I finished reading about Harry's 6th year at Hogwarts today. It was my first time reading it and really, a couple of things resonated with me, mainly the master-and-apprentice relationships Harry shares with Dumbledore, and their journey together through Voldemort's past to find his weaknesses.
And I really loved that aspect of this book. The mystery aesthetic is turned up to 11 in this entry, and I couldn't get enough of it. I also really enjoyed the unique way that professor and student navigated the past through somewhat interactive memories. And I was chomping at the bit for every detail of Voldemort's past; what a tragic backstory. Voldemort's fascination with history was a fun character trait to read about, as was his fascination with trophies, and his compulsion to always be alone, regardless of his strong following.
Harry and Dumbledore's friendship developed considerably, and I appreciated how little about the headmaster I really knew, but he is a standout in this story, and it was easy to tell how much fun JK had writing for him this time around. And Harry came into his own, continuing to push himself as a leader and to remain curious even in the face of mounting darkness. My favorite running gag in the book was the lesson notes from Dumbledore delivered by various people all school-year long. I could have read about Harry and Dumbledore's adventures through magic and history forever. But until I start Year 7: The Deathly Hallows, did you have a favorite part (movie/book) from The Half-Blood Prince?