I’m sad that my re-read of the series is coming to an end, but elated that Tom has started reading them and is seriously enjoying them! We’re watching the movies as soon as he finishes each book and both playing through the Lego Harry Potter series. Although I could do without him telling me everything that’s different in the books (open-wound people!), but it’s still exciting that he’s enjoying them.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is DEFINITELY in the top half of my arbitrary which Harry Potter books do I like more list. In this book more than any other, I believe, we truly see just how much potential Rowling has. She begins tying up loose ends while at the same time keeping the story moving forward in such a way that you can’t stop reading. This book more than any other (except for perhaps the first) provides the stage and set for the final novel. And as such – the wait for the final novel was by far the hardest and the longest (seeming)!
I think what I enjoyed most about this was even though Harry was still a whinny little git, he started to show some maturity. He still has incredible biases against Snape which totally come back to bite him in the ass, but who can say they didn’t despise Snape after this book!? Last time I spoke about how great a character Umbridge was, but I think out of the entire series if there is one character that stands above the rest for Rowling’s investment it is Severus Snape. I’ll probably talk more about him in the next post as well, but again having read the entire series and re-reading it now after a few years the things he says and does have so much more meaning and impact! I can’t help but feel sorry for him and hate him at the same time.
In addition to Snape, I am constantly wowed by Rowling’s creativity. The ideas she has pulled together from myriad sources and turned into this one epic story are unfathomable. Borrowing from folklore and mythology across the globe she has created this series which really stretches our minds and makes us wonder at what the possibilities of our world actually are! For example the scene in the cave – each of the details she includes are astoundingly eerie while at the same time being remotely feasible if you can believe just a bit.
Recommendation: I could go on and on and on about this book, but I won’t. Maybe I’ll re-read it again this year. Either way, you should definitely read it. It of course requires reading five other books previously, but it’s well worth the wait to get to!
Opening Line: “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.”
Closing Line: “His hand closed automatically around the fake Horcrux, but in spite of everything, in spite of the dark and twisting path he saw stretching ahead for himself, in spite of the final meeting with Voldemort he knew must come, wether in a month, in a year, or in ten, he felt his heart lift at the thought that there was still one last golden day of peace left to enjoy with Ron and Hermione.” (Whited out.)