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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

***Spoiler post***

Book six done.  I almost made it through without a spoiler.  But there's always the one guy that is so dense and revealed to me, when I was only halfway through the book, that Dumbledore would die.

WTF? I said.

What? Everyone _knows_ that!*I* didn't.

And truthfully, I wasn't sure if he was revealing the overall end of Harry Potter or just book even though I wasn't surprised, I was relieved because that left book seven open for me to discover.

It is amazing, frankly, that I have been able to remain deaf, dumb, and blind to the story.  But I have and I hope I can for another 759 pages.

I enjoyed this but, in true Rowlng form, about 80% of the book is just story-telling and the real intensity happens in those last few pages. That's not a bad thing but I certainly enjoyed the last few pages with Dumbledore and Harry's adventure to the cave...which, BTW, was pretty freaking freaky.

And the return to Hogwarts. I wasn't sure how that would end since I have actually seen The Deathly Hallows part one...and knew the castle was in disarray.

Malfoy was a bit of a surprise. I mean, I knew he was up to no good but I didnt figure him to be intent on killing Dumbledore. Yes, I know he didn't and probably would not have if given the chance - although i'd argue that he had plenty of chances - but I actually completely forgot about him until Dumbledore greeted him at the steps to the school.

But Snape? I didn't expect that at all. And I am going to go with the fact that he is still a spy for the Order, as he didn't kill Harry, nor allowed anyone else to either. Much like Harry had to promise Dumbledore to do as he was ordered to do during their expedition, I believe Dumbledore issued the same command to Snape and that when the time came, this is what Snape had to do. I am sure those of you that know the story are enjoying my theories of what will come to me in book seven.

I cried a little bit but not as much as I expected. What a great character Dumbledore was and his intuition and humility as a great wizard, but more importantly, a great person, is something I would hope to see in more people that I work or acquaint myself with in real life. His meeting with Voldemort, when Voldemort returns to ask for a job, is the epitome of greatness. Not intimidated by this man, but also, not rude...only wise and polite but revealing of his dislike for what Voldemort had become. How I can incorporate this into my dealings with, um, unsavory people, I do not know yet...but I will try.

A wonderful book and like many Harry Potted fans, they just get better and better. I feel like I am one of "them" now. I know the lingo, the people and the places. I look forward to the end so that my life can then revolved around my next obsession; The Game of Thrones.