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  • Ryanne Harper

Half Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is my jam. I love all the Harry Potter books, but there's something special about HBP. As with the others, a lot happens; to avoid recapping the entire book, I thought I'd list a few of my favorite moments:

Book six has several funny moments (Ron eating the love potion, for example), but Dumbledore's interaction with the Dursleys is one of my favorite scenes. I hope to one day achieve that level of passive aggressive.

The lengths Horace Slughorn will go to pretending he isn't home. Hey, I get it. I hide every time someone knocks on my door. Just text from the car like a normal person. I don't care for Slughorn. His collecting semi-important people for personal gain thing is off-putting. But, I understand he's crucial to the story. And I appreciate his taste in candy.

All the pensieve moments. I love a good back story and Lord Voldemort has a great one. Seeing his transformation from Tom Riddle to Voldemort and what he was willing to do to gain immortality was fascinating. I especially like the memory of the Gaunt house. Merope was pitiful; she breaks my heart.

I love Fleur and Molly's exchange in the hospital room after Bill has been attacked. Molly implies Fleur no longer wants to get married because Bill's face is a wreck. Fleur's response that she's beautiful enough for the both of them is brilliant and such a Fleur thing to say. Also, it's probably true.

When Harry and Dumbledore retrieve the locket. The entire chapter. It kills me. Dumbledore drinking the potion, Harry having to force Dumbledore to drink it despite D begging him not to. Also, this quote:

"I'm not worried, Harry," said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. "I am with you."

This scene becomes particularly sad when you learn in Deathly Hallows how Dumbledore's sister died. Because, I assume, that's what he's reliving while drinking the potion. Just stab me in the heart.

Speaking of being stabbed in the heart, the death of Dumbeldore. Most of the deaths are sad, but Dumbledore's is extra difficult for me. When I first read this book, I was hoping for a return. Gandalf came back, why can't Dumbledore? Now, when I reread it, I start crying about six chapters before his death because I know it's coming. Hagrid's reaction is similar to my own. I think it'll be fine. This time he won't be dead. Then he is and I'm sad all over again. By the time Faux leaves, I'm a mess.

Then there's Snape, the half-blood prince himself. Like most people, I already didn't like Snape, then I hated him. Bad. I had nothing nice to say about him at all. Then, when we learn his whole story in book seven, I feel terrible for hating him. How sad is it to have to murder the only person who knows who you truly are? Ugh. But, except for the last fifty pages or so of the series, I don't like him and I think he's terrible. I do feel like he could have been a little less horrible to Neville without blowing his cover.

I could continue listing all my favorite moments, but I'll end up summarizing the entire book because I love it. When you think it's the best book ever, what do you leave out? So, instead of writing about it, I think I'll give it another read. It's been a few years.

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