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    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (UK cover)

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Harry Potter
and the Half-Blood Prince

by J. K. Rowling

Published July 16, 2005
(Bloomsbury, Scholastic, Raincoast, et al.)
illustrations by Mary GrandPré, 2005 (U.S. edition)

To Mackenzie,
my beautiful daughter,
I dedicate
her ink-and-paper twin.


Word count:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - 168,923
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Notes and facts about the book:

This is the sixth book in the series. In the Lexicon, its abbreviation is HBP.

When Rowling first put the title on her website it was written "Half Blood" Prince. Soon afterward she changed the title on her site to the more grammatically correct "Half-Blood" Prince, which is how it was published.

Rowling's comments about the book:

Aug 15, 2004:

At the moment, I really like how the sixth book is going. A lot happens in the sixth book and a lot of questions are answered. I really have a sense that we are nearly there and it is time for answers, not more questions and clues, although obviously there are a few clues as I am not quite finished yet. I hope that that is sufficiently frustrating for you, knowing that you can't read it yet! (EBF)

About the first chapter of the book:

I have come close to using a chapter very like this in Philosopher's Stone (it was one of the discarded first chapters), Prisoner of Azkaban and Order of the Phoenix but here, finally, it works, so it's staying. And that's all I'm going to say, but when you read it, just know that it's been about thirteen years in the brewing.

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