... or, J.K., you naughty girl! If you thought the teenage hormones were raging too much in previous books, brace yourself as you open "Half-Blood Prince". The funny thing is, even though it's way more prevalent in this installment ("she was entering his dreams in certain ways...." lol hey don't hold back, J.K., just tell us he's getting sticky duvet lol), it never annoyed me as much as it did in places of "Order of the Phoenix", eg. I thought it was really cute, and the big kiss moment towards the end (I won't say the names) is even cuter than Harry and Cho's kiss in "Order". That whole love story ends a little too Spider-Man-ish for me, but it's cute anyway. The Big Spoiler - don't worry, I'm not gonna give it away, but I guess I do have to comment on it. I really should've seen it coming. These books follow the classic hero's journey structure (read Joseph Campbell's "The Hero with a Thousand Faces") to a 'T' and the character in question always departs before the big finish. I didn't even have an inkling of what was going to happen in this book, I guess I don't follow the rumour-mills enough or something, so it was still a gripping chapter for me. Speaking of the hero's journey thing, don't let Star Wars enter your mind while reading this one, it could ruin it for you, lol. I'm not saying this as a criticism, because I loved this book so much despite little things like this ... but it is one hell of an Empire Strikes Back-type ending.
J.K. has a lot of work to do in book seven. Going back to the hero's journey, and my comparing it to Empire Strikes Back eg., I mean, that's where we are in the story at the end of book six, lol, we're like only just past half way. The way J.K. has set up Harry's task for book seven, what's yet to come could easily fill another five books, let alone one. That will be a seriously thrilling read.
I've loved all the books so far, and I'll love the seventh book. I just love Harry Potter in general, so it goes without saying that I love this one too: a review by me, I guess, seems kind of redundant - I'm always gonna say, in a few too many words, basically, "I love it! I love it!". But this could definitely be my new favourite of the books, like Azkaban is by far my favourite of the movies. I have no idea if it's anything to do with the quality of the writing or the plot etc, it could simply be that I'm at that point of interest, I loved the last movie more than any of them, etc, I'm probably just way more into it. Anyway, J.K. certainly hasn't messed anything up, this is an incredibly involving book ... and on a personal note, I've gotta say whooo! she finally used that Polyjuice for a good purpose, hehe ... I knew she couldn't get through all seven of these things without some good ol' gender swapping, and it's my favourite kind to boot :-D lol I could give her a big hug just for that, when I reached that part I kind of put the book down and stared, like, "whoah, dude!" lol.
And here's what you've all been waiting for, the spoiler is .... Tonks' hair is pink again at the end!