Title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)
Author: J.K. Rowling
Summary from Goodreads:
The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Hermione scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.
As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate — and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.
So it’s the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort — and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.
I love the Harry Potter series. Really, I do. But I have to say that I hate… no, I despise… the character of Harry Potter. When I was younger and initially reading the series, I wrote off his whinny behavior. I didn’t like him then, and he was never close to my favorite character, but I was able to tolerate him. Now I am utterly repulsed by him. I hate how he always thinks that he is right and everyone else is wrong. I hate how he gets stuck on one idea and no matter what Dumbledore or anyone else says, he thinks that he is obviously right and they are wrong. But most of all, I hate how rude and disrespectful he is to Snape. I don’t care how much you hate a person, Snape is not all your elder, but he is your teacher and therefore you are to show him respect. I have had my fair share of teachers I have hated, one I even got fired, but I always treated them with the respect that was due to a person with their authority. But Harry Potter can not get past his hate for Snape and so he is deliberately rude to his face, and that is inexcusable to me.
I also got annoyed with how Harry blamed Snape for Sirius going off and getting himself killed. Sirius was a grown man and shouldn’t have let himself get goaded. Not only that but Sirius was practically asking for it. He is the one who insisted that he had to be a part of the action. He is the one who rushed out and would not be left behind and he was the one who wanted to get out of the house so badly, no thought to his life or any such thing. I think that because Sirius was sent to Azkaban when he was young, he never really grew up. He was stuck as a 20-something year old man that just wanted to have fun and never had to think of anyone else besides himself. Sure, I feel bad for him getting locked up when he was innocent, but I do think that he acted immaturely and he also goaded Snape as well.
But despite all of that, I love the world that J.K. Rowling has created. The magical world that she thought up that drew in so many fans to the point that they go crazy about one aspect or another is amazing and shows how truly talented she is. There have been so many times in my life I wished that I could escape away to Hogwarts. I wish I had a Dumbledore in my life. I have spent my fair share of time fantasizing about it (and reading fanfiction when I was younger lol). And that is why this series will always be a favorite of mine. I will be passing these on to my children and grandchildren. I feel like it is ageless and timeless.
The battle between good and evil is a story that will be told till the end of time, and this is just another story with new characters and different elements in it. This is a story that has such vivid characters and real places and it makes you really want to be a part of this world. It is absolutely wonderful. I wish there were more stories in this series because I never wanted to leave this world.
Jim Dale does an amazing job reading this story. His voices are engaging and he is really amazing. When I first started listening to the series, I was unsure about his voices for some of the characters, like Hermione. But the voices changes a bit and weren’t quite so annoying and now I absolutely love them. If it wasn’t so expensive, I would buy this series for myself on cd.
So what do you think? Am I right or am I wrong? Anyone else Team Snape/ Anti-Harry? What are your thoughts on this particular book in the series? Please leave a comment and let me know!