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
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
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.