Friday, March 4, 2011
Harry Potter Quandaries: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince #6
Since this is my first time reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince again, I thought I'd have a long list of things that stood out to me. Unlike my good friend over at Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books with her awesome literary analysis and quandaries about the book (see the end of her post for additional comments), I felt somewhat stymied! Actually, I think it was laziness on my part, because I just didn't have my reading cap on when I read book six.
One last point that stood out to me in this book was the demise of Dumbledore and Snape's role in it all. First off, the books do an excellent job of weighing out the tension that Harry feels towards Snape and the constant validation Dumbledore, Hagrid, and others at Hogwarts keep giving Snape as their ally. If I heard one more character defend Snape I was going to scream! Listen, I like Snape a lot. In fact, he's been one of my favorites since about book three, but even I was ready to scream, "[you all] do protest too much!" It seemed like a total overkill to constantly be telling Harry that he could trust Snape; it just played with my head and made me remember why I was grasping for book seven as soon as it came out. In book six, it become painfully obvious that it's J.K. Rowling's intentions versus the reader's opinion! Once you read this installment, you have to find out, for sure, what side everyone was playing.
Now that I've finally read book six again, I'm sure I'll have more to consider down the line. This time around though, I just enjoyed that lovely escape factor once again. Like a cherished memory, it took me back to those days when we all anxiously waited for each installment to come out!