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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

J. K. Rowling

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full title ·  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

author · J. K. Rowling

type of work · Children’s novel

genre · Fantasy, coming-of-age narrative

language · English

time and place written · Scotland, 2004

date of first publication · July 16, 2005

publisher · Scholastic Inc.

narrator · Third-person, very close to Harry Potter

point of view · Third-person subjective, with insights into Harry’s private thoughts

tone · Ominous, suspenseful, clever

tense · Past

setting (time) · Present day

setting (place) · Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, United Kingdom

protagonist · Harry Potter

major conflict · Harry and Dumbledore must collect six Horcruxes belonging to the evil Lord Voldemort to render him mortal again.

rising action · Katie Bell is cursed and Ron is poisoned, both by objects intended for someone else. Harry tries to establish the guilt of Draco and Snape.

climax · Snape, Professor of Potions, murders Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts.

falling action · Dumbledore is buried, and Hogwarts may or may not reopen the following year.

themes · The importance of friendship, the power of self-sacrifice, trust

motifs · Watching, names, duplicity

symbols · The Half-Blood Prince’s Potions Book, Merope’s locket, Dumbledore’s Pensieve

foreshadowing · Harry overhears a suspicious conversation between Snape and Draco Malfoy. Harry is paralyzed while invisible in Draco’s train car, just as he is when Dumbledore is killed.

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Harry did not come up academically short

by missbella1245, January 01, 2014

He received an Outstanding on his Defense Against the Dark Arts OWL and Exceeds Expectations in; Potions, Transfiguration, Charms, Herbology, and Care of Magical Creatures. Those are top grades he was only one of twelve students able to make it to advanced Potions and Minerva McGonagall herself complimented Harry on his Transfiguration OWL. "I was pleased with your Transfiguration mark, Potter, very pleased." I understand that your trying to get across that Harry isn't perfect we get that but, your also not doing him justice which isn't fair.

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