All done.

24 07 2007

I finished the new Harry potter book last night. I didn’t mean to! I had wanted to savor it at least another day or two, but those last 300 or so pages just don’t let that happen.

It. was. awesome.

I love Dumbledore. I mean, I always did, but she humanized him in this one and made him beautiful for it. Also? (Very minimal spoiler, skip if you must:) Young Dumbledore? Total geek. Hanging out with his genius friend, both obsessed with the Hallows? Total geek. I can just imagine him pushing his glasses up on his nose and playing RPG. Love it.

I think Harry finally grew up and matured (about time, man!). I think Rowling really proved herself with this wrap-up to the series. I am not overly fond of the first two books, and in fact cannot stand the second one (I’m sorry, but the way Voldy got his name is laaaaaaaame and makes me want to puke), but this last one – without even explaining it – makes the simplicity of the first two seem OK.

I am trying to not go into too much detail here for those who haven’t finished. So, really, I think I am just not making any sense.

Most of my theories came true. Which was good, of course, albeit a little anti-climactic (like in Lost when we discover a certain character is related to a certain other character but we the fans already knew it? Yeah, like that).

My very favorite part, I think (very minimal spoiler, skip if you must!), was Hermione’s reaction to Ron when he finally started standing up for house elves.

Anyway, the book is 754 pages long so there’s a ton more to say, but I’ll leave it there and I’m going to go read this now (actually scroll down a bit for a hella-funny abridges version).

Who else is reading it? Who’s done?

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6 responses

24 07 2007
Sonja

I’m done.
I finished Monday around noon and was useless for the rest of the day – felt like I’d had loads of caffeine… Harry high. Hehehe.

24 07 2007
lola coca-cola

Almost done. I will finish tonight, probably, as I lay around and moan about my kidney stone.

24 07 2007
Joelle

I am still in the VERY beginning LOL (In all fairness to me though 1. I’m a slow reader b/c I like to savor it and 2. I’m packing for the move and don’t have much time to read…. dang it!!!)

JP on the other hand is almost done and enjoying torturing me w/ the fact LOL

27 07 2007
Mee-ha

Okay, so, I actually… how Voldemort got his name? Can see this wizarding kid who is basically… obviously… the Hitler of the wizarding world and thinks he has this great destiny … I can definitely see this power hungry little kid creating his own name to obliterate the traces of his family that he deems unworthy (again with traces of Hitler and the rumors of the Jewish grandmother and have you read Norman Mailer’s latest cause you should).

27 07 2007
ZebraBelly:

The fact that he changed it himself is not what bothers me. And what he changed it TO is not what bothers me. It’s the whole “I am Lord Voldepants” thing translation bit that I found just elementary and LAME. That’s all. 🙂

27 07 2007
ZebraBelly:

How about this:

The way it was written made me feel as though she was pulling that out of her ass. Like she couldn’t find a good enough name out of just plan Voldemort so she had to add “I am” in order to get his birth name. Therefore, it was obvious she had not planned this bit from the beginning. (Or if she had, it was poorly planned, IMO) It just broke the fourth wall, I guess, for me. I cannot help but be pulled out of the story when I read that bit. And therefore, I cannot believe it as part of the story. And vice versa.

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