Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - JK Rowling

This one is my personal favourite! Mostly, that is due to the delicious ambiguity Rowlings enhances her characters with.

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.)

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