Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, Bk 6)
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince - Harry Potter, Bk 6 Author:J. K. Rowling The war against Voldemort is not going well; even the Muggles have been affected. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses. And yet . . . As with all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Harry receives ... more »some extraordinary help in Potions from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. And with Dumbledore's guidance, he seeks out the full, complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort -- and thus finds what may be his only vulnerability.« less
In what is probably the best book of the series so far, all of Britain now knows the truth. Voldemort has indeed come back and Harry Potter was right all along. Harry and Professor Dumbledore work together trying to uncover clues about Voldemort's past and to try and find a way to stop him once and for all. What is a Horcrux? How is Voldemort still alive? Is Snape evil? And most importantly, who is RAB?
The older wiser gang (Harry, Hermione, and Ron) are finally growing up (in my opinion) as 6th years at Hogwarts. This book is by far the best in the series because you finally get to learn about just who Lord V is and his past and why he is so evil and powerful. Some of the other characters have major roles as well, so it doesn't focus mainly on Harry anymore, but you know by the end of this book that "The boy who survived" is going to have a big nasty battle to tackle before this series is over. And there's a pretty shocking ending. I read this book every chance I got until I finished it--- I definitely rec. this Harry Potter book.
I enjoyed this book more than any of the other books. Of course, you get everything resolved in "Deathly Hallows", but this book sets it up so well. The majority of the book felt lighthearted, and I was able to sigh with relief that Harry was enjoying life, school, and his friends, like a "normal" boy would. I guess you could call this the "calm before the storm". Big surprise ending.
Weakest novel in the series in terms of plot (relies heavily on flashback scenes), but the storyline is well executed. Rowling was right when she described books 6 and 7 as two parts of a whole. There is a lot of exposition leading up to "Deathly Hallows" here. Balances the comical with the creepy very well. One of the funniest books in the series. Recommended!