1 Aug
I went to bed last night at 12:45, after finally finishing the last page of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  I would have been done by 11:30, but I had an attack of conscience when I went outside to investigate some annoying dog barking and discovered that Norris was painting our house, with neither Michael nor my help.  So I donned my painting clothes and spent an hour finishing up the car port.  Now the front of the house looks decently complete – whew!
So, the last book.  It was great.  I was totally engrossed in the flow of it.
***POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT***  If you really don’t want to know anything about Deathly Hallows, including whether Harry lives or dies, don’t read any further than this.
So, the last book.  It was great.  I was totally engrossed in the flow of it.  True, there were some long parts and the epilogue was a bit like an extra piece of dessert (not really necessary, but somehow you did still want someting to chew on).  But all in all, J.K. Rowling wrapped up an amazing number of details and revelations in the story, and I could really appreciate how planned out the whole series had to be.*  
The character development in this book was satisfying; it was nice to get to see some redemption and added dimension for Snape, Dudley, and Kreacher without getting too saccharine. 
Since we’d all heard before it’s release that there were some major characters who die in this book, I was worried throughout the story that Rowling would kill off Ron or Hermione (although I was convinced that Harry would pull through, even when I got to the Harry-as-Horcrux bit) so it was a relief to finally find out who lives and who dies. 
But, am I the only one who found the events leading up the Ron and Hermione finally acknowledging their feelings for each other bloody long?  Hmm, perhaps I don’t remember enough about being a teenager.  And Harry seems to get angry (particularly with Dumbledore) with very little provocation, a trait he has displayed since Goblet of Fire, and that I find irksome, but hey, he’s a flawed character, and a teenager to boot, so I can live with that.  At least the final dénouement, from the moment Narcissa lies to Voldemort, to the final battle with its lessons in love and wandlore… is spell-binding.
And whatever happens, in the end, to Kreacher, Cho Chang, Lavender Brown?  Where the heck is Teddy Lupin living, if not with his godfather Harry (his grandmother, perhaps)?  J.K. Rowling promises that there will be an "encyclopedia" down the road, and you can be sure that I’ll be on the lookout for it.  I don’t know if the plan is just to include characters and their backgrounds, or if she’ll also put in sections on wandlore and simple spells; I do hope there’s more, because one of my favourite things about the books is the way she plays with words, particularly in creating the spells.  (Lumos!  Incendio!  Peskipiksi Pesternomi!) 
In the meantime, perhaps I’ll try to find Harry’s two school books: Quidditch Through the Ages, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Hmm, are you getting an inkling that I’m already in withdrawal?
* A total aside: I do remember thinking, when I read Order of the Pheonix that Luna and the Thestrals ought to have been introduced in earlier books, and I wondered if they were later additions to the original plot design.

2 Responses to “Sated”

  1. Selena August 1, 2007 at 3:28 pm #

    Yes, there will be withdrawal. From what I\’ve heard and read, there seem to be a lot of questions left unanswered by The Deathly Hallows. J.K. Rowling won\’t rule out the possibility of more books (she\’d probably get stoned by the kiddies if she did) and I know she plans to put out at least one companion-style book down the road (like you mentioned), so I\’m sure you\’ll manage to get your fix here and there.
    And dessert is always good. I read that line and thought of that tasty dessert we had when you were in town, that had that awful name. Of course, I can\’t remember the name of it now. I just remember that it sounded weird and unappetizing. Which it was not. And I hope you gave Norris some kind of goody for helping you paint your creepy pink house… 😉 

  2. Nemmy August 4, 2007 at 9:25 am #

    Who knew Darth was his father! I didn\’t see that one coming… hehehe… I had the Harry/Horcrux thing figured out pretty early, but I thought for sure it meant he\’d buy it… so I was pretty pleased to be wrong there. Now, since you\’re done reading it, it\’s about time for more pics of my favourite god-daughter, don\’t you think?… *koff* 

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