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Deathly Hallows reaction
Nearly twelve hours of reading and I am finished. Now supremely confident that if I can get through Deathly Hallows in a day, pulling off James Joyce's Ulysses next year for Bloomsday will be a piece of cake.

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.

Current Mood: shocked ZOMG

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zeft From: zeft Date: July 21st, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
But poor Snape's death was so unncessary! Man, he deserved better. Of course, this being fandom, have you heard the 'Snape is not dead' theory? It mostly hinges on there being no mention of the body later, no funeral, and no portrait in the Headmaster's Office. Of course, I think it's grasping at straws, but I don't mind. I wish he weren't dead.
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: July 21st, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haven't heard theories yet, though I imagine I'll start seeing them in the next few days if I look around. I wish he'd survived too.

I can't imagine where he'd fit in the greater scheme of things in a post-Voldemort setting, but he's probably my favourite character in the entire series and on that level of thinking I wish that he hadn't been killed off. At least, not from a serpent bite in the Shrieking Shack. Dying in battle would've been marginally better.
zeft From: zeft Date: July 21st, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes. But then he wouldn't have had to give Harry his memories, which was the important bit.

I don't think JKR ever liked Snape, alas. So she killed him off because then he could be a martyr and we wouldn't actually have to deal with someone who is both nasty and good.
jazzgoddess From: jazzgoddess Date: July 22nd, 2007 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
*nods thoughtfully* That's true.
engastrimyth From: engastrimyth Date: July 21st, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
(Side note before we begin: Ulysses? You poor thing.)

Snape! The longer the book went on, the more and more certain he'd have to be killed to redeemed at all. Sad. I never really liked him, per se, but he was certainly the most interesting and complex of JKR's characters. (Which is, to tell the truth, probably why I was so disappointed that Snape's reason for switching sides was twu wuv. Just rubbed the wrong way, I guess.)

The death count was somewhat more extreme than I'd banked on, even though I knew it was going to be more than two. Poor baby Lupin. Poor George.

Agree with you totally on both the Grey Lady and the common room. How cool was that? And it makes sense for the Ravenclaws at least to not have a password. Too unsubtle.

Albus Severus Potter is perhaps the worst name a child has ever been saddled with. THAT POOR INNOCENT LITTLE BOY. I don't really like epilogues in books - I like it to be left more open-ended, but this one I could live with. Because who can argue with babies?

And the Malfoys were SO FUCKING AWESOME. They're not evil, they're just amoral! Narcissa faking out Voldemort would've been the high point of my Malfoy love if it hadn't been followed by Narcissa and Lucius running through the battle yelling for their son, not even bothering to fight either side. It makes me happy.

I was thinking about Maryke this morning too. Although she probably would've hated the book - I mean, she hated Return of the King after all. This probably wouldn't have been up her alley either.
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: July 22nd, 2007 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I kinda wish there had been more to Snape's change of heart than Lily. Snape's just such a fascinatingly complex character that he really merits his own series of books, I think. And though that won't happen, I'm certain that there's going to be a huge flood of meta discussion and fic to fully explore the character.

I'm a fan of Latin names, sp I didn't mind either way re: Albus Severus, particularly. I'm already seeing fandom jokes about it though (like your icon *sporfle*).

I rather like the idea of the Malfoys as amoral rather than pure evil. I think it rather fits in nicely with Draco's (and to a lesser extent, his parents) personality throughout the books. He seemed just concerned with being nasty and vindictive rather than outright evil (he baulked at being made to kill Dumbledore, after all).

And Maryke would've hated the book, I'm sure. Especially the epilogue, considering how fluffy it was in comparison the rest of the book. That would've disappointed her.
jazzgoddess From: jazzgoddess Date: July 22nd, 2007 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)
None of the Snape stuff surprised me - I think despite the two schools of thought on the issue, deep down everyone had to know that Snape was on Dumbledore's side. Seriously. Although how that was fleshed out was very interesting. At page 531 I knew Harry was going to survive though - seriously - he was Remus and Tonks' baby's godfather - he had to survive. It was history repeating itself. Although I must admit that when she chucked in the whole Harry-the-Horcrux thing, I wondered if I was wrong.

And go Molly/Bellatrix at the end!!! Hahahahaha. Hell yeah.

Okay I'll stop now. Sorry - you're the only other person on my FL to finish it!!! :)
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: July 22nd, 2007 08:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Snape dying didn't surprise me, but the amount of detail that was put into explaining his motives and the history behind his involvement did. There was a whole chapter of it! And I applaud that, because it was great to get a glimpse into the mindset of such a wonderfully complex and interesting character.

I fully expected Harry to die and stay dead. It was very clever of JKR to think as she did- how on earth does she think of this stuff?! I'm surprised now that I didn't catch on that history was going to repeat itself though with Harry as the godfather to the baby. Haha, you never know how you're going to reason when you read books like this. :)

I LOVED Molly in the duel. "NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!" I can't wait to see that on film!
jazzgoddess From: jazzgoddess Date: July 22nd, 2007 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)
LMAO I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was just thinking that when I read it - I could SEE it!! :)
rickysbaby From: rickysbaby Date: July 23rd, 2007 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG the only death I cried over was Dobby's. ZOMGWTFBBQ

I'm talking the ENTIRE SERIES, here.

Whouda thunk?
rickysbaby From: rickysbaby Date: July 23rd, 2007 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and I have been saying from DAY ONE that Snape was innocent. -ish.
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