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Deathly Hallows

I've just finished it. No real comments - I need some time to let everything sink in. It was all I hoped it would be, though, in ways both inspiring and heartbreaking. I think the strangest thing right now is to know that it's over. After all these years. Yeah, that feels really weird.

ETA: Some comments about the book. Typed in from the handwritten notes I made right after I read it.

The first half of the book was somewhat slow, yet I found myself both wanting to read - to know - and reluctant to be completely finished.

The second half was amaing. JKR is SO CLEVER! She did all the thing I hoped/believed would happen, and world thm out beautifully. Harry did NOT hae to kill Voldemort; Voldemort killed himself. (I never wanted Harry to have to become a killer). The DH was totally unexpected, yet perfect. Harry dies, yet lives.

I found the epilogue confusing; too many names. Too abrupt. I need time to adjust to the fact that 19 years elapsed. Yet what he said about Snape being brave, YES! Totally vindicated my belief in the good of Snape.

All deaths were ones I expected, except Tonks. That sucked. I was relieved that the trio all survived, and YAY Neville!

I loved the Dumbledore backstory.

I cried loads; I even cried when Moody died (and I didn't like him very much). I cried for Severus. Cried for Fred. Cried for brave, brave Harry. Probably the most beautiful moment for me was when Harry was thinking about the precious moments (that he believed to be his last) of his life.

I was confused a bit by the wand thing, but after I got it straight in my head OMG, how clever is that?

I was satisfied with the Draco story, although I would have liked to have seem more redemption from Slitherin House. I thought the way she handled the Malfoy parents was great - they really did love their son and did what they needed to do to save him, when it came right down to it. And yet, they were too cowardly to really do anything outward.

The scene where Ron stabs the horcrux was fantastic.

I was disappointed that Remus died offstage. I totally expected him to die, but I thought we would be there when it happened. It came off as extremely anti-climactic to me, but I wonder if perhaps this was JKR just not wanting to put herself through the horror of killing him off in great detail (I've written deaths in my own fiction which were very painful to write, so I can hardly fault her for "chickening out" of this one).

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countedx58
Jul. 22nd, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Now you can read those emails I sent you
that DIDN'T have spoilers in them but you probably thought they did! ;)

My copy (from Amazon) has been delivered to my office. I'll get it tomorrow (provided that nobody has swiped it!) and start on it then.
hedwig_snowy
Jul. 23rd, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
Hadn't really bought into the whole "It's actually over" thing until after I had read about 100 pages..then about every 50 pages or so it would pop into my brain. There were a few emotional moments, but not where most probably had them. More about my reaction to the story than any dramatic or exciting moments. Of course, I had those as well, but I'm talking about it being the end of the series. It wasn't until I got to the next to the last page and glanced over (without focusing on the words) and realized that I had a page and a half left of 'reading a HP book for the first time through'... That's when it finally hit. What a girly!!!! ;)

So, what do we plan to do with the rest of our lives now???? Maybe we can get synergy to read them. It will be our quest in life.

Oh, and I expect to see you and C beforehand, but especially in 2010 at the Orlando Con if for no other reason than to see C's face when he tries butterbeer at Universal!!! ;)
countedx58
Jul. 25th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
Finished it this evening.
No spoilers for other readers here. I'll just say that there was something I didn't understand in the last chapter. I had to have a 15-year-old explain it to me. Turns out I should have re-read Book 6 instead of devouring Book 7 as soon as it arrived. Then I would have understood the last chapter better.
redheadraye
Jul. 26th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
Re: Finished it this evening.
I think I know exactly what you are talking about. I think I reasoned it out, but a reread of 6 would probably solidify my guess.
redheadraye
Jul. 26th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
Yes, I give Rowling a lot of credit for managing a finale that good. They tend to be disappointing. (The epilogue was a bit pat, but all in all a great read!)
countedx58
Jul. 26th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
Interesting discussion about spoilers here
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