(From the publisher):
The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.
As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate—and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.
So it’s the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort—and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.
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Original title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Fantasy→ Witches & Wizards
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince had an initial print run of 10.8 million copies. In its first 24 hours on the market, it sold an estimated 6.9 million copies, breaking the previous single day record of 5 million books set by the fifth book in the series. (NY Times, 18 July 2005)
- Dedication reads To Mackenzie, my beautiful daughter, I dedicate her ink-and-paper twin.