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This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince by J. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth fantasy novel in the world famous Harry Potter series. It was published in the United Kingdom by Bloomsbury and in the United States by Scholastic in July 2005. It sold nine million copies in the first twenty-four hours, a record at the time.
It won several awards including the 2006 British Book of the Year Award. Severus Snape, a teacher at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and a member of the Order of the Phoenix, meets with Narcissa Malfoy, Draco’s mother, and Bellatrix Lestrange. Narcissa worries about her son’s life being at risk. He has been given a dangerous mission by Lord Voldemort. Bellatrix accuses Snape of being disloyal, but he proves himself in her eyes by making an Unbreakable Vow with Narcissa, swearing on his own life that he will protect Draco in his mission.
Meanwhile, Dumbledore has picked up Harry from his aunt and uncle’s house with the intention of bringing him to the Burrow, the Weasleys’ home. They make a quick stop at Horace Slughorn’s house. Dumbledore uses Harry to convince Slughorn, an old potions teacher at Hogwarts, to return to teach. The two then go to the Burrow to meet Hermione and Ron. They go to Diagon Alley to pick up their school supplies.
On returning to Hogwarts, Dumbledore announces that Slughorn has returned to teach potions, while Snape, the previous potions teacher, will be taking on the role of defense against the dark arts teacher. Because of this, Harry excels at potions. Dumbledore believes that in order to defeat Voldemort, Harry must learn about Voldemort’s past. Dumbledore schedules regular meetings with Harry.