I Re-read half blood prince recently, and it made me remember why its my favourite book from the series.
- DUMBLEDORE AND HARRY- I know a lot of people have mixed feelings about Dumbledore throughout the series but honestly, he’s one of my favourite characters, and in hbp we get to see the best(and last) of him.We get insight into the close bond between Harry and Dumbledore and we also get to see how brave,kind,intelligent wise and FULL OF LOVE he really is(was). Also literally everything that comes out of his mouth is a quote you can live your life by.He equips Harry with tools that are likely to save his life several times and help him on his mission.
“He accused me of being Dumbledore’s man through and through.”
“How very rude of him.”
“I told him I was.”
Dumbledore opened his mouth to speak and then closed it again. Fawkes the phoenix let out a low, soft, musical cry. To Harry’s intense embarrassment, he suddenly realized that Dumbledore’s bright blue eyes looked rather watery, and stared hastily at his own knee. When Dumbledore spoke, however, his voice was quite steady.
“I am very touched, Harry.”
“It’s going to be all right, sir,” Harry said over and over again, more worried by Dumbledore’s silence than he had been by his weakened voice. “We’re nearly there … I can Apparate us both back … don’t worry …”
“I am not worried, Harry,” said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. “I am with you.”
“Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.”
2.RON AND HERMIONE-
This book was THE BOOK for Romione shippers. It may not have been where they first kissed but after this book everyone knew the extent of their relationship and how adorable the idea of Romione was. Their feelings for each other are made evident when say -Hermione confunds Cormac, so Ron would get selected for keeper or when she smells Ron in Amortentia(doesn’t actually say but come on!) or when Ron becomes angry and doesn’t speak to Hermione when he learns that she snogged Viktor Krum and we all know that the whole lavender endeavor was just to make Hermione jealous as was Hermione taking Cormac to Slughorns party. These two keep dancing around each other but they finally seem to admit to themselves how they feel about the other and although there is a lot of jealousy and hurt involved their relationship progresses the most in this book. Even Harry seems to realize his two best friends might be falling for each other.
“I love you, Hermione,” said Ron, sinking back, rubbing his eyes wearily.
Hermione turned faintly pink, but merely said, “Don’t let Lavender hear you saying that.”
3.HARRY BECOMES AN ADULT- There’s no other way of putting this but through the whole experience of studying Voldemort’s past, experiencing Snape’s betrayal, Dumbledore’s death and Malfoy’s mission, harry grows up. He comes to terms with his fate and the future he cant escape.He even breaks up with Ginny because he can’t bear the thought of her in danger,knowing that he would be miserable without her. It’s pretty evident how mature he becomes from this quote:
“And Harry saw very clearly as he sat there under the hot sun how people who cared about him had stood in front of him one by one, his mother, his father, his godfather, and finally Dumbledore, all determined to protect him; but now that was over. He could not let anybody else stand between him and Voldemort; he must abandon forever the illusion he ought to have lost at the age of one, that the shelter of a parent’s arms meant that nothing could hurt him. There was no waking from this nightmare, no comforting whisper in the dark that he was safe really, that it was all in his imagination; the last and greatest of his protectors had died, and he was more alone than he had ever been.”
Also this revelation that had me in tears-
“It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew – and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents – that there was all the difference in the world.”
One of my favourite parts from the book was harry telling the Minister of Magic he can shove off,and that he has no right to ask anything of him after the way the ministry treated him last year, I was so proud of harry for doing that.
“You never get it right, you people, do you? Either we’ve got Fudge, pretending everything’s lovely while people get murdered right under his nose, or we’ve got you, chucking the wrong people into jail and trying to pretend you’ve got ‘The Chosen One’ working for you!”
4. STRONGEST FRIENDSHIP I HAVE EVER SEEN-
We all know the golden trio have always been there for each other,but in this book their friendship reaches new heights. for example- when Ron doesn’t laugh when he hears what happened to Harry on the train and Harry helps Ron when he drinks the love potion by mistake instead of making him suffer, or when harry saves Ron’s life with the bezoar and how they keep a look out for each other,how they support harry through and through and keep his secrets, and perhaps the most amazing example of their faith and loyalty is-
“We’ll be there, Harry,” said Ron
“At your Aunt and Uncle’s house,” said Ron, “And then we’ll go with you wherever you’re going.”
“No-” said Harry quickly; he hadn’t counted on this, he had meant them to understand that he was undertaking the most dangerous journey alone.
“You said it once before,” said Hermione quickly, “that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We’ve had time, haven’t we? We’re with you whatever happens.”
5. SO MUCH LOVE,IT HURTS-
Lets see, we got Bill and Fluer being all kinds of relationship goals-
“What do I care how ‘e looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave!”
Then there was the whole Remus and Tonks revelation which I honestly did not see coming.The whole concept is amazing and very sad at the same time, (OHMYGOD WHY IS REMUS’S LIFE SO HARD ALL THE TIME,CAN’T HE CATCH A BREAK?) and I love Tonks so much for not backing down, like that whole hospital scene made my heart ache.
“You see!” said a strained voice. Tonks was glaring at Lupin. “She still wants to marry him, even though he’s been bitten! She doesn’t care!”
“It’s different,” said Lupin, barely moving his lips and looking suddenly tense. “Bill will not be a full werewolf. The cases are completely-”
“But I don’t care either, I don’t care!” said Tonks, seizing the front of Lupin’s robes and shaking them. “I’ve told you a million times….”
And the meaning of Tonk’s Patronus and her mouse-colored hair, and the reason she had come running to find Dumbledore when she had heard a rumor someone had been attacked by Greyback, all suddenly became clear to Harry; it had not been Sirius that Tonks had fallen in love with after all.
“And I’ve told you a million times,” said Lupin, refusing to meet her eyes, staring at the floor, “that I am too old for you, too poor….too dangerous….”
“I’ve said all along you’re taking a ridiculous line on this, Remus,” said Mrs. Weasley over Fleur’s shoulder as she patted her on the back.
“I am not being ridiculous,” said Lupin steadily. “Tonks deserves somebody young and whole.”
“But she wants you,” said Mr. Weasley, with a small smile. “And after all, Remus, young and whole men do not necessarily remain so.”
He gestured sadly at his son, lying between them.
“This is….not the moment to discuss it,” said Lupin, avoiding everybody’s eyes as he looked around distractedly. “Dumbledore is dead….”
“Dumbledore would have been happier than anybody to think that there was a little more love in the world,” said Professor McGonagall curtly…”
*shudders..then bursts into tears*
Then we got Harry and Ginny which wins the award for the best buildup ever! they are beautiful.
“A fierce battle was raging inside Harry’s brain:
She’s Ron’s sister.
But she’s ditched Dean!
She’s still Ron’s sister.
I’m his best mate!
That’ll make it worse.
If I talked to him first-
He’d hit you.
What if I don’t care?
He’s your best mate!”
They are right for each other-
“And he knew that at that moment, they understood each other perfectly, and when he told her what he was going to do now, she would not say ‘be careful’ or ‘don’t do it’, but she would accept his decision because she would not have expected anything less of him.”
we even have this brilliant exchange which made me ship Molly and Arthur intensely-
“What do you like me to call you when we’re alone together?”
Even by the dim light of the lantern Harry could tell that Mrs. Weasley had turned bright red; he himself felt suddenly warm around the ears and neck, and hastily gulped soup, clattering his spoon as loudly as he could against the bowl.
“Mollywobbles,” whispered a mortified Mrs. Weasley into the crack at the edge of the door.
It’s like jkr tried to fill this book with as much love as she possible could so as to prepare us for whats coming in deathly hallows
- GINNY IN ALL HER BADASS GLORY
The movies may have portrayed her differently but WE KNOW how freaking amazing and unafraid she is.Honestly just look!
“The thing about growing up with Fred and George,” said Ginny thoughtfully, “is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”
“You’d think people had better things to gossip about,” said Ginny as she sat on the common room floor, leaning against Harry’s legs and reading the Daily Prophet. “Three Dementor attacks in a week, and all Romilda Vane does is ask me if it’s true you’ve got a Hippogriff tattooed across your chest.”
Ron and Hermione both roared with laughter. Harry ignored them.
What did you tell her?”
I told her it’s a Hungarian Horntail,” said Ginny, turning a page of the newspaper idly. “Much more macho.”
Thanks,” said Harry, grinning. “And what did you tell her Ron’s got?”
A Pygmy Puff, but I didn’t say where.”
- DRACO IS….VULNERABLE? –
Look I hate Draco Malfoy no matter what.I can’t forgive him for all the crap he’s done but in this book you do tend to feel a TINY bit of pity for him. I mean the task he was given was bad enough without the additional stress of Voldemort threatening to kill his parents. Also the fact that he cried in the bathroom because he was afraid of failing to complete the job makes my heart go out to him…only a little.