“‘No, I was merely reading the Muggle magazines,’ said Dumbledore. ‘I do love knitting patterns.'”
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Page 73
*BEWARE: Minor Spoilers Lie Ahead*
And so the magic continues.
I absolutely love it when these books give us more insight on how the wizarding world works, so reading through Fudge’s interaction with the Prime Minister was a complete delight of an eye-opener.
I always wondered how they would get in touch with the Muggle authorities if they had a dire warning for them. That exchange showed how J.K. Rowling really thought through the circumstances that would come up if such a society did live in secret the way the wizard society does.
Narcissa Malfoy was a character that seemed lacking for me in the movies. Though I could tell she was primarily a mother through the small scenes in which she was in, this chapter alone where she seeks help from Snape showed how engraved the role of a mother is within her.
It made me feel almost sorry for her, to hear her beg for help for her only son. Despite their allegiance with the Dark Lord, I wanted her to have her son. It seemed that’s all she really wanted, and I hope she remains that way and not some evil witch like her sister Bellatrix.
Although I think Bellatrix is an incredible antagonist, that doesn’t mean I like her. On the contrary, I dislike her very much, but not so much as to hate her.
I can tell Dumbledore is trying to make up for lost time in the last book with all the contact he had with Harry in the first 100 pages.
At the same time though, I can almost feel his haste with something other than Harry. I feel as though he’s eager for his plan to pull through, whatever the plan happens to be.
Nevertheless, Dumbledore has a carefree spirit that I hope to have some day in the far future, as he showed with Horace Slughorn and the Dursley’s. Dumbledore was always calm, and I think that’s an admirable characteristic.
I feel exaclty like Harry does when it comes to Slughorn; I’m not really sure what to make of him.
I think I’ll like him, because like him, I’m fond of collecting. Even though he’s a collector of students (the moral implications of which we’ll just ignore), he seems like the type of guy who understands my love for having prized possessions.
I also like the fact that we have a new face for Slytherin. As a part of Slytherin house, I hope Slughorn will give us a better name.
We’re not all Death Eaters. We’re not all followers of dark magic. We’re a house full of witches and wizards with their strengths and weaknesses just like the other three houses.
Hermione’s anxiety-driven impatience for her O.W.L results made me smile. She reminded me of me whenever I’m awaiting results for some test or project. Her reaction to her incredible marks reminded me of myself as well. It made me fall in love with Hermione all over again.
I’m excited for what this book has to bring. I can tell from these few chapters that there are secrets in here the movie could never even hint at.