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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Harry Potter, Book 6

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Emotionally powerful volume book mines Voldemort's past.

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Hogwards is my home!

Everything about the wizarding world is splendidly narrated in these seven books. I am still reading these books as an adult and have always enjoyed the friendship, morales and values that come forth with the whole series. Will recommend to any child, or adult of any age. Truly a Potterhead.

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This dark and brooding Potter volume unearths unsettling truths and even more unsettling speculation about Snape, Draco Malfoy, and, especially, Voldemort as a young man. Dumbledore offers Harry private lessons focused on mining every memory of Voldemort he could gather and examining it (with the help of a pensieve that plays thoughts like a movie) for clues on how to defeat him. The earliest memory of Tom Riddle in his orphanage is fascinating and creepy enough that Harry asks Dumbledore, "Did you know then?" The profile of a sociopath slowly emerges throughout Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and then the bombshell. Readers finally know how Voldemort came back to life and much, much more.

In between these revelatory meetings with Dumbledore, Harry still has a school year to complete along with his regular enemies at Hogwarts to contend with. It's a big blow when Snape takes over his favorite class, and now most of his detentions are spent in Snape's rude company. At least there are no lines with Umbridge's blood-sucking quill. And Draco Malfoy is definitely up to something, but nobody will believe Harry. It's obvious Malfoy's not just your everyday bully anymore when he catches Harry eavesdropping on the Hogwarts Express and resorts to violence. This is a jarring moment and a reminder that much more is at stake now than who's winning the House Quidditch Cup. Harry put Malfoy's dad in prison, after all. Even more obvious is that both Snape and Dumbledore are letting Malfoy carry on with his nefarious plans, Snape because of his binding promise to Draco's mother. But what was that promise? The answer will be devastating to readers and will propel Harry and friends to a grim resolution to fight Voldemort with everything they have. Onward to the epic finale.

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