Posted on September 13, 2017 in Reviews / 2 Comments

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – #AudiobookReview

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

Digital Audiobook narrated by Jim Dale

Published by Pottermore on November 20th 2015
Series: Harry Potter #6
Genres: Children's, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Young Adult
Length: 652 pages or 18 hours, 15 minutes
Source: Audible

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"There it was, hanging in the sky above the school: the blazing green skull with a serpent tongue, the mark Death Eaters left behind whenever they had entered a building...wherever they had murdered...."

When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny....


So many things have changed at Hogwarts.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a complete turnaround from the angsty nightmare that was Order of the Phoenix.  There are EMOTIONS and it is BEAUTIFUL and character development happens and I LOVE IT.

Half-Blood Prince is my favorite book after Prisoner of Azkaban.  There is so much going on, and a BIG adventure is starting, and THINGS ARE GETTING REALLY REALLY REAL.  I could go on and on about how this book is delicious and how Rowling is my Queen.  How the writing is perfect, the characters are perfect, the story is perfect, I miss getting new Harry Potter books gahhh.  Instead of doing all that, I’m going to talk about the moments that made this book SHINE.  Because you’re not going to randomly pick up the sixth book in the series, right?  By now you’ve read five other books and are in love.  So here’s what you have to look forward to:

  • Ron getting drunk on love potion (ROMILDA VANE!)
  • Aragog is dead.
  • But this is good because 1.) he’s a BLOODY HUGE SPIDER; and 2.) the scene at his funeral with Slughorn and Hagrid is perfectly hilarious.
  • Weasley Wizard Wheezes!  Fred and George are rolling in the dough in their joke shop and it’s well-deserved and I love it.
  • DUMBLEDORE IS BEING ALL MYSTERIOUS.
  • Moaning Myrtle and Draco Malfoy are friends now.
  • CHRISTMAS AT THE BURROW!  We’ve been waiting for this forever and it’s not as wonderful as one would hope.  Dark times and all.
  • Adventures with Dumbledore.  Including both dead bodies and a sofa, but not at the same time.
  • Hermione jinxes Cormack McLaggen, as if we didn’t love her enough.
  • Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour are getting married and Molly is NOT amused.  Nor is Ginny.
  • Harry Potter’s got a girlfriend.
  • He also thinks Draco Malfoy is up to no good.  DOESN’T HE ALWAYS?
  • Really, though, Harry’s growth in this book is really great.  Such a turnaround between pages 1 & the end.
  • THE ENDING WILL LEAVE YOU WEEPING.
  • SERIOUSLY HAVE TISSUES READY.

This book never gets boring.  There is so much going on, inside and outside the castle, that you are absolutely wrapped up in it.  Slughorn is an excellent edition to the staff at Hogwarts and Dumbledore’s inclusion of Harry FINALLY gives us a little more insight into what’s going on.

The end is really rough, and we have to deal with Snape doing Snape things and some VOLDEMORT THINGS.  Most readers will hate Snape by the end of this book, if they haven’t already had the entire series spoiled by them but hardcore Harry Potter fans like me or worse.

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The Breakdown
Plot
Characters
Writing
Pacing
Setting
Cover
Narrator
Personal Enjoyment
Overall:

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Half-Blood Prince Movie Trailer

Please note:  I do not endorse this film.  THEY DID A HORRIBLE JOB FOLLOWING THE BOOK.  Like, the worst?  But trailers are fun.

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First & Last Sentence

“It was nearing midnight and the Prime Minister was sitting alone in his office, reading a long memo that was slipping through his brain without leaving the slightest trace of meaning behind.”

You know stuff is getting real when we’re in the Muggle world.  BTW after this first chapter you’ll never see FOG the same way again.

I CAN’T GIVE YOU THE LAST SENTENCE BECAUSE THERE’S LIKE 6 SPOILERS IN IT AND I’M NOT A MONSTER GUYS I’M SORRY.

 

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My Favorite Quote & Why

In the whole book. This is a tough one for books I like, because you have insightful quotes, quotes that make no sense out of context, quotes that make you laugh… there are loads of them.  I like a bunch of quotes on Goodreads all the time and they generate randomly in the sidebar.  But in Half-Blood Prince, if I had to pick one quote:

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”

Isn’t it just lovely?  Dumbledore says it to Harry at the beginning of the book, when he picks him up from the Dursleys.  It’s exciting, eloquent, and magical.  I had a phone case for a couple years with that quote on it, until the ink scraped off. BOO.

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Recommended Books

Aaagh, Harry Potter.

My brain goes totally blank on Harry Potter books because honestly?  I really want to talk about how Slughorn lives with himself after the information he gave to Tom Riddle rather than tell you to read a different book.  WHY WOULD YOU READ A DIFFERENT BOOK.  Read this one again.  Read more Harry Potter.

Yes, that’s what you should do.  If you liked this book, go pick up Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  NOW.

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About J.K. Rowling

Joanne Rowling was born on 31st July 1965 at Yate General Hospital just outside Bristol, and grew up in Gloucestershire in England and in Chepstow, Gwent, in south-east Wales.

Her father, Peter, was an aircraft engineer at the Rolls Royce factory in Bristol and her mother, Anne, was a science technician in the Chemistry department at Wyedean Comprehensive, where Jo herself went to school.

The young Jo grew up surrounded by books. “I lived for books,’’ she has said. “I was your basic common-or-garden bookworm, complete with freckles and National Health spectacles.”

Read more on her website.

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2 responses to “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – #AudiobookReview

  1. <3 <3 <3 This is my favorite book in the series for all the reasons you've mentioned. The character development and the emotions are just absolutely superb and so well-written. I love how multilayered Rowling's characters are. So many authors would simply portray characters like Voldemort, Snape, and Draco Malfoy as "bad guys," but Rowling really gives them depth and helps make us understand why they are the way they are. I feel like it's a lot more realistic that way. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! <3

    • Amber

      The depth is so great on her villains, and I think you’re right! Many authors don’t give them these complicated backstories that make you care about them and want to root for them as people (although people love rooting for villains anyway?).

      So good to find another person who love HBP. For some reason, this one seems to be widely disliked in my circles, and it’s a bummer.

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