Audio Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
The war against Voldemort is not going well: even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of The Daily Prophet looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses. And yet… As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate, and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. So it’s the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Harry struggles to uncover the identity of the Half-Blood Prince, the past owner of a potions textbook he now possesses that is filled with ingenious, potentially deadly, spells. But Harry’s life is suddenly changed forever when someone close to him is heinously murdered right before his eyes. With Dumbledore’s guidance, he seeks out the full, complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort, and thereby attempts to find what may be his only vulnerability.
This book gave me all the feels, the audiobook is absolute perfection! I loved every second of the narrator, especially Luna who had me in fits of giggles. I loved the growth of Harry into this book, he was really figuring out his identity and him talking back to Snape had me pausing the book to laugh out loud. Fleur and Tonks played a prominent, unexpected role in this book and I loved it. They were a welcomed surprise that add the drama, somber, and hilarity to numerous chapters.
I also loved the relationships in this chapter, to see Dumbledore show affection towards Harry had my heart filling with warm, fuzzy feels. Then Harry and Ginny…DEAD, I died and was stunned, excited, and cheering! Ron and Hermione are still tip toeing around each other but Hermione’s level of petty in this book was praise worthy, she was a sly, green-eyed monster. The ending gutted me, for obvious reasons and my heart will need some time to recover prior to diving into the final audiobook in the series but overall I was in love with the character progression, growth, and determination. I finished the audiobook in a short amount of time because I simply couldn’t stop listening, my favorite book in the series so far!