What is it about?
Harry Potter is in his penultimate year at Hogwarts, and things aren’t going to go smoothly. Still grieving for his godfather and fretting over the Dark Lord’s now widely believed return, things start looking up for Harry when he finds an old Potions textbook that seemingly holds all the answers to his academic struggles, but when certain sinister spells are found jotted in the margins doubts are cast about the previous owner’s – the self-proclaimed Half-Blood Prince – true character. Furthermore, Harry is also having to battle feelings for a certain best friend’s little sister.
Is it any good?
Yes! In my humble opinion, this is the best book since Prisoner of Azkaban. We see our beloved J. K. stripping it all back a little and returning to the roots of why everyone fell in love with the Harry Potter books in the first place – good old fashioned magic, centring around our beloved Hogwarts. We also find out a lot more with regards to Voldemort’s backstory, which is both intriguing and extremely well told. Fred and George’s joke shop is utterly genius, and Dumbledore (soon to be Dumbledead) has a level of sass that certainly is magical.
How long did it take to read: four days
This book tastes like: a fancy box of chocolates