Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling . Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth book in the Harry Potter series. The first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's. When released on 16 July, , Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was the first book in the United Kingdom to have a simultaneous standard print, large. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. When Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Pri.
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Romance again comes to Hogwarts, and is a welcome balance to the grim happenings elsewhere. Harry deeply questions his own feelings for Ginny Weasley , who is Ron's younger sister, while trying to understand the effect it is having on his friends. Yet, while life at Hogwarts continues, the deaths also continue, with several near-fatal incidents occurring at Hogwarts.
Danger seems to lurk around every corner, and Harry is as determined as ever to unmask it. Albus Dumbledore takes Harry under his guidance and together they explore Lord Voldemort's past, to find a way to stop him before it is too late.
Ultimately, Harry realises he must accepts his role as The Chosen One, and his destiny to either kill or be killed by Voldemort, as neither can live while the other survives.
They all must choose between what is right and what is easy. When released on 16 July , , Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was the first book in the United Kingdom to have a simultaneous standard print, large print, and Braille edition release.
Within the first 24 hours, it sold 6. Bookseller Barnes and Noble reported sales averaging copies per second in the first hour of sales.
It is also the first book in the series to be shorter than the book preceding it. Rowling became pregnant with her third child during the writing of this book, and often joked about them racing each other into the world. For this reason, the book was dedicated to her:. As Voldemort's sinister forces amass and a spirit of gloom and fear sweeps the land, it becomes more and more clear to Harry that he will soon have to confront his destiny.
But is he up to the challenges ahead of him? It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the window panes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys' house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort , and Harry can't quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys' of all places.
Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks' time? Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine Bellatrix advises against this, distrusting Snape for not taking part in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries at the Ministry of Magic , and for his many suspicious actions through the years which make her doubt whether Snape is actually on their side.
Snape explains his behaviour: He was at Hogwarts when Voldemort fell to be a spy for him, he didn't seek him out for the same reason her brother in law and the other deserters didn't look for him, he stopped Voldemort from getting the Philosopher's Stone because he thought Quirrell wanted it for himself, he never tried to kill Harry Potter because Dumbledore would know about it, and he didn't take part in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries because Voldemort ordered him to stay at Hogwarts.
Snape also tells Narcissa that he knows about Draco's mission. Bellatrix tells her sister she should be proud but Narcissa believes that Voldemort is sending him on a suicide mission as punishment for her husband's failure. Snape offers to help Draco. Narcissa asks him to make an Unbreakable Vow and he agrees. With Bellatrix as their Bonder, Narcissa asks Snape to agree to the following terms:. Albus Dumbledore comes to visit Harry Potter at 4 Privet Drive to take him to The Burrow , where he would spend the rest of his summer holidays.
Dumbledore reads Sirius Black 's will: Dumbledore then chastises the Dursleys for their neglect and mistreatment of Harry but asks that he be allowed to return to Privet Drive one final time, and he and Harry depart. Harry notices Dumbledore has received a serious injury to his right hand, but the Headmaster dismisses it as unimportant. Dumbledore then asks Harry's help in convincing an old Hogwarts teacher, Horace Slughorn , to come out of retirement.
They pay him a visit, but Slughorn is reluctant to return to the school, fearing it may put his life in danger from Death Eaters. Harry tells him that no teachers have died since Dumbledore became Headmaster, except Professor Quirrell , who was working for Voldemort. This dubious comfort, and the opportunity to get Harry to join his Slug Club , persuades Slughorn to return to Hogwarts. Dumbledore then drops Harry off at The Burrow, praising him for the way he has handled his godfather's untimely death and reveals that he would take private classes for him in the forthcoming academic year.
Harry is warmly received at The Burrow by the Weasley family , who offer him Fred and George's bedroom to sleep in. Later in the day, the trio receive their O. However, Harry is slightly disappointed as he has only achieved ' Exceeds Expectations ' in Potions , meaning he can no longer realise his ambition as an Auror as Snape only takes students who have achieved ' Outstanding ' into his N. Potions class. Harry and Neville are invited for lunch to Slughorn's compartment on the train along with Ginny and some other students with connections to well known or influential people.
Before reaching Hogsmeade station , Harry enters Malfoy's compartment using his Invisibility cloak to prove his suspicions about Malfoy. His suspicions are proven correct: Malfoy tells his friends Vincent Crabbe , Gregory Goyle , Pansy Parkinson and Blaise Zabini that he has become a Death Eater and he may not return to Hogwarts for his final year if the mission he was assigned by Voldemort is successful.
Unfortunately for Harry, Malfoy notices Harry spying on him and once his friends have alighted from the train, he paralyses Harry, breaks his nose, covers him with the Invisibility Cloak and leaves him on the train. During the first Defence Against the Arts class of the year, Harry receives a detention from Snape as he had talked back to him following Snape trying to use him as a guinea pig to show how a nonverbal spell works.
Later that day, they attend Potions, where Harry and Ron receive old copies of Advanced Potion Making from Slughorn as they did not download the book. To everyone's surprise, Harry's potion is judged the best by Slughorn and is awarded a bottle of Felix Felicis as a prize. A jealous Hermione then tries various spells to reveal the true nature of the book, but the book proves to be a normal one, allaying Ginny and Hermione's fears.
Due to Harry's popularity, it proves to be extremely taxing and difficult, with even first-years, Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs turning up for the trials. In the end, Harry selects a team which includes among others, seventh-year Katie Bell , the only member remaining from the Quidditch team Harry joined in his first year, Ginny, who returned as a chaser, and Ron, who returned to his position as Keeper , staving off competition from another seventh-year and Slug Club member Cormac McLaggen.
After lying to Hagrid that they had dropped Care of Magical Creatures as they could not fit it into their timetables, Hagrid reconciles with them. Slughorn then invites Harry and Hermione for dinner with the other Slug Club members in his office, which Harry declines as he has to do his detention with Snape. Harry finds a couple of spells scribbled on the Half-Blood Prince's textbook.
He tries one of them Levicorpus in his dormitory , but points his wand at Ron by mistake, which results in Ron hanging by his ankle from the ceiling. In his second lesson with Dumbledore, Harry first sees Caractacus Burke talking about a locket of Salazar Slytherin 's that a pregnant and desperate Merope Gaunt had sold him, Riddle having abandoned her when she stopped giving him Love Potion , then goes into a memory of Dumbledore's to the orphanage that Riddle had grown up in.
Harry learns that Merope had later died in childbirth, and that even at an early age, Riddle had developed his powers, which he used to punish people who annoyed him and had a sadistic, cruel and independent nature, just like the adult Voldemort. Dumbledore also reveals to Harry that Voldemort likes to collect trophies. During a Herbology lesson, Ron expresses his jealousy of not being invited to Slughorn's upcoming Christmas party, to the point of teasing Hermione about it.
When she tells him that she was planning to invite him, however, his attitude changes, and they begin to show signs of attraction to each other. Harry is unsure how he feels about this, remembering his unsuccessful relationship with Cho Chang during his fifth year.
With Katie unable to play, Harry recruits Dean Thomas onto the Quidditch team , which continues to improve. On their way back from practise however, Harry and Ron come across Dean and Ginny kissing behind a tapestry. Harry feels a huge surge of jealousy toward Dean, while Ron and Ginny have a heated argument. Ron states that he doesn't want to see his sister "snogging" kissing people in public, while Ginny tells him that her love life is none of his business, and that he's only upset because he's never kissed anyone, referencing Harry and Cho's relationship and revealing that Hermione had once kissed Viktor Krum.
This piece of information wrecks Ron's relationship with Hermione , as well as his Quidditch skills, and badly alters his personality. Harry meanwhile tries to convince himself that his feelings for Ginny are entirely elder brotherly, but eventually realises that he has fallen in love with her. To improve Ron's Quidditch and mend his friendship with Hermione, Harry pretends to slip Ron some Felix Felicis on the day of the match between Gryffindor and Slytherin.
Feeling lucky, Ron goes on to save everything the Slytherin chasers throw at him, and Gryffindor hammers Slytherin. However, the plan backfires.
After the match, Ron accuses Hermione of not having faith in his Quidditch abilities, because she thought he really had taken lucky potion, and starts going out with Lavender Brown to spite her. On their return to Hogwarts , Harry notices Ginny is not enthusiastic about meeting Dean, and tells Hermione about what he heard between Malfoy and Snape , but she also believes Snape was working on Dumbledore 's orders.
When Harry mentions Fenrir Greyback , a werewolf Lupin had told him about during the holidays and the werewolf that bit him, she recalls Malfoy threatening Borgin with him, and Harry states that this proves Malfoy 's a Death Eater. Hermione, however, got past this one, saying that it might have been "an empty threat. He first investigated his father, and later assumed the name Lord Voldemort upon discovering his father was a Muggle and never attended Hogwarts.
Dumbledore and Harry then go into Morfin Gaunt 's memory, where he reveals to his nephew, Voldemort how he was conceived. After hearing this, Voldemort went on to murder his Muggle ancestors, taking revenge on them for abandoning him, eliminating the last of the "unworthy" Riddle line, stealing Morfin's father's ring and implanted false memories into Morfin, framing him for the murders.
In the next memory, Voldemort asks Slughorn about Horcruxes , which results in Slughorn yelling that he knows nothing about them. Dumbledore is confident that the memory has been tampered with, however, noting patches of grey fog that came up when Slughorn was shouting, and asks Harry to retrieve the true memory.
Realising Harry is on to him after a botched attempt from Harry to get the memory, Slughorn starts avoiding him, and Harry instead chooses to focus on investigating Malfoy, using the Marauder's Map , noticing that Malfoy disappears off it at certain times.
Ron reconciles with Hermione and Ginny. Some time afterwards, Hagrid tells Harry that he overheard Dumbledore and Snape arguing, and Cormac McLaggen confronts Harry to ensure he can play in Ron's place in the upcoming Quidditch match. Draco disarms Dumbledore of his wand and then threatens to kill him, which turns out to have been his mission from Voldemort all along. Draco is unable to go through with it and when Snape arrives, he casts the spell to kill Dumbledore instead.
Harry ignores the battle raging in Hogwarts to pursue Dumbledore's killer. Snape successfully fights Harry off, and he reveals that he is in fact the Half-Blood Prince before he, Draco, and the rest of the Death Eaters escape.
After Dumbledore's funeral, Harry decides to break up with Ginny, saying it is too dangerous for her to let their relationship to continue. Harry finds out that the locket is not the real Horcrux, containing only a note from someone named " R.
Harry is so devastated by Dumbledore's death and upset by its futility that he tells his friends he will not be returning to Hogwarts. Instead, he will spend the next year searching out Voldemort's Horcruxes. Ron and Hermione insist on joining him in destroying Lord Voldemort for good.
Rowling stated that she had Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince "planned for years", but she spent an entire two months going over her plan before she began writing the story seriously.
This was a lesson learned after she did not check the plan for Goblet of Fire and had to rewrite an entire third of the book. Book six does what I wanted it to do and even if nobody else likes it and some won't , I know it will remain one of my favourites of the series. Ultimately you have to please yourself before you please anyone else! In May , bookmakers in the UK suspended bets on which main character would die in the book amid fears of insider knowledge.
A number of high value bets were made on the death of Albus Dumbledore , many coming from the town of Bungay where, it was believed, the books were being printed at the time.
Betting was later reopened. The Canadian publisher, Raincoast Books , obtained an injunction from the Supreme Court of British Columbia that actually prohibited the downloadrs from reading the books before the official release date or from discussing the contents. The injunction sparked a number of news articles alleging that the injunction had restricted fundamental rights. Canadian law professor Michael Geist posted commentary on his blog;  Richard Stallman called for a boycott, and requesting the publisher to issue an apology.
The Christian Science Monitor 's reviewer Yvonne Zipp considered the first half to contain a lighter tone to soften the unhappy ending. I felt depressed by the time I was two-thirds of the way through". She also compared the setting to Charles Dickens 's depictions of London, as it was "brooding, broken, gold-lit, as living a character as any other".
She suggested a connection to the 11 September attacks , as the later, darker novels were written after that event. She acknowledged that "the books are dark and scary in places" but "no darkness in Half-Blood Prince She considered love to be represented in several forms: the love of parent to child, teacher to student, and the romances that developed between the main characters. However, she considered Rowling's gift "not so much for language as for characterisation and plotting".
Narcissa asks him to make an Unbreakable Vow and he agrees. With Bellatrix as their Bonder, Narcissa asks Snape to agree to the following terms: That he watch over Draco while he attempts to carry out his mission as a Death Eater.
That he protect him and make sure he comes to no harm. That he do the job for Draco if he proves unable to do it himself. Snape agrees to all three terms and the vow is made. Chapter 3: Will and Won't ""It is a long time since my last visit I must say, your agapanthus are flourishing.
Dumbledore then chastises the Dursleys for their neglect and mistreatment of Harry but asks that he be allowed to return to Privet Drive one final time, and he and Harry depart. Chapter 4: Horace Slughorn "He seemed remarkably unabashed for a man who had just been discovered pretending to be an armchair.
The Slughorn Armchair Harry notices Dumbledore has received a serious injury to his right hand, but the Headmaster dismisses it as unimportant. Dumbledore then asks Harry's help in convincing an old Hogwarts teacher, Horace Slughorn , to come out of retirement.
They pay him a visit, but Slughorn is reluctant to return to the school, fearing it may put his life in danger from Death Eaters.