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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) Paperback – July 25, 2006
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The deluxe edition includes a 32-page insert featuring near scale reproductions of Mary GrandPré's interior art, as well as never-before-seen full-color frontispiece art on special paper. The custom-designed slipcase is foil-stamped and inside is a full cloth case book, blind-stamped on front and back cover, foil stamped on spine. The book includes full-color endpapers with jacket art from the Trade edition and a wraparound jacket featuring exclusive, suitable-for-framing art from Mary GrandPré.
Potter News You Can Use
J.K. Rowling has revealed three chapter titles from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to be:
- Chapter Two: "Spinners End"
- Chapter Six: "Draco's Detour"
- Chapter Fourteen: "Felix Felicis"
A Few Words from J.K. Rowling
"I am an extraordinarily lucky person, doing what I love best in the world. Im sure that I will always be a writer. It was wonderful enough just to be published. The greatest reward is the enthusiasm of the readers." --J.K. Rowling.
Find out more about Harry's creator in our exclusive interview with J.K. Rowling.
Why We Love Harry
Favorite Moments from the Series
There are plenty of reasons to love Rowling's wildly popular series--no doubt you have several dozen of your own. Our list features favorite moments, characters, and artifacts from all five books. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive (what we love about Harry could fill five books!) and does not include any of the spectacular revelatory moments that would spoil the books for those (few) who have not read them. Enjoy.
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|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban |
|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire |
|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix |
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A Few Words from Mary GrandPré
"When I illustrate a cover or a book, I draw upon what the author tells me; that's how I see my responsibility as an illustrator. J.K. Rowling is very descriptive in her writing--she gives an illustrator a lot to work with. Each story is packed full of rich visual descriptions of the atmosphere, the mood, the setting, and all the different creatures and people. She makes it easy for me. The images just develop as I sketch and retrace until it feels right and matches her vision." Check out more Harry Potter art from illustrator Mary GrandPré.
Did You Know?
|The Little White Horse was J.K. Rowling's favorite book as a child.||Jane Austen is Rowling's favorite author.||Roddy Doyle is Rowling's favorite living writer.|
From School Library Journal
Grade 5 Up–Opening just a few weeks after the previous book left off, the penultimate entry in the series is, as the author foretold, the darkest and most unsettling yet. The deeds of Voldemort's Death Eaters are spreading even to the Muggle world, which is enshrouded in a mist caused by Dementors draining hope and happiness. Harry, turning 16, leaves for Hogwarts with the promise of private lessons with Dumbledore. No longer a fearful boy living under the stairs, he is clearly a leader and increasingly isolated as rumors spread that he is the Chosen One, the only individual capable of defeating Voldemort. Two attempts on students' lives, Harry's conviction that Draco Malfoy has become a Death Eater, and Snape's usual slimy behavior add to the increasing tension. Yet through it all, Harry and his friends are typical teens, sharing homework and messy rooms, rushing to classes and sports practices, and flirting. Ron and Hermione realize their attraction, as do Harry and Ginny. Dozens of plot strands are pulled together as the author positions Harry for the final book. Much information is cleverly conveyed through Dumbledore's use of a Pensieve, a device that allows bottled memories to be shared by Harry and his beloved professor as they apparate to various locations that help explain Voldemort's past. The ending is heart wrenching. Once again, Rowling capably blends literature, mythology, folklore, and religion into a delectable stew. 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.–Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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The same happened with my mother so I started buying them for her on in large print so she could easily read them without straining her eyes.
The story is simple without being too over-the-top fantasy (my opinion) like other series I could never really get into.
I will always remember receiving this book the day it was published (July 2007, right?), a day I had to go to a wedding and also shop for a big dinner party. I hid the book under my seat at the wedding and kept turning the pages behind my ankles, only looking up at the ceremony every page or so. Then I had the book balanced on my shopping cart, blindly tossing vegetables and cans in as fast as I could. When I got home, I finished the rest of the book by 2am, texting with my sister, saying, "I'm on page xxx." We finished within a few minutes of each other, exchanging comments on what sobbing messes we were. Later that week, I was walking to lunch and saw a girl sitting in the sun outside of the bank (where she presumably worked). She had the book in her lap and her head in her hands, obviously on one of the sad, stressful final chapters. I wanted to just go over and give her a hug.
In my opinion a good book will make my child laugh, cry, get angry, and feel the emotions of the book. When reading a good book I can see these emotions on my child's face while reading. The Harry Potter series got all of those reactions and more. I don't need to tell anyone the story in the book - most people have already read the books. I am reviewing based on my child's reaction to the books. My child is a 10 year old, 5th grader. She has read A LOT of books. She is the only one of my 3 children that chose to read this series. She loved it. She now wants to watch all of the movies to see how they compare to the books. I would recommend this series and maybe one day I will read it myself.
This one has some particularly interesting twists in store for young Harry Potter, the only wizard known to have survived the Killing Curse and defied Lord Voldemort's wrath. He helps Dumbledore recruit Horace Slughorn, a retired teacher, to return to his old job at Hogwarts (if you remember, the Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers always leave Hogwarts one way or another at the end of all the previous books so there is an opening at the school). This particular teacher has a memory that could unlock the secret to defeating Voldemort... and Dumbledore needs Harry Potter to convince him to willingly share that memory, because the version he gave Dumbledore was a lie. Meanwhile, Harry is taking potions class unexpectedly (from the previous book, his OWL test scores in potions were supposedly not good enough to get into the advanced potions class) and he borrows a copy of the potions book from the school's supplies. This particular copy has notes on potions and spells scrawled in the margins that are much more useful than the standard text... and the book was apparently once the property of "The Half-blood Prince"... but is this character a friend to Potter and his cause, or is this a foe like Tom Riddle's diary?
If you read the whole series, you'll find that the writing style matures as the characters do. Now, on the 6th book, Harry and his friends are facing some truly grown-up decisions and some absolutely monstrous foes. But this book is more along the lines of a detective novel mixed with a psychological thriller than it is a magic-slinging battle against monsters. Well, something like that, if you put it in the context of the Harry Potter universe anyway. I liked this book, even though the ending is quite sad. Also, if you've been following the movies but not the books, there is only one book after this one even though they split it in half for the movies.