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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Chapter Nine:
The Half-Blood Prince

Notes by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley
Synopsis and links by John Kearns

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 171-193
U.K. hardcover edition: pages 163-183
Timeframe: Monday, 2 September, 1996] [Y16]

In which Gryffindors get course schedules and discuss Malfoy and Quidditch trials, then go to their first day of classes.  In Defence Against the Dark Arts Harry fights back against Snape's attempt to jinx him and gets detention, during break he hears his first lesson with Dumbledore will be Saturday, and in Potions Harry wins the Felix Felicis thanks to a perfect potion he brewed with the instructions written in his book by the Half-Blood Prince.

The Half-Blood Prince

As we learn later, the Half-Blood Prince is a half-blood wizard (the son of a "pure-blood" witch and a Muggle) whose witch mother's family name was Prince.

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

Still to come....

Characters introduced in this chapter:

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Spells and Potions:

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Memorable lines:

  • "It's high time your grandmother learned to be proud of the grandson she's got, rather than the one she thinks she ought to have - particularly after what happened at the Ministry."

  • "There's no need to call me 'sir,' Professor."

  • "Slughorn could've handed me that book, but no, I get the one no one's ever written on. Puked on, by the look of page fifty-two, but-"

Strictly British:


The entire chapter takes place on the first day of classes, Monday, 2 September. For reasoning, see HBP08.


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