First off, this was BY FAR my favourite book of all six so far … moving the third book to second place. I think this was mostly a transition book leading up to everything that is going to happen in the next book.
Cory: Dumbledore trusted Snape because Smape told him that it was he who had told Voldemort about the prophecy. I don’t quite understand how that makes Dumbledore trust him, but it’s the reason that he gives Harry. I think there is something more to it though. Think maybe Snape had to do something to prove his loyalty to Dumbledore?
About the couples:
Ron and Hermione: oh so painfully obvious. Has been hinted at since Goblet of Fire.
Harry and Ginny: meh … could be worse …
Bill and Fleur: never been a big fan of Fleur
Cutest Couple Award: Tonks and Lupin
Somebody beat me to saying it but I think RAB is Regulus and the potion that had to be drank was some sort of tracing potion. Because Voldemort knows he isn’t the best in the world, and it seems to me he is insecure and that is why he needs the trophies (I think Dumbledore mentioned something like that). Anyways, I say it was a tracing potion so that he could find whoever got past all the curses and find out how they did that. That being said, Dumbledore did say that once they destroyed the Horcruxe, Voldemort wouldn’t know, but I think he was wrong.
Also, if it is not Regulus, it could be someone knew. As in Borgin or Burkes. Or also, in the Slug’s Club, there is Marcus Belby who clearly has family connections if he was there. And Katie Bell’s last name also started with B.
But also a point to remember: “The world is not separated into good and evil. The Order vs. The Death Eaters” - Sirius. (or something along those lines). In which case, RAB could be someone entirely new. If it is, I think it was someone who went to Hogwarts with Tom Riddle or was in the orphanage with him maybe? But someone from his childhood.
About changing the potion (was mentioned in an earlier post):
I disagree because when Harry tried to fill it with water for Dumbledore to drink, it wouldn’t. So why would it fill with anything else? And the note only said RAB, not RAB and SS (Severus Snape).
About Snape being the Half Blood Prince:
I think there is more to it than just that. It reveals that he is an extremely powerful wizard and that even though he is head of Slytherin and a Death Eater (or at least he was and was accepted by Voldemort as one), he isn’t a pure blood. And I think the fact that he is half Muggle is extremely significant.
About Snape killing Dumbledore:
For some reason, my gut says Snape is evil. The unbreakable vow did not mean that he was forced to kill Dumbledore. It means that if he didn’t, Snape would die. But, if Snape hadn’t killed Dumbledore one of the other Death Eaters would have killed Snape because they would know he was a traitor. And then one would have killed Dumbledore. But Snape is a pretty powerful wizard and I think he could have taken the 3 and a half Death Eaters in the room. The half being Malfoy.
**Which brings me to my next point and predictions for the next book:**I say Malfoy turns good (and if the world was perfect he would fall in love with Hermione). But, regardless, he did not want to kill Dumbledore, and no matter what he said on the train to the other Slytherins or what he says to his mother, Voldemort, or Death Eaters, he isn’t coldhearted enough to be a murderer.
I also say Harry kills Snape. Whether Snape is evil or good, Harry hates him too much. Not just for Dumbledore, but also for everything Snape put him through, everything he has said about James and Sirius, and mostly for telling Voldemort the prophecy that made him kill James and Lily. So now he’s reached his breaking point and will kill Snape before he ever truly finds out if Snape was actually good or evil.
I also say Harry dies next book. Yeah yeah she won’t make one of the kids die, but I think he will because it will be the only way for him to get rid of Voldemort once and for all.
As for will Hogwarts stay open? I think it will. For the sake of Dumbledore. He wouldn’t have wanted it to close. I think the structure of it will change greatly and there will be a lot fewer students, but I think it will remain open.
My guesses on the 6 Horcruxes:
- The Locket (Something of Slytherin’s)
- The Cup (Something of Hufflepuff’s)
- The ring (Something of his own descent)
- The Diary
- Nagini (the snake)
- This has to be some place obvious, and I am thinking Hogwarts because it was such a big place of his life. The only place he ever felt at home and wanted to return to. Also, he wanted a teaching post there and was refused twice, though Dumbledore never found out why he wanted it so bad. If this last one isn’t in Hogwarts, than maybe Borgin and Burkes because of his job there.
Also a point to notice, but the DADA teacher didn’t last for a year again.
Here is what I I think will have a huge significance next book but don’t know why or how:
Aragog’s dying is a big deal I think
Kreacher and Dobby
Krum will come back I think
Cho will come back again
Krum and Cho possibly??
I noticed in this book there were a lot of unanswered questions that were supposed to be answered. JKR said after Order of the Phoenix that in the next book we would find out that there is more to Aunt Petunia that meets the eye and why it is so important that Harry looks exactly like James, but has his mother’s eyes?
And throughout the whole of the Half Blood Prince, one question bothered me: Who is guarding Azkaban?? It can’t be the Dementors because they follow Voldemort now. It can’t be Aurors because in a battle of a Death Eater vs an Auror, it can go either way.
Anyways, those are my thoughts on the sixth HP. I heard JKR has the seventh one written already so that means only one more year til it’s released and we don’t have to wait for her to get over writer’s block or anything. The movie of the fourth book is out on November 18th!!! www.gobletoffire.com
EDIT: everyone seems to be ruling out the possibility that RAB could be a she.