Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by

J. K. Rowling

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Good vs. Evil

Throughout his life, the plucky and adventurous young wizard Harry Potter has been pitted against Lord Voldemort, a rogue wizard determined to kill him; in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, their combat intensifies as Voldemort returns to the Wizarding world and begins to gather his army. Until now, the Harry Potter series has portrayed a fairly straightforward conflict between good people, represented by Harry, and bad ones, represented by Voldemort, with few…

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Love and Friendship

As in the previous Harry Potter novels, Harry’s friendship with Ron and Hermione is central to his life and his efforts to defeat Voldemort. However, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, these relationship dynamics are upended by new romantic feelings and the confusion they cause. While Harry and Ron develop crushes on Ginny and Hermione, they both have trouble accepting these feelings, seeing them as destructive to their existing friendships. Moreover…

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Coming of Age

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, a brave teenage wizard fights against his increasingly powerful enemy, Lord Voldemort. While Harry and his best friends, Ron and Hermione, have faced challenges from Voldemort since their childhood, they’ve usually been supported and protected by powerful adult figures. However, in this installment of the series many of these adults die or prove unable to fight Voldemort, forcing the trio to take a riskier and…

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Family

While Harry has been an orphan since infancy, families happy and unhappy abound in the sixth installment of his narrative. Besides portraying the Weasleys and the Dursleys – families who have been important parts of his life since the first book – the novel provides new insight into other, previously inscrutable families, including the Malfoys and even Lord Voldemort’s own parents. In the book, a family’s values both reflect and influence its members’ characters…

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Politics and Paranoia

While the first three Harry Potter novels focused on goings-on within Hogwarts, since Voldemort’s return in Goblet of Fire there’s been an increasing emphasis on the politics of the wider Wizarding world. This emphasis becomes even more prominent in Half-Blood Prince, as the Ministry of Magic finally acknowledges Voldemort’s increasing strength and attempts to fight back. However, the Ministry’s response proves weak and inefficient, influenced by paranoia and petty personal conflict and thus…

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