Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince door J.K. Rowling

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It is Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As Voldemort’s sinister forces amass and a spirit of gloom and fear sweeps the land, it becomes clear to Harry that he will soon have no choice but to confront his destiny. Can Harry succees in the death-defying tasks ahead?

It is Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As Voldemort’s sinister forces amass and a spirit of gloom and fear sweeps the land, it b…

It is Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As Voldemort’s sinister forces amass and a spirit of gloom and fear sweeps the land, it becomes clear to Harry that he will soon have no choice but to confront his destiny. Can Harry succees in the death-defying tasks ahead?

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Title: Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Bloomsbury
First edition: 2005
Edition: first edition
Number of pages: 607 pages

“Harry Potter starts his sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Lord Voldemort is alive again and war has broken out in the wizard world. This year Harry will be teached by Dumbledore, about the history and future of Lord Voldemort. Mean while Harry’s pretty sure about Draco Malfidus having big, dark plans, together with Snape. Nobody believes him, but he won’t give up. Then Horace Slughorn gives him crucial information about Lord Voldemort being interested in making, seven, Horcruxes*. Dumbledore and Harry both destroyed one, so there are 5 left. The day Harry can come with Dumbledore to destroy another Horcrux, he finds out Draco’s has plan succeeded. He warns his two best friends, Hermione and Ron, and give them orders to keep an eye on Draco and Snape, together with some friends. Harry and Dumbledore find the Horcrux but Dumbledore has been very weakened, they return to Hogwarts as soon as possible. The dark mark is hovering above the astronomy tower, they hurry up to this tower. It turned out to be a list, Draco has smuggled some Deatheathers in Hogwarts and has to kill professor Dumbledore. He doesn’t dare, so in the end Snape kills Dumbledore. Now everyone knows he is on the dark side. Dumbledore always believed in him. Harry knows it’s now his job to kill Lord Voldemort. He will not return to Hogwarts next year, Hermione and Ron will stand by his side.”
To be continued... (Part 7)

*A Horcrux is an ordinary object, which contains a piece of the soul of a wizard. To get that piece of soul, it has to be torn of the soul, which can only be accomplished by killing another human. If the soul is divided and a piece of it is transferred to the object, the person can’t die until the Horcruxes are destroyed as well as the body, which is one of the horcruxes.

Explanation of the title:
The title refers to the former owner of his potions book, who made really brilliant notes, which are useful for Harry. This owner points out to be professor Snape, the traitor.


Fantasy, magic

Stream: Fantasy
Harry Potter, he’s the main character, called, the Boy Who Lived or, the Chosen One. He has fight Lord Voldemort more often than anyone else, and is the only one who survived the ‘Avada Kedavra’ –curse, which should kill anyone. He’s the one who has to be killed by Voldemort or has to kill Voldemort, he’s in his sixth year at Hogwarts now, together with his best friends Ron and Hermione.

Ron Weasley, Harry Potters best friend together with Hermione, he stands by Harry no matter what.

Hermione Granger, Harry Potters best friend together with Ron, she stands by Harry no matter what. She’s very smart and knows everything.

Albus Dumbledore, he is headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He’s very clever, and whit his knowledge, he starts teach Harry to help him survive Lord Voldemort. He’s also head of the Order of the Phoenix, a club with wizards and witches, striding against Lord Voldemort and his followers.

Lord Voldemort, the master of the Dark Arts, is alive again. He wants to kill Harry since he’s born, because a prophecy made about Harry and him, which says: “one can not live, while the other is alive”, so Harry has to kill Lord Voldemort or be killed by Lord Voldemort. His followers are called ‘Deatheaters’.

Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter’s enemy, who has a dark plan, according to Harry. This turns out to be real. He’s at the darkside for real now.

Professor Snape, mission. Draco won’t let him help him however and Snape only hears of the plan when it’s already in full motion. He is in time to kill Dumbledore however. Snape also gets the job he always wanted, Defence against the Dark Arts teacher and continues to take out on Harry and make Harry’s life as miserable as he can.

The story takes place in the present, this is a bit hard to prove, because the wizard world is totally different then our world, only the muggle world, there are already phones and airplanes, so I guess it’s written in the present.
“‘All right, all right ... what is your dearest ambition?’ ‘To find out how aeroplanes stay up.’ ” (Page 85)
In the story passes one year, a school year with holidays. The story isn’t chronicle.
The function of time is very little; it’s just that the Harry Potter series has been split up in 7 books, for 7 years at Hogwarts. This is one of his school years.

The story takes most of the time place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where Harry is in his pre-exam year.
“‘It might be that nobody within Hogwarts has yet realised anything is wrong … Harry, put on your Invisibility Cloak.’ ”
The space has quite a function, because for Harry Hogwarts is the only place where he ever felt home. And that’s where he ought to be, most of the story. When he’s not at Hogwarts, there’s probably some serious business going on.

The story is mostly told through Harry’s eyes, except for the first chapter, where you can see through the eyes of the Prime Minister of England. The I-perspective. The second chapter, there’s a he/she-perspective.

The theme is the battle between the good and the evil ones.

Bedoeling / boodschap:
I think the meaning of Harry Potter part 6 mainly is amusing the reader. Or actually the whole Harry Potter series is about amusement.

Eigen mening:
Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince was, I think, not that difficult to read, because the English was pretty easy. Of course I didn’t know the meaning of every single word, but that seemed unnecessary to know what the story is about. Because the story is really enjoyable and surprising you just want to keep reading. Which made it also easier to read, certainly seen the fact it has 607 pages. The only trouble was some ‘Wizardry terms’ so now and then. Which in Dutch you can find another word in it, for example, in the Dutch Harry Potter books, Harry’s uncle and aunt are called Duffelingen, which include the word ‘duf’, which means musty in English. In Dutch you know more words, and then you get the word joke, and in the English Harry Potter you do not understand those between-the-line-jokes…

J.K. Rowling’s Biography:
J.K Rowling was born in Chipping Sodbury General Hospital on Saturday, July the 31st 1965. Her interest in writing started at a very early age, when she was nearly six years old. Her first book she ever wrote was called Rabbit and was about a rabbit that was sick and all his friends came to visit him. From that tender age onwards she has held her interest in writing. J.K Rowling had lived with her mother Ann (who died in 1990) her father Peter and her younger sister Di. She moved houses twice while growing up (which must have given her great life experience, which is priceless in writing). At first she lived in Yate, and then from there they moved to Winterbourne where she would play with her sister and two other children whose last names were Potter.
After that the family moved to the countryside, Tutshill to be exact. She hated her school there because her teacher disliked her and picked on her. After surviving Tutshill Primary School for three years, she went to Wyedean Comprehensive School. Her favourite subject was English, but she enjoyed French as well. At lunchtime J.K. Rowling and her two friends shared stories, normally involving their selves doing heroic and extraordinary things. Joanne was made Head Girl in her final year but she never did anything out of the ordinary with it.
Once she completed Comprehensive School she went straight to Exeter University, where she studied French and Philosophy among other things. Jo now admits that going there was a "big mistake." When she finished University Joanne got a job as a secretary but was rather disorganised. At meetings she would be jotting down ideas for stories rather than taking notes. Finally when she was 26, she quit the secretary job and took a career teaching English as a foreign language. She loved to read, write, and teach English and in her free time she would write stories, usually set in other worlds and involved some type of magic.
It was during this stage of her life that she came up with the idea for Harry Potter: a boy whose parents had been killed tragically by a dark wizard and who had been sent to live with his Aunt and Uncle. At the age of 11 he discovers that he is a wizard and is sent to a wizard school where he discovers a magical world. J.K. went to Edinburgh to live with her new-born daughter Jessica when she left teaching English.
One year after J.K. Rowling finished the first Harry Potter book she sent it to Christopher Little, now her literary agent, who then sent it on to Bloomsbury Publishers in Britain. Bloomsbury paid her an undisclosed sum of money to quit teaching French in Edinburgh and to start writing full time.
Her published books are: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Quidditch through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.


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