It is Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As Voldemort’s sinister forces amass and a spirit of gloom and fear sweeps the land, it becomes more and more clear to Harry that he will soon have to confront his destiny. But is he up to the challenges ahead of him?
First Read: 2005
Times Read: No clue
When I started this blog I was a little bit worried that I wouldn’t get to reread some of my favourite books since I now review every “new” book I’ve read. That’s why I came up with this new feature. Every time I reread a book (which isn’t all that often, but still) I will keep track of my reading progress and thoughts on Goodreads, and I will then make a small post and review about it on here. This time I’ll also include some of my favourite quotes, just because the Harry Potter books are so quotable. I might do the quote thing again, I might not, who knows!
Thoughts while rereading…
As most of you will know, the Harry Potter books are very close to my heart, and they will always be my favourites. I love rereading them once in a while, and as you can see in my reading progress thingy, it had been a while since I’d last read the Half-Blood Prince. I had actually forgotten quite a lot of what happens in the book (although I did remember the main storylines, of course) and it was SO much fun rereading everything!
One of the things I was most pleasantly surprised by was the focus on love and crushes and all that teenager stuff. I know that those things become more present as the series goes on, but I think there’s much more attention for it in this book than in the Order of the Phoenix and all the previous ones. I really liked it! It made me chuckle quite a bit, actually. It also makes the story even more real, because even though these kids are fighting evil, they’re still growing up at the same time, and dealing with the same (sometimes silly) stuff every teenager deals with.
Another thing that I love about all of the Harry Potter books, and sometimes forget about, is the humour. There is so much witty banter going on between Harry, Ron and Hermione! And of course Fred, George en Ginny as well.
I tend to forget just how funny some of these conversations are because of all of the serious and sad stuff happening, such as the ending. That got me all over again. Of course I knew exactly what happened, but it still made me really sad. I went to have dinner with some friends after I finished reading the novel, and she asked me how my day had been, and all I said was: “Meh. I finished reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince today” and she knew exactly what I meant!
Man, that Dumbledore is wise:
It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.
This conversation between Harry and Snape just had me grinning very widely:
“Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?”
“Yes,” said Harry stiffly.
“There’s no need to call me “sir” Professor.”
The words had escaped him before he knew what he was saying.
And this one had me chuckling out loud:
“An Unbreakable Vow?” said Ron, looking stunned. “Nah, he can’t have…. Are you sure?”
“Yes I’m sure,” said Harry. “Why, what does it mean?”
“Well, you can’t break an Unbreakable Vow…”
“I’d worked that much out for myself, funnily enough.”
There are so many more quotes I love from this book, but I’ll just leave it at these three for now!
What are your favourite Harry Potter moments or quotes?