Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by J. K. Rowling

July 16, 2005 | Hardcover

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is rated 4.5435 out of 5 by 230.
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be published on July 16, 2005, in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling, is the sixth in the bestselling Harry Potter series. In the previous book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the last chapter, titled "The Second War Begins," started: "In a brief statement on Friday night, Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge confirmed that He Who Must Not Be Named has returned to this country and is once more active ... 'It is with great regret that I must confirm that the wizard styling himself Lord - well, you know who I mean - is alive and among us again,' said Fudge." Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince takes up the story of Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at this point as Voldemort's power and followers are increasing day by day, in the midst of this battle of good and evil. The author has already said that the Half-Blood Prince is neither Harry nor Voldemort.Intriguingly, the opening chapter of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been brewing in J.K. Rowling's mind for 13 years. All five Harry Potter books are available in various editions: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, as well as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Raincoast will be simultaneously publishing the standard children's hardback edition (ISBN 0747581088) and an adult hardback edition (ISBN 074758110X). Both editions feature the same text but with different cover artwork.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 8.22 × 5.36 × 1.71 in

Published: July 16, 2005

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155192756X

ISBN - 13: 9781551927565

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Narrator, Jim Dale, is finally growing on me In the 6th Harry Potter book, Harry is using an old textbook for his potions class. Only he seems to be able to read the “invisible” ink that “corrects” some of the potions in the book. The book is signed “Half-Blood Prince”. Harry is also taking personal lessons from Dumbledore. And more – actually a lot happens in this book! In fact more happened in this book than I remembered, and once again, I really enjoyed it, maybe more than the first time around. I listened to the audio narrated by Jim Dale. This is the third HP book I've listened to, narrated by him, and the fourth book I've listened to, overall, narrated by him. He's finally growing on me and I finally see the appeal. He actually does do some very good effects while narrating, and it's often easy to pick out who is speaking, just by the voices he does.
Date published: 2013-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting! This one was a real indication that things in Harry Potter world are really taking a turn for the worse. Growing up fast, the characters are thrown into unknown territory and survival is key. This one was sad at times, and yet was hard to put down! Another great book!
Date published: 2011-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the best book in the whole series. No other book can match it's excellence.Harry Potter enters his sixth year at Hogwarts, ready to leave the Durslys. Little does he know that this will be his final year at Hogwarts. Harry knows that Draco Malfoy is up to something but he doesn't know what. As Harry Potter starts his sixth year, he soon finds out more about Voldemort and Horcruxes... Will Harry Potter finally defeat Voldemort? Or will he die trying to? You'll have to read the book to find out more!
Date published: 2011-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb! Once again an amazing book by J.K Rowling. This is the kind of book that is hard to put down. You just need to know whats on the next page. When you do put it down you just can't stop thinking about it. In this book you really get the nitty-gritty details about the characters pasts. There is romance, heart-break, revenge, adventure, thrills and spills in there. This book I would recamened to anyone.
Date published: 2010-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The best in the series! In my opinion, the best in the series. Here, the series gets to the point. Very high climax. : ) (Sixth book.)
Date published: 2010-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eh The girl below has no idea what she is talking about. This book is perposterous.
Date published: 2009-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner, Nail Bitter, and all those lovely things This book was very intense, and very hard to predict. Well worth the read. It was my second favourite in the series.
Date published: 2009-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book has more romance, darkness and sarcasm then the prievious. You should read the whole seires!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
Date published: 2009-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read :) The sixth book of Harry Potter ... It was an awesome read, kept me wondering what was going to happen next, and now we see some romance developing (; So onto the next book, sigh. (I don`t really want it to end) :\ 4.5/5
Date published: 2009-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The most unbalanced book of the series Now that Cornelius Fudge has been forced to resign from the Ministry of Magic it seems that the whole world is finally supporting Harry Potter. But nothing is farther from the truth: the dark forces surrounding the sinister Lord Voldemort are preparing themselves for the big fight and Harry Potter feels this very strongly. Harry never really trusted Draco, son of known Death Eater Lucius Malfoy who finally got captured and put in Azkaban Prison, but when Harry spots him at Borgin and Burkes he knows that Draco is up to no good. Harry is convinced that Draco is actually becoming a Death Eater like his father and will do everything to prove this. But his closest friends Hermione and Ron think that he is seeing ghosts. Even Professor Dumbledore does not buy the warnings that Harry is proclaiming. Again Harry feels that he has to fight this battle on his own. Finally J.K. Rowling did it: she completely lost the balance between story and exposition. Whereas in the previous books she tended to overdo only slightly these side stories, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince she completely goes beyond. Even the way she weaves the background stories into her narrative is becoming tedious. Again and again the Pensive is used to shed some more light on the main characters. The exclamation "Oh, not again!" truly must have been on the lips of many people that read this sixth episode of the Potters series. Even the extra character of Professor Horace Slughorn pales in comparison to the previous Defence Against the Dark Arts teachers and must succumb to the big monster of exposition. True. For most of the fans this background information is useful and interesting, but the author could also have put this in a separate Harry Potter companion or even an appendix. Many parts of the book suffer from this flagrant imbalance and more often than not I did feel compelled to skip chapters. Amazingly enough, it turns out that Rowling did somehow realize that she was loosing the attention of the reader and decided to completely turn the rudder in the final chapters. Out of the blue the pace of the story is boosted and suddenly the book becomes quite a thriller. Maybe the final chapters of the Half-Blood Prince are to be listed as some of the best of the series so far. To say more than this would indeed ruin the experience. So my advice: gather (quite) some courage to get through the main part of the book and you will be awarded!
Date published: 2009-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This series of books are so imaginative, rich, coherent, cohesive, wonderful! If you've read 6 books of the 7 in this series then at this point you are fully emotionally invested. You know Harry better than you know anyone else, you care what happens to him and his friends. The amazing facts you learn from this book will lead you to re-read all the others looking for 'clues' on how this adventure will end. Suddenly book 5 makes a lot more sense and maybe a lot of clues were imbedded in that story. When I first started reading the Harry Potter Series I thought I was reading some light entertaining children's literature. This series of books are so imaginative, rich, coherent, cohesive, wonderful! I feel very priveledged to have read them in the period when JK Rowling was still writing them (even though they were already fully formed in her head). Thank you JK Rowling!
Date published: 2009-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! if you haven't read the harry potter series, then I suggest you do, cause your missin out on a lot my friend! Ps. Don't start from the 3rd or 4rth ! It's not good! S
Date published: 2009-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Phenomenal! this book starts out sorta slow but gains speed very quickly, showing the true reasons behind lord Voldemort's evil ways. in the HBP Harry is trying to look for clues that might lead to Voldemort's downfall. It also has a absolutely shocking ending that will send a shiver down your spine.
Date published: 2009-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Half Blood Prince This is the sixth book in the Harry Potter series. The wizard world finally believes Harry, classmates no longer gossip about him, and he is just starting to get over the death of his _______ (dont want to spoil). Voldemort is gaining more power and the Order is doing all it can. Dumbledore takes Harry on "memory trips" through Dumbledore's memory, in order for Harry to learn more about Voldemort. Dumbledore has figured out how Voldemort survives, and he takes Harry along for the journey. They think of all the possibilities to find where Voldemort has hidden the numerous pieces of his soul and they work together, with the help of Ron and Hermione.
Date published: 2009-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Potter novel since Prisoner of Azkaban! Finally a Harry Potter novel that doesn't take a hundred pages to get going. Although this episode is still lengthy, it moves along much faster than the last two. A few surprises confront the reader late in the book but I will not spoil the ending. I enjoyed this book much more than Goblet or Order and I am already looking forward to the finale.
Date published: 2009-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shocking Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling is the sixth book in the series, which I found was not as great as the other Harry Potter books and was lacking in humour. However, I did not mind the humour part, because this novel was more on the serious side. I did love all the shocking surprises I received: deception, betrayals, deaths, and some romances too. In this adventure, Dumbledore himself comes to meet Harry during his summer vacation. Thinking it cannot possibly be true, Harry decides not to pack. However, Dumbledore has something he thinks only Harry can do. Dumbledore's hand, as Harry notices, is injured with an injury that does not seem to be healing. Dumbledore is growing slower as a result of his age. Dumbledore has offered Harry private lessons this year. Find out new pieces of information never before known about Lord Voldemort. Will Harry and Dumbledore stand a chance against Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters? I cannot wait to discover what will happen in the last volume in the Harry Potter series. 4/5
Date published: 2009-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Re-Read It And Loved It Even MORE!! This is, I think, the 5th time reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and I love it even more than when I read it the first time! I think because I've read it so many times, it has kind of stuck in my brain and every time I re-read it, I understand even more than I did the previous time I read it. Right now, I'm obviously reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and well, I really want to read more Harry Potter books. I wish J.K. Rowling wrote more of them, maybe like 10 or something like that. They are just so addictive to me that I can't stop reading them.
Date published: 2009-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This is most likely my favorite book in the entire Harry Potter Series. It is spectacular! This book gave me the chills, actually. The series is not for everyone, but I would still recommend reading it.
Date published: 2008-12-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from too dark This book was okay but I found it overly depressing. I must say that the second half of the series is completely different from the first half. It's dramatic, and epic, and all of that, yet I feel J.K Rowling has lost her sense of humor somewhere along the way.
Date published: 2008-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great way to build up to the climax of the series... This is another amazing book from the Harry Potter series. I was not disappointed at all! This book continues to draw into the darker themes of the magical realm, and leaves the reader wondering what is next for Harry Potter. Thankfully not slow to start, the novel immedietly grabbed my attention and held it until the last page. One of the more heartbreaking installments, but nevertheless one of the best. It sets the stage perfectly for the finale in the series, which was also fantastic. A great way to start the climax of a great series.
Date published: 2008-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! This book in the series further expands on Snape's role, which by the way is my favorite character in the book. All plots and sub plots are riveting. A great trip. Rowlings growth as a writer is very apparent and Book 6 will wow you. Not just for children. Read and enjoy and discuss with your younger ones too. I engage my nieces and nephews talking about this series.
Date published: 2008-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! GREAT BOOK!
Date published: 2008-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely I think that this book was absolutely awesome! before reading the harry potter series i hated reading and all i did was go onto the computer and stay on it for hours, now mostly all i do is read, read and read, harry potter is the first chapter book i actually finished (except for school books) and im 15. i think that the 6th book in jk rowlings fantastic series builds alot of things together, everything starts to make more sense and it partially comes together, until the 7th book. i love everything in it an i couldn't put it down, i brang it everywhere with me when i was reading it, like: to the beach, to the park, to my friends house, to the amusement park and so on. if you'd like a good read then i suggest you go to chapters and pick up the harry potter books and start reading it! now! :D and might i add, i think that you will start loving harry potter once you start reading it, so i warned you :P
Date published: 2008-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This was my favorite of all the series. I was happy that the J.K.Rowling shed some light on Malfoy's troubles as well (he's my favorite caracter).
Date published: 2008-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome i thouht it was awesome it was full of mystery and i couldnt put it down!!! you gotta read it!
Date published: 2007-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from harry potter and the best book ever I thought this book was the best of the series. Even after reading the last book, which was VERY exciting, I still thought that from the unbreakable vow, to Bill's horrible bite, the book was funny, and adventurous, a WONNDDERRRFUL read!
Date published: 2007-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book has became my favorite book and series. This book is absolutely great! I used to just watch the Harry Potter Movies but when my friend convinced me to read the book, I was like "I don't feel like reading." Then she said that the books are wayyy better than the movies, so I started reading it. The very first page kept my eyes glued to the book. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to buy the Deathly Hallows.! For all people who don't like reading, I'm sure you will fall for this book It a great series!
Date published: 2007-07-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from i hope they make a better one i really like it and you readers should read the series percy jackson and the olympians.
Date published: 2007-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this one was the absolute best! This one is the best of the harry potter books the characters are growing up and dealing with dating and jealously. And the ending is sooooooooooo unexpected. in this book harry is on one of the biggest adventure he has ever faced and it ends in tragedy. I love what is going on with harry and ginny i've been waiting for it to happen for such a long time.(I won't say what it is cuz i don't want to give it away)
Date published: 2007-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from harry potter and the half blood prince harry potter 6 was one of my favorite books, but it did not have voldmort only in inflash backs. it was a good story ( :
Date published: 2007-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What!? I don't get it. Harry Potter is great! If you don't like this book, then don't read any Harry Potter books.
Date published: 2007-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book! The best series ever and JK Rowling has outdone herself with this book absolutely amazing! A book you can never put down! A book worth reading over and over again without getting bored!
Date published: 2007-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpectedly entertaining! J.K. Rowling is such a talented writer. She continues to show her unmeasurable imagination and creativity by making the series of the world famous Harry Potter books a big success. This time in the book six of HP she let the readers in suspense into the discovery of Lord Voldemorts' past. Rowling created an additional character with unique and adorable qualities by the name of Professor Slughorn. In addition, she let the followers of the series see the new character of Professor Dumbledore. In the past, the greatness of Dumbledore was mentioned, however, it was never put into tests. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, it was proven and definitely, Dumbledore's character will remain in the memory of the readers. One character that played an important role in this book was the character of Professor Snape. At the end of reading this book the readers will definitely argue or wonder whether Snape is truly bad or really good. There is no doubt that this book was a book worth reading, however, if there were some things that I found myself a little disappointed. Overall, when you read this book you will just keep on going and will not stop until you finished it. It's good enough not to put the book down, but you will be looking for something more when you are done. This book will make you ask a lot of questions about the characters and scenes in the story. Finally, you will also be looking forward to read the next and the last chapter of the Harry Potter series to solve the mysteries.
Date published: 2007-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from J.K. Has Done it Again! She's done it again. Absolutely amazing. I can't wait for the seventh book. Harry Potter really is not blown out of proportion. It lives up to its expectations.
Date published: 2007-04-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!! I think that the idea for this book was great but I do not believe that J.K. Rowling expressed her idea well at all. I can think of tons of books that I have read that are WAY better than hers and I do not understand why everybody is such a big fan of her book. She was just lucky that someone read her book and now she is a bestseller and she doesn't deserve it. There are tons of authors that are better than her and nobody bothers to read their books because those authors are not as well known. I thought that this book was boring and I was so bored that it took me weeks to read it. When I like a book I can usually read them in a couple of hours. So, I don't think it is worth it to read this book.
Date published: 2007-03-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pfft. Personally, I think this book is as overblown as the entire Harry Potter phenomenon in the first place. With no real plot line or excitement except for a short piece at the end. The characters are half-drawn and two dimensional, the setting is scratchy and the entire thing is childlike, disappointing for J.K. Rowling. It takes forever to read any part of it, moving like an engineless freight train across Saskatchewan. Let’s hope the next one is better.
Date published: 2007-02-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the others I really loved J.K. Rowling's other books, but in this one I found there was barely any action or fun. It wasn't bad, and I'll still buy the next book coming out, to see how it all ends!
Date published: 2007-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from “Absolutely Great!” The best series ever and JK Rowling has out done herself with this book absolutely amazing! A book you can never put down! A book worth reading over and over again without getting bored!
Date published: 2007-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I threw it across the room J.K Rowling may not be the best author in the world, but man, that woman can make you care about fictional characters! I was so upset at the end of this book, I literally threw it across the room. Bear in mind that I am an adult, at least legally. She has captured the hearts and minds of people everywhere, and I, for one, am anticipating the last book. Hopefully it's durable.
Date published: 2007-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! The best series ever and JK Rowling has out done herself with this book absolutely amazing! A book you can never put down! A book worth reading over and over again without getting bored!
Date published: 2007-01-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Harry Potter This novel was a marked improvement over the terribly conceived Order of the Phoenix. Still there has been a sharp decline in the quality of writing in the Harry Potter series since the Prisoner of Azkaban or at least the Goblet of Fire. People aren't reading the Potter books for the skill of the writer though, because J.K. Rowling is by no means a great writer. The books can be exciting and the characters become loveable; but it certainly doesn't deserve the high ratings it recieves. If you are look for a fun book to read try "Three Men in a Boat or the more challenging "Don Quixote" Happy Reading
Date published: 2007-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This is probably the best book from the whole series! It has alot of action and adventure in Harry's life. He has to go through some pretty tough things,but he gets through them one way or another. But i can't believe that there is only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left, it just doesn't seem that the story can end in just one book. But still, I find these books are one of the best I've read!
Date published: 2007-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal I have to say this is the best Harry Potter book yet, even though I absolutely loved them all! I loved the way the blossoming relationships with the main characters were described in the book. It made it all seem so real. I simply cannot wait for the seventh book to see how J.K. Rowling puts to rest, in my opinion, the greatest book series ever!
Date published: 2006-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Written J.K Rowling has done it again, with this wonderful, intruging novel.
Date published: 2006-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A True Re-Reader For the simple fact that J.K. rowling is a sneaky writer, I have re-read this book 3 times ( I've read it a total of 4 times) and cannot find any Giant thing I don't like. The small Pet peave you, the reader, might have is that parts of the book go nowhere and it takes (seemingly) forever to get there. These small parts are, of course, only small parts and I encourage You to read the entire book as many times as you desire. sincerely, A Emma
Date published: 2006-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it to Pieces!! Very well written. Although I think that about all of J.K. Rowling's books. I found that I could not put this book down. Although I found that it was not my favourite of the Harry Potter series, it was very good!!!!!!! :)
Date published: 2006-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magic I've read all of the Harry Potter series in English, and some of it in French. I must admit it is still amazing in a different language. J.K Rowling's best book is the last one. Last summer, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince hit stores across the world. Kids stayed up reading one of their soon to be favourite books by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter is in his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is accompanied by his two close friends; Ron, and Hermione when they unravel secrets about one of their class mates, Draco Malfoy. Lord Voldemort had returned to full power, and more clues that will help Harry defeat Lord Voldemort are told. Harry is still upset over the death of his godfather Sirius, when he has to once again say good-bye to a good friend. This is one of the best books I have read by J.K Rowling, and I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as good as the others Don't get me wrong, it was still a great book, though there were a few things I would have liked NOT to happen, but then I am not the writting. Her style seemed to have changed abit, and she seemed to want to rush through a few things, at least that was the impression I got. Still a good book for every Potter fan, it hooks you in that you want to know how it ends and the ending just makes you itch for the next book. But, it could have been better.
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OH MY GOD!!!BRILLIANTLY AWSOME THIS BOOK IS SOO ANOYING....after you read a chapter you have to keep reading...there is soo much suspence ...the only bad part is that you must keep reading... you cannot put it down!*** haha..ok im gonna read some more now...bye bye
Date published: 2006-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What an adventure! An excellent adventure that should be enjoyed by any reader. This book has a great plot and great characters, I couldn't put this book down.
Date published: 2006-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Harry Potter Ever This latest insallment of Harry Potter has everything, action, romance and tragedy. This book is amazing! I absolutely loved this book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy as much as i do. This book made me cry at the end, i won't say why, i'll let you read it and find out why!
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from harry potter and the haif-blood prince IT'S THE GREATS HARRY POTTER BOOK THAT I READ UP TO NOW. I READ ALL SIX BOOKS I LOVE BOOK SIX BEST.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome! I think this book is the best out of all of them. It goes from really dark and mysterious times to light and funny times. I loved the rommance in it also. It was a great book and I plan to read it again.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brillilant! I've read this book in three days and I can't wait for the next one. I enjoyed every part of it. J. K. Rowling has an amazing imagination, she can bring you wherever she wants and make you believe in it. Though, I'm a little sad that the next novel may be the last of Harry's adventures.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I found this novel quite interesting but novels that are this long might get some people dissapointed on how long it takes for the interesting parts to be "discovered".
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book not to be missed! From the beginning to the book to the end, it was filled with shocking events that you wouldn't expect. Probably one of the better Harry Potter books out right now. Even though it is fairly long once ou got started you had to keep turning the page to find out what would happen next, in other words there was alot of suspense in the novel. It's romantic, fearful, as well as a tear jerker. It's a book not to be missed and it's worth the money!
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS BOOK IS ABSOLUTLY PERFECT THIS BOOK!!!! oh my god...im speachless....i just finished reading this book...its soo exiting and is a must read...no kidding...this is the best in the series and it keeps getting better and better from chapter 1 to the last...A MUST READ!! TO ALL AGES
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Me (HOHO!) It stinks. Well, it doesn't really STINK...well, yeah, it does. It's pretty bad. I liked the other ones much better. J.K. Rowling should have payed more attention to the actual plot progression and not just Harry's raging hormones. Honestly, it was written more like a fanfic, as if she was focusing too much on pleasing the fans than actually writing a good book. It seemed rushed. J.K. Rowling, why have you forsaken us? WHY?! I'm gonna go read something else.
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an amazing book... this is a must read. it is filled with wonder and magically creativity. JK Rowling has done it again. This lady is able to produce books that capture the minds of children and adults. Although, you should read the books that come before this one...or it will ruin the entire series for you...happy reading...:)
Date published: 2006-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wicked Novel! J.K. Rowling presents the sixth installment of the Harry Potter series excellently. Every detail is conveyed with a realism that drives the reader to stay up and read 'just one more chapter,' all night. As Harry and his friends grow up at Hogwarts, so does the thrilling adventure. If you have read the other Harry Potter novels, what are you waiting for? Read the Half-Blood Prince now! If you haven't read any Harry Potter books yet, pick up a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone today and get sucked into Rowlings masterpiece!
Date published: 2006-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Beginning of the End J.K. Rowling never quits when it comes to continuing the story of our beloved Harry Potter. This book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is a crucial beginning to what will happen in the final series to Harry Potter's long journey. The story continues with more magical surprise then before, it seems the magic never quits when J.K. Rowling controls the pen. Harry embarks with Dumbledore a new journey all together. And it isn’t clear what’s to be expected from this novel. In this point of the story, every event is important. And this novel is full of events. The story inspires yet again Harry and his friends to show trust and embark in their own faith in what they believe in. As the story grows so does the love for all the wonderful characters and all though death shrouds Harry and his friends every move it seems there’s nothing they can’t do. With hope and determination as a reader you continue to hope and fear for the beginning of the end that Harry must embark on in the final book of the series. This story promotes the ending with a hope that what Harry has strived for will succeed in the end, and yet there is an eerie air surrounding the lives of our beloved characters. Continuing their long journey is what the story will end, but to know the end we must keep on reading.
Date published: 2006-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A thundering good read!! I am sure this Harry Potter stuff will catch on soon, but please get out there now and buy this book! That way you can be one the first to know what Hogwarts is, who Tweedledum is and why he has that nasty habit of doing Ali G impersonations and why Tsunami has all her hair shaved off in the deleted scene on the DVD. J.K. Rowling (The J is silent) is, at the moment, an unknown author to all but the cognoscenti of the literary world, but mark my words, after this august tome she will be inundated with invitations to open Indigo/Chapters (smart plug there eh, chaps?) all over the world. A smattering of the "F" word does had a harshness to the tone, but the characters are 3 dimensional (well they are at least in the pop up book version I bought), The sex scenes are truly erotic and the action and plotting are top notch in a pulpy sort of James Herbert way. I give this book my second highest recommendation behind that leaflet those nice Jehovah Witness people gave me last Christmas. cheers Redmond.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing as usual J.K. Rowling has captured my imagination. Harry's latest adventure took me a day and a half to read. It is just a story that captures your heart. I got so involved in the story, I felt like I was a part of it, right there with Harry, Ron and Hermione fighting their way through their school career, trying to come out alive. This book made me cry, but it also made me laugh. Only a great author can do that. And J.K. Rowling is that great author.
Date published: 2006-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I absolutly LOVED this book, it keeps you guessing throughout, there are many twists and turns and I can't think of anything negative to say except that book 7 isn't out yet, an now I really wanna read it :) I'd recommend this series to anyone and everyone.
Date published: 2006-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry's The Man Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a very interesting book where the author J.K. Rowling lures the audience into the book. It is about a teen named Harry Potter who is enduring his sixth year a the reknowned school of wizardy & witchcraft, Hogwarts. A very adventurous book indeed.
Date published: 2006-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Wonderful! I loved this book, each Harry Potter novel just gets better and better! Great!
Date published: 2006-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book I Have Ever Read! I have read a lot of books over the years and I have to say that this is the best book I have EVER read. Even though it is 30 chapters I read it in just 2 days! Then I went back to the begining and read it agan! It was so exciting! I could not believe the ending! I was crying my eyes out when I read it! JKR did an amazing job! It is too bad she only plans to write one more! Maybe she will extend the series beyone 7 books! We can hope right?!
Date published: 2006-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is amazing This book is amazing. It took me two days to read this. J.K. Rowling has a great imagination. I can't wait for the next Harry Potter book.
Date published: 2006-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Out of Character I was disappointed when I read the Half-Blood Prince. I felt it took on a darker tone that wasn't meant for Harry Potter novels. It was still very well written and had the shocking plot that you would expect from a Harry Potter novel. It is worth it to read. Understanding the Harry Potter novels is important so I would recommend reading them in order.
Date published: 2006-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best book yet Ok if you were let down by the last book this one with cheer you up. It's a great read and it will keep you wanting more. Jo does a great job finding out Voldies past and it totally get things started for the Harry - Voldermort war.
Date published: 2006-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing! As per usual, J.K. Rowling has us on the edge of our seats with her fantastic writing and intense plot lines. This book, the latest in the series, had me up all night until I finished it. J.K. gives us so much new information and even has the typical teenage love sagas we all know so much about. It's so amazing to see the story lines all tie together and finally make sense. Harry returns to Hogwarts as a studly 16 year old and is finally learning all the reasons why Voldemort hasn't died and what Harry needs to do to kill him. J.K.R. is a literary genius and I'm very excited for the next (and sadly, last) book in the series.
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FREAKIN' AMAZING!!!AHHH SOOO GOOD! This has to be the best book EVER!! Its sooooo amazingly wonderful! i just love it! It is definitely the best harry potter book so far! If you didn't read it yet, what are you waiting for? get reading!! you will not be dissapointed!
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too Old? Well that was what I thought I was when I starting reading this series. But I became so enthralled by the first chapter of the first book that I couldn't put it down. I have read this series now for the 6th time and it doesn't stop being exciting even after that many times. I can't wait until the next book in the series. So no I am not too old and I am almost 40. I will continue to read these books until I can't read anymore. And I am a person who doesn't like to read!
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, but sad This was a great book, and i recomend it to anyone, well i won't spoil the sad part but i still don't get why it had to be done. Well its the best book yet still.
Date published: 2006-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best yet! OMG this has to be the best book yet! I loved how JK got into Voldie's past. It totally keeps you wanting more.
Date published: 2006-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!!!! Harry is back again and better than ever!!! This has to be my favorite in the series!! JKR has made a dark and dreary plot light and humerous!!! This novel is filled will lines and senerios you will just have to laugh at, yet it is also sad, scary and deep. JK Rowling has done it again!!!!!
Date published: 2006-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! i have read this book twice...actually i have read the whole series twice...i love harry potter!!!!....this was a really great book...i just hope the last one is just as good
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent! This was an excellent book. I think it is by far the best Harry Potter after Goblet of Fire. A must read for Harry Potter fans of all ages.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Chock Full of Action The sorceress of storytelling, J.K Rowling, has cast her spell upon readers in her narration of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth instalment in her phenomenal series. Now muggles everywhere can ‘accio’ the book and devour this sumptuous tale! The Half-Blood Prince knots together the many plot strands from the previous five titles, yet it is deliciously dark and shockingly sinister. This is a sequel that seizes the mind and ‘ensnares the senses’ of readers of all ages. As the prospect of a second war descends upon the magical world, the realisation of the feared Lord Voldemort’s return is met with trepidation and terror. Harry Potter, about to attend his sixth year at Hogwarts is increasingly isolated and well aware that he is the ‘Chosen One’; the one who will wage the final battle with Lord Voldemort. The plot hurtles along faster than the Hogwarts Express; a thrilling journey packed with mysterious names, revelations from the past, strengthening bonds, brutal betrayals, and ultimately, difficult choices. The book concludes on an agonisingly poignant note. Here, the chess board has been set. Now Ms. Rowling has to make the final moves, and the readers to wait and see what will happen next…. Ms. Rowling has shown her talent as a skilful artist in her use of unique colours and brush strokes in creating endearing or repugnant characters and has breathed life into everyone of them. The wise, Dumbledore, secretive Snape, brave, modest Harry, cold, calculating Voldemort, resourceful Hermione, witty Ron and larger than life, bumbling Hagrid, lure us into their world and increase our curiosity and concern to know more about them. The character I feel closest is to Hermione, although brilliant and bossy, she shares my love for books and reading. This volume is abundant in rich imagery, fantastic devices and tantalisingly intricate plots and the pages are laced with humour, romance and scintillating dialogue. The only the thing I would alter is the way Dumbledore died, weak and pleading. It’s not the end I’d envisaged for such a noble figure-my version would be more peaceful and honourable. The Half-Blood Prince has been brewed with a rare magical substance—a potion any reader would willingly succumb to and escape into a world of fantasy. It is an engrossing book for older readers who like humour, fantasy and suspense. Readers anticipate the phoenix of Ms. Rowling’s fiction to resurrect itself in a final volume.
Date published: 2006-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book of the series so far..... I thought this was an amazing book, it left me with a few theories for what might happen in the final book (which I am waiting for!) . It did however answer a few questions about the history of the "he who must not be named" . A great read!
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Harry Potter book The best Harry potter book written yet after my favourite harry potter #3, But this is now my absolute favourite book, J.K. Rowlings has written, and can't wait until #7 is out and published. Cause this book leaves you hanging, waiting for the next, but also guessing what will happen in the next.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicked Awsome!! I loved this book!!! I could read it over and over again and I would if I didn't have anything else to do. I really recommend this book for any Harry Potter or fiction book fans.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Leaves you wanting more This is one of the best books in the series if not the best., it's gripping, adventerous and intuitive. It really leaves the reader wanting more, if you're a fan of magic and adventure, then you'll love the book. You can read this book over and over and keep finding new thinds you've missed the previous time you've read it. On the whole, a really captivating read, you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from By Far The Best One Yet! Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was well worth the wait. Compared to the other five books of the series by J.K. Rowling it is the best yet, in my opinion. From the first word to the very last it remained interesting and captivating. To say it bluntly, it was difficult to abandon for even ten minutes at a time. With new and more dangerous adventures that Harry must endure the book itself remained more or less light hearted and left the reader with a new sense of determination and excitement. This book is deffinitly a good read and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Wowing!!!!! This book is a wow-er for kids over the age of nine.Adults will also beg for it if they needed to! There is something peculiar going on in the Muggle world. A weird mist is all around. And there are strange things going on all over the world, that the Muggles don't know about. all of the wizard and witch world know and fear what is going on- VOLDEMORT'S BACK! But luckily, Dumbledore has a plan- to get all of Voldemort's Horcruxes to eventually kill Voldemort. But a nightly hunt is what Voldemort wanted- Hogwarts doesn't have Dumbledore in it! The school is vulnerable. This leads into several happenings, including a death.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great addition to the potter series This was my favourite book of the potter books. It starts off a little slow, but the pace quickens throughout and we are rewarded with a fast-paced, interistin, un-expected ending. Starting off with the Philosopher stone got me hooked, and she increased the level of greatness with each one. I have high expectations for book 7!
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from J.K Rowling has done it again!!! This book was greatly written and has AWESOME detail! I loved this book so much that I read it again, and I will read it again! If I could give this book a grade, I would give it an A++. I love all the Harry Potter books but this one was by far the BEST! I can't wait to see the movie, even though the book will be better.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too fast Where Rowling's previous installments (mainly 1-4) used vivid imagery and engaging conversations it seemed in book 5 (Order of the Phoenix) she hurried off the ending a little too much and now, in her sixth book, it seems almost as if she was merely trying to write to a deadline instead of continuing for the sake of the story. While it's still worth a good read it is not up to Rowling's usual standards.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from half blood, all good This book was one of my favourite Harry potter books. With just enough action and suspense to keep you reading, and all the same, lovable characters you can't wait to read about. This book lived up too, and perhaps surpassed the others. A reccomended read for all ages.
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! If the Harry Potter books haven't been so good, this one is absolutely wonderful and I think this is probably JK Rowling's best Harry Potter book yet. It's gripping, suspenseful and a truly excellent book. This book brings on even more suspense to the series and I can hardly wait for the seventh and final book to be released. JK Rowling proved herself to be an amazing and creative writer and this book just makes her an even greater writer. I'm sure everyone who reads this book will love it and will want to read the rest of the books in the magical series.
Date published: 2006-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never Better!!! So many say that the book was too long - I disagree. So much more could have been said, and I cannot wait until the final book of the series. So many wonderful moments, although some shocking or saddening. If anything, this is the best book of the 6 so far. I won't ruin it, for those who haven't read it (if you haven't yet, what are you waiting for?!) As an employee at Chapters, I love hearing the great comments on this book. A must read, for all Harry Potter lovers, and those who want to only now join in on the magic.
Date published: 2006-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book An excellent book. Harry is really starting to growup. It is refreshing to see him maturing, dealing with life.
Date published: 2006-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book? MMMMMMMM Harry Potter. Great book, it seemed very realistic (in a way). The movie will be horrible, as always. J. K. Rowling is a really big inspriration to me (not that you care). Thank you.
Date published: 2006-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I've been reading all these reviews and lots of them say it was a terrible book. Lots of them say J.K Rowling has lost her touch, and so on. But really what happend was you got so atatched to this character and then this happens. All you have to think is its a spellbinding, mysterious, witchcraft book were anything can happen! And maybe this shouldnt have happend or maybe it should have happend sooner, but i know exactly what happens in the next book(or at least i have a very good clue). Amazing book tho. Extrodinary read.
Date published: 2006-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My favourite in the series yet something was off Going into HBP there were a lot of conspiracy theories about what would happen, some of which could be predicted and others were impressive twists that have people either saying I told you so or Nope, not everything is as it seems . The characters of the book have definitely grown up, and we were given a look at who Tom Riddle really is, and where he has come from. Harry has definitely matured from the whiney brat he was in Order of the Phoenix, but at times his behaviour makes him appear to be a little paranoid (even if he has a good reason). While I liked that certain characters were given a more in depth look, I wasn't impressed with the way that the women or younger girls were acting in regards to the use of love potions. I also found that the characterization of Hermione was nothing like what we have had in the past, once she got to Hogwarts it was like a pod person took over. The dark tone of the book as well as the way that we were given a better look at the characters made this my favourite of the series, but there was just something about the narrative that made it seem childish at times... almost like a poorly written fanfiction. The pace of the book made it impossible to put the book down and I finished it in a couple of hours. Overall the book was well written, but at times it felt like the characters weren't acting like themselves.
Date published: 2006-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from One word>>>>>>>>>>>AWSOME It was good to say the least>>>>>>>>>>>one of my faves.
Date published: 2006-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow!!! so amazing this was the most thrilling book of them all. . . . I couldn't put it down . . . it was so amazing and you get attached to the people of Hogwarts so fast. . . . not to give anything away.,. . .a great read for anyone!!!
Date published: 2006-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Devoted Reader's Review Another work of genius from the amazing J.K. Rowling. Though, don't be expecting the same Harry Potter from Book 1. This novelist has changed her style, opting for a darker perspective on Harry's magical world. And beleive me, that's not a bad thing. Pick it up now. You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2006-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Most Intense and Thrilling of Series! If you're a Harry Potter and fan and have not yet read the last installment in the series, I suggest you drop whatever you're doing and pick up a copy of this brilliant and tear-jerking book right now! I couldn't put it down (both times I read it) and I seriously felt like I was in the book, watching from the sidelines or something. Half-Blood Prince is an absolute must-read for all Harry Potter fans!!!
Date published: 2006-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Awesome!! This book is so exciting. Harry has grown up so much since the 5th one. I would recomemend this book to any one I know.
Date published: 2006-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this book is awesome harry potter and the half blood prince is an fasiniting book! The adventure and suspense of the book is thrilling you dont know whats going to happen next. the new spells, teachers make it even better. But the anding is so emotional. But im not going to ruin the ebding for you. This is truely J.K Rowlings best book ever and i cant wait for the next.
Date published: 2006-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest Book of all Time I think that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is one of the greatest books of all time and i beleive that every kid, adult, and anyone else should read this book. I just can't wait until the seventh one comes out so I can read it.
Date published: 2005-12-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What happened?!?!? I love Harry Potter so much and this book really disappointed me! This is the first book I rated below 5! The plot was excellent but the end part... I think the last couple chapters, Harry decides something and I was so disappointed! I really liked it up to that point though. And I read in one of J.K.Rowlings' websites that she has to make herself happy first. I agree. Don't worry... I am still the Harry Potter serie's #1 fan!
Date published: 2005-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter 6 These books are soooo amazing!! Their favorite books of all time!! Their perfect for any age. It's full of magic, romance and sadness. Buy all the books!! These books are worth reading no matter how thick they appear!!!!
Date published: 2005-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book Excellent book i could hardly put it down. So much indepth detail and more conections with many of the charicters. I defantly recomend this book to anyone. I really enjoyed the ending and the twist at the end i really was not expecting that to hapen( for all thous people who know what iam talking about). Wow iam so pumped for the 7th book to come out just to see what happens next. *Time read in 2 days*
Date published: 2005-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the best! Thrilling with a great suspense throughout the book. My summer filled with excitement till the beginning to end. The romance was beautiful. Yet mystery still to be found. Harry's adventures are the best to my liking. Can't wait for the seventh!!!!
Date published: 2005-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince This book was very well written by J.K. Rowling, and shocking in every chapter! Even though many people whom got the book before others decided to spoil the book for others, the ending was terrific and very well described, although this is not the best Harry Potter book, as in some parts it did get boring.
Date published: 2005-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great... but The book is great, a very good book indeed, but I just did not like the ending. I feel that the book could of ended in a much better way than written. It is still a must read book for all people, Harry Potter fan or not, but it is not the best one in the series. I still plan to buy the next Harry Potter book, but this one did not have a good ending which I think sort of ruined the entire book to a degree. Still, a must read book.
Date published: 2005-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Riveting..... J.K Rowling did an excellant job with the characters in this book they seemed to have come to life more so than any of her other books. She played up the relationships between the characters and made more sense of which characters interact together. She also allowed us to see from the beginning how Voldemort came about which answers all the questions in my mind from the beginning till now. The Half Blood Prince was written so well that while reading what the characters were going through I also felt it within my self. I personally love reading the Harry Potter books and will be disapointed to read the last one knowing that there will be no more. I know when I share them with my children , they will be very lucky to be experiencing such great writting and characters. Those books are definately a great collection to keep for years to come.
Date published: 2005-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Connections In the 6th book, I felt myself more connected to the characters then ever. I even cried at parts. The emotions of Harry are well felt by the audience through out the novel making the novel comic, suspenceful and sad. J.K. Rowling has a unique writing style that keeps the audience reading. The book also answers several questions and poses new ones to be answered in the 7th and last book. I can't wait to see on wish magical adventure Harry Potter will take us on next.
Date published: 2005-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter and the half blood prince I loved this book.I just couldnt put it down.If you know what i mean.It was one of the best. I read all the Harry Potter titles.I loved the action that was in the middle.Where Dumbledore and Harry go into the cave. I loved it all it would be too much to put down here.I thought the ending was the sadest part.I read that part first for some reason and thought.I really need to read it and started right away. I LOVED THIS BOOK .IF YOU LIKE Harry Potter than you should read the whole collection.like me
Date published: 2005-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Why? First of all, why Jk? Why? The Harry Potter series rocks my world but this book doesn't really. It was really short and there wasn't much action, the only exciting part of the book was when _____________! Don't get me wrong, the book was OK but I still prefer the other HP books. I hope that JK makes the 7th books really exciting.
Date published: 2005-10-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from hmm I found myself wondering if someone else wrote the 6th book, I love all the Harry Potter books and will buy the next one as well, but this one wasn't that amazing, at all. I expected much more to come out of it, yes I know if must be very hard to write a book, but I belive all the fame these books have been getting has gone to J.K.Rowling head. Like she didn't need to add as much detail or make it as exciting because people will buy and read it even if it is not as well writen, and of course, she is right. I did like this book, but it could of be filled with much more excitment and detail. It's gotten me wondering how good, or should I say, bad, the next and final book will be.
Date published: 2005-10-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the great!!!! It was a realy good book with a lot of action and a really god story but it was SO SHORT!!!! it was nothing like # 5 where you saw everythign that went on, it was just so un detailed, it only gave you the summary of his year onstead of actually explainign what happened. That was the real problem with this book. If you love harry potter, read this book but if your looking for a great, amazing read, DON'T!!!!
Date published: 2005-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best yet!! This book is the very best,and I'm only half-way throught it!!!I can tell by all of these great reviews that I haven't even started and am in for one BIG surprise!!!I'm so excited to read the next half!!!Hope everyone else enjoys the book!!!!BTW:I live near where they're casting the movies!!!
Date published: 2005-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter: Best book ever! One word: AMAZING!!!!! This book was impossible to put down. This book is one of the best books i have ever read. JK Rowling keep the books coming!
Date published: 2005-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, I mean, WOW! Wow. Im sorry, im still in shock. This book ended so dramatically. it makes me long to read the next book in the series. And what a wonderful series it is. All six Harry Potter books were fantastic! And the last one put a whole new spin on Harry Potter. With a not so resolved conflict, the story goes on, continueing on the epic journey and ongoing battle between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. And this last book (# 6) really makes you wonder, who will win?
Date published: 2005-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME!!!!!BEST BOOK EVER hi i'm obsessed with hp and this is the best one yet!! so read it everybody!!!;) HURRY JKR WE NNED MORE!!!! but don't take too long cause i don't want it to end!!!:'(
Date published: 2005-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read This Book! This is the best book ever yet by Jk Rowling! Amazing adventure, Descriptive, and justn plain amazing! I dont mean to be pushy, but read it!
Date published: 2005-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A change in mood for Harry Potter 5 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince has a completely different mood to all the other previous 5 books. It really gives a new touch to Harry Potter's character and shows the development of himself and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, growing up into more mature individuals. If you are expecting change in this Harry Potter book this is JUST what you'll get. The book focuses on Harry and Dumbledore's deep psychological journey to finding the root of Voldemort's origin and setting out by the prophecy to vanquish him once and for all. The last book shall be the perfect ending to this maginficent series!!!!!
Date published: 2005-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite to date! It is amazing, it was defenently worth the long 2 year wait.It is my favorite to date.The suspence is amazing in this story. J.K Rowling is amazing at what she does and she has swound that bigger isint nessesairly better.If you have not read this book then get it in the spot you are in right now. You will love it as many millions of others have.
Date published: 2005-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad This book could have been a bit better, but it was a good read anyway.
Date published: 2005-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and fast-paced, now with 75% less angst After Book 5 and the increasing number of pages (and months) devoted to Harry's isolation, loneliness and bitter, helpless rage, book 6 was a breath of fresh air. I had given up on the series, but my wife bought the Half-Blood Prince and convinced me to give it a try. I'm glad I did! J.K. Rowling's newest book is enjoyable and fast-paced, a most welcome change for me - I am now looking forward to the seventh (last) book in the series. Rowling's books each encompass one year at Hogwart's school. Like the fifth book (Goblet of Fire), this one doesn't end satisfyingly; even moreso than book 5, the reader is left with an all-but said to be continued... . Yet the year is in fact over and not every mystery can be solved on schedule. There is, as always, a treasure trove of hints and sketchy details enough to keep longtime readers guessing, debating and groaning over, as well as new revelations to satisfy some previous questions. While it may get me pilloried, I find the Harry Potter series to be a fun read...if you don't think too much about them. After a while, my nitpicking tendencies rear their ugly head and I start to wonder how things can possibly work the way they do. Why don't we ever hear about religion? How can the wizards possibly keep themselves secret from the Muggle world and yet somehow stay in step with them - world war 2 included? Why didn't Voldemort use the Adava Kedarva curse -revealed only in a later book - on Harry when they met in Book 1? But these questions only interfere with your enjoyment of the series if you let them. If you just take the series as a fun read without demanding explanations for everything, it stands up the same way Star Trek did. If you were turned off by the increasing angst-fest that Harry Potter had become, this book will surprise you pleasantly.
Date published: 2005-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince I really enjoyed this sixth installment of the Harry Potter series. My children are too young to read them yet. But they really enjoy the books being read to them. I finished the sixth book in a day and a half, I was unable to put it down. Yes, there is not much action in this book but, it does explain a lot more and I hope the seventh one is just as good as the last six. What I like most of all with these books, is it does not matter how old you are to enjoy them. Thumbs up tp Rowling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWWWWWSSSSOOOOMMMMMEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is one of the best books that J.K Rowling has wrote. its full of suspense and keeps you going for hours on end. you should definitely pic this book up and read it. as i said before its a super awsome book. so thats all i got to say thanx
Date published: 2005-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GOOD it is one of the greatest books ever it is a must get book
Date published: 2005-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read This was an excellent, book, I enjoyed it much better than the previous two. Questions have started to be answered and hints fufilled. This edition left me waiting for the final chapter of the story, with high hopes. Harry, Ron and Hermione have all grown up and the adventure continues, which a few added twists.
Date published: 2005-08-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from still waiting... My daughter and I were so looking forward to this most recent addition to the series and after the first 400 pages of really nothing too exciting I found that we were just reading for the sake of reading it and almost all interest was lost. We were expecting action throughout not in just the last 3-4 chapters, oh well. Hopefully the next will be a little more action packed instead of pages of just waiting around.
Date published: 2005-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not always as it seems Harry Potter is the book that started me reading. If you are looking for a good book for your children to read, harry potter is the best!.. Rowling has shown me that you should never give up on your dream, and now i am starting my own books. I suggest to everyone who has not picked up harry potter yet to NOT GET ANY UNTIL THE LAST ONE IS MADE... because the wait for them are horrible... i had to buy 3 copies of my first one, 2 of my second and 1 of the other ones, but are held together by tape because i read them so much. Please pick up these books, they are brilliant and i thank Rowling for creating them *smiles*
Date published: 2005-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read OMG this was an amazing harry potter book i couldnt put it down i stayed up all night reading it everyday!!
Date published: 2005-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CAN'T WAIT FOR BOOK #7 When I first got this book I was really disappointed because it was smaller than the 4th and 5th book. After I read it I just wanted to read it again and again and again. THIS IS THE BEST BOOK IN THE SERIES SO FAR!!!!! I really like how J.K. Rowling packed so much information into this book. The death in this book was really tragic too. The only bad thing now is that we have to wait for the 7th book and i'm praying that it comes out next year instead of the year after next. THIS THE BEST BOOK EVER. THIS IS THE BOOK YOU OUGHT TO READ IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A AWSOME BOOK.
Date published: 2005-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Guess was good You should buy this book. I'l admit that that most of the book is basicaly Hermione And Ron hating each other, but it really starts better on the last hundred pages. Also a lot of unexpected things will happen, including th the betrayal and death of two major characters. Must read!
Date published: 2005-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book This was an absolutely amazing book!!! I never wanted to put it down. A must read for everyone.
Date published: 2005-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.I loved it I thought Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Price the the best one yet! I really liked how Harry and Ron both seem to have grown up a lot since the last book. I was very suprised by how the book ended and am really looking forward the the 7th book. All Harry Potter fans will love this book, so read it.
Date published: 2005-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'd read it again Rowling's latest book did justice to the rest of the series. It was a nice read after The Order of the Phoenix. While I could do with a little less of the snogging, I enjoyed the fact that Ron, Hermione, and Hary were becoming normal teenagers. The death was an expected one, but I don't know how J.K will be able to finish off the tale of Harry Potter in one more book, when she left the 6th book with so much left to happen. And I'm a little disappointed that there will be no more Hogwarts in the next adventure. But I am confident that the same old magic will shine through in Harry's final adventure. A great read for all!
Date published: 2005-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Both captivating and disturbing I enjoyed this book along with all of J.K. Rowling's previous ones. In particular, I find J.K. to be especially gifted at describing the emotional turmoil of Harry as he progresses from a child to an adolescent. Other readers have complained about Harry's blow-ups and his awkwardness at romance but I think she has hit the mark on this challenging stage of life. She also accurately described the events that take place when someone dies. We feel the emotions and grief of the characters including the initial disbelief one feels when one experiences the loss of a loved one. My only regret is the loss of a beloved character that I have felt to be an extremely important central figure. It was a shock for me, including the killer (whom I still say didn't really do it...the imperius curse! ). I must admit J.K. Rowling managed to place me in a state of grief and had I been a close friend of J.K., she would have seen me on her doorstep demanding to know why .
Date published: 2005-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! The most amazing experience! Probably one of the top 2 best books in the Potter series. It answered SO many questions but left some open so the plot for the next book will be amazing. It will shock you, make you laugh, cry, and imagine. But, it will always keep you on the edge of your seat! I will most likely read this again! Enjoy!
Date published: 2005-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Samantha from Montereal This and all the other Harry Potter books are the best books I ever read! Thanks J.K!!!
Date published: 2005-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from potter mania!!!! Some people have said the book was average, some said the book was bad...... Well, I dont care. this book is awsome, an as a harry potter fan I feel very satisfied with J. K. Rowling's work. I thank her for changing my live and my thoughts toward literacy. The only bag thing about reading the book Is that I need to wait for the next book , It will be as cool as this one!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST ABSOLUTE POSITIVELY GREAT READ!!! It was awesome and i would suggest it for reader's of all ages. I know that i really liked it for the way that i could easily relate to some of the characters, for me, particularily Hermione. Harry Potter and the Half -Blood Prince has every quality that a good book needs, suspense, adventure, romance, and even some mystery. Read this book and you'll be happy for the rest of your days. Harry Potter is really inspiring and great. I used to hate reading until i read Harry Potter, now, it's all i ever do. Happy Reading, Shayla
Date published: 2005-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awsome j.k awsome, one of the best books i've ever read. j.k has done it again
Date published: 2005-08-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A whole lot of Harry, not much prince Overly long, a bit too hyped, but still holds the charm of the entire series.
Date published: 2005-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST AUTHER IN THE WORLD J.K Rowling is the best author. she has made my block like Hogwarts we are haveing a helloween party and me and my friends are going to be witches. i read your other book by some one and it said that the seventh book is going to be huge is that right i hope.
Date published: 2005-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hurry Up JK!!!!!! this book was the best I have ever read. When I was done I couldn't stop thinking about it. I wish JK would hury up and write the seventh book because I can't wait any longer for it!
Date published: 2005-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent rowling once again work her magic. this book is amazing.so far, this is the best book in the series. it's full of emotion especially in the ending. harry potter series rocks!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply the best! The best out of the series so far! JK's an excellent author who knows how to capture the imagination of the reader! This is a definate read!
Date published: 2005-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great Everytime i start to to read this book ifeel like im in the story. When really horrifying stuff started happening to Harry i felt it.
Date published: 2005-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HBP Rocks This was a very good book, but a bit bland in some places because Rowling MUST now start something she seems to have been avoiding until now. She must now start to tie off loose ends and get ready for the last book in the series, but this means that there must be less action and more information HBP. Although some things were obvious like who the HBP is and the death of a certain character, but I would have liked to have seen the death in the seventh book and a more fitting death for a character who deserved a better ending.
Date published: 2005-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply.. Simply put...this the best Potter book in the series!
Date published: 2005-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was the best in the seriers yet! book 6 was great! i never expected something like this!! J.K has a great way of words!!!
Date published: 2005-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was an amazing installment in the Harry Potter series. Although not as long as the 5th book, it packed in more mystery, and answered a lot of my questions. I can't wait until the 7th book comes out!!!
Date published: 2005-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best--Book--Ever Rowling has done it again with the sixth installment of Harry Potter. This one was much better than 'Phoenix' because I found it actually got to Hogwarts quicker, I can't blame Rowling for that decision, because there is so much that happens! But I'll keep this review Spoiler-Friendly. I spent at least nine hours reading this until the end! It was quite addictive! I found the romance to be quite a relief, since there are many shippers who probably cried or cheered as couples got together. I found Harry did what he had to do in the last Chapter, but I hope his love life might be better in or after book seven. The twists, I saw some of them coming, such as the death: I had guessed it long before the book came out, just for fun. Rowling had a reason behind it, and I think it was to give Harry vengance to take down Voldemort. Until book seven, we'll keep ourselves occupied with all the other Harry Potter stuff.
Date published: 2005-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREATEST BOOK OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The six Harry Potter book is the best book from the series and i think it is the best book all time. I really thought that the whole book was a delight to read. I was really surprised with who got killed at the end and who killed the person. I was also surprised with whole the Half-Blood Prince was. I think that every person in this earth sould read this book.
Date published: 2005-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't wait for the next one The plot was unexpected but a good one. Few surprises that made it worthwhile. It wasn't the usual Harry-Potter-is-all-the-center-of-attention craze like the previous 5 installments, which is nice for a change. Harry Potter is more calm and accepting than he was in 'Order of the Phoenix'. Sort of like giving the characters respite before facing the big one. I especially like how they all seemed to have grown up all of a sudden. I had a grave feeling as i was reading the first few chapters of who was about to die but nevertheless, i was still shock in the end. I guess Ms. Rowling have more than one reason why she made it so. Anyway, saying more will be a give away, so i suggest for those of you who hasn't read it yet, HAPPY READING!!!!
Date published: 2005-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince This Harry Potter book has to be my favourite out of them all! The beginning was kind of boring but after the first 100 pages were over the book got really interesting. The ending had an unexpected twist that I did not expect. And surprisingly there was even a little romance! I think everyone should read this book.
Date published: 2005-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Anticipated 6th book! Well of course it was a good book. It was quite sad, though, in the end. Sort of makes you wonder what could the seventh and final book have in store for us. I get the same impression as others when I read it though, that Rowling's losing that particular spark in her writing; I did not quite enjoy Half-blood Prince or Order of the Phoenix as much as I had loved the first four. But then again, all of us original Harry Potter fans are getting older. For some of us, it may be that we are expecting the books to make us feel the magic they used to give us when we were about ten years younger than we are today. I guess what I’m saying is that the new Harry Potter books aren’t necessarily failing to be as good as they were before... I'm saying maybe those of us who grew up reading these stories just don't have the children's hearts we did when we first picked up The Philosopher’s Stone and read about the innocent boy who discovered he was a wizard. We may be the ones who have simply lost track of the real magic that Rowling writes into her famous books.
Date published: 2005-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Number 6 and still great! J.K. Rowling does it again! Some people might think that after so many books in a series it gets to serious, but not for Harry Potter! Parts of this book changed everthing that happend. This book was unpredictable! I really enjoyed it! I must admit that you have to be a really talented writer to write a book like this! I was so surprised how fast I read this book! As soon as I got it, I started reading it. (Just so you know, it took about 1and 1/2 days) From the unbreakable vow to the fake Horcrux, this book is #1! I think that everyone should read this book! (Except very young chirldren who are having it read to them) If you like, adventure, fantesy, or mystery, (even some humor) you will enjoy this book. I very much so enjoyed this one, and I can't wait for the next!
Date published: 2005-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Catchy! I believe this book was one of the best ones of J.K Rowling so far. Though the ending was quite unexpecting and sad, it's apart of the story so that Harry can move in in the 7th book and face his enemy alone. Very well written book with MANY surprises. Find out valuable information that continues in the last book of the series. I couldn't put it down. It was very exciting to read! Recommend to ALL who enjoys surprises, and not always happy endings but satisfactory... =)
Date published: 2005-07-26

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by J. K. Rowling

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 8.22 × 5.36 × 1.71 in

Published: July 16, 2005

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155192756X

ISBN - 13: 9781551927565

From the Publisher

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be published on July 16, 2005, in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling, is the sixth in the bestselling Harry Potter series. In the previous book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the last chapter, titled "The Second War Begins," started: "In a brief statement on Friday night, Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge confirmed that He Who Must Not Be Named has returned to this country and is once more active ... 'It is with great regret that I must confirm that the wizard styling himself Lord - well, you know who I mean - is alive and among us again,' said Fudge." Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince takes up the story of Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at this point as Voldemort's power and followers are increasing day by day, in the midst of this battle of good and evil. The author has already said that the Half-Blood Prince is neither Harry nor Voldemort.Intriguingly, the opening chapter of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been brewing in J.K. Rowling's mind for 13 years. All five Harry Potter books are available in various editions: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, as well as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Raincoast will be simultaneously publishing the standard children's hardback edition (ISBN 0747581088) and an adult hardback edition (ISBN 074758110X). Both editions feature the same text but with different cover artwork.

About the Author

J. K. Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter series, the best selling children's books in the world. She envisions seven books in the Harry Potter series.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12