Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling and the sixth and penultimate novel in the Harry Potter series. Set during protagonist Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts, the novel explores the past of Harry’s nemesis, Lord Voldemort, and Harry’s preparations for the final battle against Voldemort alongside his headmaster and mentor Albus Dumbledore.

TABLE OF CONTENT

1. The Other Minister
2. Spinner’s End
3. Will and Won’t
4. Horace Slughorn
5. An Excess of Phlegm
6. Draco’s Detour
7. The Slug Club
8. Snape Victorious
9. The Half-Blood Prince
10. The House of Gaunt
11. Hermione’s Helping Hand
12. Silver and Opals
13. The Secret Riddle
14. Felix Felicis
15. The Umbreakable Vow
16. A Very Frosty Christmas
17. A Sluggish Memory
18. Birthday Surprises
19. Elf Tails
20. Lord Voldemort’s Request
21. The Unknowable Room
22. After the Burial
23. Horcruxes
24. Sectumsempra
25. The Seer Overheard
26. The Cave
27. The Lightning-Struck Tower
28. Flight of the Prince
29. The Phoenix Lament
30. The White Tomb

THE COVER OF THE BOOK

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The book was published in the United Kingdom by Bloomsbury, and in the United States by Scholastic on 16 July 2005, as well as in several other countries. It sold nine million copies in the first 24 hours after its release, a record at the time which was eventually broken by its sequel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. There were many controversies before and after it was published, including the right to read the copies delivered prior to the release date in Canada. Reception to the novel was generally positive and it won several awards and honours, including the 2006 British Book of the Year award.

Reviewers noted that the book took on a darker tone than its previous predecessors, though it did contain some humour. Some considered the main themes to be love, death, trust, and redemption. The considerable character development of Harry and many other teenage characters also drew attention.

The film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released 15 July 2009 by Warner Bros.

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