Saturday, July 23, 2005

Capsule Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Half-Blood Prince is the The Empire Strikes Back of the series. Discuss.

3 comments:

Josh Cohen said...

I agree completely.

Alex said...

Well, we need more discussion than that! Depends on whether you think Obi-wan or Yoda was more important. Or are you talking about in terms of finding out who the real threat/target is? I.e., in E.S.B. we learned about the Emperor, who didn't really feature in Star Wars?

Ahistoricality said...

I mean that it's hardly a story in its own right, but rather an extended (and extended, and extended) set-up for the "conclusion in which all is revealed and resolved."

There's a whole bunch of other story elements that they share (Dumbledore is Obiwan and Yoda; Snape is Darth Vader; incomplete training; Dark Side/Dark Arts, etc.), but what struck me more than anything else is how little the story progresses in this year. Lloyd Alexander would have done this book as a chapter.