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Title: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating out of 5:
Reviewed by: Carter Webber
Date: 2011-05-20
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince follows Harry Potter, now known as the “Chosen One”, throughout his sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As the Order of the Phoenix, an anti-dark-arts society, continues to fight Lord Voldemort, mysterious deaths occur regularly and Professor Dumbledore, Hogwarts headmaster, has requested several things from Harry including private lessons to learn about Voldemort’s past and convincing a retired teacher, Horace Slughorn, to return and teach once again. In addition to all of this, he also deals with the grief of losing his godfather, Sirius Black, in the battle at the Ministry of Magic where Voldemort revealed himself to the world after fourteen years of presumed death. Unfortunately, Sirius was the only family member to ever truly care for Harry and his death presents many personal issues. In the wake of Voldemort's reappearance, the Ministry has given Harry and those around him extensive security as Harry is supposedly the one who will eventually defeat Vodemort. In this, Ministry guards or members of the Order constantly surround him. 
At Hogwarts, Harry begins to have suspicions about Draco Malfoy, his enemy at school, and his possible involvement with the Death Eaters, followers of Voldemort. Harry spends countless hours looking at the Marauder’s Map (an in-depth map of Hogwarts that shows people’s locations in the castle at all times) and waiting outside of the room of requirement, where Harry thinks Malfoy hides for the periods of time when Harry notices his absence from the Marauder’s Map. Also, Dumbledore entrusts Harry with the task of retrieving a vital memory from Professor Slughorn that could provide essential information about Voldemort. The story only improves from there.
I think that this book had an excellent plot and is a great addition to the Harry Potter series. Also, the book features an excellent plot twist in the end that will really shock readers.

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