Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince (****)
HP&HBP or book 6 is not going to take the spot as my favorite in the series from book 3 Prisoner of Azkaban. What it did do is got me back into the series. After reading book 5 I was dissapointed with Rowling. I thought how can you take away someone else from Harry when he is already in so much need of a family. Book 6 did just the same, but I get it this time. I see that Harry is going to have to grow up no only dealing with loss but learning how to follow his own path while appreciating the semblance of family that he does have.
Family is one of the most important things in my life. I cannot imagine growing up without my parents and still being able to experience love the way Harry experiences it. He has had to deal with a lot up to this book and HP&HBP gave him even more to deal with. I did expect him to completely give up hope, but instead he is now a man on a mission.
The book followed the Potter formula of recounting a life in a school year of the kids. As the series progresses there are more and more details being revealed about Voldemort and where he came from, this book was dubbed the Lilly Potter book, but I believe that we learned a lot more about Voldemort. It was not because it was all new information but because it all started to get tied together making a chronological recount of how he-who-must-not-be-named became what he is now.
I have never read a book that can talk about so much magic and incredible things yet carrying a very palpable message, love is the most powerful magic of all. This message makes me even more proud to read a series that a lot of adults might dismiss as kids books.
If you have not read the Harry Potter series, I think it is time you do… if book 5 left you a little empty and feeling like the rest of the series had no meaning anymore, forget about that and read book 6.
***Spoilers*** (Do not read beyond if you have not read all the books including 6)
Very early on I knew who the Half Blood Prince was. Even after the author tried to steer our thought away from the people in James year or time period I still had a very strong suspicion. Maybe because early on it seemed to be Snapes book, maybe because I have never liked him or trusted him. I did like the fact that it was ilustrated in more depth that Snape is a powerful wizard and very intelligent. I still hold a little bit of hope in the fact that he might redeem all of his actions at some point by helping Harry as he has done throught the book. I feel very sorry for Malfoy, a character that up until this book I have loathed, like Dumbledore I feel like he deserves a chance. I think Malfoy could be a great ally, at the same time he could make the ultimate nemesis but what else would we have Voldi for.
It is still somewhat unfair that we have to wait for more than a year to read the end of the series, but I guess we do have the next movie to kind of hold our Potter Mania going until then. I have no idea about how the next book is going to end and I really do not want to speculate. I am just as intrigued by everyone else to find out how Rowling will come to the last book in the series having Scar for its last word.