Harry Potter is sixteen years old in this sixth book. He has grown up quite a bit since first coming to Hogwarts. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry reaches new levels of growth and self-awareness. Harry takes on the responsibility of Quidditch captain, must handle harder and more complex spells in school and in battle, and assumes responsibility of learning his enemy’s past. Harry, always astute and mature, shows his understanding of others even more in this book, as he begins to gain deeper insights into the people around him. He suffers a great loss when Dumbledore dies, but is lucky enough to get a chance to get to know Dumbledore better during their private lessons. During these lessons, Dumbledore shares his wisdom and advice, and Harry begins to understand himself and his destiny more than ever before.
Ron Weasely has grown up as well, and for the first time he is really pursuing his interest in girls. He realizes that he has feelings for Hermione, but in his muddled, adolescent, overly-hormonal mind, he ends up dating Lavender Brown to get back at Hermione for being more experienced. Hermione has dated before, and this intensely bothers Ron, and his jealousy gets him in a mess of romantic entanglements.Luckily, he eventually realizes that he should follow his heart.
Hermione Granger is the book-smart friend of Harry and Ron and an academic star at Hogwarts, as proven time and time again in all of the books in this series. However, for the first time in her experience, her real naivete in matters of the heart is revealed. Herminone has feelings for Ron, which are, unbeknownst to her, returned by him. Unfortunately, neither Hermione nor Ron quite knows how to act on these romantic urgings. The result is hurt feelings when Ron decides to date the shallow Lavender Brown instead of pursuing a relationship with Hermione.
Draco Malfoy is the son of Narcissa and Lucius Malfoy, two of Voldemort’s Death Eaters....
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