Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was delivered to my home last evening, and I finished it about 2 hours ago. I did not read throughout the night, and I didn’t even start reading first thing out of bed. That says something. Most of what that says is that this one wasn’t as suspenseful or scary as the last; I wasn’t in such a panic to get to the end and find out what happened. A lot of the story is backstory– delving into Voldemort’s past, and while it’s interesting, it’s all in the past, so not very menacing. Strange things are afoot at the Circle K, I mean Hogwarts, but none of them are overly ominous. The book was good, don’t get me wrong, it just felt kind of empty somehow. By the climactic end I wasn’t really even terribly upset by the death that happened or the cause of the death. Startled, perhaps, but I wasn’t emotionally invested enough to be upset.
The reveal of the identity of the Half Blood Prince was exceptionally well done though, and there was some nice character development. I can’t wait for the next one to see how it all concludes, I hope Rowling has a plan for tying up the loose ends.
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Just Finished: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Currently reading: The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark