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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
J. K. Rowling Jason Cockcroft (UK) Mary GrandPré (US)
Fantasy Bloomsbury (UK) Arthur A. Levine/ Scholastic (US) Raincoast (Canada)
16 July 2005
Sales Story timeline Chapters Pages Six 65 million. Reviewers noted that the book took on a darker tone than its predecessors. including the right to read the copies delivered prior to the release date in Canada. though it did contain humour. K. It sold nine million copies in the first 24 hours after its release. the novel explores the past of Harry's nemesis. Lord Voldemort. as well as in several other countries. Some considered the main themes to be love and death. There were many controversies before and after it was published. including the 2006 British Book of the Year award. a record at the time which was eventually broken by its sequel. Reception to the novel was generally positive and it won several awards and honours. and Harry's preparations for the final battle alongside his headmaster and mentor Albus Dumbledore. Set during protagonist Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts. and trust and redemption. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. 1 August 1996-10 June 1997 30 607 (UK) 652 (US) ISBN Preceded by 0747581088 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Followed by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth and penultimate novel in the Harry Potter series by British author J. The book was published in the United Kingdom by Bloomsbury and in the United States by Scholastic on 16 July 2005. Rowling.Book no. The character development of Harry and several other teenage characters was also remarked upon. .
Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione follow Draco Malfoy to Dark Arts supplier Borgin and Burkes.2 Awards and honours o 5. . to return to teaching. Dumbledore collects Harry from his aunt and uncle's house. when shopping for schoolbooks. the previous Potions teacher. Harry is instantly suspicious of Draco.The film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released 15 July 2009 by Warner Bros. meets with Narcissa Malfoy. On their way to the home of Harry's best friend Ron Weasley and family. The students return to school. mother of Harry's school rival Draco and wife of Lucius. promising to protect Draco.1 Plot summary 2 Development o 2. and his wrath has been felt in both the Muggle and Wizarding worlds.1 Franchise o 2. Harry and Dumbledore stop to persuade Horace Slughorn. the Order of the Phoenix. former Potions teacher at Hogwarts. where they overhear Draco insisting that the store-owner fix an unknown object. an imprisoned Death Eater.3 Sales 6 Translations 7 Editions 8 Film adaptation 9 References 10 External links  Synopsis  Plot summary Lord Voldemort has returned to power. Later. Contents [hide] • • • • • • • • • • 1 Synopsis o 1. long considered an enemy of Voldemort and a member of Dumbledore's anti-Voldemort coalition. Snape makes an Unbreakable Vow to Narcissa. Severus Snape.1 Right-to-read controversy 4 Style and themes 5 Publication and reception o 5.2 Background 3 Controversies o 3. whom he believes to be a Death Eater like his father.1 Critical reception o 5. and Dumbledore announces that Snape. and he finally agrees.
acting on his mission from Voldemort. and the other two are suspected to be hidden in objects belonging to Hufflepuff.the same cave in which Voldemort tortured other children when he was younger. A. to Hermione's delight. completion of which would make Voldemort one step closer to mortal. eventually leading him into dividing his soul into seven Horcruxes. Harry learns about Voldemort's family and the influences that corrupted Voldemort. Later.will be teaching Defence Against the Dark Arts. Because of Dumbledore's death. They reach the basin where the locket is hidden underneath a potion. an army of re-animated corpses. young Voldemort's diary and his grandfather's ring. Harry realizes that when Draco is not on the map. but until he knows exactly what Draco is using the room for." . Dumbledore tries to stall Draco by telling him he is not a killer. Ron acquires a new girlfriend. have already been destroyed. Dumbledore drinks the potion and Harry fights off Voldemort's Inferi. one resides in Voldemort. sending him flying over the edge of the tower. Dumbledore schedules regular meetings with Harry in which they use Dumbledore's Pensieve to look at memories of those who have had direct contact with Voldemort. Harry tries his best to get in to see what Draco is up to. while Slughorn will resume his post as Potions teacher. which is heavily annotated and helps Harry excel in Potions. he cannot gain access. of whom Hermione is extremely jealous. Dumbledore uses his magic to freeze Harry in place while Harry remains hidden by his cloak of invisibility. They take the locket and return to Hogwarts as quickly as possible. When they arrive at the tower. Harry receives a used Potions textbook that once belonged to someone named "The HalfBlood Prince". Lavender Brown. Voldemort's symbol. though he often cannot find him on his Marauder's map of Hogwarts. and when they reach Hogsmeade they can see that the Dark Mark. and later used to hide his Horcrux. and Harry feels stuck in the middle of his friends' bickering. Harry looks at the locket he and Dumbledore retrieved and realizes that it is not the real Horcrux. but then Snape bursts into the tower and kills Dumbledore. one resides in Voldemort's snake. Harry spends much of his time keeping up with his duties as Quidditch captain and following Draco Malfoy for any proof of suspicious actions. his spell on Harry is broken and Harry rushes after Snape to avenge Dumbledore's death. Of the remaining. one is Slytherin's locket. Draco Malfoy arrives and disarms and threatens to kill Dumbledore. and Ron and Lavender break up. B. Inside the locket is a note from someone named "R. Eventually. which transforms into whatever its user needs. or Ravenclaw. They journey to the middle of a treacherous sea into a cave that Dumbledore senses is protected with magic . is visible above the astronomy tower. Snape reveals that he is the Half-Blood Prince and manages to escape. Eventually Harry and Dumbledore leave Hogwarts to fetch and destroy the locket Horcrux. he is using the Room of Requirement on the seventh floor of Hogwarts. Two of these. Harry falls in love with Ginny. Ron's sister. Dumbledore is quite weak. Believing that Harry needs to learn Voldemort's past to gain advantage in a foretold fight.
 The second book.to 11-year-olds category of the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize. "I like it better than I liked 'Goblet'.7 million copies in the UK and 8. This was a lesson learned after she did not check the plan for Goblet of Fire and had to rewrite a third of the book. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.  Background Rowling stated that she had Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince "planned for years". Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was published on 8 July 2000 at the same time by Bloomsbury and Scholastic. By the end of 1997. Harry is devastated to think that he trusted and took help from the man who would turn out to be Dumbledore's murderer. was born. When asked if she liked the book. Ultimately you have to please yourself before you please anyone else!" Rowling revealed the title of Half-Blood Prince on her website on 29 June 2004. was released 21 July 2007. Book six does what I wanted it to do and even if nobody else likes it (and some won't). was first published by Bloomsbury in 1997.After Dumbledore's funeral. was a concept Rowling tried to start Philosopher's Stone. was released 21 June 2003. the Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge. He tells his friends he will not be returning to Hogwarts next year and will instead search out and kill Voldemort by destroying all of the Horcruxes. the UK edition won a National Book Award and a gold medal in the 9. Hermione explains to Harry that Snape was called the HalfBlood Prince because he had a Muggle father and a witch mother whose maiden name was Prince. This was the title she had once considered for the second book. The book sold 11 million copies within 24 hours of its release: 2. and his successor. I know it will remain one of my favourites of the series. Rufus Scrimgeour. although Goblet of Fire was the hardest to write. The first chapter. She started writing the book before her third son. the longest novel in the Harry Potter series. which features the meeting between the Muggle Prime Minister. Prisoner of Azkaban. She stated that she was "seriously upset" writing the end of the book. Ron and Hermione vow to join him. and Order of the Phoenix. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. the seventh and final novel. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was then published a year later in the UK on 8 July 1999 and in the US on 8 September 1999. she responded. with an initial print-run of 500 copies in hardback. Chamber of Secrets. . The first book in the series.3 million in the US. David. was originally published in the UK on 2 July 1998 and in the US on 2 June 1999. 300 of which were distributed to libraries. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. but she took a break to care for him. After the publishing of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. but she spent two months going over her plan before she began writing seriously. "The Other Minister".  Development  Franchise Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth book in the Harry Potter series. 'Phoenix or 'Chamber' when I finished them. but she found "it finally works" in Half-Blood Prince.
In May 2005. she announced she had finished writing it. in response to Greenpeace's campaign on using forest friendly paper for big-name authors. The injunction sparked a number of news articles alleging that the injunction had restricted fundamental rights. "lightness [is] slimmer than ever in this darkening series. I felt depressed by the time I was twothirds of the way through". broken. as it was "brooding. Additionally. Bloomsbury unveiled the cover on 8 March 2005. Purchasers were offered a Harry Potter T-shirt and an autographed copy of the book if they returned their copies before 16 July. bookmakers in the UK suspended bets on which main character would die in the book amid fears of insider knowledge. British Columbia. Raincoast Books. The Globe and Mail published a review from two UK-based writers in its 16 July edition and posted the Canadian writer's review on its website at 9:00 that morning. A number of high value bets were made on the death of Albus Dumbledore..though she decided that the information disclosed belonged more in book six. She also compared the setting to Charles Dickens's depictions of London. Richard Stallman called for a boycott. it was believed. On 15 July. Canadian law professor Michael Geist posted commentary on his blog. would be seen as a violation of the trade secret injunction. as living character as any other". less than twelve hours before the book went on sale in the Eastern time zone. gold-lit.  Right-to-read controversy In early July 2005. Bloomsbury published the book on 30% recycled paper. Raincoast warned The Globe and Mail newspaper that publishing a review from a Canada-based writer at midnight. The Canadian publisher. many coming from the town of Bungay where. a Real Canadian Superstore in Coquitlam. Betting was later reopened. Commentary was also provided on the Raincoast website. [there is] a new charge of gloom and darkness.. The Boston Globe reviewer Liz Rosenberg wrote. along with the release date of 16 July. obtained an injunction from the Supreme Court of British Columbia prohibiting the purchasers from reading the books before the official release date or from discussing the contents. as the paper had promised. Canada. accidentally sold fourteen copies of The Half-Blood Prince before the authorised release date. requesting that the publisher issue an apology.  Controversies The record-breaking publication of Half-Blood Prince was accompanied by controversy. The Christian Science Monitor's reviewer Yvonne Zipp considered the first half to contain a lighter tone to soften the unhappy ending. On 21 December 2004. the books were being printed at the time.  Style and themes Some reviewers noted that Half-Blood Prince contained a darker tone unlike the previous Potter novels. Christopher Paolini called the darker tone "disquieting" because it was so different from .
and humor. as the later.is so immense that it cannot be rescued by a snicker or a smirk".. They considered Rowling's "wry wit" to turn into "outright merriment". teacher to student. romance and snappy dialogue". She acknowledged that "the books are dark and scary in places" but "no darkness in Half-Blood Prince.the earlier books. thoughtful and likely wondering where Voldemort has got to. delighted. pointed out that the change of tone was "disquieting" as the world evolved. that he was "no longer a boy wizard. Julia Keller. Yvonne Zipp of The Christian Science Monitor praised the way Rowling evolved Harry into a teenager and how the plot threads found as far back as Chamber of Secrets came into play. she considered Rowling's gift "not so much for language as for characterization and plotting". Rosenberg considered the two main themes of Half-Blood Prince to be love and death and praised Rowling's "affirmation of their central position in human lives". surprised.  Publication and reception  Critical reception Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince received generally positive reviews. but not uncomfortably shocking". Paolini had similar views. and compared this concept to works such as Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time and Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. On the other hand. a contributor to The New York Times book review. which she thought "would add a greater layer of nuance and complexity to some characters who could sorely use it".. since he appears only in flashbacks". She considered that Rowling was suggesting that difficult times could be worked through with imagination. considering that the . The Boston Globe correspondent Liz Rosenberg wrote.. highlighted the humour found in the novel and claimed it to be the success of the Harry Potter saga. Kirkus Reviews said it "will leave readers pleased. and praised the character development. scared. writing for Entertainment Weekly. excited. a critic for the Chicago Tribune. he's a young man. Christopher Paolini. also noted that Half-Blood Prince was "far darker" but "leavened with humor. but called the climax "tragic. hope. a critic of the San Francisco Chronicle considered the "darkness as a sign of our paranoid times" and singled out curfews and searches that were part of the tightened security at Hogwarts. sad. Deepti Hajela also pointed out Harry's character development. determined to seek out and face a young man's challenges". Zipp considered trust and redemption to be themes promising to continue in the final book. Liesl Schillinger of The New York Times praised the novel's various themes and suspenseful ending.. "the children have changed. Liesl Schillinger. infuriated. darker novels were written after that event. and the romances that developed between the characters. She suggested a connection to the September 11 attacks. though he considered Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire the best. "The book bears the mark of genius on every page" and praised the imagery and darker tone of the book. David Kipen. She considered love to be represented in several forms: the love of parent to child. claiming. However. she noted that it "gets a little exposition-heavy in spots" and older readers may have seen the ending coming. amused.they act like real teenagers".
series could be crossing over from fantasy to horror. which prompted Scholastic to rush an additional 2.. was generally positive about the book but was concerned whether young children could handle the material. 1.  Awards and honours Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has won several awards. expressing that the "main problem" was that Rowling "has now written six of these bricks. Order of the Phoenix. breaking the record held by the previous novel. with 1. the book sold 9 million copies worldwide.com. Delaware for the midnight release of the book Before publication. It also won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Seal for notable book.  The San Francisco Chronicle book critic David Kipen was more mixed. As it was the penultimate book in the series. Within the first nine weeks of . they're certainly not getting any fresher". a staff writer of the Los Angeles Times. Within the first 24 hours of release. The initial print run for Half-Blood Prince was a record-breaking 10. In the United States. Cultural critic Julia Keller of the Chicago Tribune called it the "most eloquent and substantial addition to the series thus far" and considered the key to the success of the Potter novels to be humour. Kipen felt that Half-Blood Prince was intented "to tide us over" and that it "often plays like a mere overture to the finale to come".4 million advanced orders were place for Half-Blood Prince on Amazon.S.  Sales Potter fans wait in lines outside a Borders in Newark. 2 million in the UK and about 6. Even if they were getting better.9 million in the U. although he noted that Harry's farewell to Ginny was reminiscent of Batman and Superman.3 million. including the 2006 British Book of the Year Award and the 2006 Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children's Books for ages 8–12 in its native United Kingdom. He also criticised some of Rowling's "flat and familiar" descriptions but considered the romantic feelings to be realistic. It won both the 2005 reader-voted Quill Awards for Best Book of the Year and Best Children's Book. the American Library Association listed it among its 2006 Best Books for Young Adults. Emily Green.7 million copies into print. The Associated Press writer Deepti Hajela praised the newfound emotional tones and aging Harry to the point where "younger fans may find that [the series] has grown up too much".8 million.
the paperback edition was released in Canada and the U. 11 million copies of the U. read by Jim Dale. Simultaneous to the original hardcover release was the U. adult edition. Bloomsbury later released a paperback "Special Edition" on 6 July 2009 and a "Signature Edition" paperback on 1 November 2010. Two days later on 25 July. it was eventually translated into 67 languages. Also released on 16 July was the Scholastic "Deluxe Edition".. and the earliest were not expected to be released until the fall of 2005. However. Half-Blood Prince was released as a paperback on 23 June 2006 in the U. Australia. the screenplay was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman and David Barron. besting the adaption of Order of the Phoenix by twenty percent. far before German translator Klaus Fritz could translate and publish the book. translators did not get to start on translating Half-Blood Prince until its English release date.  Translations See also: Harry Potter in translation Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was published simultaneously in the UK. The film is 153 minutes long. Upon its release to critical and commercial success. the film became the only entry in the series to gain an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography.K. featuring a new cover. the US. where it had an initial print run of 2 million copies.publication. In Germany.  Film adaptation Main article: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film) The film adaptation of the sixth book was originally scheduled to be released on 21 November 2008. making it the third longest Harry Potter film of the series. To celebrate the release of the American paperback edition. set sales records with 165. Scholastic held a six-week sweepstakes event in which participants in an online poll were entered to win prizes. and which was also released as a paperback on 23 June. audiobook.000 copies.  . because of high security surrounding the manuscript. Canada.  Editions Since its wide hardcover release on 16 July 2005.S. a group of "hobby translators" translated the book via Internet in less than two days after release.S. Directed by David Yates.K. edition were reported to have been sold. The U. New Zealand and South Africa. but was changed to 15 July 2009. which featured reproductions of Marie Grandpré's artwork and had a print run of about 100. Along with the rest of the books in the Harry Potter series.S.000 sold over two days.
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