A novel by J.K. Rowling (2005,
Harry Potter, book 6
become more bold, Harry becomes more suspicious of Malfoy, and takes
special lessons about the enemy from the headmaster during his sixth
year at wizarding school.
Read June 4th to 19th, 2016 in
While the plot of this book was
light, we were introduced to many interesting situations, fun character
interactions, and a finale that leaves the reader wondering where the
stories can go from here.
I do truly enjoy returning to Hogwarts, and I
liked the fact that although Harry was obsessed with finding out what
Malfoy was up to, it didn’t get in the way like his anger did in the
last book. This one was more like
Prisoner of Azkaban, in that the students go to school, learn about
magic, learn about Valdemort, and get caught up in events by the end.
This story follows them through their courses, while introducing us to a
couple of new characters. There is very little story here, except that
Valdemort and the Death Eaters are trying to gain recruits among the
magical population, and if they don’t want to help, they either
disappear, or they get under the Imperius curse, forcing them to do
The most interesting aspect of the book, of
course, was learning about Valdemort’s history. It done with the extra
lessons that Dumbledore is giving Harry, as during each lesson, they
examine a different memory in the Pensieve. We get to see Valdemort’s
grandfather, uncle and mother, and the muggle that she bewitched. Then
Tom Riddle in the orphanage after his father left them and his mother
abandoned the baby. The after-effects of Tom killing his father and
blaming it on his grandfather are that Tom can now split his soul,
because he has murdered. And Tom went on to collect various artefacts of
magical nature, which he would ultimately use as hoarcruxes.
liked the way the author used the death of Aragog the giant spider to
get Hagrid and Slughorn together, with Slughorn taking the opportunity
to gather venom and Hagrid issuing drinks to toast Aragog. I don’t know
if the lucky potion was necessary for this to work, but it added a bit
of humor to the dark story, so it doesn’t bother me much. Slughorn gets
drunk, and Harry gets the unaltered memory from him, which tells that
Riddle wanted seven hoarcruxes.
After this revelation,
Dumbledore takes Harry on a trip to find one of the hoarcruxes, in a
cave lake protected by various magical spells. Dumbledore is weakened by
emptying the poison from the bowl, so he isn’t ready when the Death
Eaters arrive. He seems to know what is coming, though, because he
freezes Harry in place under his invisibility cloak. Malfoy, however,
can’t kill Dumbledore as he was supposed to do. So Snape does it
instead. Although I’ve seen the movies, I don’t recall the reason
Dumbledore thought that he needed to die at this point.
Harry have identified many of the hoarcruxes, and they incorrectly (if I
recall) think that the snake is one of them. But the one that they
recover that weakens Dumbedore turns out to be a copy –that one was
already stolen by somebody. Who, I don’t remember at all, so it will be
interesting to see if it was worth it.
Of course, Dumbledore’s
death shows that Harry was right to be concerned about Malfoy, just like
he was right to be upset in the last
I don’t recall any mention of Harry’s reinstatement to
Quiddach after being banned last book, but I guess Dumbledore can do a
lot of good, there, even if he isn’t on speaking terms with the new
Minister of Magic. The new Minister scares the Prime Minister, which is
rather funny, but annoys Harry. It’s amazing that Harry would ever
consider working for them in later years.
I liked the focus on
school here, especially the continuation of their exam results from the
previous term/book. On the other hand, I also liked the way Ron’s
brothers were able to successfully set up their joke shop even though
they dropped out of school. The proliferation of their supplies in the
school injected a lot of good humor into the story. Also welcome once
again was Dobby, who gets to keep an eye on Sirius’ old house elf,
inherited by Harry after Sirius’ death.
I can’t wait for the
story to continue, even though I know the ending. The books add so much
depth to the movies, which only scratch the surface of the story.