Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: corruption, villains, bullying, monsters, death.
Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
Welcome to 2017! New year, same resolution- to keep on blogging and reading! Since I’m still working my way through the Harry Potter series, here’s where we’ve left off- the Half-Blood Prince.
As always, the novel is better than the movie version, but I feel that the movie was a very good interpretation. Here are the differences that I noted:
- Right in the beginning of the novel, we learn that the muggle Prime Minister and the Minister of Magic work together in necessary times, and that both are just recently new to the position, as the old Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, has been fired and replaced by Rufus Scrimgeour. This transfer wasn’t noted in the movie.
- Harry did not ride the trains all summer, nor did some chick in a coffee shop try to pick him up. He was still at the Dursley’s, and waiting for Dumbledore to meet him there (though in disbelief that he would.)
- Harry returns to the Burrow after visiting Slughorn with Dumbledore, and learns of Fleur and Bill’s engagement since Fleur was at the Burrow. And, while there, the new Minister of Magic tries to persuade Harry to make like he supports what the ministry is doing. Harry denied him as they denied him and stands by Dumbledore.
- There are quite a few pensieve memories that we don’t get to see that help with understanding the horcruxes. Without them, the movie audience is left to guess what Harry is searching for.
- Learning the Levicorpus spell from the Half-Blood Prince‘s potion book, Harry tries it out on Ron. Without this background knowledge, the flashback of James tormenting Snape with the spell he created makes less of an impact to the movie audience. Also, it’s a pretty funny moment in the book!
- Harry and Hermione gossiping about Filch and Madam Pince. The movie audience wouldn’t have a clue she’s the librarian.
- Hermione taking McLaggen to the Slug Club Christmas party. The movie makes it to be a slight dig to Ron, but book Hermione made sure Ron got SEVERELY burned by telling Parvati about the date in front of Ron while adding that she only likes “really good Quidditch players”. Harsh book Hermione, harsh.
- Scrimgeour tries a second time to get Harry to join forces with the Ministry, and is denied again.
- Apparition lessons! They just left this completely out of the movie. Of course, Hermione is the quickest learner.
- Right before Harry leaves with Dumbledore on the horcrux hunt, he runs to the dormitories to grab his invisibility cloak and warns Ron and Hermione that Malfoy is going to act tonight. He tells them and Ginny to drink the leftover Felix Felicis potion, and to warn the other members of Dumbledore’s Army for backup. Had he not done this, they could’ve died that night as Death Eaters did make it into the castle with Malfoy. This was left out of the movie.
- Snape finds out that Harry has his old potions book before he kills Dumbledore. In the book, this costs Harry to miss the last Quidditch match and several Saturday detentions.
- Ginny. Finally, Harry notices Ginny as more than Ron’s sister, and is jealous of her current boyfriend. The movie makes it out like Ginny just couldn’t stay away from him, but really Harry made the push for her. The movie kissing scene in the Room of Requirement never happened. Then, almost as soon as they are official, Harry breaks it off before he goes hunting for horcruxes because he doesn’t want her to be used or hunted by Voldemort for information.
- Bill and Greyback. Bill was attacked in the fight pre/post Dumbledore’s death on the tower while fighting with Greyback. The scar on his face left him with cursed marks from a werewolf unchanged, leaving him with some wolfish tenancies. In the movie series, Bill and Harry don’t even meet until the Deathly Hallows Part 1.
Ok, that’s all. Thirteen differences on Friday the 13th… coincidence?
TL/DR: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth novel in the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. In this novel, Harry returns to Hogwarts as a Sixth-year, and starts taking private lessons with Dumbledore to learn more about how to defeat Voldemort.
Read it? Yes!!!
Recommend it? Yes!!!
Buy it? YES. It’s a large book, which could take a while to read, but also IT’S AMAZING.
Watch the movie? Yes, but all the Harry Potter books are SO MUCH BETTER than the movies. This movie is one of my favorites for no good reasons (lol), but it really starts to deviate from the novels, so definitely read the book before watching the movie so you know what you’ve missed!
If you liked this novel or review, check out these similar reads:
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1) by JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) by JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) by JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) by JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) by JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7, Part 1) by JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7, Part 2) by JK Rowling