Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
is the sixth and penultimate novel in the Harry Potter
series by British author J. K. Rowling
. Set during protagonist Harry Potter's
sixth year at Hogwarts
, the novel explores the past of Harry's nemesis, Lord Voldemort
, and Harry's preparations for the final battle alongside his headmaster and mentor Albus Dumbledore
The book was published in the United Kingdom by Bloomsbury
and in the United States by Scholastic
on 16 July 2005, as well as in several other countries. It sold nine million copies in the first 24 hours after its release, a record at the time which was eventually broken by its sequel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
. There were many controversies before and after it was published, including the right to read the copies delivered prior to the release date in Canada. Reception to the novel was generally positive and it won several awards and honours, including the 2006 British Book of the Year
Reviewers noted that the book took on a darker tone than its predecessors, though it did contain humour. Some considered the main themes to be love and death, and trust and redemption. The character development of Harry and several other teenage characters was also remarked upon.
The film adaptation
of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
was released 15 July 2009 by Warner Bros.
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