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J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows **CONTAINS SPOILERS**

mehastings

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I'm putting this thread out there so that there is something waiting for all you Potter Fans when you pick your books up Saturday morning. Also please wait until you have the book and limit discussion to the actual book contents, rather than speculations and rumors floating around the internet. For speculations and rumors, please visit this thread.

Thanks!
 

Peronel

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Sob! It's all over. That took me ten whole hours, I haven't felt this exhausted since I finished HBP. I'll sit here with the tumbleweeds and wait for everyone else.....
 

TheMarine

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Well, not what I was expecting, but still good. It seemed real rushed and jumpy to me, but she did have way to many threads to tie up in such a small number of pages.
 

HopelessAddict

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Most of the book seemed pretty slow, to me, and I felt the end was way too rushed. The whole "19 years later" thing was great, but I would have liked to see more of what happened to other characters, not just Ron-Hermione, Harry-Ginny, Draco-whoever and their families. I'm a huge Fred and George fan, so I was hoping to see some hint as to how the surviving twin ended up, if he kept up his store, that kinda thing. But I guess maybe I was hoping for too much...guess you can't tie up everything. I liked how she dealt with Snape's death though.
 

Peronel

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Or you could just grow up and read adult stuff. ;)

Never!

It's still all sinking in, I think. I only wish I hadn't read the spoiler epilogue early in the week, which turned out to be real (damn my lack of willpower).

Anyway, I've already posted on two other forums and I'm a bit HP'd out at the moment, so I'll write more later.
 

SevenWritez

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Harry Potter was like the Millenium Force. You know...those awesomely huge hills, and then you wait....and wait, and then you're on the awesomely huge hills again. And just when it's unbelievably awesome, it's suddenly over.


And then you're walking away crying...because you'll never see Harry again...


...I need a moment. *Sniff*

And Holy crap, I was being sarcastic when I mentioned it, but Dobby actually died. I found it slightly amusing.
 

MonkeyCatcher

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I really didn't like the ending. It was too much of the ol' cliche happy ending - I felt that Harry actually dying via self-sacrifice was a much more fitting ending. I thought that Harry coming back was much too convenient - and is it just me, or did Voldemort die in an unusually unimaginative and unexciting way?

Apart from that, I thought it was pretty good all round. I liked all of the information that was presented about Dumbledore's earlier years, and although it did seem rather slow, Rowling managed to keep it pretty interesting. Unfortunately I had already guessed the "Snape as a good guy" thing, so the major twist of the book didn't come as a surprise.
 

Fantasy Moon

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I really didn't like the ending. It was too much of the ol' cliche happy ending - I felt that Harry actually dying via self-sacrifice was a much more fitting ending. I thought that Harry coming back was much too convenient - and is it just me, or did Voldemort die in an unusually unimaginative and unexciting way?
Agreed on both comments.

I knew that I would be majorly upset over the death of Lupin if Rowling decided to kill him off... and Tonks as well. :(

What crazy writer kills off all her best characters through the course of a series?
 

Peronel

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To be fair to ol' JK, just about everything that could possibly have been considered has been written about in fanfiction, so none of it is really surprising.

Also, Harry didultimately sacrifice himself. He was unaware that he would be able to come back, and he did it without announcing it to everyone in a glory seeking manner. The fact that he was given the opportunity to return does not make his initial sacrifice a small act.
 

SevenWritez

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Aha, nice switch in avatars Peronel; to fit the mood, eh?

Anyhow, I agree with the epilogue comment, however, the one thing provided in there that made me smile was Harry bestowing his youngest sun with the middle name of Severus (And I'm sure James took the Sirius mantel, but I suppose that's a guess). A lot of people complained that even when Harry discovered the tortures his father had put Snape through, still Harry continued to loathe him. That nod towards him in the end was good enough for me to see that Harry finally came to respect him for all he had done. And as for Snape being a good guy, I doubt it was meant to be a heavy plot twist--it was obvious at the end of Half-Blood that he would turn around, I wasn't sure why people "debated," over it. The only twist I saw was why Snape had become an agent for Dumbledore--I didn't expect that, and on realizing it I was hit by how hard it must have been for him to see the product of the guy who made his life hell with the girl he had loved. Guys are more competitive than girls, testosterone and all that, so imagine what was going through the guys head when he knew they had bumped around in the night (gasp).

My favorite aspect of the book was the lead-up to the battle with Voldemort, even if the battle...let me find the right word...oh, here it is--sucked. Dear Christ I wanted explosions galore and the muggles running in teh streets, and all of Harry's untapped power unleashed as cars fly through the sky, explosions stroke the night, and again, muggles run around screaming for dear life with their thumbs up their bum.

My last complaint, while not as big. Why the hell was it Mrs. Weasley who killed Bellatrix? Come on! I don't care that Rowling wants to preach her little love story so that Harry never intentionally kills anyone, but Jeez, Mrs. Weasley taking the charge? I was hoping someone at least...worthwhile would take the charge on that front.

Anyhow, that's it. Biggest plot twist of the whole series?

J.K. Rowling used the B-Word.
 

SevenWritez

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There were too many plot holes in that book; if you fret on them your heart will sink.


*Hermione memory wipes parents, sends them off to Australia*

*100 pages later after knocking out a Death Eater she claims to have never done a memory wiping curse*


Among a few others.
 

Peronel

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My last complaint, while not as big. Why the hell was it Mrs. Weasley who killed Bellatrix? Come on! I don't care that Rowling wants to preach her little love story so that Harry never intentionally kills anyone, but Jeez, Mrs. Weasley taking the charge? I was hoping someone at least...worthwhile would take the charge on that front.

I completely agree, and I've written elsewhere that I thought it should have been Neville. His whole backstory is focused on what Lestrange did to his family, and while he gets to off Nagini in a weird-heroic kind of way, there was no real emotion tied to it other than 'Damn. Neville got hard!'
 

Fantasy Moon

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At least Bellatrix is dead. Although I kind of wish that someone else had taken care of her. Perhaps Tonks would have been nice. Or even Lupin. Retribution for Sirius and all.
 

Peronel

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Now that I think about it, I'm more annoyed about how the deaths of Tonks and Lupin were dealt with, as others have already mentioned. For two such major characters...it seemed as if Harry was ticking off the dead as he looked around "There's some guy I don't know, some girl from Hufflepuff, oh there's Tonks and Lupin who have now left behind an infant son, there's some other guy I don't know...."
 

SevenWritez

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[Not to mention we didn't any real sense of a comfortable closure; no funeral commemorating Fred, Lupin, Tonks, or any of the others who died fighting. Nope, we get nineteen years later and get to see that hey, everything turned out A-O-K. All is well!

It did what it was supposed to, as Harry Potter never did bog itself down with self importance, but still...Rowling knew how colossal and influential this series has become, and she could have done a little better sweeping up all the loose, er, emotional ends.
 
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