The final instalment of a series that has bewitched a generation across the globe, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is hours away.
Just the right time then, to brush up on what happened in the penultimate book in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
The sixth book -- a page turner, if ever there was one -- begins with the British prime minister being told by outgoing Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge that Voldemort is back, and at large, and behind the spate of unnatural tragedies across the country. Apparently all prime ministers know about the wizarding world.
The drama shifts to Severus Snape's house, where Bellatrix Lestrange -- Voldemort's most loyal Death Eater and Sirius Black's killer -- and her sister Narcissa Malfoy perform an Unbreakable Vow with the Hogwarts potions master.
The vow binds Snape to help finish a task that He Who Must Not Be Named has set for Draco Malfoy, should Draco fail.
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