Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - JK Rowling
What the insights into Voldemort's past indeed lack in subtlety, they make up for in well-meaning. The same best of intentions surface in Rowling's & Potter's treatment of bullied Luna Lovegood; and that Harry's arch-enemy Draco Malfoy suddenly shows a weaker and more touching facet is nothing short of genius.
However, the first prize in duality obviously goes to the Half-Blood Prince himself!
The rollercoaster evolution of Professor Snape (he's evil; no, wait, he's good! Ah, no, he's evil! Well, no; he's good after all! Oh no, he's a traitor!...) is exhausting, but it certainly kept me on my toes, on my first read! And it does tally with Rowling's persistent reluctance to let us judge on first sight. (Or even second.)