Pin It
Favorite

Book Review 

By Leah Sottile & r & Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling & r & Whenever I finish a Harry Potter book, I close the back cover feeling fulfilled, optimistic and pleasantly -- not urgently -- anticipating J.K. Rowling's next volume.


But when I finished her latest, Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince, I finished, closed the cover, set it down and said, "Well, what the f-- is Harry going to do now?!" I seriously said that -- to my cat.


Because this is not the Harry Potter of Sorcerer's Stone days. In this volume, there's no more silly piddling with the Dursleys and no Basic Wizardry pissing contests with Draco Malfoy. No, this Harry Potter is older -- he's into toppling evil, getting chicks and destroying Death Eaters. He's like the Kid Rock of Hogwarts.


With a chilling prophecy fresh on his mind and the death of a close friend still warm, Harry now knows his destiny and fully understands his power. Harry's not just one of those kids who will use his education to make magic wands or run joke shops. He's a wizard fighting the terrorists of evil.


Now in his sixth year at Hogwarts, Harry runs across a former student's textbook, a chap named the Half-Blood Prince. Sounds suspicious? Of course it does, but you can bet your butter beer that Harry is the last one to think so. Tempted by the Half-Blood Prince's potion-making genius and unconventional spells, Harry fends off Ron and Hermione's cautions about the strange book -- which lands him in his stickiest situation yet. Next thing you know, he'll be popping speed for all-night study sessions.


So there's some heavy content, but this is still a kid's book. There's plenty of silly Quidditch matches and classroom ballyhoo. Fully loaded with testosterone, Harry and Ron aren't the little pink-cheeked lads they were before. They are looking to get (it) on. Really.


While the days of Harry's naivet & eacute; are long gone, Rowling is not writing anything that would be too shocking to kids here. Harry, Ron and Hermione have simply grown up alongside their fans. They are worried about their future, their peers and their place in the world -- and those are issues that can speak to any reader. But unlike so many real-life issues, at the end of this Harry Potter book, Harry is the only living hope that love and good will prevail. Gulp. That's not exactly like choosing whether to take the SAT and go to college.

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • OK, Hold Your Nose
  • OK, Hold Your Nose

    Everything you need to know before Election Day
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • Base of Support
  • Base of Support

    Polling local leaders and opinion-makers about presidential politics
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • The Messenger
  • The Messenger

    Local leaders weigh in on how Donald Trump's campaign has impacted racism in America
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat
Bodies Human: Anatomy in Motion

Bodies Human: Anatomy in Motion @ Mobius Science Center

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 31

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Leah Sottile

  • Imaginary Friends
  • Imaginary Friends

    The very real role that fantasy plays in our everyday lives
    • Aug 13, 2014
  • Expert Advice
  • Expert Advice

    Dab? Vape? Indica? Sativa? A few tips for beginners
    • Jul 9, 2014
  • Gone Solo, Not Soft
  • Gone Solo, Not Soft

    After three decades of Melvins records, Buzz Osborne makes an awesome album by himself
    • Jun 18, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • To Kill the Black Snake

    Historic all-tribes protest at Standing Rock is meant to stop the destruction of the earth for all
    • Sep 8, 2016
  • Murrow's Nightmare

    Debate moderators need to be much more than an onstage prop to make our democracy work
    • Sep 15, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

election 2016


trail mix


Briefs


green zone


marijuana


Readers also liked…

  • The Virtue of Renee
  • The Virtue of Renee

    After a homeless woman was run over while sleeping outdoors, her family grapples with the events that led her there
    • Mar 11, 2015
  • Hierarchy of Needs
  • Hierarchy of Needs

    Spokane experiments with Housing First programs
    • May 13, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation