But I digress, y'all know what I'm going to talk about now.
My reaction in short? HOLY FREAKING FUCK!
I can't possibly expand my feelings on everything in the book in the initial reaction post. Needless to say, I laughed, I cried and my mouth dropped open in shock numerous times.
To get to the most important stuff, I freaking sobbed at the end of chapter thirty-two and in bits of chapter thirty-three. Oh, Snape. I spent most of the book wondering when the hell Snape was going to stop being ev0l and prove that he was actually with the good guys all along and it wasn't until very near the end that we got to it. I knew that he was a very likely candidate to be killed off (after killing Dumbledore, the only way he was going to be redeemed in the eyes of the other characters was going to be him dying for Harry), but it was what came afterwards with the pensieve scenes that really killed me dead. The Big Plan between him and Dumbledore, and all the conversations and the angst and Lily and and and!
So, it wasn't necessarily "ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES" in the book, but I knew it was going to be a tough time when Hedwig got the killing curse at the beginning (Mostly because I really wasn't expecting death that early. BIG MISTAKE). What I wasn't expecting was both Lupin and Tonks being killed. There may have been tears at that point too, because there was the wee cute BABY LUPIN and I thought that at least one of them would be spared because of that. But the angst killed me dead, along with pretty much everyone else who died. Totally called on Fred Weasley dying. I knew that one of the twins would be killed, and after George lost his ear, I figured that it would probably be Fred.
Deathly Hallows = Holy Grail of Wizarding world. Wow, I don't think I've read such an obvious take off in my whole life. Some of it seemed strangely Dan Brownesque in places, but JKR is a better writer and pulled it off. The original story of the brothers reminded me of the 'Three Billy Goats Gruff' fairy tale a bit.
The Ravenclaws totally rocked this book. Loved the commonroom entrance and the GREY LADY. JKR waited long enough to elaborate on her, but when she did it was just mindblowing. GREY LADY/BLOODY BARON OTP
Seeing the Malfoys alive and well at the end kind of relieved me a bit. It's a little ambiguous, which I suppose leaves their fates open a little. I'm not sure why I like the idea so much, but it's probably to do with the prospect of seeing Jason Isaacs all sexed up again in the seventh film and with more to do than just look sexy and evil (Lucius actually shows some emotion, so yeyz!).
And PERCY. I was so terrified that Percy's rift with the other Weasleys wasn't going to be resolved, so when he came through the portrait to join the fight I was all like 'ZOMGYAY!!'
Not to mention the EPILOGUE. Harry named his younger son ALBUS SEVERUS. I nearly died when I read that. And I couldn't help but think that maybe, just maybe the shipping wars of 2005 have had a decisive end put to them by presenting future!Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione and their kids. At least, I hope so. God knows the Harmonians will probably continue to complain bitterly and say outrageous stuff about their situation. And Draco's wife will no doubt be explored in fanfic involving Mary Sues who want to stake a claim and have Draco's baby (Scorpius Malfoy. What a hardcore name! XD).
JKR hasn't exactly ruled out writing another book (maybe the adventures of the Potter kids?), but I'm rather happy with how it ended and I don't think that there needs to be anymore books. Leave it be.
Not to dampen the mood of this review, but when I went to pick up the book this morning, I thought of Maryke. If it hadn't been for her constantly bugging me to read the books all those years ago, I wouldn't have gotten into the fandom and made all the wonderful friends I did. I wish she'd been here to read it.
I don't know if I'll do another post, though some of the stuff in DH is just begging to be metaed in detail. In the meantime, I'm off to check Fandom Wank to see if the fandom has officially exploded yet.