Remembering Harry Potter Book 6: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

harry potter book 6In the spirit of the new Harry Potter book coming out tomorrow, I am going to help you remember all the events of the last book. I will not give away any spoilers for Book 7.

Skip this story if:

  • You do not like Harry Potter (I used to be ones of these until I actually read the books)
  • You like Harry Potter, but haven’t read Book 6, yet.

If you want to remember what happened in Book 6, hit the jump.

As the book opens, Voldemort and his followers are devastating Brittan and annoying the heck out of Rufus Scrimgeour, the new Minister of Magic. Snape is with Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange at his house on Spinner’s End. Snape makes an “unbreakable vow” to Narcissa saying that he will protect her son, Draco, and complete his mission for Voldemort if he fails.

harry potter 2Dumbledore takes Harry from his house to help recruit a retired professor Slughorn to come back to Hogwarts. They are successful, and Harry then goes to Ron’s house until school starts. Bill Weasley becomes engaged to Fleur Delacour from Book 4.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione get thier O.W.L. results. Harry is upset because he won’t be able to become an Auror having gotten below the minimum “O” to enter N.E.W.T. level Potions class with Snape. That does not become an issue, however, because when school starts we learn that Snape will be teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts and new professor Slughorn is going to be teaching Potions.

Since Harry and Ron did not think they would be taking Potions they did not buy books and so Slughorn leans them some. Harry gets a book that was previously owned by the Half-Blood Prince. With his new copy of the book, Harry gets tips from the previous owner and becomes a favorite in the class, even earning a bottle of Felix Felicis, a potion that gives you luck.

A Hogwarts student, Katie Bell, is forced to carry a cursed necklace under a spell and is hospitalized. Ron almost dies after drinking poison, but Harry saves him with the help of bezoar and his Potions book. Harry suspects Malfoy of being behind most of the bad events occurring at Hogwarts.

harry potter 3Ron starts dating and later breaks up with Lavender Brown. He starts to have feelings for Hermione. Harry starts to have feelings for Ron’s sister, Ginny, who is dating Harry’s housemate, Dean Thomas.

Dumbledore starts giving private lessons to Harry so they can find out more about Voldemort’s past. Harry even uses the Felix Felicis potion to extract one particular memory from Slughorn.

Harry learns that Voldemort split his soul into seven parts–one in his body and six in Horcruxes. This makes Voldemort immortal until all the Horcruxes are destroyed. We learn that two have already been destroyed. One was Tom Riddle’s diary in Book 2 and the other was Marvolo Gaunt’s ring which Dumbledore destroyed before Book 6 began (this is what had caused Dumbledore’s black hand).

Harry meets Malfoy in the bathroom, but it seems like Malfoy has turned into a complete pansy by crying. They get into a fight and Harry uses one of the spells he learned from his Potions book called Sectumsempra. This spell literally cuts Malfoy and Malfoy begins to bleed on the ground. Snape walks in at the worst possible time recognizes the spell and asks for Harry’s Potions book. Harry gives him Ron’s and Snape gives Harry detention during the Quidditch final game.

Ginny is forced to take Harry’s spot as the Gryffindor team Seeker and wins the game. At the after-party Harry kisses Ginny (she is no longer dating Dean) and the two begin to date.

Harry learns that it was Snape who told Voldemort where his parents were hiding. This is what lead to the death of Harry’s parents.

Harry gives the rest of his Felix Felicis potion to his friends and tells them to make sure everything stays safe in the school. He then leaves with Dumbledore to find Salazar Slytherin’s locket, which they suspect might be a Horcrux.

harry potter 1Harry and Dumbledore go to a hidden cave, cross a large body of water inside, and reach what seems to the the place the Horcrux is hidden. Dumbledore drinks all of the strange liquid guarding the item as there seems to be no other way to get it out. This severely weakens Dumbledore.

After Harry and Dumbledore return they find the school has been attacked by Death Eaters. They take some broomsticks from a lady in Hogsmeade and fly to the school’s Astronomy Tower. Here, they meet Draco Malfoy who as Dumbledore paralyzes Harry under his invisibility cloak hits Dumbledore’s wand out of his hand. Malfoy reveals that it was he who let the Death Eaters into the school, but Dumbledore still offers to help Malfoy and his family get away from Voldemort.

Members of the Order of the Phoenix come to the school and are battling Death Eaters along with Harry’s friends.

Malfoy is unable to kill Dumbledore, but then Death Eaters arrive with Snape. Dumbledore pleads with Snape, but Snape kills Dumbledore with the Avada Kedavra spell without any hesitation. Harry is released from his paralysis and starts to chase Snape who syas he is the Half-Blood Prince. Harry and Snape throw a few spells at each other but Snape manages to run away.

To Harry’s further disappointment, he find that the necklace is a fake and says that “R.A.B.” took the real necklace.

The school year ends and at Dumbledore’s funeral Harry decides to not come back to school, but instead search for the rest of the Horcruxes. Harry breaks up with Ginny. Ron and Hermione say they will help Harry find the Horcruxes. Harry looks forward to Bill and Fleur’s wedding.

The end.

[images: top image by Radek Bayek (bavek), middle image by Elizabeth Porter (porterlizz), bottom image by q83]

15 Thoughts on “Remembering Harry Potter Book 6: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

  1. The word verification for this page was SNAKE.

  2. I am so sick of all you little babies that read childrens books. Isnt this a college website?

  3. Oh! its a great site which helps not to forget the harry potter series six and every one wish to know about “harry potter 7”.But your site gives some important points about harry potter series six which we should not forget.Very good work from your side through your site.Very recently i have seen one harry potter Book.I think it is use full to you and to your visitors.

  4. This is great for those of us that have seen all the movies but want to read the seventh book to find out the ending.

  5. Thanks ramone, but that was not my intention at all. I provided this for those who have forgotten a little of the latest book and want to remember without having to re-read it. The books are a good work of art in my opinion and you should ready them all.

  6. Whoever said HP sucks in soooo wrong. Its about time that people stop complaining about the books or films and just sit and watch/read them. Also at the top of the page it says “skip this story if: You do not like Harry Potter” so whyd you read it if you dont like harry potter.

  7. harry potter is the greatest… movie
    in the whole world…

  8. herry potter rocks

  9. hehe thxs i seriously didnt read the 6th book in a loong time.
    thx fer the refresher.
    hey chris yur awesome.
    keep on thinking in that direction.
    you will go far.
    dont let anyone discourage u in watever they say.
    be proud of wat u are!

  10. dude collen like totally used my email addreesss.
    she told me.
    she is soo cheesy rite chris.
    no one will date her. lol
    so chris when did u start liking/loving books?

  11. Nice job…
    how about a recap of book 7…

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