Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)

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 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.


Reviewed: 2019-06-24

Common sense media: mild language and kissing, violence- Lots, and increasingly vicious and bloody, with numerous deaths (of adults), and with greater consequences as the series progresses, including another death of a major character.  A student is cursed and almost dies. Some substance use, some teachers get drunk.

Kirkus and SLJ: This sixth book may be darker and more difficult, but Potter fans will devour it and begin the long and bittersweet wait for the final installment.

Reviewed: 2019-02-06
Even though I already know how it ends, the ending still gets me every time.
Reviewed: 2018-11-21

Reflection: I had forgotten how much the death in this book rocked me at my first reading, now though, I'm far too distracted by the TERF's overuse of "savage" in all it's forms to be too emotionally attached to anything. Though the use of the racial slur is frustrating, what oddly bothers me more is that it's used so often, as if Rowling lacked access to a thesaurus.

Reviewed: 2018-10-06
Reviewed: 2018-02-24
Love this!
Reviewed: 2016-02-27
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