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On July 16, ’05 millions of books were snapped up worldwide as J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, number 6 in the young wizard’s saga of good, evil, friendship, magic and funny names, went on sale. Preince makes a triumphant return in paperback form in July, ’06, with a first printing of 2 million copies.

We have news and plenty of reviews (see news and reviews on the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire film here):

BCRadio – April 10, 2006
This week’s BCRadio features Eric Olsen on Harry Potter and Judas, Eric Berlin on The Sopranos, BC on the Blues, Ken Edwards on gaming, and Suss on Sports.
Posted to Culture by DJRadiohead on April 11, 2006 12:15 AM

Harry Potter Author Rowling Takes On Hollywood’s Ultra-Thinness Message
“Thinness obsession” can cause untold harm to otherwise beautiful young girls.
Posted to Culture by Dawn Olsen on April 8, 2006 02:02 PM

Harry Potter and the Gospel of Judas
Weird parallels between newly revealed gospel sympathetic to Judas and the Potter series.
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on April 7, 2006 01:43 PM

Harry Potter and the Sweepstakes of iPod
Ironically technophilic contest heralds the arrival of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in paperback.
Posted to Books by Eric Olsen on February 24, 2006 12:56 PM

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Coming in Paperback
More mind-bloggling numbers for the Potter juggernaut.
Posted to Books by Eric Olsen on January 19, 2006 03:27 PM

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Snags First Quills Book of the Year Award
The first Quill Awards — aiming to “pair a populist sensibility with Hollywood-style glitz” in awarding “literary prizes reflecting the tastes of the people who matter most, readers” — were named last night during a ceremony in New York…
Posted to Books by Eric Olsen on October 12, 2005 12:02 PM

Literary iPods? Harry Potter, Coming Soon to iTunes
Amid all the iPod news that Apple unveiled this week (the Motorola iTunes-enabled phone and the new slimmer iPod Nano) was something that many people missed. iTunes is going to be the exclusive outlet for Harry Potter audiobooks downloads. According…
Posted to Books by Warren Kelly on September 8, 2005 08:23 PM

Harry Potter: Sexy?
I don’t know about you, but slash fiction is something I’ve been blissfully ignorant of. I’m usually pretty open minded but slash fiction involving underage characters seems, well, pretty weird to me. I mean, I know a person or two who…
Posted to Books by Scott Butki on September 5, 2005 02:12 AM

Not So Wild About Harry Potter
Harry and I have traveled a long path together but our journey is over. The magic is gone…
Posted to Books by Bryce Zabel on August 18, 2005 06:46 AM

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire Given PG-13 Rating
A check of Filmratings.com, the website of the MPAA’s Classification And Ratings Administration, reveals that the upcoming fourth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, has been given a PG-13 rating for “sequences of fantasy…
Posted to Video by Sterfish on August 13, 2005 06:09 AM

The Tragic Saga Of Harry Potter Woman
A heart-breaking tale of lust, ambition and blogcritics.
Posted to Culture by Duke De Mondo on August 9, 2005 04:39 PM

5 Word Story: Harry Potter
An experiment in online writing, lifted from the comments
Posted to Books by Phillip Winn on August 8, 2005 11:29 AM

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Review
…no matter what is going on in our lives, it is important … to live and experience it to the best of our abilities.
Posted to Books by gypsyman on August 6, 2005 08:55 AM

Harry Potter “Pottermania”
When did the craze all start?
Posted to Books by RC on August 4, 2005 12:01 AM

Review: Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince JK Rowling (Bloomsbury) The 6th book in the popular series is very much a mixed-bag. Some characters have seem to have lost their oomph: especially in the case of Hermione who has become a rather one dimensional…
Posted to Books by Marty Dodge on August 3, 2005 11:09 AM

Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Is this going to be the end of Rowling’s Potter series? Will the storyline keep on becoming worse and worse? Is Rowling herself running out of fresh ideas to keep Harry Potter alive?
Posted to Books by LokGP on August 2, 2005 11:08 PM

Evil in Harry Potter’s World and Ours
SPOILERS! “Voldemort himself created his worst enemy, just as tyrants everywhere do! Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one…
Posted to Books by Tom Donelson on July 31, 2005 01:40 PM

Harry Potter And Storytelling
While I wait for my copy of Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince to be delivered I have had plenty of opportunity to witness the reactions of a variety of people to the phenomenon that is Harry – from…
Posted to Books by gypsyman on July 24, 2005 07:03 AM

Y’all can say ‘Sad’, right?
I knew that you could! (Small spoilers for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) Because that is about the only way to describe the nice boys and girls who put this gem….
Posted to Books by theco on July 23, 2005 11:55 PM

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince &#8211 Review
At about 11 at night, I went to the local Borders bookstore and got in line to get a copy of the new Harry Potter book. There were perhaps 400 people there purchasing books, and the place was a…
Posted to Books by Leoniceno on July 17, 2005 01:10 AM

Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Tens of thousands of people, of all ages, all around the world, were sitting down today to read the one book. The hype does get a bit wearing, but the fact that the world is getting this excited about a…
Posted to Books by Natalie Bennett on July 16, 2005 05:14 PM

Weekly BlogScan: Potter and Anti-Potter
Midnight is the witching hour. But midnight on July 16th is the wizarding hour, when the next Harry Potter novel is officially released amidst magic and media fury. So is this a literary event? A celebrity circus? A serious…
Posted to Culture by DrPat on July 16, 2005 01:08 PM

The First Review
Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Any review of the latest installment in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, really needs to answer only one question: is it good… enough? Author J.K. Rowling has built up enough of a following with her…
Posted to Books by Johno on July 16, 2005 11:32 AM

If we weren’t ready for Harry Potter 6 before, we are now
On Saturday, July 16, a boy, scarred from innocence lost, will rise from the ashes and remind us all that heroes can still make the morning headlines. From British blood and global tears, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, like…
Posted to Books by Eyebrow Esquire on July 16, 2005 2:16 AM

Some thoughts on Harry Potter
I was happy to let the Harry Potter craze pass me by, and did so for about four years. Just another children’s fantasy series, I thought: a good way of getting children, especially boys, to read, but there was…
Posted to Books by Claudine Chionh on July 15, 2005 9:33 PM

Does the Pope dislike Harry Potter?
Does the Pope dislike Harry Potter? Pope Benedict XVI allegedly disapproves of Harry Potter. In March, 2003 the then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger wrote to Gabriele Kuby: “It is good that you enlighten people about Harry Potter, because these are subtle seductions…
Posted to Books by Damon on July 15, 2005 7:26 PM

Rowling to Read From Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at Midnight
There are parties all over the world for the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince tonight at midnight and they will all be jolly and festive in their own special ways. BUT, none will be quite as…
Posted to Books by Eric Olsen on July 15, 2005 12:05 PM

Potter Parties Portend Publication
There are various levels of Pottermania: those who are interested but aren’t going to kill themselves to get Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in the first few days; those who will make a…
Posted to Books by Eric Olsen on July 14, 2005 04:37 PM

Harry Potter and the Chocolate Factory?
Sylum Mastropaolo, 9, from New York state, for a time was the only possessor of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, currently tightly under wraps until the publication date of July 16. Young Sylum bought the book from a store that…
Posted to Books by Eric Olsen on July 14, 2005 11:34 AM

Pope Says Harry Potter Seduces Kids And Distorts Christianity
Regardless, I daresay that Harry Potter has probably harmed far less innocent children than, say, pedophilic Catholic priests.
Posted to Culture by Martian Anthropologist on July 13, 2005 09:52 PM

Pope Pans Potter
What could be worse for Catholic kids than child abuse? Harry Potter, of course.
Posted to Books by Pete Blackwell on July 13, 2005 03:10 PM

Harry Potter Fever: 4+5=6
On July 16, the 6th book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, will be released. Tight security and controversy have surrounded this book as voracious readers of the series await the release…
Posted to Books by Dawn Olsen on July 12, 2005 08:13 PM

Harry Potter Leak Plugged by Canadians
The biennial publishing feeding frenzy that accompanies a new Harry Potter book release is almost upon us once again. Billionaire J.K. (Jo) Rowling’s sixth installment in the Potter phenomenon, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, goes on sale worldwide on…
Posted to Books by Eric Olsen on July 12, 2005 04:41 PM

Searching for Harry Potter
Four people in my house have read every Harry Potter book, and the other three are not far behind. My oldest daughter became an early fan (by U.S. standards) when I purchased the first book for her at a Borders…
Posted to Books by D. Gordon Smith on July 10, 2005 01:50 AM

Harry Potter and the Lucky Break
If not for an 8-year-old child the world might never have heard of Harry Potter and the world of magic and mystery that is Hogwarts. After five years of writing Harry Potter and the Philsopher’s stone, J.K. Rowling submitted the book…
Posted to Books by Matt Schafer on July 4, 2005 01:26 PM

Blake vs. Potter
Television has brought us many great debates and I’m not talking about the ones on C-SPAN. I am talking about private citizens gathered together to discuss important issues like: Who was the better Darren on “Bewitched”? Dick York…
Posted to Video by Tony Figueroa on June 24, 2005 02:29 AM

J.K. Rowling Bypasses Mainstream Reporters For Harry Potter Release
The only news-conference for the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be given to 70 cub reporters between the ages of 8 and 16 on Sunday July 17. These lucky young journalists will hear JK Rowling read…
Posted to Books by Damon on May 14, 2005 04:17 PM

Rowling to Embrace Her Fans
J.K. Rowling is one of the highest paid women in the world and one of the best-selling authors ever. The woman doesn’t have to do any publicity for her books. But on June 17 she will give a
Posted to Books by Matt Schafer on May 14, 2005 02:10 PM
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  • http://dialeticstorm.blogspot.com mojoala

    I have read all five books and can’t wait for this new one.

  • Eric Olsen

    which is your favorite so far?

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    Azkaban (the book) seems to be the fave of many Potter People.

  • Eric Olsen

    that was certainly my favorite movie in the series so far

  • http://wisdomandmurder.blogspot.com Lisa McKay

    My favorite, too, both book and movie. I think Rowling’s doing a really good job of aging Harry and his pals, and the stories appropriately become a bit darker and more grown-up as time goes on.

  • http://123 anninia

    So far I believe the third Harry Potter book has been the best however I have not yet read the sixth. The Azcaban movie I believed to be the worst but that is only my opinion.

  • Sim

    Well like everyone else I raced off to get my copy of the latest Harry Potter and the half blood prince novel. Rushed home and started reading, I had reached half way through the book and still nothing had actually happened in the book, or should I say nothing that hasn’t happened in the other books already. Three quarters of the way through the book and I was beginning to wonder if Rowlings actually gave a damn about the book, or is she wrote it only because she had to. The book is wishy-washy, the story is weak, I found the actions described to be mechanical, almost in a ‘walk – stop – turn’ tone.

    The previous novels had been written in a ‘believable’ manner, thats why we all bought the second book!. I honestly feel that I wasted my money buying the 6th book, I really believe that Rowlings didn’t put her heart into the book and as mentioned earlier, I imagine she wrote because she had to, perhaps her publishers made her write it when she wasn’t ready. Who knows how these things work.

    For those interested in the ‘action’ element of the book, skip ahead a few hundred pages, the action is at the back of the book, the last 30 or so pages actually describe the climax of the book, although be it in a very rushed somewhat dis-interested way.

    Once again, Rowlings why did you bother to write this book at all, we could have waited another year for something decent to read.

    I want my money back!

  • Vynnie

    I was one of the thousands of Potter freaks who queued up at Borders to get my hands on a copy of the latest Potter book. Many of you would have been disappointed but i find the book one of Rowling’s best. The death of Dumbledore upsets me so much that i actually cried. Those who have doubts on whether the book is worth your money, i assure u that u will not regret buying it. This is how i rank all the Potter books: 4,6,3,1,2,5. Now if u will excuse me, i want to continue re-reading my book…

  • Potterfreak

    Harry Potter and the Half Blood Price scores 9 out of 10! Very well written with lots of interesting details. very touching ending. who said the book was bad just doesnt appreciate literature. Rowling rocks!!!

  • georgia brock

    i was so excited about this book but was very bored until the very end. it was like Rowling knew everybody would buy the book just because of the name “Harry Potter” on it so she didn’t put any effort in it. This was definatly the worst and most boring.

  • hermion lover

    hey can one of you type a summery of what happens in the 6th book some of us can’t afford it until much later

  • Eric Olsen

    check some of the other Potter threads on this site, especially the reviews (see above) – you can gather just about every jot and tittle

  • dahlia

    Well, it’s true, the pace is different in this last book. It does seem as if nothing happens: no villian like Dolores Umbridge starting an Inquisition and torturing students, no horrible trips to the Forbidden Forest, no in-your-face fireworks. This book is more subtle, and adult. It’s counting on readers wanting to know what went on in the past to understand what’s happening now. Readers need to calm down and tune in. For example, I thought the trip to Tom Riddle’s mother’s home was heartbreaking. And seeing what happens to an abandoned child who has no-one to turn to was chilling — a boy with clinical “attachment disorder,” who grows up only being able to connect with other people by hurting them. Those who think Rowlings didn’t care about this book are too addicted to action and miss the lessons on the formation of character. Rowlings has put her whole heart into this book, and it’s actually all about love — obsessive love, despised and rejected love, inability to love, the heroic power of love to keep a soul intact and serve and defend others.

  • http://123 anninia

    I have now finished the sixth Harry Potter book. Yes it was not filled with as much action but the story Rowling ws telling didn’t require it. She is writing the book how she calls it and I like it. So sorry if it’s not what you were expecting, but I found it wonderful and can’t wait until the next one comes out.

  • madpony

    i can’t wait to get the chance to go to the store and buy this book. i think that all of rowlings books are fabulous. my favorite ,however, is the fourth. nothing could dissude me from buying it. everyone has their own opinion and is entitled to it.

  • Nina

    In advance, I apologise for my english as I am Italian.

    Harry is not a horcrux. And I agree with most of you : Dumbledore is dead, in order to save Malfoy and also Harry but for different reasons. He loves children and he will do anything to save children. Dumbledore has always very good reasons and very good explanations. He will explain to us and Harry everything in the last book.

    And if Dumbledore trusts Snape, it should be enough for me, for you and for everybody. Snape is good! And as somebody posted, he will never forgive Voldemort for killing Lily Potter. Snape was in love with her. And Dumbledore knows that.

    For me J.K.R is like Dumbledore, a great Master of Magic! Everything will make sense in the last book and I don’t think she will make Harry died as Dumbledore does not want that, and neither J.K.R. Nobody wants that and do not forget this story was firstly dedicated to children. But we all are children a little bit, don’t we? :o)

    Keep posting, your comments are great and it is fabulous how in critical time, people come together, forget their differences, communicate with eachother, with a great hope of Happy Ending! Because it cannot be differently right? It Harry Potter’s great story!

  • sara

    I thought the Half-Blood Prince had the best ending of all the Harry Potter books so far. I thought that by killing off Dumbledore, it will make the 7th book better, because Harry will not have any help from him. I know that many people are angry that Rowling killed him, but think about it, it will make the 7th book a whole lot better. But I never thought it might take place outside of Hogwarts, if they close the school that is. It’s true that it was a bit slow in the beginning, but the end is really worth reading it all.

  • http://www.hotmail.com Hi

    Dying to save 1 or 2 children. an the rest of the world is stuck with voldemort? Anyway no excuse is good to me for writing such a depressing book, and letting all readers wait for 2 years and saying it was all for the good. In these times a mood lift from such an influental writer was most welcome. Indeed readers have the right to be very angry at rowling and her publicer. positive or negative, at least the book should have had a story of its own. Now it is just a very depressing, boring and disapointing chapter.

  • http://mckito.blogspot.com RC

    Askaban is a great read. I would have to agree that it is my favorite. With its description. Although Order of the Phoenix stills leaves a very big impression in my eyes, becasue of how gory it was compared to the other stories.

  • snapefan

    i agree with many here that book 6 left alot wanting. the only saving grace was the ending. leaves alot of mystery and guesswork that prepares the road to a great book 7. unfortunately that’s all book 6 does. by itself, it pretty much is terribe.

    my ranking for the books:
    4, 3, 1, 6, 5, 2

  • seleema

    it is a great preasure of writhing you this later which i belive it will meet u in a good
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  • u r losers

    loosers this is stupid go here
    to talk propaly about harry potter and do the five word harry potter story which is
    here

    see ya there see if u can guess who i am

  • eriqo

    hey mr. ‘u r losers': you’re the one who wakes up as early as 6.40 AM to write about harry potter. what’s up with that????

  • eriqo

    anyway, i think that dumbledore isn’t dead and that snape really isn’t a bad guy. have you ever wondered what dumbledore was mumbling about when he was taking that liquid at the cave??

  • eriqo

    anyway, i think that dumbledore isn’t dead and that snape really isn’t a bad guy. have you ever wondered what dumbledore was mumbling about when he was taking that liquid at the cave??

  • eriqo

    furhtermore, i think that in the end malfoy will turn out to be a good guy as well.

  • Tabitha

    I would like to start by saying that everyone has his/her own opinion. That is what makes everyone special his or her own beliefs. I personally LOVE the Harry Potter books , and the movies. I read The Half Blood Prince in 10 hrs. I could not put it down. Secondly, I would like to state that I love the twists that J.K Rowling puts into her books. I can’t wait to see the film, I think of how cool the special effects will be. Finally, I will state that if you don’t like it, YOU don’t have to READ or WATCH them. I will end my comment with an applause to J.K Rowling, I think she has a terrific writing ability, I will miss Dumbledore. I hope she finds some way to bring him back into the Fantasy that so many love called Harry Potter.
    Sincerely Yours,
    Tabitha

  • Jorge

    Very Good But Sad Beacuse Of Who Dies

  • http://www.jobs.co.in/ Chicago Geek

    I always relate harry potter books with “Sindabad the Sailor” in terms of popularity.

  • Osian

    7 horcruxes

    1)inside voldermorte when he killed harry
    2)the diary
    3)the one he got reborn with
    4)locket
    5)hufflepuff cup
    6)Nagina
    7)marvolo ring

    im pretty sure about all of them!!

  • Julane

    Any guesses about who RAB is? I was thinking it might be Regulus Black until I remembered that he is dead…

  • http://AOL Mel

    I don’t think dumbledore is dead!
    Every other time we’ve seen the Avada Kedavra performed, the victim simply falls over dead.However, in Half-Blood Prince, when Snape curses Dumbledore with the same spell, Dumbledore violently flies up and away from the tower.WHY would this application of the Avada Kedavra be so different from every other time we’ve seen it?

  • http://s13.invisionfree.com/HogwartsSchoolOnline/index.php?act=idx Jeffroe

    Cool Harry Potter Online School, Come we need more members to make it sucessful!!!

    Hogwarts School Online

    It’s like Hogwarts, only it’s online!

  • reggie von woic

    its Very confusing Jeffroe

    i have no idea whats goin on there

  • david

    mel its an idea i have also had but what if you can choose how hard u make Avada Kedavra i mean moody said they could try to do it but it would do only little sparks

  • david

    regulas black could be rab but died before figuring out how to do it, it could be that rab is a new person all together but that would stuid. if this to be her last book to introduce anbody now would be stupid . out of intrest could you show me what your favorit harry potter books are in order 1= thebest 6= the worst

    1)prisoner of azkaban
    2)goblet of fire
    3)halfblood prince
    4)chamber of secrets
    5)order of the peonix
    6)philosphers stone

    by the way what significance do you reckon snape being the halfblood prince is

  • Steve

    This is the order of personal preference I would put the books in –
    1) Goblet Of Fire
    2) Order Of The Phoenix
    3) Prisoner Of Azkaban
    4) Half Blood Prince
    5) Philosopher’s Stone
    6) Chamber Of Secrets

  • potter fan 101

    potter suck!!!not really!i love potter!!:):):):):):):):):):):)

  • http://harrypotter becca henry

    I love to ack and i can sound like emma watson i’m relly good at acting.

  • u2

    In the final book i trust J.K.R. to create a wonderfull and action-y story and all, but i hope to see Harry to get back with Ginny. That was a good thing that was going on. Whell i really need to read that last book and hope to se it in stores soon.