The Half-Blood Prince is one of J.K. Rowling’s best efforts. Possibly due to the climactic ending of The Deathly Hallows, however, The Half-Blood Prince doesn’t receive enough praise, particularly amongst more casual fans of the franchise.
One of the greatest assets of this book is the balance of darkness and humour. Though the threat of Voldemort overshadows the whole story, Rowling sprinkles plenty of comedic moments throughout as well.
The Half-Blood Prince also has plenty of romance, and as a result, Hogwarts feels closer to a realistic adolescent environment compared with the other books.
Yet the best part of Harry’s penultimate adventure would have to be the chapters involving the Pensieve. Discovering so much about Voldemort’s past is one of the most fascinating aspects of the whole series, and the revolution about Voldemort’s Horcruxes is especially interesting.
The only real negative is that the mystery element is a little lacking compared to the earlier entries in the series, but this is a minor quibble in the context of a book which is almost flawless from start to finish.
How well can you remember the sixth Harry Potter book?
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