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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

July 15th, 2005 (11:30 pm)

As spotted by liz_marcs and grabbed from leggyslove:

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No spoilers yet, but I'm just about to head out to pick up my copy. Expect updates!

Blaise Zabrini gets serious page time. And he's male. :P (p 137)

Interesting - Draco's being closely watched by Pansy for his reaction when she says that Ginny's attractive to the boys. I suspect I've been reading too much D/G here. :D (page 143)

OMIGOD! Snape's the new Defense Against The Dark Arts teacher. (page 158)

The Half-Blood Prince is a book!?!?!

The origin of Lord Voldemort or how his parents met. So Voldie's actually Tom Riddle Jr, huh. I'm very tempted to go back and re-read the start of GoF now as I always thought there was something funny about the number of bodies mentioned there. (p 200)

Oh god. *head-desk* Harry is suddenly jealous of Ginny making out with Dean Thomas. On the other hand, he took it better than Ron did. (p 268)

Woo-Hoo! Ron and Hermione are having arguements, so Ron moves in on Lavender, while Harry takes Luna to a party. Seriously, I've just realised I'm more of a Harry/Luna shipper than a Harry/Ginny fan.

Ron poisoned! Is Malfoy trying to kill Slughorn to stop that memory coming out?Ooops.

There IS a curse on the Defense Against The Dark Arts position. *snerk*

(p443) A nasty thought has just occured to me. I wonder if Draco's now a werewolf. Also, Tonks is obviously under an Imperivo.Ooops again.

The locket's a fake. WTF?

Okay, really not surprised at Dumbledore's death. Just the who. OMGWTFBBQ?!?

Okay, finished it now. Whoa. Thoughts and ideas:

Draco was asked to kill Dumbledore. Snape swore that Unbreakable Oath to carry out Draco's duty if needed, and so killed Dumbledore. Plus, it was both a mercy killing (quick and clean) for Dumbledore, and it stopped Draco from actually killing someone.

Snape's the Half-Blood Prince? *head-desk* Really should have guessed that from the Potions stuff alone. And therefore most logically that's why there had to be a new Potions teacher. I still think Snape is loyal to Dumbledore, but it sure looks bad for him right now.

The horcruxes - The diary (destroyed), Voldie himself, Nagmi the snake and four relics from the Founders. It looks like the locket was already destroyed by RAB (whoever he is), the Hufflepuff cup and two others. The sword cannot be the Gryfindor Horcrux, but maybe it has a counterbalancing shield?

I really want book seven now. Harry Potter and the Search for the Seven Fold Soul?


Posted by: The Tart In The Tiara (ink_addict)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC)

Curse you and your five hour time difference! I probably won't be getting mine till tomorrow, which is all well and good as i won't have a chance to read it before tomorrow night anyway. ENJOY! *hugs*

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
Call me Stupid (sg1)

*huggles back* Happy reading yourself, Hol - it's goooood.

And be careful about replying now - I've started putting the spoilers in.

Posted by: SaraJo (_ashestobeauty_)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)

larinzia and I were trying to decide to click or not to click... so I finally clicked. (Because we're impatient and just couldn't wait another 4 hours...)

And of course now we're trying to figure out the *how* in that last bit of info...

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)

Um... I'm just about to update now I've finished reading.

MAJOR spoilers coming. Click now if you dare. Btw, totally wrong on those last two guesses.

Posted by: SaraJo (_ashestobeauty_)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)

Lar says:


Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)

Get on Yahoo and I'll talk.

Otherwise, messing away baby! (But I really did think that at one point).

Posted by: SaraJo (_ashestobeauty_)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)

I'm at her house on yahoo (kahne_fan938)

Posted by: Laney (laney_1974)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)

You've read the book, already? I, of course, am not reading the book, because I haven't read the first one.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
Head-desky [lurker32]

Bought at midnight, read by three thirty, busy spoiling people afterwards. :D Heading off to bed at quarter to five.

Posted by: Laney (laney_1974)
Posted at: July 15th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)

Holy crap!

Posted by: bitteliten (bitteliten)
Posted at: July 16th, 2005 12:06 am (UTC)


sorry - popped by as I just finished the book and was surfing for others in the same situation. I was very curious to see what ppl think. :)

Same thoughts as you on the Snape/Dumbledore-thing, but I realize I'm graping for straws. Still: It IS possible.

RAB - do you reckon it could be Regulus Black?

Posted by: bitteliten (bitteliten)
Posted at: July 16th, 2005 12:06 am (UTC)



Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: July 16th, 2005 03:34 am (UTC)
Head-desky [lurker32]

Doh! That makes so much sense, and brings it all back round to the Black family again. I take it you too assume the locket was destroyed?

Interesting thought that's just popped into my head - If Regulus Black was the one behind the note, then he knew about Horcruxes. What are the odds therefore that part of him will still be alive somewhere?

And Snape. Poor, poor Snape. I think the whole Half-Blood Prince book has been about blackening his character enough that both Harry and Voldemort will accept him as being on Voldemort's side.

Posted by: bitteliten (bitteliten)
Posted at: July 16th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)

Yup - I totally assume the locket was destroyed. Just a feeling from the wording in the note.

And - Yes - the Black family does seem to play a pivotal role in all of this, don't they (counting Draco as a Black)? I had Regulus in while reading the book. Something about the way he is mentioned, both in OotP and in the beginning of HBP. It would also make sense, him wanting to get out but not going without a bang.

VERY NICE point about the Horcruxes and the possibility of him doing the same. That would mean he had to have killed - or? I don't remember the details. Will look into it at a later point. :)

Posted by: Spectacularly Adequate Empress (empressvesica)
Posted at: July 20th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
Clue - Dead [chukolate_icons]

I am not so sure about the locket being destroyed...that's certainly not how I took that note. Then again, I was tired and long overdue for some sleep by the time I got to that point.

I can't believe you have blow-by-blow commentary. *noogies you* That's obscenely cute.

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