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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is currently the featured read in Pottermore’s Wizarding World Book Club. Visit Pottermore to sign up and join weekly Twitter discussions at WW Book Club.

"There it was, hanging in the sky above the school: the blazing green skull with a serpent tongue, the mark Death Eaters left behind whenever they had entered a building...wherever they had murdered...." 

When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny.... 

©2005 J.K. Rowling (P)2015 J.K. Rowling

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"A marriage made in heaven, Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter." ( The Times)

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masterly written and performed

One of my favorite Harry Potter books! read magnifivently by Stephen Fry. This book has it all!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great story

The sixth book of the saga brings to light the transformation of Tom Ridle into Lord Voldemort. As the story progresses, Harry struggles to reconcile his life now that he has lost his godfather - Sirius Black.
This book isn't as dark as the previous one, however, the author maintains the climate of apprehension and seriousness that history has acquired.

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  • Gvido
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 01-30-18

Awesome book

Great story, great performance in reading it aloud - so many facets, subplots and interesting details. I loved it!

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gran libro co.ple expectativas

la voz es exelente diatinges entre personajes. vale la pena y en audio tiene otra magia

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The best read of the 7

Of all the wonderful series of books that stephen fry reads, this has to be the best one. As heartwrenching as the end of this story is itself, it is made more emotional by fry's reading. Alongside laugher, shock and excitement, fry and rowling take you through an intense and submerging story that seems to end way too quickly, even when the book is almost a day's reading long. A personal favorite.

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HP Best book and awesome dramatice by Stephen Fry

Emotional, interesting and powerful. Many secrets of Voldemort and Snape reveled.
Chapter "the cave" is really sad. And Hagrid breaks my heart again :(

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excellent as ever!

loved this one, shame I've only got one left, Steven fry as always nailed it!

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MY FAVORITE

I remember the first time i actually read this book. i knew then it will always be my favorite one. it carries so much emotions and breaks my heart into a million pieces. Listening to it being narrated for the first time - by Stephen - made the book so much more intense. his narration s so on point, he had the hairs on my neck up listening to him.

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What I think about the book

It was great and set out with much detail a good mixture of narration and dialogue but the chapters were a bit long but either than that it is the best book I have ever read

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Spectacular

Each book is special in a different way. I think this is the one where the personality of the sixteen years old Harry comes out the most, and KJR carries this on magisterially.

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  • Simon
  • 12-18-15

Twists, turns and shocks!

This is the sixth of the magical seven, each developing the story and leading to the climactic finale in The Deathly Hallows. JK Rowling uses The Half Blood Prince to further ensnare the reader into the twists that are to reveal themselves in the final conclusion of the story.

Part of the skill really is that these characters genuinely grow as they progress through their school years. As in real life with that growth comes responsibility. Once again Harry is pitted up against his now traditional enemies. Increasingly he starts to see shades of grey rather than simple black and white issues while the stakes become increasingly high.

There are twists, turns, surprises and shocks including for anyone who doesn’t know the stories a huge one at the end which I certainly wouldn’t reveal as it really is a huge development. This is something that continues into the final book so be prepared to constantly re-evaluate characters. The identity of the Half Blood Prince I found particularly intriguing and on first encounter with the stories didn’t see it coming at all.

The depth of the mysterious plot is increased by the beautiful marriage of the antiquities of the wizardly world and the seedier side of modern society such as government corruption and the modern media. The latter most ably represented by the brilliantly presented Rita Skeeter, a journalist so awful she could grace any of our tabloids!

I’m very glad that the author took the longer form for the final few books. This story and its characters needed that depth and the genuine cleverness of this book should not be fully judged in my opinion until the final book, The Deathly Hallows has also been finished. I’ll say no more.

The narration of course, the Master Fryer, little need be said other than a quick “Bravo!”.

One small note. I see all of these books listed under “Children : 8-10”. I would never seek to advise any parents on what their children should or should not read (within reason) and I was happy to let my daughter read these at age 10 when she asked. However, the books changed quite distinctly with the ages of the main characters. A line or two is bound to have been crossed so some parents may well want to review a plot synopsis or research these later books before making a decision on them. Not my call but I suspect some parents might just draw the line for a sensitive 8 or 9 year old.


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  • 11-08-17

Harry and the half blood Prince

This Harry potter book is so full of excitement and it makes it Silk good.

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  • chloeparrot
  • 01-16-17

Excellent performance by Stephen Fry

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, yes, yes - an excellent performance by Stephen Fry of an enthralling, and well told story. Recommended for children of all ages.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6?

Oh so many - when Harry realised that the Half Blood Prince was Snape, the fact that Hermione got annoyed that Harry was doing better than her in Potions, Harry's fight with Malfoy - just to name a few.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favourite?

All of them

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither - just enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

Somewhat different to the film - so should be read first.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • jim gray
  • 02-17-18

a match made in heaven. HP and Stephen fry

I'm really enjoying working my way through the audio books. And I'm nearly 45!! they are brilliant!

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  • Dana Gilbert
  • 02-13-18

The best one!

I love how this book gives us much more in depth information about the characters history and their romantic emotions!

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  • Jennifer Chennell
  • 02-05-18

Brilliant

like all Potter fans i think these book are all brilliant each better then the one before.

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  • tjc
  • 01-30-18

Steven Fry - And The Chosen Book Reader

Best Audible reader I have ever heard, voices are great, also, stupendous character impressions. Nobody could have done it better.
Best Moment:
''Mrs Cole???????''

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  • Sarah
  • 01-22-18

Totally magical!!

I loved the way Stephen Fry really captures that sense of magic ! My favourite charter was Hermione Granger because she is a bit of a know it all just like me! I recommend this to any one that loves adventure , mischief and most of all magic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • MJ Heathfield
  • 01-21-18

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  • Markyboy13
  • 01-17-18

Great from start to finish.

A fantastic story, read brilliantly by Stephen Fry can't wait to listen to the next book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-19-16

Nothing better.

Brilliant!
Perfect reading of a perfect story.
Not to be missed by young or old.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • V. Stacey
  • 08-05-16

awesome

Stephen Fry brings this story alive like no other could. can listen to this over and over!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Carolyn
  • 08-01-16

Stephen Fry is a master! Again!

one of the saddest, most shocking books of the series and Stephen Fry conveys all of it brilliantly! can't thankyou enough!

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  • kristine
  • 07-30-17

Roses review

This book is an amazing book I loved Stephen fry's reading expressions


I would recommend this book for ages 9+ I give this book a ten out of ten for everything

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-18

THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!

I adore it. Such a good book, I listened to it about 10 times! Recommend this book to EVERYONE!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-25-18

loved it

Stephen Fry makes it hilariously enjoyable. Can't wait for the next Harry Potter book 😊

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-29-17

Perfect

the narrator is perfect
very interesting
loved it so much
great plot
very very good

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  • Steph
  • 12-29-17

amazing

This book is amazing, I have listened to this audio book 4 times through and I will be reading it again and again.

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  • Bridget Fair
  • 12-08-17

The half blood prince

Hi I really liked the half blood prince it was so good and exciting thanks again for the book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-17

Superb!

Stephen Fry is now part of the family! We love all the books but this is one of our favourites.