The book opens with one of the most realistic, most darkly enjoyable scenes of the series. The Muggle Prime Minster is in a near panic from all the inexplicable disasters occurring in Great Britain. While in a state, he is visited by the recently sacked Minister of Magic, who explains that all the disasters are related to the revitalized power of the most powerful dark wizard of all time. This meeting does not go well. Yet, this opening leaves reader caught up with the events since Voldemort's going public at the Ministry of Magic. We meet Harry once again at Privet Drive; the Dursleys haven not changed much, but Harry sure has. Quiet, often brooding, and still simmering with the agony of Sirius's death, Harry is quite startled to be relieved of his time at Privet Drive by Dumbledore himself. A whirlwind manipulation of a former teacher later, Harry is reunited with his friends and they off to Hogwarts for harder classes, complex love affairs, general shenanigans, and to be faced with a plot so simple, so driven with fear, that it entirely changes the course of Hogwarts and of the mission to defeat Voldemort.
|Chapter 27- |
"The Lightening-Struck Tower"
As I said in the third post about this series, this is the second best book, in my opinion. It has the elements that made this series great; ingenuity, adventure, fantasy, family, love, great dialogue, and historical intrigue. This is the most heart-pounding book in the series, the book that ushers readers to the beginning of the end. The beauty of Half-Blood Prince is that it leaves you sad, hopeful, and completely immersed from beginning to end. You question gray areas of characters and sitautions: what would you do? That is the question Harry is asking himself in the beginning; by the end, he has his answers and is preparing to face his greatest foe.
“His hand closed automatically around the fake Horcrux, but in spite of everything, in spite of the dark and twisting path he saw stretching ahead for himself, in spite of the final meeting with Voldemort he knew must come, whether in a month, in a year, or in ten, he felt his heart lift at the thought that there was still one last golden day of peace left to enjoy with Ron and Hermione.”
The end is coming. Wands ready!