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.
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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