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Friday, July 20, 2007

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

Warning, this post contains spoilers for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Last night I finished my re-read of all the Harry Potter books, just in time for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to come out at midnight tonight. It's been a lot of Harry, all at once (I also saw the new movie.) I'm glad I did it, it seems appropriate for the ending of something so big, but I'm glad it's almost over. I am very nervous about using the internet, watching tv, turning on the radio, anything that might spoil the ending for me.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is probably my 2nd favorite. Harry is growing up, his whiny-ness from book 5 is mostly gone. His irrational focus on Malfoy and Snape turn out to be warranted. There is more Dumbledore... until there isn't. I love the conflict over his feeling for Ginny and his friendship with Ron, and Ron's reaction. I love that it is shorter than Order of the Phoenix.

On this reading I notice stuff that I didn't pay so much attention on the first round. Dumbledore was so cheerful leading them to their downfall, and that bothered me. I am unsure about Harry's return to Hogwarts. In fact, I can't really decide the setting for book 7 at all- good thing it isn't up to me to decide!

I made some Deathly Hallows predictions are over here, if anyone is interesting in talking about it. I am very very carefully avoiding spoilers so please don't come talk about what you've read about it, other than the books.

1 comment:

  1. I had to scroll very quickly past #7 since I won't finish until tonight. I'm on chapter 31 I think (the battle!).

    This one wasn't my favorite--I like #5 the best, but I am very glad that I re-read it. It's been a long time since I've read the others as well, and I was hoping that movie 5 would answer some questions, but I realized while reading book 6 how much was left out of the movie. Oh well! :)

    I'll have to sneak back here once I've finished 7 to read your thoughts.


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