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Old July 21st 07, 19:27   #1
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: SPOILERS

So... has anyone else but me read it?

I'm still in two minds regarding what I feel about it... I think overall, I'd rate it as good, but I'm not entirely sure. It had plenty of stuff in it that I didn't care too much about... and I've read better written fanfics than this (with a lot of the same stuff in them, apart from the whole Dumbledore/Grindelwald storyline).

It had weird plot holes, questionable things any decent editor ought to have noticed (Hermione modifying the memories of her parents to a massive extent and then saying about two pages later that she's never tried a memory charm? huh? did she perform a Confundus charm on herself in the meantime?), and the whole wand ownership stuff was a bit rubbish IMHO... and the epilogue was cheese of the most major sort (and copied about 57 fanfics I've read), and I kept hoping Ron would die or something, so that Hermione wouldn't have to end up with him... but on the other hand, I couldn't put the book down for the seven or so hours that it took me to read it (my back is killing me!) and I did enjoy a lot of it.

And Snape's the romantic, brave, noble hero!! Who got a very lousy and pointless death (well, it was still better than the one Lupin and Tonks got - I mean, huh?), true, but on the other hand, with no mention of what happened to his body and no portrait turning up in the headmaster's room, I can pretend he didn't really die, I guess.

Although in the light of this book, I really don't think leaving Lily out of the "Snape's worst memory" scene in the Order of the Phoenix film was a very smart thing to do.
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Old July 21st 07, 21:55   #2
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Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: SPOILERS

Ah, you are much harsher on it that I have been.

I have to grade today, and I'm a slow reader. I admit, I skipped around and basically just read the last few chapters and not much else.

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I so hated the theory that in the last book it would be revealed that Snape really loved Lily. That is just toooooooooo gooey-love,love,love to me. But I must say I'm pretty pleased with what I read of the ending.

I wondered when/if JKR would really get into the "mothers love" thing. Both in Harry's past and with Mrs. Weasley regarding Ginny. I wish that bit had been longer, more detailed. Nothing quite like an infurated mother defending her young.

I soooooooooooooooooo predicted that one of the two twins would get wasted. What is it about twins in literature that has to do this? I guess it's a chance to explore the "fate worse than death" thing the surviving twin feels.

I soooooooooooooo thought one of the main three kiddos would get wasted (either Hermione or Ron but possibly Harry). And Hagrid. I think he was on just about everyone's "death list" this last month.

Here's to Dumbledore's Army!
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Old July 21st 07, 22:30   #3
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I really wasn't a big fan of the Snape/Lily theory before, but I think what made it easier for me to tolerate it is that they actually had a friendship / relationship going on well before school already - that it wasn't *just* a teenage crush or something like that. (And I suppose Snape was "that awful boy" Petunia referred to in.. book 5 I think?)

I'm not sure I really like her being the whole and entire reason of him switching sides, and staying on the side of Light, but I suppose that as time passed, he probably did gain other reasons for staying on the right side as well.

As for the rest... I kept thinking Hagrid would die, and there certainly were several instances where it was close! But I guess Rowling figured most people would expect Hagrid to get it (like with Snape, just that I can't unfortunately see her ever giving Snape a happy ending), and thus went for the more unexpected instead - offing both Tonks and Lupin (that seemed so tacked on and random, just to increase the body count - I felt far more shocked and sad at Hedwig's death!).

I'm really not too pleased with the epilogue though. It was just so very fanfic... everyone conveniently having kids the same age (and of course Harry & Ginny having kids called James and Lily - I think I've just read that way too many times before to appreciate it in the book, even if it made sense - just too obvious) and soppily sending them off to Hogwarts. We don't even know what else apart from breeding they have all (apart from Neville) done with their lives - well, in 19 years, Ron apparently almost managed to learn to drive, but apart from that...

I will refuse to believe Snape is actually properly dead though. Or that Ron & Hermione got married - it wasn't actually mentioned after all! (Okay, I was cheering when Ron took off during the quest, hoping that if he's not killed, he'd at least be out of the picture. Damn, I knew that was too good to be true!)

*lives on in denial*
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I already admitted to only reading the last chapters. Was Snape named headmaster early in the book? If so, there is something suspicious about his not having a portrait. DD's seemed to appear instantly upon his death.

I think the bravest thing JKR did, by far, was to have a character with a terminal condition (one year of life left, at best) who did actually arrange to be killed. Have any other children fantasy books been so brave? In this world today, with the very live debate of "right to die" versus "keep alive for as long as possible, no matter what". He effectively asked for an "assisted suicide" when he ordered Snape to kill him. Wow, that is just such a gutsy move.

And I soooooooooooo knew one but probably not both of the twins would bite it. I didn't realize yet Hedwig had gone, but with over 50 dead I know there's a lot I've missed.

I'll start reading from the beginning tonight. Probably still be reading it August 3rd. Damn thing is too big to hold comfortably when in bed, though.
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Old July 21st 07, 23:26   #5
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Was Snape named headmaster early in the book? If so, there is something suspicious about his not having a portrait. DD's seemed to appear instantly upon his death.
Yeah, he was headmaster for basically the whole school year. I guess it's possible a portrait never got commissioned - but IIRC it was made clear over the course of the series that all former headmasters and headmistresses had their portraits hanging in the study.

In any case, it's a point in favour of my "Sevvie's not really dead" belief, so I'm going to hang on to it.

I just wish that someone on the Order's side had known about his loyalties - Minerva, at least. I can only imagine how hard that last year was on Snape, being hated and reviled by everyone (well, every non-Death Eater anyway, and probably by plenty of them as well), having to keep up the façade, trying to do his best to appear completely loyal to Voldemort while attempting to protect the school and the kids as much as he could (which obviously couldn't be too much or it would have looked way too suspicious). And then dying suddenly, randomly, still hated by everyone, never really knowing if the truth would actually come out.
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But the second fate would be so much more "fitting" to his character. Again, I'm just going by what I've read in other literature.

He had too much bitterness to ever "live happily ever after". But the poor guy never got a smidge of the recognition he'd so craved all his life.
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Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: SPOILERS

So, for those of us who aren't going to read the books, but have had to endure all the media hype, What happens to Voldemort and Harry, in the end, simplified version, please?
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Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: SPOILERS

Going into the book, I was most concerned for Neville, who I thought would be dead meat. So his survival, and hearing and seeing him kick ass was great.

I'm ... satisfied. I found the epilogue kinda useless, I got the happy-ever-after I wanted from just seeing Voldemort defeated, but I did enjoy the battle for Hogwarts, and every character that returned made me grin.
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So, for those of us who aren't going to read the books, but have had to endure all the media hype, What happens to Voldemort and Harry, in the end, simplified version, please?
Voldemort and Harry? They were in the book too? Who cares about those two, anyway?

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