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Who Killed Albus Dumbledore?: What Really Happened in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? Six Expert Harry Potter Detectives Examine the Evidence. Paperback – November 1, 2006
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Here's just one example of the kind of high-end inquiry you'll find in WKAD: In the tower scene in book 6, Harry is petrified by Dumbledore. Harry sees Snape cast the AK spell at Dumbledore. Harry sees Dumbledore slowly fall off the tower. After Dumbledore hits the ground, Harry is now longer petrified. Harry figures that Dumbledore's death released the spell. But Harry must be wrong: AK kills instantly, so Harry should have been released _before_ Dumbledore started falling to the ground. Moreover, a third person can release the victim of a Petrificus spell; on the Hogwart's Express at the beginning of the school year, Draco petrified Harry, and Tonks released Harry from Draco's spell. On the tower, Harry was un-petrified just as Snape disappeared into the stairwell. And Snape, BTW, has previously shown that he can cast an area-wide spell that cancels all currently operative spells; he did this once in a class. All this suggests that what happened on the Tower may have been quite elaborately staged, and that the people who staged the event wanted to ensure that Harry saw everything.
Why? Well, that's still speculative, but now you'll be speculating much closer to the heart of the mystery.
Just don't make it your first critical exposure to the HP series. The editor, John Granger, has previously written a couple of outstanding books on the HP series; it's worth checking them out, too, since they're perfect for beginners, whereas "Who Killed Albus Dumbledore?" which gets into nuance and presupposes familiarity with detail, is for more seasoned HP readers. Better than any other writer I know, Granger has correlated HP to wider literary influences, patterns, and sources, and, in his "Looking for God in Harry Potter," he spiritedly defended the series as a profound spiritual enactment of heroic, self-sacrificing action when it was under attack. In arguing the presence of age-old redemptive story lines and placing them in a whole context of Western culture, especially the misunderstood practice of alchemy, Granger has persuaded me (and many other readers) that the HP series -- enthralling and wonderfully entertaining as it is -- holds serious value expressed by Rowling with profound spiritual insight and consummate artistic skill.Read more ›
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Please people with the money, if you buy a new book, include a used one in your shopping cart. Read more
I bought and read this book after I read the seventh harry potter book and ended up laughing at parts. Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by Rashaun
This was definitely a fun read. It is interesting and diverting to check out some of the most popular (and some not so popular) theories about what will happen. Read morePublished on December 11, 2008 by Nicole H. Simpson
I will make sure to never buy any product from any of the authors associated with this book.Published on November 28, 2008 by Brian
I found this book very confusing at first. The compiler writes the first piece and he should not be writing reviews of any kind! Read morePublished on February 18, 2008 by W FL Girl
Interesting, but very little of the text addresses the titular question. Mostly comprised of reprinted what's-next blog posts that may be read online for no charge. Read morePublished on November 1, 2007 by Sheri Richardson
As others have noted this book's title is ridiculous and spoiled arguably the most shocking event in the harry potter series for me. Read morePublished on October 13, 2007 by soydeedo
I've managed to stay spoiler free for all these years, and while buying Book 6, Amazon recommends this damned book to me. Thanks.Published on September 25, 2007 by Amazon Customer
I admit that I rushed through Book 6 of the Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," basically taking in the plot as it was presented on the surface and... Read morePublished on August 27, 2007 by Bruce Tanner