History Literature / HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince

22nd Mar '17 2:18:28 PM fruitstripegum
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* ChocolateOfRomance: Romilda Vane attempts to give love potion infused chocolates to Harry. He gives them to Ron, who promptly falls in love with her.



* ChocolateOfRomance: Romilda Vane attempts to give love potion infused chocolates to Harry. He gives them to Ron, who promptly falls in love with her.
15th Mar '17 12:12:34 AM Kurtis
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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Half-Blood Prince'' may not be as emotionally charged as the novel that preceded it, but it more than makes up for this by being set against the backdrop of a truly dire period for wizards and muggles alike. Atrocities happen at such a high frequency that their coverage is almost passive in tone, thereby implying that this state of terror is the new norm now that Voldemort and his followers are once again at large. That's not even mentioning the [[spoiler:death of Dumbledore towards the end of the novel.]]
14th Mar '17 8:53:40 AM kquinn0830
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* InvisiblePresident: The Muggle Prime Minister is not named during the first chapter. Going by the book's timeline, it's UsefulNotes/JohnMajor.
12th Mar '17 1:50:30 PM JohnnyHuang
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* RightForTheWrongReasons: Hermione thinks the titular Prince was Eileen Prince, a student at Hogwarts, and theorizes that the title comes from her pride to be the child of her Prince parent. [[spoiler:The Prince is actually Severus Snape, but Eileen was his witch mother. This means Hermione was entirely correct about the Prince being proud of their parent of the same name, she just had the wrong person.]]

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* RightForTheWrongReasons: RightForTheWrongReasons:
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Hermione thinks the titular Prince was Eileen Prince, a student at Hogwarts, and theorizes that the title comes from her pride to be the child of her Prince parent. [[spoiler:The Prince is actually Severus Snape, but Eileen was his witch mother. This means Hermione was entirely correct about the Prince being proud of their parent of the same name, she just had the wrong person.]]]]
** 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 whom she's in love with.
21st Feb '17 2:39:23 PM DustSnitch
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* AccidentalMisnaming: In the scene where Harry and Ron go to Slughorn to treat a love potion, Slughorn calls Ron Ralph.

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* AccidentalMisnaming: AccidentalMisnaming:
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In the scene where Harry and Ron go to Slughorn to treat a love potion, Slughorn calls Ron Ralph.



* TheAlcoholic:
** It's implied that the head of young Tom Riddle's orphanage, Mrs. Cole, is one. It's not surprising given the stress of running such an establishment -- for over at least the last eleven years -- and that Dumbledore's visit coincided with the threat of war with Nazi Germany.
** It is apparent that Sybill Trelawney is rapidly becoming one.

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* TheAlcoholic:
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TheAlcoholic: It's implied that the head of young Tom Riddle's orphanage, Mrs. Cole, is one. It's not surprising given the stress of running such an establishment -- for over at least the last eleven years -- and that Dumbledore's visit coincided with the threat of war with Nazi Germany.
** It is apparent that Sybill Trelawney is rapidly becoming one.
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* AmbitionIsEvil: ''Finally'' averted in the person of Horace Slughorn, which is nice given that he is a member of Slytherin, the ''Former {{Trope Namer|s}}''. He has a tendency for favoritism, singling out people he hopes will benefit him in the future due to their talent or family connections, but even this is equal-opportunity and he doesn't hold (much) prejudice against other houses or non-pure-bloods. He is also genial, more likable than all prior Slytherins (DracoInLeatherPants notwithstanding), [[spoiler:is [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone deeply ashamed]] of accidentally helping Tom Riddle's StartOfDarkness]], and isn't, you know, ''evil''.\\\
It's also mentioned that the people he singles out really do have knacks for going far in life (which is why he makes favorites of Hermione and Ginny, even though they aren't from prominent families). So it's really a win-win for both sides, with him providing opportunities to students that they might not get otherwise and them sending him various gifts in exchange. If you think about it, it's no worse than a college professor giving a student they think has potential pointers and tips.
** [[invoked]]WordOfGod is that Slughorn's character was specifically created to show that not all Slytherins are assholes.



** Snape opens his defence against Bellatrix's accusations with one of these, pointing out that ''Voldemort'' trusts him (obviously, or he'd be dead), so does she think that ''she'' knows better than Voldemort?

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** Snape opens his defence defense against Bellatrix's accusations with one of these, pointing out that ''Voldemort'' trusts him (obviously, or he'd be dead), so does she think that ''she'' knows better than Voldemort?



* AscendedExtra: Ginny, who goes from minor character to a rather vital person in Harry's life. [[Film/HarryPotter The film]] at least tries to temper this by giving her a more prominent role.



* AssholeVictim:
** Played with. Tom Riddle Sr. had a reputation as being [[RichBitch snobbish]], but [[spoiler:Merope effectively kidnapping and date-raping him with a LovePotion still comes off as morally wrong to many]].
** Also with Morfin Gaunt, {{Muggle|s}}-[[FantasticRacism hater]] who was framed with the murders of some of Voldemort's victims, all of whom were [[AssholeVictim victims]] in their own right.
** [[spoiler:Draco, as the victim of Voldemort's manipulation and threats on his and his family's lives -- he may not be a nice person (an understatement), but he is sixteen years old, and the book and movie both make clear that he is in way over his head veering towards a nervous breakdown.]]
** Also, Aragog, who dies in this book of old age. Harry and company find it hard to feel sympathy for him, considering he did try to eat Ron and Harry when they were in their second year.
* BeautyToBeast: [[spoiler:Bill, whose handsome face is terribly scarred from being attacked by a werewolf.]] Also Voldemort's backstory, due to his own efforts.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: This and about half the Fate and Prophecy Index get smashed into bits by Dumbledore and Harry's discussion on TheProphecy. To make it short, there's no greater providence at work, being TheChosenOne is little more than a technicality, [[TheUnchosenOne Harry has no particular destiny to fulfill nor is there any higher power ensuring his success]], and he and Voldemort need to kill each other only because of [[ItsPersonal their mutual desire.]]
** It's also because Voldemort ''believes'' this trope is in effect, so he will do everything in his power to kill Harry. Because of this, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy Harry will ultimately have no way to stop Voldemort other than killing him.]]

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* AssholeVictim:
** Played with. Tom Riddle Sr. had a reputation as being [[RichBitch snobbish]], but [[spoiler:Merope effectively kidnapping and date-raping him with a LovePotion still comes off as morally wrong to many]].
** Also with
AssholeVictim: Morfin Gaunt, {{Muggle|s}}-[[FantasticRacism hater]] who was framed with the murders of some of Voldemort's victims, all of whom were [[AssholeVictim victims]] in their own right.
** [[spoiler:Draco, as the victim of Voldemort's manipulation and threats on his and his family's lives -- he may not be a nice person (an understatement), but he is sixteen years old, and the book and movie both make clear that he is in way over his head veering towards a nervous breakdown.]]
** Also, Aragog, who dies in this book of old age. Harry and company find it hard to feel sympathy for him, considering he did try to eat Ron and Harry when they were in their second year.
* BeautyToBeast: [[spoiler:Bill, whose handsome face is terribly scarred from being attacked by a werewolf.]] Also Voldemort's backstory, due to his own efforts.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: This and about half the Fate and Prophecy Index get smashed into bits by Dumbledore and Harry's discussion on TheProphecy. To make it short, there's no greater providence at work, being TheChosenOne is little more than a technicality, [[TheUnchosenOne Harry has no particular destiny to fulfill nor is there any higher power ensuring his success]], and he and Voldemort need to kill each other only because of [[ItsPersonal their mutual desire.]]
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]] It's also because Voldemort ''believes'' this trope is in effect, so he will do everything in his power to kill Harry. Because of this, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy Harry will ultimately have no way to stop Voldemort other than killing him.]]



* BerserkButton: Harry implies that Dumbledore is leaving the school vulnerable whenever he goes searching for Horcruxes. He immediately realizes he has [[OhCrap crossed a line]] and Dumbledore, who is normally very understanding and accomodating with Harry's outbursts, is legitimately angry with him for the first time.
* BigManOnCampus: Harry finds himself in this role now that he's Gryffindor Quidditch Captain ''and'' everyone knows he was telling the truth. The combination of celebrity, a growth spurt and everyone seeing the scars from Umbridge's detentions turns him into an unwilling ChickMagnet.

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* BerserkButton: Harry implies that Dumbledore is leaving the school vulnerable whenever he goes searching for Horcruxes. He immediately realizes he has [[OhCrap crossed a line]] and Dumbledore, who is normally very understanding and accomodating accommodating with Harry's outbursts, is legitimately angry with him for the first time.
* BigManOnCampus: Harry finds himself in this role now that he's Gryffindor Quidditch Captain ''and'' everyone knows he was telling the truth. The combination of celebrity, a growth spurt and everyone seeing the scars from Umbridge's detentions turns him into an unwilling ChickMagnet.
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** Between the [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Umbridge-a-riffic]] fifth book and the KillEmAll seventh, most of this book is a pretty easy-going tale with a lot of exposition and teen angst (not to mention [[Funny/HarryPotter many jokes]]). That is, until the last few chapters.

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** Between the [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Umbridge-a-riffic]] fifth book and the KillEmAll seventh, most of this book is a pretty easy-going tale with a lot of exposition and teen angst (not to mention [[Funny/HarryPotter many jokes]]).jokes). That is, until the last few chapters.



** This SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}:[[invoked]]

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** This SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}:[[invoked]] Harry Potter tries to convince his friends they can't come on his mission to stop the villains, only for one of them to remind Harry he tried to do the same thing [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone five books ago]] and his friends refused to let him face evil alone.



* CaptainObvious: Harry saying "Ghosts are transparent." (Why he said it made sense in context but still got him told "Ah, I see six years of magical education have not been wasted on you.")

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* CaptainObvious: CaptainObvious:
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Harry saying "Ghosts are transparent." (Why he said it made sense in context but still got him told "Ah, I see six years of magical education have not been wasted on you.")



* CityMouse: Fleur Delacour. She doesn't appear to realize how much this aggravates her future in-laws (but there's clearly animosity on both sides).
* ClingyJealousGirl: Lavender.



* CoolTeacher: For all his favoritism, Slughorn does deliver an impressive first Potions lesson.
* CreepyChild: Tom Riddle.
* CuckoolanderCommentator: Luna during the last Quidditch match. While the game goes on she tends to draw attention to unrelated things like unusually shaped clouds or claiming that a Hufflepuff Chaser (who's failed to maintain the Quaffle for more than a few seconds) is suffering from "Loser's Lurgy".



* DarkIsNotEvil: According to WordOfGod, Slughorn's character exists for the express purpose of showing that not all Slytherins are assholes.



* DeadManWriting: The mysterious R.A.B.
* DeathByChildbirth: Merope Riddle

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* DeadManWriting: The mysterious R.A.B.
* DeathByChildbirth: Merope Riddle
B. writes a letter to Voldemort which begins with R.A.B. musing that he's probably been kiled by the time the Dark Lord has read the letter. In a twist, Voldemort never reads the letter, since Harry finds it before the Dark Lord can.



* DesignatedLoveInterest: Ginny. Part of the hate for the pairing of Harry and Ginny is because of DieForOurShip, while the other part is rooted specifically to this. After her [[StrangledByTheRedString questionably rushed hook-up with Harry]], most of the development of the pairing took place off screen. In fact, there's a time skip following their hookup where Harry describes it at as some of the happiest moments in his life, but the readers never actually get to '''see it'''.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The circumstances of Voldemort's birth. Merope basically [[SlippingAMickey drugged]] Tom.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
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The circumstances of Voldemort's birth. Merope basically [[SlippingAMickey drugged]] Tom.



* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: The love potions. They're basically the magic world equivalent of date rape drugs. Yet, using them is portrayed as sweet and innocent because it's the girls using them on the boys. Just imagine the uproar of the MoralGuardians if any of [[DoubleStandard the boys were shown using them on the girls]].

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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale:
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The love potions. They're basically the magic world equivalent of date rape drugs. Yet, using them is portrayed as sweet and innocent because it's the girls using them on the boys. Just imagine the uproar of the MoralGuardians if any of [[DoubleStandard the boys were shown using them on the girls]].



* EnfanteTerrible: Tom "I can do bad things to people who annoy me. I can make them hurt if I want to" Riddle.



** [[spoiler:Subverted in ''Deathly Hallows'', when it turns out Snape killing Dumbledore was part of the latter's ThanatosGambit. Dumbledore was actually begging Snape to not back out of it.]]



* EvilIsPetty: [[spoiler: Voldemort put a curse on the Defense Against the Dark Arts position because Dumbledore wouldn't give him the job when he attempted to reapply.]] In this instance, it's not too surprising considering [[spoiler:it prevented Voldemort from acquiring relics of the founders he could use as potential Horcruxes.]]
** There's an interesting, alternate interpretation of this as outlined in Fridge Brilliance. [[spoiler:What comes across as pettiness is actually a brilliant piece of strategic warfare. Without a consistent DADA teaching curriculum, the up-and-coming generation of young Wizards would have been ill-equipped to fight the First Wizarding War.]] Indeed, the people teaching that position have run the gamut from the competent (Lupin) to the incompetent (Lockhart) to the deliberately obstructive (Umbridge), and several shades in between.

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* EvilIsPetty: [[spoiler: Voldemort [[spoiler:Voldemort put a curse on the Defense Against the Dark Arts position because Dumbledore wouldn't give him the job when he attempted to reapply.]] In this instance, it's not too surprising considering [[spoiler:it prevented Voldemort from acquiring relics of the founders he could use as potential Horcruxes.]]
** There's an interesting, alternate interpretation of this as outlined in Fridge Brilliance. [[spoiler:What comes across as pettiness is actually a brilliant piece of strategic warfare. Without a consistent DADA teaching curriculum, the up-and-coming generation of young Wizards would have been ill-equipped to fight the First Wizarding War.]] Indeed, the people teaching that position have run the gamut from the competent (Lupin) to the incompetent (Lockhart) to the deliberately obstructive (Umbridge), and several shades in between.
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* {{Geas}}: The Unbreakable Vow.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Ron and Hermione try and fix the former's misspelled essay due to a worn-out auto-correct quill, one of the things Hermione notes is "Augury doesn't begin with O-R-G' either."

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* {{Geas}}: The Unbreakable Vow.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
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When Ron and Hermione try and fix the former's misspelled essay due to a worn-out auto-correct quill, one of the things Hermione notes is "Augury doesn't begin with O-R-G' either."



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Harry does a stupid, stupid thing and tries out a spell on another human being despite the only thing he knew about the spell was that it was marked "For enemies". Harry learns a lesson in responsible spellcasting and how dangerous casting unknown spells can be. He pays for this in the book, and is ''darn'' lucky a person was nearby who could set it right.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Harry and Ginny.

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: HeartIsAnAwesomePower: [[spoiler:Love is precisely what saved Harry does as a stupid, stupid thing and tries out a spell on another human being despite baby: Lily's sacrificial love is the only thing he knew about the spell was that it was marked "For enemies". Harry learns a lesson source of his protection against Voldemort. It comes up again in responsible spellcasting and how dangerous casting unknown spells can be. He pays for this in the book, and is ''darn'' lucky a person was nearby who could set it right.
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''Deathly Hallows'', when Harry's self-sacrifice protects everyone.]]
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HeroesWantRedheads: Harry and Ginny.



* InsecureLoveInterest: This is Lupin's reason for not getting together with [[spoiler:Tonks.]] He comes round in the end.
* InspectorJavert: Subverted. Everyone ''thinks'' Harry is doing this to Draco, but his suspicions turn out to be right. He plays it straight with Snape, [[spoiler: as we learn in the next book]].



* {{Irony}}: Previously Potions was Harry's least favourite subject because Snape was such a jerk to him. In his first class this year he finds a secondhand book labelled as "property of the Half-Blood Prince". Inside the book are copious hints that help Harry in his Potions classes, making it his best subject. At one point, Harry even thinks to himself that the Prince has been a much better teacher than Snape. Snape also comments that he struggled to teach Harry anything in five years of potions classes. Then the big reveal is that [[spoiler:Snape is the Half-Blood Prince.]]
** A slightly tragic twist to the irony here is the implication that Snape would have found Harry to be a highly competent and willing student if only he had been able to see past his loathing of Harry's father.

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* {{Irony}}: Previously Potions was Harry's least favourite subject because Snape was such a jerk to him. In his first class this year he finds a secondhand book labelled as "property of the Half-Blood Prince". Inside the book are copious hints that help Harry in his Potions classes, making it his best subject. At one point, Harry even thinks to himself that the Prince has been a much better teacher than Snape. Snape also comments that he struggled to teach Harry anything in five years of potions classes. Then the big reveal is that [[spoiler:Snape is the Half-Blood Prince.]]
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]] A slightly tragic twist to the irony here is the implication that Snape would have found Harry to be a highly competent and willing student if only he had been able to see past his loathing of Harry's father.



* KarmaHoudini: Averted with Fudge, who can't dodge the bullet of political and public pressure for his role in covering up Voldemort's return in the previous book.
** Played straight, however, with Umbridge. She's still working at the Ministry despite her own role in the cover-up (and the horrific child abuse she commits in book 5). Harry is ''not'' happy when he learns she hasn't been sacked.



* KnowledgeBroker: Horace Slughorn.



* MacGuffin: Voldemort's Horcruxes.

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* %%* MacGuffin: Voldemort's Horcruxes.



* MySisterIsOffLimits: Harry struggles with this. In the end, Ron is fine with him dating Ginny, though. After all, they are best friends!
** Indeed, it's implied that Harry's the ''only'' person [[ShipperOnDeck Ron wants Ginny dating.]]
* NeverMyFault: During the meeting at Spinner's End, Snape sarcastically asks Bellatrix if the Dark Lord still considers her a confidante after the fiasco in the Department of Mysteries. Bellatrix responds that it was all Lucius' fault. However, it was her getting trigger happy which derailed the entire operation, got all the operatives except herself thrown into Azkaban, ''and'' exposed Voldemort's return to the Wizarding world at large.
** Even better, Narcissa gets ''pissed'' that she's trying to shift the blame to her husband and calls her sister out on it.

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* MySisterIsOffLimits: Harry struggles with this. In the end, Ron is fine with him dating Ginny, though. After all, they are best friends!
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friends! Indeed, it's implied that Harry's the ''only'' person [[ShipperOnDeck Ron wants Ginny dating.]]
* NeverMyFault: During the meeting at Spinner's End, Snape sarcastically asks Bellatrix if the Dark Lord still considers her a confidante after the fiasco in the Department of Mysteries. Bellatrix responds that it was all Lucius' fault. However, it was her getting trigger happy which derailed the entire operation, got all the operatives except herself thrown into Azkaban, ''and'' exposed Voldemort's return to the Wizarding world at large.
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large. Even better, Narcissa gets ''pissed'' that she's trying to shift the blame to her husband and calls her sister out on it.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The unnamed prime minister that Fudge terrifies in the first chapter. If you go by the internal chronology of the books, it should be UsefulNotes/JohnMajor, although the caricature of the sitting PM reads more like a spoof of UsefulNotes/TonyBlair. But if it was Major, it would provide attentive readers with the amusing image of Margaret Thatcher throwing Cornelius Fudge out of her office window (although the idea of gray and unflappable John Major getting worked up to the point of attempting homicide is equally funny).



* NoOntologicalInertia
** [[spoiler:Dumbledore's body-bind spell.]] There are hints throughout the books that this is a common and expected phenomenon: magic dies along with the wizard who performed it.
* NonActionBigBad: Lord Voldemort lies very low in this book … so low, in fact, that he makes no personal appearances for the second and last book in the series (following ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban The Prisoner of Azkaban]]''), though we do see him in several {{Pensieve Flashback}}s.

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* NoOntologicalInertia
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NoOntologicalInertia: [[spoiler:Dumbledore's body-bind spell.]] There are hints throughout the books that this is a common and expected phenomenon: magic dies along with the wizard who performed it.
* NonActionBigBad: Lord Voldemort lies very low in this book … so low, in fact, that he makes no personal appearances for the second and last book in the series (following ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban The Prisoner of Azkaban]]''), though we do see him in several {{Pensieve Flashback}}s.
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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Draco Malfoy. In the previous books, he was TheBully, but not even a pawn in the central conflict of Harry versus Voldemort. Here, however, Harry will get ''serious'' trouble because of him, and it turns out that he is trying to [[spoiler:assassinate Dumbledore]], and nearly kills two others in the process.



* ObviouslyEvil: Tom Riddle, as a child in the orphanage, to the point where even though nobody can prove anything he scares everyone, even those who run the orphanage. By the time he gets to Hogwarts he becomes very good at hiding this, enabling him to fool everyone except Dumbledore, who met him before he adopted the act.



* PartTimeHero: Harry frequently neglects preparation for his battle with Voldemort in favor of sports and dating. [[spoiler:Snape calls him on this during their battle at the end of the book.]]



* ThePeterPrinciple[=/=]{{Pride}}: Rufus Scrimgeour's TragicFlaw is that he's too proud to ask for counsel.



* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Snape was the Death Eater who told Voldemort about the prophecy, bumping Lily and James to the top of his hit list. Harry, naturally, learns this ''minutes'' before going after a Horcrux with Dumbledore. It takes everything he has not to start tearing the office apart like at the end of the last book.]]

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* TheReveal: TheReveal:
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[[spoiler:Snape was the Death Eater who told Voldemort about the prophecy, bumping Lily and James to the top of his hit list. Harry, naturally, learns this ''minutes'' before going after a Horcrux with Dumbledore. It takes everything he has not to start tearing the office apart like at the end of the last book.]]
** The climax of the book ends with Harry learning the identity of the Half-Blood Prince: [[spoiler:Severus Snape, Harry's least favorite teacher and the murderer of Harry's mentor.
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* RomanticFalseLead: Dean Thomas.



* SelfMadeOrphan: Voldemort.



** ShipTease: Harry and Luna get some moments, such as him telling her she's cool, refuting his thoughts about her from [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Book 5]], and when he takes her to Slughorn's Christmas Ball. After he asks her to go with him, Peeves also becomes a Ship Tease and starts singing, "Potty loves Loony!"

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** * ShipTease: Harry and Luna get some moments, such as him telling her she's cool, refuting his thoughts about her from [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Book 5]], and when he takes her to Slughorn's Christmas Ball. After he asks her to go with him, Peeves also becomes a Ship Tease and starts singing, "Potty loves Loony!"



* ShoutOut: Harry orders Kreacher to shut up to test his allegiance. Kreacher's eyes bulge as he grabs his throat and still mouths words. He then starts thrashing on the floor, which is accompanied by "frantic gulping". [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings One almost expects him to start whining about a precious ring he lost.]]

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Harry orders Kreacher to shut up to test his allegiance. Kreacher's eyes bulge as he grabs his throat and still mouths words. He then starts thrashing on the floor, which is accompanied by "frantic gulping". [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings One almost expects him to start whining about a precious ring he lost.]]



* TookALevelInJerkAss: Malfoy, who breaks Harry's nose and tries to use the Cruciatus Curse on him. Of course, this is before he gets in over his head and discovers the hard way that EvilIsNotAToy.



* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: [[spoiler:"So, when the Prophecy says, that I'll have 'power the Dark Lord knows not' it just means love?" asked Harry, feeling a little let down. "Yes, just love," said Dumbledore.]]
** HeartIsAnAwesomePower: [[spoiler:Love is precisely what saved Harry as a baby: Lily's sacrificial love is the source of his protection against Voldemort. It comes up again in ''Deathly Hallows'', when Harry's self-sacrifice protects everyone.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Harry calls out Scrimgeour on resurrecting Barty Crouch's policy of imprisoning suspected Death Eaters with no trial.
** Harry [[spoiler: using an unfamiliar spell, the effects of which were unknown, on Draco, resulting in Draco being severely injured. Fortunately Snape was able to heal him, being that he invented the spell, but Harry feels appropriately guilty for the incident. Somewhat justified in that Draco attempted to hurt him first. Regardless, the fact that Harry could well have killed Draco makes it a pretty morally questionable move.]]
*** Possibly justified in that Malfoy had been about to use the ''Cruciatus Curse'' on Harry, though this makes no sense, as that would have earned Malfoy a one-way ticket to Azkaban. [[FridgeBrilliance Then again,]] it's abundantly clear that Draco is no longer thinking things through by this point.

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* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: [[spoiler:"So, "So, when the Prophecy says, that I'll have 'power the Dark Lord knows not' it just means love?" asked Harry, feeling a little let down. "Yes, just love," said Dumbledore.]]
Dumbledore.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** HeartIsAnAwesomePower: [[spoiler:Love is precisely what saved Harry as a baby: Lily's sacrificial love is the source of his protection against Voldemort. It comes up again in ''Deathly Hallows'', when Harry's self-sacrifice protects everyone.]]
* WhatTheHellHero:
Harry calls out Scrimgeour on resurrecting Barty Crouch's policy of imprisoning suspected Death Eaters with no trial.
** Harry [[spoiler: using an unfamiliar spell, the effects of which were unknown, on Draco, resulting in Draco being severely injured. Fortunately Snape was able to heal him, being that he invented the spell, but Harry feels appropriately guilty for the incident. Somewhat justified in that Draco attempted to hurt him first. Regardless, the fact that Harry could well have killed Draco makes it a pretty morally questionable move.]]
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]] Possibly justified in that Malfoy had been about to use the ''Cruciatus Curse'' on Harry, though this makes no sense, as that would have earned Malfoy a one-way ticket to Azkaban. [[FridgeBrilliance Then again,]] it's abundantly clear that Draco is no longer thinking things through by this point.



* WritingLines: Seamus accidentally knocks Flitwick off his desk with a spell, and has to write [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments "I am a wizard, not a baboon brandishing a stick."]]
* XanatosGambit: Voldemort's plan (ordering Draco to kill Dumbledore). The plan is to give Draco an impossible, likely-suicide mission in order to punish Draco's father, Lucius, for his failures. But, hey, if Draco succeeds, all the better.
** Speaking of Voldemort, [[spoiler:his job interview with Dumbledore during one of the flashbacks. If the Headmaster hires him, then it gives him access to potential Hogwarts relics for Horcruxes, a recruiting ground for young Death Eaters, and stores of ancient magic to tap. If Dumbledore ''doesn’t'' give him the job, that’s fine too, since he’s using the brief access to the castle to hide one of his Horcruxes in the Room of Requirement.]]
* [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle Your Horcrux Is in Another Castle]]: Dumbledore and Harry go on a dangerousmission to find a Horcrux. [[spoiler: They find it … and it's a fake.]]

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* WritingLines: Seamus accidentally knocks Flitwick off his desk with a spell, and has to write [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments "I am a wizard, not a baboon brandishing a stick."]]
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* XanatosGambit: XanatosGambit:
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Voldemort's plan (ordering Draco to kill Dumbledore).plan. The plan is to give Draco an impossible, likely-suicide mission in order to punish Draco's father, Lucius, for his failures. But, hey, if Draco succeeds, all the better.
** Speaking of Voldemort, [[spoiler:his his job interview with Dumbledore during one of the flashbacks. If [[spoiler:If the Headmaster hires him, then it gives him access to potential Hogwarts relics for Horcruxes, a recruiting ground for young Death Eaters, and stores of ancient magic to tap. If Dumbledore ''doesn’t'' give him the job, that’s fine too, since he’s using the brief access to the castle to hide one of his Horcruxes in the Room of Requirement.]]
* [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle Your Horcrux Is in Another Castle]]: YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Dumbledore and Harry go on a dangerousmission dangerous mission to find a Horcrux. [[spoiler: They find it … and it's a fake.]]
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* NotAnAct: When suspected of being a DoubleAgent by Bellatrix, Snape has a long speech where he patiently takes apart her arguments, including one where he belittles Harry as a mediocre wizard who needs his friends' help to get anywhere. [[spoiler:As we see in the last book, most of what he told Bellatrix was a lie and he was always against Voldemort,]] but his contempt for Harry was genuine, using very similar terms when speaking to Dumbledore about him.
15th Feb '17 12:42:11 PM JohnnyHuang
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* IronicEcho: During [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix the story of the fifth book]], more than once Hermione discourages Ron from doing things she considers unbecoming of an authority figure by reminding him that he's a prefect. This time, Harry makes fun of her for secretly interfering with Cormac's Quidditch performance when Ron's trying out for the same position as Cormac by reminding her of her prefect position. Not surprisingly, she's not amused.
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* NotWhatItLooksLike: In the evening Harry decides to see Slughorn to coax his Horcrux-related memory out of him, he (after taking his Felix Felicis and donning his InvisibilityCloak) leaves the boys' dormitory with Ron and Hermione in tow and encounters [[ClingyJealousGirl Lavender Brown]] in the Gryffindor common room. Unable to see Harry, Lavender believes Ron and Hermione to be alone in the boys' dormitory, prompting her to jump to her worst-case assumption, which results in her screaming at Ron before breaking up with him. This ends up working in Ron's (and, by extension, Hermione's as well) favor, because [[PleaseDumpMe Ron had been hoping for Lavender to break up with him for some time by that point already]].
13th Feb '17 8:36:51 AM Basara-kun
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* {{Chuunibyou}}: The titular Prince came up with his identity in his teenage years as a way to get back at his Muggle father (hence half-blood) by using his witch mother's last name. He was known to run around with a gang of people who would later become the first Death Eaters and came up with some very nasty spells. [[spoiler:He's better known as Severus Snape.]]
2nd Feb '17 1:20:58 PM Chabal2
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* PrecisionFStrike: Marvolo calls his daughter a slut.



* SickeninglySweethearts: Bill and Fleur (as far as Ron and Ginny are concerned), Ron and Lavender (mainly the latter).

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* SickeninglySweethearts: Bill and Fleur (as far as Ron and Ginny are concerned), Ron and Lavender (mainly the latter). Lavender even gets Ron a big gold necklace reading "My Sweetheart", to Ron's disgust and Harry's amusement.
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* LockedRoomMystery: Amelia Bones' body is found by the Muggle police in a room that was locked from the inside. The wizard authorities know it was the Death Eaters - likely Voldemort himself.
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