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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Author
JK Rowling

Publication date
July 2005

Pages
607

The story
It's the sixth part of the Harry Potter series, and Harry's in for a magical year.

It starts off with Dumbledore taking Harry to see an old professor who he is trying to persuade to return to Hogwarts as a teacher.

But when the new term arrives, Harry takes a N.E.W.T Potions class and discovers an unexpected secret in a borrowed book.

The main action happens near the end where Harry and Dumbledore try to recover something - a very dark object.

The characters
Harry, is the hero of course, with best pals Ron and Hermione.

Ginny, Fred and George come into the story a lot in this book.

And the villains - Snape, Malfoy and You-Know-Who.

Highlights
The potion scenes are excellent as you can just imagine the look on Hermione's face.

And the scenes where Dumbledore and Harry go into a cave are gripping though a touch scary.

Any weak bits?
The first couple of chapters without Harry in are quite boring.

But afterwards the pace hots up and it's a JK Rowling classic.

Unputdownable?
Definitely! I read for three hours non-stop!

NR rating:


Sophie, 13, Gosport



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