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Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Special Edition)

December 10, 2009

There are two faces to the story of Harry Potter. The first is that of a young boy forced into the wondrous and oftentimes dark world of wizardry in order to destroy the evil Lord Voldemort who had long-ago murdered his parents. This is the face that bears the saga's many adventures – magical tournaments and enchanted creatures, harrowing broomstick battles and spells exchanged like gunfire. It is also the face of mystery and intrigue – of secret sects both light and dark, of ministries of magic and old vendettas made new. Then there is the second face – the one of a boy growing slowly and awkwardly into manhood with friends who will prove to be the greatest of his life. It is the face of a boy becoming aware of his abilities and weaknesses, developing a passion for potions or sports, discovering confidence and virtue, romance and responsibility. It is a face we've all worn, and while those of us who've followed Harry Potter on his seven-story adventure might never know the joys of conjuring a Patronus or casting some spectacular spell, we've all known the joyous – and occasionally painful – experience of growing up.

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