Here’s the place to come for information about the new
Harry Potter book without running into spoilers.
Title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Author: J. K. Rowling
Original Publication Date: July 16, 2005
ISBN: 1-55192-756-X in Canada, 0439784549 in U.S.,
Cover Price: $29.99 US, $41 Can.
Buy from: Amazon.com
Past fiction reviews can be found here.
Harry learns a few things about Dark wizards and the
Dark Arts, as he
prepares to face down Voldemort once and for all.
The last conversation with the Minister of Magic.
The inclusion of a particular chapter reduced the
impact of the
ending. I’ll try to keep this article spoiler free,
so I’ll choose to
expand on that comment in our existing
For originality, this is a new tone for the
series. It’s not
much of a spoiler to say that the first five books
have been about
putting Harry’s past together, as he learned about his
friends, and their enemies. This book, on the other
hand, is all
about Voldemort’s past, and sends the series off in a
I give it 5 out of 6.
The imagery is less prominent than it has
been in past
books. This is about Voldemort’s history, and not
about the precise
look of the newest oddball room in the school. It
gets the job done,
and no more. I give it 4 out of 6.
The story, as I’ve said, is mostly about
It ties together much of what we’ve already seen,
Voldemort’s speech to his Death Eaters in Goblet
There’s an “eye of the hurricane” feeling here, as the
events at the
school are mostly calm and controlled, while the
outside world is at
war. Things don’t really affect the school until the
last 100 pages
or so. Yes, there’s a lot of exposition, but I
enjoyed seeing those
pieces as they were put together. I give it 5 out of
The characterization of the cast is pretty
good, with most of
them acting consistently with what we’ve seen before.
We also see a
lot more of what makes Voldemort tick. It’ll be
interesting to see
the next Harry/Voldemort conversation now that Harry
information to throw in his face. I give it 5 out of
The emotional response is milder than
expected at this point
in the series. It was interesting, for sure, but it
didn’t grab me
until those last 100 or so pages (out of 607), simply
because it was
backstory. As I said above, this feels like the eye
of the hurricane,
and it’s just not as intense as it would be if we
spent the book out
in the actual storm. Many things here were expected,
but still had an
impact. (More on that in the spoiler forum.) I give
it 5 out of 6.
The editing is a step up from the previous
two, with less
time spent brooding over one particular thing, and
most on actually
driving things forward. It’s a definite improvement.
I give it 5 out
Overall, it’s an entertaining portion of a
though it doesn’t stand in isolation as well as the
Given how much each book depends on information from
volumes, I wouldn’t recommend reading them out of
order, anyway. I
give it 5 out of 6.
In total, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood
Prince receives 34
out of 42.