Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Themes

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They author invites comparisons between five different homes or families: the Malfoys, the Dursleys, the Potters (Harry's parents, now dead), the Weasleys—and Voldemort's parents, also now dead, the Gounts and the Riddles.

The Malfoys are an old aristocratic wizarding family, although the wizarding world does not have formal royalty. Although they are all Death Eaters, they act like a family. Infamous Death Eater, Bellatrix Lestrange fears for her sister Narcissa when she speaks aloud what Voldemort wants kept private. Narcissa will not be silent, because she fears for her son Draco's life. Similarly, he fears for his parents' lives, should he fail. Narcissa also wants her son to finish his education.

The Dursleys of Privet Drive did give Harry a room and enough food not to starve; however, unlike Narcissa Malfoy, one cannot imagine Harry's Aunt Petunia interceding for him under any circumstances. Harry was...

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