• Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
    J. K. Rowling
    ★★★★★
    Holy shit, wow. Obviously some major changes had to happen in the next to last book (so as to prepare for the final series of confrontations), but, and I repeat, wow.

    This book sees Harry mature in several ways. First of all, he's gotten over the angst, which is quite a relief. One more book of that and I would have considered (though not really) boycotting the last book. (Yeah, I've got no principles.) He's gotten mercifully more comfortable with the ladies, and his main trouble is how to do it tactfully, what with his girl of choice being somewhat taken. But more importantly, he's focusing almost solely on preparing for the confrontation with Voldemort that he's known from the beginning he would eventually have to face. He acquires a few new skills and hones those that he's always taken for granted.

    I think we can safely say that most of Harry's learning has completed by the end of this book. It is my suspicion that the next book will be the closest to pure adventure of all of these.
    a book added by effigies's avatar effigies on Mar 9, 2006 | 32 users.

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