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That J.K.Rowling

July 21st, 2005 (02:54 am)

current mood: Microwave going to eat me
current song: Iris - Goo Goo Dolls

Oh, that silly J.K. Rowling.

I've just gone and stayed up 2 hours to finish off J.K. Rowling's sixth book in the Harry Potter series - the Half-Blood Prince.

Now, I warn you, if you haven't read the book, and you don't want any spoilers, stop reading.

With that being said, I found the book exhilirating near the end like the past couple of books, however I can safely say I'm satisfied with how it turned out. I remember hypothesising about all sorts of thing when I started reading the book around the time Goblet of Fire came out. Suffice to say, mostly none of my guesses panned out. They were centred around Ron turning evil and the ilk, but as any reader who has finished Prince would see, it doesn't appear to be likely.

I was kind of amazed at Snape's betrayel, and Dumbledore's apparent wearkening before his death. Also, as in most of the HP books, I scream at Harry all the time about what he's done or should have done to save the day as in this case, reveal that he's been cheating using the Half-Blood Prince's potions book. I was thoroughly amazed that Snape was the Half-Blood Prince as by my discussions with Kiri where she told me that apparently J.K. had leaked that Rufus Scrimgeour was the half-blood prince, or hinted to the fact that the prince would be lion-like in character, and the early description of Scrimgeour as having a mane immediately led me to believe that he was it even though there was no corroborating evidence.

As for Snape's betrayel, my friend had already shown me a site which has since been taken down (but a mirror can be found here) that was taken from a page in the book where Harry tells Hagrid about Snape killing Dumbledore. The only descrepency I found between the leaked page and the one in the book is that the page numbers are different.

Overall, I cried when they buried Dumbledore just because of my feeling of loss that I'm sure J.K. wanted. Without a father figure in my life, I feel sad when one departs or when one is praised, just because it motivates me to be like such a figure, and makes me yearn for the ability to have one.

Oh, and on the question of who R.A.B. is, I was told that it quite possibly could be Regulus Black, which might work, however, I was always under the impression that he was evil. Oh well, only a couple of more years til we find out - or whenever the next book comes out.

Oh, here's a wikipedia article regarding some of the speculation about Prince that has led up to the book being released. Here's the wikipedia regarding the book.


Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: July 25th, 2005 06:18 am (UTC)

Well, in (book 5 i believe?) Regulus was a death eater, however, he also betrayed Voldemort somehow, which is why he died. And in the note from the locket, RAB writes, "I face death in the hope that when you meet your match, you will be mortal once more." So I think it is possible that Regulus, after deciding he didn't want to be a death eater, took the Horcrux and either destroyed, or attempted to destroy it. And I like the idea that it is somehow still in Sirius Black's house.


Posted by: sith_praetorian (sith_praetorian)
Posted at: July 25th, 2005 10:09 am (UTC)
Re: Regulus

Didn't they mention in the beginning of the fifth book that there was a Black family heirloom, a locket, that they could not open as they were cleaning out Grimauld place for the order?

Posted by: Kiri (lioma)
Posted at: July 27th, 2005 03:06 am (UTC)

The pages are probably different because the Americans have a different copy of Harry Potter because they're all snooty and stupid and don't know what a philosopher is. Which is why to them it's the sorcerer's stone.

I thought the book was drawn out. Everything happened slowly. And for chapters on end nothing really happened.

Personally I think the best spoiler you could have told people is about the horcruxes, not snape killing Dumbledore. The horcruxes were really the most important thing in the book if you ask me. Especially since they explain so very much about everything.

And as far as I can see Regulus sounds like the most likely candidate. But it could be some random character Rowling has never introduced to us. Although this late in the series that could be difficult.

Ah well, no use spending a few years dwelling on it. Next book won't come out for a while.

Posted by: sith_praetorian (sith_praetorian)
Posted at: July 27th, 2005 11:42 am (UTC)

2008 or something?

Maybe you can buy it for me for an IRS present ;)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: August 8th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
I Think that...

Snape is still a good guy. He HAD to kill Dumbledore, if you forgot, he had made the unbreakable vow to mrs malfoy to help her son with his task. Call me crazy but I still think he is on the good side.

As far as who D.A.B. is, I have no idea.

I predict a return-of-the-jedi-esque ending, with harry being luke, lord v being the emperor and snape being vader.

Oh and thanks a lot for ruining the ending of the book for me chris, I am going to have to get the next one before you do.

Posted by: sith_praetorian (sith_praetorian)
Posted at: August 9th, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)
Re: I Think that...

I don't think Snape is a good guy... THis is all based on the supposition that Dumbleore knew what was happening.. and from how it's described in the book, it appears as if things horribly went wrong in Dumbledore's little chess game.

I think that the final chapter is going to be about Harry understanding that it's his love that is going to overcome Voldemort, because he still struggles with it by the end of the book, and I think that if he does see Snape or Malfoy again, Harry will only have one thing on his mind.. revenge.

No matter how much explaining or good Snape does, I doubt Harry will ever forgive him, because on top of killing Dumbledore, Snape basically gave his parents to Voldemort. That being said, Snape's a marked man in the wizarding community and if anything might be an 11th hour hero. But still, Harry won't forgive him...

Of the characters who Harry might forgive is Malfoy, he seemed to be the one who had the greatest chance of repentence. I would like to see Malfoy and Snape being destroyed by DeathEaters as Harry moves on to kill Voldemort, that would be great.. killing off those two scum.. heh

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