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Publisher's Summary

"There it was, hanging in the sky above the school: the blazing green skull with a serpent tongue, the mark Death Eaters left behind whenever they had entered a building...wherever they had murdered...." 

When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny.... 

Theme music composed by James Hannigan. 

©2005 J.K. Rowling (P)2015 J.K. Rowling

Critic Reviews

"A marriage made in heaven, Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter." (The Times)

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  • Eirik
  • 10-05-16

masterly written and performed

One of my favorite Harry Potter books! read magnifivently by Stephen Fry. This book has it all!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-17

MY FAVORITE

I remember the first time i actually read this book. i knew then it will always be my favorite one. it carries so much emotions and breaks my heart into a million pieces. Listening to it being narrated for the first time - by Stephen - made the book so much more intense. his narration s so on point, he had the hairs on my neck up listening to him.

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  • Blaise
  • 11-11-18

good narrator, interesting but too predictable

the story is predictable but it is interesting in same time, the narrator is excellent,

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  • Phillip
  • 01-11-18

Outstanding

The very best of Fry and Rowling. Absolutely brilliant performance of a riveting tale. Wonderful stuff!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-10-18

Loved it!!

I am captivated by these books and Stephen Fry is the best voice that could have been chosen to narrate the story

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  • Neeraj
  • 13-08-18

Blown away

Jk Rowling is a genius and Stephen fry is the perfect person to deliver her magic.

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  • Eunji Kim
  • 10-08-18

My favourite book and audiobook at the same time

I could listen to this over and over, and in fact, I have already listened to the whole book about 10 times now over the course of several years. I only recently got it on Audible. I also love Jim Dale’s version, but unfortunately, I cannot get it on Audible because I live in Korea.

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  • Timothy
  • 07-08-18

Absolutely wonderful, incredibly well read!

The narrator, Stephen Fry has done it again. How he gets all the different accents and voice types right each time is a wonder. Such a talented man.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-06-18

Magnificent

A book like no other. Absolutely fascinating. Could not stop listening to this brilliant tale. Even though I have read the book twice already. Listening was a whole new experience.

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  • shay levy
  • 24-04-18

Stephen Fry's performance is amazing

Stephen Fry's performance is amazing, lost count on how many times I relistened to Harry Potter, entire series and he just makes it so much more enjoyable.

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  • Simon
  • 18-12-15

Twists, turns and shocks!

This is the sixth of the magical seven, each developing the story and leading to the climactic finale in The Deathly Hallows. JK Rowling uses The Half Blood Prince to further ensnare the reader into the twists that are to reveal themselves in the final conclusion of the story.

Part of the skill really is that these characters genuinely grow as they progress through their school years. As in real life with that growth comes responsibility. Once again Harry is pitted up against his now traditional enemies. Increasingly he starts to see shades of grey rather than simple black and white issues while the stakes become increasingly high.

There are twists, turns, surprises and shocks including for anyone who doesn’t know the stories a huge one at the end which I certainly wouldn’t reveal as it really is a huge development. This is something that continues into the final book so be prepared to constantly re-evaluate characters. The identity of the Half Blood Prince I found particularly intriguing and on first encounter with the stories didn’t see it coming at all.

The depth of the mysterious plot is increased by the beautiful marriage of the antiquities of the wizardly world and the seedier side of modern society such as government corruption and the modern media. The latter most ably represented by the brilliantly presented Rita Skeeter, a journalist so awful she could grace any of our tabloids!

I’m very glad that the author took the longer form for the final few books. This story and its characters needed that depth and the genuine cleverness of this book should not be fully judged in my opinion until the final book, The Deathly Hallows has also been finished. I’ll say no more.

The narration of course, the Master Fryer, little need be said other than a quick “Bravo!”.

One small note. I see all of these books listed under “Children : 8-10”. I would never seek to advise any parents on what their children should or should not read (within reason) and I was happy to let my daughter read these at age 10 when she asked. However, the books changed quite distinctly with the ages of the main characters. A line or two is bound to have been crossed so some parents may well want to review a plot synopsis or research these later books before making a decision on them. Not my call but I suspect some parents might just draw the line for a sensitive 8 or 9 year old.


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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-17

Harry and the half blood Prince

This Harry potter book is so full of excitement and it makes it Silk good.

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  • chloeparrot
  • England
  • 16-01-17

Excellent performance by Stephen Fry

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, yes, yes - an excellent performance by Stephen Fry of an enthralling, and well told story. Recommended for children of all ages.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6?

Oh so many - when Harry realised that the Half Blood Prince was Snape, the fact that Hermione got annoyed that Harry was doing better than her in Potions, Harry's fight with Malfoy - just to name a few.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favourite?

All of them

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither - just enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

Somewhat different to the film - so should be read first.

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  • lilmissb
  • 23-05-18

well read

Well narrated by Stephen Fry - great use of different voices and accent for different characters and not at all monotone or mundane

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  • Katie
  • 11-01-19

Amazing.

It’s Harry Potter - what else can I say?!
I love reading the books but listening to Stephen Fry read them is a real treat for Potter fans, old and new. I highly recommend them 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 😊

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-01-19

Dumbledore dies now feed me

Hmm this book confused me a lot,but still enjoyed it my cat did not like me spending 4 hours listening when I was supposed to be feeding her!! 🐈

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  • phill
  • 09-01-19

Great listen and performance

fantastic read and performance by fry as always. This book has been on in the house at every available opportunity!

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  • C. B. Stephenson
  • Preston, UK.
  • 06-01-19

The writing is simply superb!

J.K Rowling is such a clever writer. She has managed to entangle her readers into the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter. The language that has been used mesmerises you and makes you a great deal more interested in reading. The storyline used for HBP is absolutely amazing; the way that she explores new routes with the characters and gives them new relationships is wonderful. I rated this book five stars in all areas, because it is simply superb!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-19

I am the half blood Prince

I love this book it has a great story line and plot I love the way that it really explained the characters

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  • cheryl bridgewater
  • 04-01-19

truly brilliant story

loved it, a truly gripping story that makes me want to move straight onto the next book.

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  • Carolyn
  • 01-08-16

Stephen Fry is a master! Again!

one of the saddest, most shocking books of the series and Stephen Fry conveys all of it brilliantly! can't thankyou enough!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-16

Nothing better.

Brilliant!
Perfect reading of a perfect story.
Not to be missed by young or old.

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  • kristine
  • 30-07-17

Roses review

This book is an amazing book I loved Stephen fry's reading expressions


I would recommend this book for ages 9+ I give this book a ten out of ten for everything

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  • V. Stacey
  • 05-08-16

awesome

Stephen Fry brings this story alive like no other could. can listen to this over and over!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-19

Amazing again!

As always, just an amazingly well read story by Stephen Fry and just great escape into the world of Hogwarts, wizards and magic!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-12-18

GREAT STORY

Love the story, after seeing the movies I knew I had to go over the books.
Stephen Fry does a wonderful job, though I personally am not a fan of his style.

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  • Alexander Fenech
  • 11-12-18

great

loved it! jk at her best and fry also at his best why wouldn't you!

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  • Ash
  • 14-11-18

Fantastical

Absolutely marvellous. A world beyond imagination. I never want to leave. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.

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  • Kim
  • 13-11-18

LOVE THE HARRY POTTER SERIES

Have listened to entire series numerous times! Highly recommend for adults and kids alike. Ripper books.

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  • Katie
  • 12-11-18

the most underrated of the series

the movie is not that great, but the book is fantastic and full of important information for the next in the series. so many crucial scenes here that never made it to film. another perfect performance by Stephen Fry.