It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can’t quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys’ of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks’ time? Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine…
J.K. Rowling charts Harry Potter’s latest adventures in his sixth year at Hogwarts with consummate skill and in breathtaking fashion.
Things are definitely starting to heat up! It’s getting closer to the finale book and what seems like the final battle in Lord Voldemort’s terrorizing reign. He’s getting stronger and he’s getting support (out of fear, of course) from the Ministry. We’re introduced to the Minister of Magic, whom isn’t that much of an improvement from Fudge. Let’s be honest, he’s not an improvement at all. He’s still hiding a lot of what’s happening with Voldemort. We also get a new professor for Defense Against the Dark Arts, someone whose allegiance is questionable. There was an air of mystery in this novel. Who was the Half-Blood Prince? Was he evil or not? We learn so much by the end of this book and they’re some scenes that will really shock some people! When I first read it, I was definitely heartbroken with that ending. It was very tragic and gloomy, as if all the hope had left. Harry is getting older and his tasks against the dark lord was paralleling that. He would have to face things that no one in that age should. It was a really great read!
The film was just as great with the same problem as the others, missing details. The last scene with Dumbledore was a little different that it was in the book and I think by doing so, created a bigger doubt on whose side Snape really was in. It was so sad having to see the pain that Harry and Dumbledore went through. Just as in the book, we learn a lot about Tom Riddle but having cut scenes, we don’t get to see how the vast importance the horcruxes were to Voldemort. I was watching the film with my sister and brother-in-law and they had so many unanswered questions about Riddle and the horcruxes after the film finished. Nonetheless, the film was great.