July 25, 2009

Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince - J. K. Rowling

One book I have managed to focus on and complete in the past week is Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince. Although I have read this book before, when it was first released, I thought (given my completely pathetic memory for things that I read) it might be a good idea to re-read it in preparation for watching the movie.

I'm so glad that I did because I have to say, after watching the movie I was a little disappointed with how it was put together. I know a lot of people and critics are claiming it to be the best Harry Potter movie but I thought it was quite patchy and difficult to follow - and I knew what was going on!! I did love the developing relationships between the characters though - I thought this was presented really well - I just think a Harry Potter movie should be so much more than this. Maybe my expectations were a little high??!!

Anyway, back to the book - the sixth and second last in the series. I remember eagerly awaiting this books release because I had been a little disappointed with the fifth book in the series - Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix - I felt this was a bit of a "filler" book. HP and The HBP is probably my second favourite of all of the books after The Goblet of Fire so I really enjoyed being able to re-read it. I love how this book expands and develops the relationships between the characters and I think this is one of the strengths of the series overall - the characters do develop along with the plot. I also love the sense of mystery that is built up through the book and the history that is provided about Lord Voldemort and why he might be the wizard he has become.

As you can tell I am a huge Harry Potter fan!


Steph said...

Yay! Another person whose favourite HP novel is GoF! I love that one to bits; it never fails to cause me to burst into tears.

I also liked HBP because it was definitely a step up from Book 5, which needed a more cut-throat editor, among other things and I always like when JKR delves into the backstory.

Like you, I do think the book is better than the movie - I am concerned with many of the things they've left out of the film and how they'll play them out in the last one. I was confused as to why certain elements were changed/left in, when other seemingly more crucial elements were cut, but I suppose in time we'll see how this all plays out. The HP books are always great reading choices when you're in a slump! ;)

Nadia said...

I love the HP books and this is one of my faves. I reread it before watching the new movie also. I actually enjoyed the new movie a lot! The book is definitely better than the film, however the film captured some great moments from the book and also created some great scenes that would have fit in nicely within the book. Overall definitely a great HP film. I agree with you that this book is better than the Order of the Phoenix, but HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban is still my favorite book. Definitely some great reads within the HP series!

Anonymous said...

i'm also a huge fan...and recently took my cousin to see the movie version of this book. i hadn't read the book in ages and had forgotten some of the plot! i came home and immediately gobbled up book 7. i love this series. it's truly a masterpiece of children's lit that can be appreciated by people of all ages.

Karen said...

Hi Steph - I cry at the end of GofF too!!

Hi Nadia - The whole series is great isn't it?? I love hearing what books are particular favourites for people and why. Why is Azkaban your fave??

Hi booklineandsinker - I think she should keep writing the series. I was so sad when it came to an end.