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Jul. 22nd, 2007

Thoughts on the book?

I could write a big long post, but I'm just going to say that I loved it. Absolutely and totally, and I'm moved just thinking about it.

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silver_avatre
Jul. 22nd, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Impressive. Dreadfully heart-breaking at moments and utterly fantastic to read.
prongsie
Jul. 24th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC)
I agree with you entirely. I thought this book was fantastic.
starsprinkles
Jul. 22nd, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
I'll just copy/paste my reaction from my own journal, as it's f-locked:

I really don't like the epilogue. Not to say I'm unhappy with how it turned out, it's not that I'm against Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione, and that they all named their kids after their dead friends, etc. And it's great Neville's a Herbology professor! I just think it's kind of lame of JKR to completely remove all imagination on the reader's part of "what happened then." Of course she knows not everyone ships H/G and R/Hr and I just think it's kind of blah for her to remove their hope like that. Fine, make it canon when they're 17, but at least make it so people can imagine that later there might be a chance for whatever else, you know? Eh.

I was really glad that none of the Trio died, especially Harry, because to me that would have defeated the whole purpose of the books. To paraphrase from Buffy, death was never Harry's gift. He was never meant to murder Voldemort, because the whole point was that Voldemort was harping on their similarities and what mattered was their differences, and Harry is not a killer. He loves, he doesn't kill. Not only that, but it was his "signature move" that defeated Voldemort, after all. And as for the Trio, I dunno, everyone was just so sure Ron would die, and then there were all these fake spoilers that Hermione would, and it just seemed way too cliché and overdone for the hero to lose his sidekick(s) to me for her to do it. I'm really glad she didn't go that way.

But holy freakin' hell with the death count. I suppose with it being the last book and all, I should have expected it, but I didn't, I don't know why, I just wasn't really thinking about that many people dying so much throughout the whole book! Fred! Mad-Eye! Little Colin Creevey! Hedwig & Dobby (that's low, JK, low)! And George's ear! =O And jeeze, now Harry's really taking after Sirius by being a godfather to another orphan. Speaking of Remus, I was actually really surprised his death had nothing to do with Peter. I mean, she totally set that up perfectly, and then.. eh? Also, I was surprised there was nothing else about the Veil. Like what was the point of all that, then? Why didn't Bellatrix just AK Sirius in the Ministry instead of him falling into the Veil? Or did I miss something?

I'm pretty glad everyone's theories from HBP about Snape/Dumbledore, R.A.B., Kreacher, Narcissa & Draco, etc. were right. I wasn't expecting Harry to find out about Snape the way he did, though.. I thought it would be much earlier in the book and I didn't expect Snape to have to die. Sigh, Snape. He had such an awful life, didn't he? A thankless job, never fit in, no one really trusting or appreciating him truly. I found the memories of him and Lily & Petunia very interesting. I suppose if young misfit Snape was Petunia's only real introduction to magic and wizards, it explains a lot why she was so afraid of them and thought them all to be "freaks." =(

Poor little Draco. All talk, but his heart was never really in it. Seems like his whole family were the same all along. Crabbe and Goyle really had it though I guess. Too bad for them. The Malfoy family loved each other though, and that was their "downfall" as evildoers. You can't really be evil if you care about something. You have to be 100% cold or you'll have reasons to question or regret.

Also, YES for Neville destroying one of the Horcruxes! OK, partially just because I <3 Neville, but also I feel like since he could have been in Harry's shoes all along, he deserves to have had that honor.
ravnclw_lioness
Jul. 23rd, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
I'm glad someone thought to post this. Maybe it will get this community moving again because there's really so much to discuss with the last book.

I really wasn't that crazy about it. DH was just so different from the straight-forward horcrux hunt we were expecting that I couldn't help but feel a little blind sighted by the whole Deathly Hallows plot line. In fact, a lot of the plot included things I thought were unnecessary (Dumbledore, the Deathly Hallows) and left some Chekhovian guns unfired (the Veil, Remus vs Peter). Integrating the new stuff seemed to take up too much time so she couldn't concentrate on the very original characters she'd created in the first six books. The few personal interactions Harry had, outside of Ron and Hermione, felt cheap and rushed. I couldn't really feel horrible about some of the deaths we saw, like Fred and Moody.

It would be great to hear what more people think!
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