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Pottermore has now launched the 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!

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-18

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Both the story and the storytelling are utterly brilliant. JK Rowling takes you on a marvelous journey increasing the tension leading up to the last book. Bravo.

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  • Hannah
  • 04-11-18

love it but it's jumpy in chapter

love the book and the series and stephen fry but jumpy in chapter 6 :(

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-18

The best series I’ve listened to!!!

It wased veri veri gud I liyked it alot I wood lisen too it agin !!!

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  • lorraine Scott
  • 04-05-18

Love it!

Stephen Fry makes this book come to life! Great to listen to whilst I'm busy round the house or just in the evening before bed as Stephen Fry's voice chills me out 😊

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  • charles hyland
  • 04-04-18

shoking

probably the most I've cried in years ! Harry is given a task to do that his and everyone else's future relies on!

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  • Kai
  • 04-01-18

I really enjoyed this story. Have read this story and watched the film several times and always enjoy re reading it in the series. I enjoyed listening to Stephen Fry reading it, though the voice of Tonks was still annoying. I loved listening to Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts as Harry starts to learn about Voldermort's past. I found that I did not want to stop listening as really enjoyed listening to what was happening at Hogwarts especially at the end. Cannot wait to continue to the last book in the series, definitely an audio book I would recommend Xxxx

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  • andrea ainley
  • 03-29-18

Gripping

I had forgotten the plot since I read the books many years ago. This was full of twists and turns. The best yet.

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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.

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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!

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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
  • 04-15-18

Harry Potter

I loved this book so much I listened to it 2 times I gave it 5 stars because I love Harry potter

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  • Claire
  • 03-15-18

AMAZING BOOK

If you could sum up Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6 in three words, what would they be?

GREAT, FUN, FLOWING

What other book might you compare Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6 to, and why?

Harry Potter and the orderof the pheonix because it is also a very flowing book

Have you listened to any of Stephen Fry’s other performances? How does this one compare?

yes, this one is just the same as the others

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the horcrux at the end

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-15-18

One of the Best

Like all the other HP books it is an amazing listen. Stephen Fry is fantastic beyond words.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-18

loved it, loved it, looks it.

An amazing story read beautifully. what more could you ask for than the marriage of Mr Fry's and the Potter story xo

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  • Keegan
  • 02-28-18

Wonderful and timeless

Love him or hate him, Fry delivers a one of a kind performance of a story that shall never age even as time goes one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-24-18

fucking marvelous

this has always been my favourite book outta the series and stephen fry did and an outstanding job