Title: Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince
Author: J.K. Rowling
Finished: July 24, 2010
Pages: 652
Published: 2005
Format: audiobook

The next to the last book in the Harry Potter series holds many surprises and is definitely leading up to the final book.

Harry and friends find themselves entering their next to last year at Hogwarts, receiving their O.W.L.’s and reading adulthood, but not without consequence. Upon arriving at school, it is announced that Snape has been given the job of teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts, which only adds to further misery. Harry begins secret lessons with Dumbledore, where he soon begins to learn about the past of Voldemort in hopes of finally bringing him to his final death.

All the while, Harry comes across a potions book whose former owner took the liberty of making his own alterations to the current recipes, giving everyone the impression that Harry became a potion genius over the summer. But finding (and testing) these potions only causes him more pain.

The shocking ending to this book had me wondering what would be in store for the final chapter of the series and what Rowling will be doing with the characters, especially Harry and how he is to proceed.

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