History Literature / HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince

23rd Jun '18 12:46:20 PM FGHIK
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* HouseSquatting: The wizard Horace Slughorn is fond of vacationing by squatting in Muggles' houses while they're on holiday. With a PerceptionFilter and a few charms on the neighbours, the biggest hassle is moving in the piano.
21st Jun '18 3:41:36 PM JohnnyHuang
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* EntertaininglyWrong: The Weasley kids know that Mrs. Weasley disapproves of Fleur and Bill's engagement. They also know that Mrs. Weasley has been inviting Tonks over more frequently than usual. They come to the conclusion that Mrs. Weasley is trying to get Bill to fall for Tonks and marry her instead of Fleur. [[spoiler:The truth is Mrs. Weasley has been trying to cheer up Tonks and help her with her relationship with Lupin, who has started pushing her away due to his hangups about being a werewolf. She does still disapprove of Bill and Fleur's relationship, though she comes to accept it at the end of the book.]]

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The Weasley kids know that Mrs. Weasley disapproves of Fleur and Bill's engagement. They also know that Mrs. Weasley has been inviting Tonks over more frequently than usual. They come to the conclusion that Mrs. Weasley is trying to get Bill to fall for Tonks and marry her instead of Fleur. [[spoiler:The truth is Mrs. Weasley has been trying to cheer up Tonks and help her with her relationship with Lupin, who has started pushing her away due to his hangups about being a werewolf. She does still disapprove of Bill and Fleur's relationship, though she comes to accept it at the end of the book.]]]]
** Speaking of Tonks... after Harry encounters Tonks inside Hogwarts, he speculates to Ron and Hermione that Tonks might have been in love with Sirius, the reasons being that: (A) Tonks was nearly in tears after Harry mentioned Sirius' name, and (B) her Patronus resembles a four-legged entity nowadays. Near the end of the year, Tonks confesses her love for everyone within earshot (including Harry) to hear, prompting Harry to realize that he was right about Tonks being in love; he was mistaken only about with whom she's in love.



** After Harry encounters Tonks inside Hogwarts, he speculates to Ron and Hermione that Tonks might have been in love with Sirius, the reasons being that: (A) Tonks was nearly in tears after Harry mentioned Sirius' name, and (B) her Patronus resembles a four-legged entity nowadays. Near the end of the year, Tonks confesses her love to [[spoiler: Lupin]], prompting Harry to realize that he was right about Tonks being in love; he was mistaken only about with whom she's in love.
20th Jun '18 11:28:45 PM trixus
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* ChekhovsGunman: Montague, a Slytherin from last book that was only mentioned because the Twin stuffed him in a disappearing closet [[spoiler: unintentionally give Malfoy a plan to smuggle in Death Eaters in Hogwart.]]
19th Jun '18 4:27:45 PM NhazUl
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** The plot of Harry obtaining Slughorn's memory is basically seduction. In the film Harry even calls it "let [Slughorn] collect [him]".
8th Jun '18 3:30:00 PM JohnnyHuang
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** Voldemort also framed a House Elf named Hokey for poisoning her mistress with the same methods he used to frame his uncle. The Ministry didn't bother investigating the situation any further [[FantasticRacism because she was a House Elf.]]
18th May '18 1:51:23 PM sjm85345
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* TookALevelInBadass: After 5 books of mostly letting action come his way, relying too much on his friends, and showing a lack of interest in classes that leads to near-ineptitude in many skill sets necessary of a wizard, Harry takes a considerable leap forward in this book. He actively, against the wishes and advice of everyone around him, investigates his suspicion of Malfoy being a Death Eater, ultimately [[KnewItAllAlong proving to be right]]. He challenges Dumbledore in ways that don't come off [[{{Angst}} angsty]]. He even improves considerably in fields such as Potions (admittedly partly due to having cheats fed to him by his book, though the point is also made how much better Harry is now that he wants to do well thanks to not having Snape looming over him) and with Charms, learning a handful of spells (admittedly dark spells) without anyone's assistance, which is impressive when one looks as ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'' and recalls how much Harry struggled with a simple Summoning spell known by all adult witches and wizards.
18th May '18 1:37:03 PM sjm85345
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** For instance, that knowledge would've been handy for [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Professor Dippet, when Young Tom was more than willing to throw kind, unassuming Hagrid under the bus for the Basilisk attack that killed Moaning Myrtle]]. It's especially notable when taking into account that two of the traits Dumbledore noticed in Tom as a child were a penchant for indirect violence toward classmates and haste in shifting blame away from himself.
18th May '18 1:27:54 PM sjm85345
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** The final act of the book is a MEGA whiplash for the book as a whole. Though the book is on the darker end of the spectrum compared to the first few books, it was considerably more light hearted than the ones surrounding it, with plenty of humor, romance subplots, and even a likeable Potions professor for once. From the time Harry and Dumbledore leave Hogwarts to locate the locket, however, the book gets smacked by this hard. First there's the duo's journey through the cave which includes a blood ritual and a disturbingly in-depth description of the [[MindRape mental torture Dumbledore experiences due to the potion containing the locket]], and Harry's forced acquiescence in making it worse so they can get the locket. Oh, and not to mention a tense encounter with a swarm of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Inferi (basically zombies)]]. Then they get back and we see [[spoiler: Snape kill Dumbledore, Malfoy's final descent into the side of the Death Eaters, a massive brawl through the hallways of Hogwarts between the [=DEs=] and the Order, Dumbledore's funeral, and the PowerTrio swearing off school altogether to hunt down the remaining Horcruxes]]. Whew...
18th May '18 12:46:19 PM sjm85345
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6th May '18 11:19:32 PM wingedcatgirl
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* BigShutUp: At the beginning, Dumbledore asks Harry to give Kreacher an order, to test whether he has properly inherited the house-elf as Sirius intended. Due to Kreacher's incessant whining, all Harry can think of is to tell him to ''shut up already''. [[spoiler:The order sticks.]]
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