Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' is the sixth novel in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. This resource provides discussion questions for teachers using this book as a novel study.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince follows Harry and his friends through Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts. They follow along as Harry learns more about his enemy, Voldemort, and prepares for their final battle. This asset provides a guide for classroom discussions about this novel.

Chapters 1-10

In this section, students will learn about Voldemort's background and the escalating tensions between good and evil that are impacting both the human and the wizard world.

  • Describe the relationship between the British political leaders and the wizard world How do they rely on each other for support? What might happen if this relationship was compromised?
  • Compare the way Harry is treated in the wizard world to the way he is treated in the human world. Why is it so different? What message do you think the author is sending to readers through this dichotomy?
  • What are some ways the author indicates that the level of danger is enhanced? How does Harry respond to the security measures?
  • Hermione believes Harry is cheating when he uses the notes in his textbook. Do you agree? Explain your answer.
  • Describe Voldemort's family. What are some ways people are impacted by their family's dysfunction? What are some interventions that might have prevented Voldemort's descent? Think about some ways your family positively and negatively impact your decisions. What can you do to overcome any negative influences that might exist?

Chapters 11-20

This section provides discussion questions about the changing dynamics between characters and the influence of love as a powerful force.

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