Half-Blood Prince, Chapter Twenty

I have always loved the fact that throughout this book, we watch all of Dumbledore’s collected memories of Voldemort along with Harry. Plot-wise, they typically don’t give us a ton of information, but they make the story so much more interesting and rich, both for this book and for the next one, when we have the background knowledge necessary to understand what’s going on with Voldemort. People talk all the time about Rowling’s ability to draw exceptional characters (though usually they’re talking about Snape), but for her to put so much time and thought into the background of her villain is a rare thing, yet one that I think adds a ton to the story.

So: Let’s go watch some more memories!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, chapter twenty: ‘Lord Voldemort’s Request’

~ by Josie on September 2, 2010.

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