Half-Blood Prince, Chapter Twenty-Five

I love this chapter for lots of reasons, but one of the big ones is because whenever I read it, I literally hear dramatic music starting to play in my head with each revelation. Dumbledore wants Harry; Malfoy is celebrating; Snape overheard the prophecy!; Dumbledore found a Horcrux!!; Harry says good-bye to his friends and boom – just like that, he and Dumbledore are standing out at sea, overlooking a dramatic cave. It’s an absolutely fantastic build from a lazy afternoon in the common room straight into the climax of the book. And once I read it, it doesn’t matter how late it is or what else I need to do, I’m hooked until I’m finished with the book. That darn J.K. Rowling and her brilliance.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, chapter twenty-five: ‘The Seer Overheard’

~ by Josie on September 16, 2010.

2 Responses to “Half-Blood Prince, Chapter Twenty-Five”

  1. Josie, I am in complete agreement with you; the ends of most of the books have to be read all in one go. Nothing is more frustrating than getting to a good part and then having to get off the subway (which I did yesterday, just as Harry had finished burying Dobby, wiping my eyes and ignoring the strange looks). Nowhere is this truer, though, than Deathly Hallows – the last 200 pages have to be done in one sitting, and I’ve never done otherwise. I just did it today. And honestly, I only read it once a year because it is really emotionally draining, I always feel exhausted upon finishing. Which is funny considering the only thing getting a good work out is my tear ducts.

  2. I agree with getting hooked after this chapter. I always read the remainder of the book when I read this chapter. I think this chapter through the last one are the best sequence in the books

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