Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ★★★★

the empathy allowed to draco in this is its key, the realization that the cartoon embodiment of childhood villainy up til that point could also be a broken, unprepared kid being cruelly used as a pawn by a generation that failed to do anything but patronize him is effective. kloves and yates truly got that the tragedy of *all* these kids (failed by their mentors as much as their enemies) was the heart of those books, as ultimately flawed as they were. so that they manage to hone in on this idea above all in this entry, and the following one especially, means these will forever have a special place in my heart... sorry im so basic.