it seemed like one big teenage romance novel at some times. Some shippers will be REALLY happy, but for the *hem* others I'm afraid they will be saying "STAY TOGETHER!" to ______ and ______. But SNAPE! AHHHHHHHHHHH! That was a HUUUUUGE shocker! WHY!? I cried at the end. I really, really cried. I'm scared to even look at my book now for fear of bursting into tears. It still crosses my mind sometimes, and I'm still shocked.

And congrats to LUPIN and ____! Glad to see my fave Werewolf is getting lurvin' too!
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it was really good - hbp...i was so excited to get it. as for things that happend in the book..i was really shocked...at one point i actually checked the cover to see if i was reading the correct book...lolz..

i consider this the pre climax..lolz...so i'm so really excited for the 7 th now.....

JK..did a wonderful job as usual..
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