July 17, 2005

Action, Action, Who's Got The Action?

I find I have to elaborate on my review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

I described it as a quiet book, with rather less action than its predecessor, and this is true. On the surface. In point of fact, there's quite a bit of action going on quietly, under the surface. We can't see it happening, but the signs are plain to see.

This is the book in which Harry Potter grows up.

He still has trouble with his temper, but he's beginning to learn to moderate it.

He's learning when to be patient, and when to step in.

He's learning to trust others to take care of themselves.

He's learning compassion.

He's learning to be upfront with those he cares about.

He's learning to do the job that's in front of him.

He's learning not to be jealous of other people's achievements.

He's learning who he is, and what his task is.

At the beginning of the book, he's still confused and unsure. At the end, he's looking toward the future (and not a very nice one) clearly and with open eyes.

He's a lot more mature, is our Harry.

Posted by Will Duquette at July 17, 2005 09:35 AM