Jason Cockcroft. Hard Cover. London: Bloomsbury, 2005. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Jason Cockcroft. First edition, first printing. Publisher's pictorial boards with Harry and Dumbledore surrounded by fire, lettered in blue, green, and white; in its matching pictorial dust jacket. Very lightly bumped corners, else fine book; about fine unclipped dust jacket, with just a tiny hole to bottom of front flap fold. Overall, a fresh and near-perfect copy. Errington A13(a). Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the penultimate novel in the Harry Potter series and accordingly addresses many of the mysteries of the wizarding world that enshrouded the first five novels. Specifically, the novel explores how the orphaned Tom Riddle transformed into the Dark Lord and how Voldemort was able to survive despite being struck by his own death spell. In his sixth year at Hogwarts, Harry works with Professor Dumbledore to prepare for his final showdown with Voldemort - a battle of good versus evil that will determine the fate of the wizarding and muggle worlds alike. Notably, The Half-Blood Prince is significantly darker than the series' preceding novels and sets the stage for its final installment Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Item #JK082