Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

In a little over two months, which will be real quick, we’ll get to see the film adaptation of the 6th book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Check out the website, and enjoy watching the amazing trailer videos. The 6th installment is my favorite, with its darker story it graduates from being only in the children book section to a somewhat sought after adult literary piece.

If you don’t know it already, the books are largely about death, and the Half-Blood Prince surely will grab the voracious reader in you with its many telling twists and revelations.

He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (Voldemort) is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself increasingly drawn to Ginny, and so is Dean Thomas. Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hasn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates. Then there’s Hermione, simmering with jealousy but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead, and Hogwarts may never be the same again. [HarryPotter.com]

If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quickie spoiler:

Snape is the new Defense Against Dark Arts teacher. The new teacher at Hogwarts, Horace Slughorn, teaches Potions (Snape’s old subject).

The Half Blood Prince is a name found in a used Advanced potions book Harry uses that gives helpful potions tips and spells, one of which is extremely dangerous. The Half-Blood Prince turns out to be Severus Snape. Half-Blood refers to the fact that his father was a muggle (Tobias Snape) but the Prince part refers to his mother’s maiden name (Eileen Prince).

Harry rightly suspects Draco Malfoy of being a Death Eater. Draco manages to sneak Death Eaters into Hogwarts using a pair of vanishing cabinets. Draco was supposed to kill Dumbledore, but finds himself unable to.

Dumbledore and Harry explore Voldemort’s past, learning about Horcruxes, which are divisions of Voldemort’s soul, making him immortal until they are all destroyed. There are Seven pieces of his soul (two already destroyed) including the one in Voldemort. Harry and Dumbledore try to get one, but the aftermath leaves Dumbledore weak and unable to fight off the Death Eaters.

It turns out the Death Eater that overheard the prophecy and told it to Voldemort (leading to Harry’s parents’ deaths) was Severus Snape. Snape turns up after Draco cannot kill Dumbledore and kills Dumbledore. Draco, Snape, and the Death Eaters escape afterwards. Hogwarts is probably going to be closed but Harry announces he won’t be returning anyway; he will attempt to finish the work he a Dumbledore started, destroying Horcruxes so Voldemort can be destroyed.

Relationships (if you’re into that): Harry Potter ends up dating Ginny Weasley, it appears that Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger get together, Bill Weasley and Fleur are going to get married, and Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks are also together. [TheBookSpoiler.com]

J.K Rowling’s masterpiece is written for the screen by Steve Kloves and directed by David Yates, top-billed by the original threesome casts Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be in theaters July 15 (hope there’ll be no more delays). Looking forward to watching it in IMAX 3D.

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