Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Happy Friday, Figs. This week’s recommendation is an oldie but a goodie. Wait, scratch that. It’s an oldie and a supermegafoxyawesome-ie.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince doesn’t need much of an introduction, and if it does, I’m gonna supply a super brief one but just know that I’m judging you so hard for needing one. It’s Year Six at Hogwarts for Harry and Co. as the war against Voldemort is gaining in the Dark Lord’s favor. Even more pressing, everyone’s making kissy-faces at one another and sneaking love potions around. Oh, someone really important died too. (Don’t read on if you haven’t. Just go out and buy the book, then come back here.) 

Let’s see where our old friends fall on the Figment Scale of Awesome:

+600 for Snape getting what he wants! No, I’m not talking about Snape killing Dumbledore. And no, it’s not about Snape finally getting to knock Harry around when he won’t stop calling Snape a coward. Snape finally gets that promotion from Potions Master to Defence Against the Dark Arts professor that he’s been itching for! Good going there, Snivellus! 

-110 for Harry being a P.I.M.P. Hormones have finally caught up with our favorite characters and in between battling the forces of evil and studying for their exams, they’re all finding someone to snog with. Harry doesn’t just have the one admirer, not two, but THREE admirers. The bitter 16-year old of me thinks I should’ve had just as many, if not more, admirers. Chosen one or not.

+340 for Tom Marvolo Riddle’s Biography. No one likes a Dark Lord without a dark past. You gotta have solid reasons to get pissed off at life and decide to dominate the wizarding world and quite simply, Voldemort is well within his right to be some damaged.

That brings Half-Blood Prince to a total of 830 points! When your parents buy you the wrong book for Christmas this weekend, just know you can always sigh in annoyance as you walk back to your bookshelf to grab this awesome novel off your shelf. Happy Holidays, Figs!

4 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

  1. Ginny and Romilda Vane, I know, but who’s the third one?
    Forgive me, it’s been almost a year since I last read it.

  2. that is one of the shortest Scale of Awesome Tallies I have ever seen. Here, let me fix it for you.

    +59 for Ginny. It would be more if not for the ending but this is the book when she really fills out as a character. Plus I’ve been wanting her and her new boyfriend to get together for years.
    +100 for keeping the humor. Despite the book having a darker tone than previous ones, you can still humor in the book. The moments where you can’t help but giggle are a definite positive.
    +953 for the battle scene. Well written battle scenes are amazing, especially when you add wands and magic.

    This brings it up to a grand total of 1942, which seems like a much more reasonable number for the book : )

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