It's Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts, and he has many things coming his way. After revealing himself at the Ministry, Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters are free to commit crimes in both the magical world and the Muggle world.
Harry is becoming a young man, and thoughts of Ginny... read more
As Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters commit crimes in both the magical and Muggle worlds, Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge is replaced by Rufus Scrimgeour. In the second chapter, Professor Snape, appearing to have rejoined the Death Eaters and Lord Voldemort, is visited by Narcissa Malfoy... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
As Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters commit crimes in both the magical and Muggle worlds, Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge is replaced by Rufus Scrimgeour. In the second chapter, Professor Snape, appearing to have rejoined the Death Eaters and Lord Voldemort, is visited by Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange. A terrified Narcissa tells Snape that her son Draco has received orders from Lord Voldemort, and asks Snape to make an Unbreakable Vow with her to protect her son and do the job for him, should Draco fail. Snape agrees, and the vow is sealed.
Harry Potter accompanies Albus Dumbledore on a trip to persuade retired Hogwarts professor Horace Slughorn to return to Hogwarts to fill in the vacant spot in the teaching staff. Harry notices that one of Dumbledore's hands is withered and burnt black, and that he is wearing a ring with a distinctively-marked stone. Harry spends the remaining holiday at The Burrow with the Weasleys and Hermione, where they receive their O.W.L. results. To become Aurors, Harry and Ron must take N.E.W.T. level Potions, but their O.W.L.s in the subject are too low to enrol in Snape's Potions class.
At Hogwarts, Snape is unexpectedly announced as the new Defence Against the Dark Arts instructor, with Slughorn becoming the Potions teacher. Harry and Ron’s O.W.L.s are good enough to enrol in Slughorn’s class, which has lower standards, but neither had purchased a textbook, so Slughorn lends them old Potions textbooks. Harry's book has notes and corrections scribbled all over the pages. Harry discovers that these corrections yield better results than the textbook's instructions, and that the book is inscribed as having previously belonged to the "Half-Blood Prince". As the year continues, Ron dates Lavender Brown but eventually realises his feelings for Hermione and breaks up with Lavender. Harry realises that he has feelings (that are conflicting with his friendship with Ron) for Ginny, who has stopped pursuing him and is dating Dean Thomas.
During the school year at Hogwarts, Dumbledore privately tutors Harry, using his Pensieve to show Harry collected memories about Voldemort's past. Dumbledore asks Harry to retrieve a key memory from Slughorn that Slughorn has resisted providing, regarding Slughorn's conversation with a sixth-year Tom Riddle. After disappointing Dumbledore once by not getting the memory from Slughorn, Harry uses Felix Felicis potion (which bestows luck on its drinker) that he had been rewarded with for his newfound "skill" (derived almost entirely from written hints from the Half-Blood Prince) in potion making to gain the memory.
The series of memories reveals that to attain immortality, Voldemort splintered his soul (through committing murders) into six fragments attached to objects called Horcruxes, while leaving a seventh piece in his body. As long as any of the Horcruxes exist, Voldemort cannot be killed. Two Horcruxes have been destroyed: Tom Riddle's diary by Harry in the Chamber of Secrets<HP2> and Marvolo Gaunt's ring by Dumbledore (the ring Harry noticed on his hand earlier). The memories indicate that three other Horcruxes are most likely a locket formerly owned by Salazar Slytherin, a cup formerly owned by Helga Hufflepuff, and the snake Nagini; but the last of the six Horcruxes remains unidentified. Dumbledore speculates that it may be a possession of Gryffindor or Ravenclaw, as Tom Riddle would have wanted a possession of each of the founders of Hogwarts, his first and only real home.
After seeing Harry cast an unusual curse, "Sectumsempra" (a dark curse which leaves deep gashes) against Draco Malfoy, Snape attempts to repossess Harry's Potions book, but Harry gives him Ron's copy instead and hides his copy in the Room of Requirement, noting several other items hidden there over the years. He then distinguishes the cabinet that the book is in with an old bust wearing a wig and a strange looking tiara. Harry gets detention from Snape and misses the Quidditch finals, but Gryffindor wins the Cup with Ron and Ginny starring in the match. During the victory celebration, Harry spontaneously kisses Ginny and they begin dating with Ron's approval.
Dumbledore locates another Horcrux and asks Harry to accompany him to destroy it. They travel to a secret cave to retrieve Slytherin's locket. Harry and Dumbledore find the entrance, present a blood offering to a secret door, and row in a small boat across an Inferi-infested lake. To acquire the locket, Dumbledore must drink a mysterious potion. After drinking the potion, Dumbledore faints, and while attempting to minister to him, Harry provokes the Inferi which attack him and Dumbledore. Harry retrieves the Horcrux and guides Dumbledore to safety in Hogsmeade, but as they arrive they see the Dark Mark hovering over the Astronomy Tower at Hogwarts and hurriedly return to the school.
Dumbledore and an Invisibility Cloaked Harry are confronted atop the tower by Draco Malfoy, and before Harry can reveal himself, Dumbledore immobilises Harry. Malfoy disarms Dumbledore, who sacrificed the time to defend himself to immobilise Harry. Draco admits that he was behind a series of attacks on Hogwarts students, and that Voldemort has ordered him to kill Dumbledore. Dumbledore offers Draco the chance to change sides, and promises to hide Draco and his mother where Voldemort will never find them. Draco cannot bring himself to kill the headmaster, even with the urging of fellow Death Eaters once they arrive. Snape arrives and kills Dumbledore. Harry, enraged and freed from immobility by Dumbledore's death, pursues Snape, who reveals that he is the Half-Blood Prince and duels with Harry until he gets outside Hogwarts grounds and disapparates.
Harry recovers the locket from Dumbledore's body, only to discover it is a fake left by someone with the initials R. A. B. who had apparently stolen the real Horcrux and left a note about his opposition to Voldemort. The school year ends abruptly with Dumbledore's funeral. He is buried along with his wand beside the lake on Hogwarts's grounds. The fate of the school is uncertain, but Harry vows not to return to school and to hunt for the remaining Horcruxes. Harry breaks up with Ginny to keep her safe from danger during his quest, and Ron and Hermione pledge to accompany him.
“When we come face-to-face with one down a dark alley, we're going to be having a shufti to see if it's solid, aren't we, we're not going to be asking, 'Excuse me, are you the imprint of a departed soul?”Ron Weasley
“Don't count your owls before they are delivered.”Albus Dumbledore
“Let us not deprive Molly any longer of the chance to deplore how thin you are.”Albus Dumbledore
“Does anyone really know what You-Know-Who would or wouldn't do?”Harry Potter
“People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.”Albus Dumbledore via Hermione Granger
“Once again, you show all the sensitivity of a blunt axe.”Nearly Headless Nick (Referring to Ron)
“The Dark Arts are many, varied, ever-changing, and eternal. Fighting them is like fighting a many-headed monster, which, each time a neck is severed, sprouts a head even fiercer and cleverer than before. You are fighting that which is unfixed, mutating, indestructible.”Severus Snape
“Hissy, hissy, little snakey, Slither on the floor, You be good to Morfin Or he'll nail you to the door.”Morfin Gaunt
“Oh, come and stir my cauldron, And if you do it right,I'll boil you up some hot strong love To keep you warm tonight.”A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love by Celestina Warbeck
“Oh, my poor heart, where has it gone? It's left me for a spell... and now you've torn it quite apart I'll thank you to give back my heart!”You Charmed the Heart Right Out of Me by Celestina Warbeck
“When there's strife and when there's trouble Call on Peevsie, he'll make double!”Peeves
“Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies. You must know this Dumbledore.”Voldemort
“Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.”Albus Dumbledore
“There is nothing to be feared from a body, any more than there is anything to be feared from the darkness. It is unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”Albus Dumbledore
“Harry: 'It's going to be all right, sir. We're nearly there. . . . I can Apparate us both back. . . Don't worry.' Dumbledore: 'I am not worried, Harry. I am with you.'”Harry and Dumbledore
“Killing is not nearly as easy as the innocent believe. . . .”Albus Dumbledore
“Why are you worrying about You-Know-Who?You should be worrying about U-No-Poo --The Constipation Sensation That's Gripping the Nation!”Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes
“'That's three Galleons, nine Sickles, and a Knut,' said Fred, examining the many boxes in Ron's arms. 'Cough up' 'I'm your brother!' 'And that's our stuff you're nicking. Three Galleons, nine Sickles. I'll knock off the Knut' 'But I haven't got three Galleons, nine Sickles!' 'You'd better put it back then, and mind you put it on the right shelves.'”Fred and Ron Weasley
“Perfect deliberation, divination, and desperation or whatever the hell it is.”Ron Weasley
“Dumbledore would have been happier than anybody to think that there was a little more love in the world.”Minerva McGonagall
“'He accused me of being 'Dumbledore's man through and through.' 'How very rude of him.' 'I told him I was.' Dumbledore opened his mouth to speak and then closed it again. Behind Harry, Fawkes the phoenix let out a low, soft, musical cry. To Harry’s intense embarrassment, he suddenly realized that Dumbledore's bright blue eyes looked rather watery. 'I am very touched, Harry.'”Harry and Dumbledore
“He's certainly got a body and is walking and talking and killing, so I suppose, for the purposes of our discussion, yes, he's alive.”
“But she wants you...And after all Remus, young and whole men do not necessarily remain so.”Arthur Weasley
“But he understood at last what Dumbledore had been trying to tell him. It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew — and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents — that there was all the difference in the world.”J.K Rowling
“'It was cruel,' said Dumbledore softly, 'that you and Sirius had such a short time together. A brutal ending to what should have been a long and happy relationship.'”Albus Dumbledore
“Just because you've got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all have.”Hermione Granger to Ron Weasley
“'I don't think you should be an Auror, Harry,' said Luna unexpectedly... 'The Aurors are a part of the Rotfang Conspiracy, I thought everyone knew that. They're working to bring down the Ministry of Magic from within using a combination of Dark Magic and gum disease.'”Luna Lovegood
“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good... or Malfoy is anyway.”Harry Potter
“The trouble is, the other side can do magic too, Prime Minister”Cornelius Fudge
“...But if it is, I'll make sure I take as many Death-Eaters with me as I can, and Voldemort too if I can manage it.”Harry Potter
“Spoken both like your mother and father's son and Sirius's true godson!”Albus Dumbledore
“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”Albus Dumbledore
“... the mere fact that they were still there on either side of him, speaking bracing words of comfort, not shrinking from him as though he were contaminated or dangerous, was worth more than he could ever tell them.”
“As I have already proven to you, I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being - forgive me - rather clever than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.”
1. The Other Minister
2. Spinner's End
3. Will and Won't
4. Horace Slughorn
5. An Excess of Phlegm
6. Draco's Detour
7. The Slug Club
8. Snape Victorious
9. The Half-Blood Prince
10. The House of Gaunt
11. Hermione's Helping Hand
12. Silver and Opals
13. The Secret Riddle
14. Felix Felicis
15. The Unbreakable Vow
16. A Very Frosty Christmas
17. A Sluggish Memory
18. Birthday Suprises
19. Elf Tails
20. Lord Voldermort's Request
21. The Unknowable Room
22. After the Burial
25. The Seer Overhead
26. The Cave
27. The Lightning-Struck Tower
28. Flight over the Prince
29. The Phoenix Lament
30. The White Tomb
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