Book Discussion

Ashley Marie

Staff member
When we think of major moments in the Harry Potter series for us, this book has a lot of them.

"One summer night, when Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shriveled, but he will not reveal why.
Rumors and suspicion spread through the wizarding world – it feels as if even Hogwarts itself might be under threat.
Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: could there be a Death Eater amongst them?
He will need powerful magic and true friends as, with the help of Dumbledore, he investigates Voldemort’s darkest secrets.
" J.K. Rowling

What did you love most about the Half-Blood Prince? What did you fear was happening to Dumbledore when you read the book for the first time? Let's talk about it all, here.


Half-Blood Prince was one of my two favorites of the series - the other being Goblet of Fire. It feels like the spiritual successor of the Goblet of Fire in its themes and tone.

I cannot think of a part I dislike, but I really enjoyed learning more about Tom's family, his past, his demons. Also a big fan of the Sectumsempra scene. So much character development happens for Dumbledore, Harry, Snape, Tom Riddle, and Malfoy in this story, yet it all is so organic at the same time. It felt like it was certainly becoming a more mature series by Book 6, and I appreciated that.

Strangely, I don't think I feared much when it came to Dumbledore. Some part of me didn't mind if he died. It just seemed like the natural progression of things. Snape and Lupin's deaths were much more unexpected and heart-wrenching.