Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

June 14, 2011 Whitney Review 0 Comments

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #6
Published by Arthur A. Levine on July 16, 2005
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Bought

The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.

And yet...
As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate — and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

So it's the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here are Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort — and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.

As I saw Sarah Palin in Dolores Umbridge in The Order of the Phoenix I’ve found Barack Obama as Harry Potter in The Half-Blood Prince.  Let’s start with the basics shall we?  Both Harry and Barack have been dubbed “The Chosen One” at one time or another bringing hope and the thought of change to their respected communities.  Second, is Potter and Obama sticking to their guns about what they believe in without backing down, even though each are heavily scrutinized for it; Barack Obama with his reform for health care and Harry Potter’s claims that Voldermort has returned {although this was more prevalent in book 5}. Thirdly, Potter hits a dead-end with the Horcruxes when the locket he and Dumbledore discovered turned out to be a fake.  This also compares to Obama trying to get the Senate to pass his health care bill, as he is continually bumping heads with congressmen and filibusters detouring his desired route, even now after the bill has been passed.

Harry’s friends, Ron and Hermione also remind me of persons in the white house.  Ron could be seen as Vice President Joe Biden, who is The Chosen One’s side kick and let’s face it can be a bit bumbling.  Hermione could be Hilary Clinton as they each fought for rights of those who could not always speak for themselves.  Hilary backed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.  And Hermoine… well, remember S.P.E.W. anyone?

Cornelius Fudge and Albus Dumbledore could also represent the Republican and Democratic parties.  Fudge, who is judgmental and skeptical about what he is seeing and Dumbledore, who has complete faith in our hero.

I think the likeness between the Harry Potter characters and certain political figures is very interesting even though said public figures weren’t as much in the limelight at the time of publication.


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