Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth novel of the Harry Potter (HP) series out of the seven books. This book continues with Harry Potter summer holidays as he was nervously waiting in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore. The previous time he saw the Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort and Harry can’t quite believe that Professor Dumbledore would actually appear at the Dursleys’ of all places. He had many questions on his mind that needs to be answered. Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine because of the rise of the Dark Lord –AGAIN!
This book is one of the best novels written in the series as it allowed the readers to experience Harry grow to be a mature young man after many years. This book showed the growth he went through with his two best friends, Hermione and Ron, as the trio co-existed and had positive changes in terms of characters by their painful personal story. Not only that, J.K Rowling had lifted the veil of Tom Riddle difficult and dark past before he knew he was a wizard. He was still a young child whom lacked love and guidance which went off the path of righteousness. She managed to put affection and sympathy for her most vile characters; the Malfoys and Voldermort, for the readers to comprehend them better. It was such a please to understand their actions and to know their views.
However, this book was mainly built to set up the finale, and it feels in many ways to be less of a complete story than a ‘second in a trilogy’. It is without a real point and ending of its own and relying on the final chapter to decide its importance. This is also the book with the greatest adherence to actually surprising the audience with a main character death. It was unfortunately obvious from the beginning to determine the course of directions given by J.K Rowling even she gave a little misdirection.
This book had covered many important insights of Lord Voldermort past and present plans. The information was alone could be understood by reading the entire previous books and the reader could map out the action plan that Harry would be doing on the next book. But, I do feel that this book alone still have many missing information and not a complete story as the reader could only understand the whole by reading the next and last final novel.