J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2421 words)


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The sixth of the seven books in the Harry Potter series charting Harry’s fifth year at Hogwarts school, J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was published on 16th July 2005. The publication was simultaneous in six nations: UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, with an initial print run of 10.8 million copies. Sales in the first 24 hours alone were 9 million, breaking the  world record that had been set by the previous Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and one broken in 2007 by the sequel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The book was generally well received by critics, many of whom read the book at great speed in order to get reviews i…

Citation: Davis, Graeme. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 September 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=22080, accessed 24 October 2021.]

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