>> Friday, September 10, 2010
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (Audio)
Series: #6 in the Harry Potter series
Publication Date: 2005
Read by: Jim Dale
Challenges: Support Your Local Library #36
The Short Version:
Harry’s sixth year at Hogwart’s is complicated both in class and out as he faces new dangers and learns more about Voldemort’s history.
Why I Read It:
Obviously I didn’t finish listening to this entire series before the Harry Potter Reading Challenge ended, but I didn’t care and wanted to finish listening to them back to back.
As I’ve said before on the re-read via audio posts, I’m not going to bother with any kind of plot summary. By now you either know it or you don’t want to know.
There was so much in this installment of the series. Harry’s mysterious potion book that used to belong to the Half-blood Prince is a source of intrigue not only for what it contains, but also for the mystery of its original owner. The kids are old enough that the normal on and off teenage relationships are a normal part of everything and have some expected and also sometimes humorous complications. The resurgence of Voldemort and his Death Eaters is finally out in the open and there are potentially deadly consequences at nearly every turn.
My favorite part of this book however was the way that Voldemort’s own history was revealed to Harry via the memories Dumbledore shows him in the pensieve. Their travels through the past together in Dumbledore’s own memories as well as those from others are fascinating.
The first time I read it I had a hard time believing that the events at the end really happened and had to back up and reread. Listening to the audio had me a teensy bit weepy.
I can only continue to recommend the audio versions as a great way to re-experience this series and listening to them back to back has been great fun.