Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Two weeks after getting it delivered I finished reading this book.

One disappointing thing about this book is its volume. I expected it to have at least 1000 pages, but with its 607 pages it’s even shorter than “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”. Nevertheless it was a fun read and as always full of magic content.

People complain that it’s always the same: Pain at the Dursleys, Fun in the Hogwarts Express, school stress at Hogwarts. If you want to put it that flatly, nothing’s changed in this sixth installment of the Harry Potter series, though the first part - pain at the Dursleys - is really short in this one. But naturally there’s more to it than this simple never changing skeleton.

There’s also a new “Defense Against the Dark Arts”-teacher. That’s no surprise as Umbridge was kicked out at the end of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”. This time it’s an old friend though.

Well, it’s a worth read - fun and gripping as always. I wonder what the supposedly last volume will look like. I don’t think Rowling will be able to keep the skeleton that served her so well for the first six volumes. The final pages indicate very clearly that there will be a change in the story arc. This can be a chance for a great final or the total opposite. Maybe she shouldn’t have killed that one of all potential victims.