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Summary

"There it was, hanging in the sky above the school: the blazing green skull with a serpent tongue, the mark Death Eaters left behind whenever they had entered a building...wherever they had murdered...." 

When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny.... 

Theme music composed by James Hannigan. 

Listen to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows here.
©2005 J.K. Rowling (P)2015 J.K. Rowling

Critic reviews

"A marriage made in heaven, Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter." (The Times)

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Twists, turns and shocks!

This is the sixth of the magical seven, each developing the story and leading to the climactic finale in The Deathly Hallows. JK Rowling uses The Half Blood Prince to further ensnare the reader into the twists that are to reveal themselves in the final conclusion of the story.

Part of the skill really is that these characters genuinely grow as they progress through their school years. As in real life with that growth comes responsibility. Once again Harry is pitted up against his now traditional enemies. Increasingly he starts to see shades of grey rather than simple black and white issues while the stakes become increasingly high.

There are twists, turns, surprises and shocks including for anyone who doesn’t know the stories a huge one at the end which I certainly wouldn’t reveal as it really is a huge development. This is something that continues into the final book so be prepared to constantly re-evaluate characters. The identity of the Half Blood Prince I found particularly intriguing and on first encounter with the stories didn’t see it coming at all.

The depth of the mysterious plot is increased by the beautiful marriage of the antiquities of the wizardly world and the seedier side of modern society such as government corruption and the modern media. The latter most ably represented by the brilliantly presented Rita Skeeter, a journalist so awful she could grace any of our tabloids!

I’m very glad that the author took the longer form for the final few books. This story and its characters needed that depth and the genuine cleverness of this book should not be fully judged in my opinion until the final book, The Deathly Hallows has also been finished. I’ll say no more.

The narration of course, the Master Fryer, little need be said other than a quick “Bravo!”.

One small note. I see all of these books listed under “Children : 8-10”. I would never seek to advise any parents on what their children should or should not read (within reason) and I was happy to let my daughter read these at age 10 when she asked. However, the books changed quite distinctly with the ages of the main characters. A line or two is bound to have been crossed so some parents may well want to review a plot synopsis or research these later books before making a decision on them. Not my call but I suspect some parents might just draw the line for a sensitive 8 or 9 year old.


22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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well read

Well narrated by Stephen Fry - great use of different voices and accent for different characters and not at all monotone or mundane

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Harry and the half blood Prince

This Harry potter book is so full of excitement and it makes it Silk good.

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Excellent performance by Stephen Fry

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, yes, yes - an excellent performance by Stephen Fry of an enthralling, and well told story. Recommended for children of all ages.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6?

Oh so many - when Harry realised that the Half Blood Prince was Snape, the fact that Hermione got annoyed that Harry was doing better than her in Potions, Harry's fight with Malfoy - just to name a few.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favourite?

All of them

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither - just enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

Somewhat different to the film - so should be read first.

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Fabulous!

Stephen Fry's performance is, as usual, Outstanding. I have listened to all of his Audible books and they're all amazing, but the Harry Potter series is my guilty pleasure and I never tire of them. I've listened to them all several times each! The quality of Audible is always stunning and I have never had any complaints - keep up the good work...

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Great for listening to on journeys, to get to sleep, and just for general entertainment

In my opinion its better than the others so far. Its very descriptive and very nicely read out, with one of those voices that you cant help but love.
Overall great for 10yrs+ me and my sisters loved listening to it at night.
Thanks J.k Rowling and Stephen Fry! 👍🏻❤️

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Phenomenal

Stephen Fry is simply stunning in hie reading of this. This became the book we listened to in the car for the last few weeks
Cannot recommend this highly enough.

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Best audio books.

One of my favourite books in the series and Stephen fry really brings it to life

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Epic

Totally epic. Fry + JKR = MC^2 what more can I say get this now, get all seven books.

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Riveting

The story develops into adulthood. Emotionally penetrating and pregnant with intrigue, I can't wait to read the next book!

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  • Eirik
  • 10-05-16

masterly written and performed

One of my favorite Harry Potter books! read magnifivently by Stephen Fry. This book has it all!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-17

MY FAVORITE

I remember the first time i actually read this book. i knew then it will always be my favorite one. it carries so much emotions and breaks my heart into a million pieces. Listening to it being narrated for the first time - by Stephen - made the book so much more intense. his narration s so on point, he had the hairs on my neck up listening to him.

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  • Blaise
  • 11-11-18

good narrator, interesting but too predictable

the story is predictable but it is interesting in same time, the narrator is excellent,

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  • Phillip
  • 01-11-18

Outstanding

The very best of Fry and Rowling. Absolutely brilliant performance of a riveting tale. Wonderful stuff!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-10-18

Loved it!!

I am captivated by these books and Stephen Fry is the best voice that could have been chosen to narrate the story

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  • Neeraj
  • 13-08-18

Blown away

Jk Rowling is a genius and Stephen fry is the perfect person to deliver her magic.

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  • Eunji Kim
  • 10-08-18

My favourite book and audiobook at the same time

I could listen to this over and over, and in fact, I have already listened to the whole book about 10 times now over the course of several years. I only recently got it on Audible. I also love Jim Dale’s version, but unfortunately, I cannot get it on Audible because I live in Korea.

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  • Timothy
  • 07-08-18

Absolutely wonderful, incredibly well read!

The narrator, Stephen Fry has done it again. How he gets all the different accents and voice types right each time is a wonder. Such a talented man.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-06-18

Magnificent

A book like no other. Absolutely fascinating. Could not stop listening to this brilliant tale. Even though I have read the book twice already. Listening was a whole new experience.

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  • shay levy
  • 24-04-18

Stephen Fry's performance is amazing

Stephen Fry's performance is amazing, lost count on how many times I relistened to Harry Potter, entire series and he just makes it so much more enjoyable.