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Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

By pcurd

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The opening chapter of this book is possibly the best J.K. Rowling has written – it’s an excellently composed scene which fills you with excitement for the upcoming story and covers all the back story you need. It’s a marvellous introduction to a great story. Sadly the next few chapters slow down, and the middle of the book isn’t as compelling. I probably binged the first third in a few hours, but the middle third took a week at least. The last third picks up again and is almost un-put-downable.

The darkness of the plot really marks this as the turning point, it’s no longer a children’s book series and becomes a young adult series. Evil is rife in Harry’s world and everything is changing. After spending so much time in these stories (6 years by this point) it’s interesting to see how different the same people and same locations can become.

I really wish the middle had been edited tighter, the entire Quidditch sub plot feels unnecessary for example, but it’s still a good story.

The final few scenes are powerful, and I feel sorry for anyone who doesn’t leave themselves enough time to read the entirety in one go!

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