Today marks the 17th anniversary of Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth and penultimate novel of J.K. Rowling’s beloved wizarding series. From prophecies to soul-splitting Horcruxes, romances to tragic character endings, Bookstr celebrates and looks back at some of the best moments from the book. By best, we mean moments that could be powerful, notable, or elicit strong reactions from the fanbase. This includes happy and, yes, not-so-happy moments.
5. Felix Felicis- A.K.A. “Liquid Luck”
The Harry Potter fans received their first introduction to Felix Felicis, or “Liquid Luck,” a wizarding potion designed to provide its drinker the ability to have almost anything go their way. Whether it’s to prepare for a first date, a hopeful first day of work, or passing an exam, Horace Slughorn’s introduction of this potion to students to compete for a small vial of it allowed Harry’s first introduction to encountering the Half-Blood Prince.
4. Harry’s Duel with Draco
Again with the Half-Blood Prince (it is the novel’s namesake, after all), the Felix Felicis potion allowed Potter fans to see some of the fun, helpful sides of Harry’s textbook editor. However, when he duels Draco due to suspicion of Draco’s affiliation with Voldemort’s followers, he unleashes a spell created by the Prince that shows us how there are darker, crueler sides that also lay in this Prince’s capabilities.
3. The Reveal of the Half-Blood Prince
A reveal that is somehow shocking and yet simultaneously expected to fans, Harry learns soon after Snape reveals himself as a member of Death Eaters after killing Dumbledore that he is also the Half-Blood Prince. *Gasp*! Yes, the Potions professor himself is the same person that’s been scribbling in the pages of Harry’s Potions textbook that propelled him into a Potions master in Slughorn’s eyes.
2. Wands Raised for Dumbledore
A touching, emotionally-heartfelt moment that also breaks your heart in pieces if you know why the students and faculty of Hogwarts raised their wands. The scene in the book shows not only the people that stand against the Dark Lord and their allegiance and loyalty to Hogwarts but also symbolizes the maturation of readers and book characters alike into adulthood and away from the brighter childhood they knew before.
1. The Fall of Dumbledore
*Wiping away tears*. One of the most heartbreaking moments of the novel is its climactic character loss, which shows fans and audiences that our beloved characters no longer have the protection of Dumbledore, who was killed off by no other than Severus Snape. And now, as adults, characters and audiences are now left to fend for themselves for the upcoming face-off against the Dark Lord.