Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Okay, so I am now deep into the part of this tale that I have not seen on film. And once I am done reading this, I intend to watch the series just because. That said, I was mildly disappointed in some of the aspects of this story. Caution...there may be SPOILERS AHEAD.
My biggest issue was with the cast of supporting characters NOT believing Harry when it came to Malfoy and some of the issues going on within the school.. Okay, I can be alright with Dumbledore having his reasons. He has a big picture and therefore, he may not have wanted to upset the plan he had in motion. However, Hermoine and Ron should have known better. They have seen all the stuff around their friend. To be so dismissive did not ring entirely true. Also, even the writing makes it hard to really be convinced that Snape is a bad guy. He could have killed Harry in the duel...Harry should be aware of that instead of becoming more set in his mind, not to mention what he has seen regarding his own father's past treatment of the man. Harry is not stupid and seems to be able to analyze everything EXCEPT that. Granted, if Snape turns out (in book 7) to be the evil person Harry is convinced that he is, then so much for my argument regarding that point.
Overall, there is a lot going on here and the story is moving along well. Looking forward to the conclusion.
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