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So the answer to my old question turned out to be "about twenty feet below where I read the last one." Sometimes life has to hand you anticlimaxes.

Books, thankfully, are under no such restriction, and Deathly Hallows has certainly not disappointed. The Potter books have always been able to make me laugh, and cry, and dream of a world full of wonder, and this one has managed it despite (perhaps because of?) being fully as dark as its title and more besides. First, I was laughing, then, I was just turning pages, pushed on by the story as it sped towards its inevitable conclusion, desperate and eager to find out what happened. The title of the post was more a fandom term for the reaction that the book's release would set off among the notoriously crazy Potter fen (I'm a fan, but I'm not fen as it were, so I appropriated it with a heavy dose of irony), but it served very, very well for the book itself. Epic, and bloody, and world-shaking.

I just finished it half an hour ago, and I don't think I can really comment in detail yet (especially since I need to go eat), but consider this a blanket spoiler warning for the comments on this post. If anyone else who's read it wants to discuss with me or amongst yourselves, we can do it there. Once I figure out what the hell I want to say about it, I'll probably make a post in there myself.



( Walk among 7 shadows — Cast a shadow )
Jul. 22nd, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
I am forcing myself to go slow, stopping and putting the book down every few chapters so I can savor it--after all, this IS the last book in the series, there will be no more, so I need to go slow so I don't shoot my way through and then realize I have nothing more to look forward to!

I am currently at the part where Harry just found his mom's old letter to Sirius, in the chapter "Kreacher's Tale". I love the book dearly already. The insane, madcap flight from Privet Drive, all the Death Eaters and curses, Hedwig dying(!), George's ear, the fall of the Ministry and the battle in the diner--all great, exciting stuff, interwoven with the humor and characters we've all fallen in love with over the previous six books. Excellent!
Jul. 22nd, 2007 06:21 am (UTC)
I don't understand all the people taking it slow, but to each their own. :) Myself, I couldn't have borne to take any longer than I did. I supposed I knew who had to win in the end, but I still very much wanted to know what happened.

I was generally very impressed with the tone of this book, just like you. Even while the world was going to hell around them, there were still all manner of funny moments in the right places, and the balance between them seemed very well done. Escape from Privet Drive, then the wedding, then the attack on the wedding and the aftermath, then...
Jul. 23rd, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
Now that I'm done it, I can definitely say that it is my favorite of all the books in the series. It's almost as if every one of the previous six books merely served as plot-driven primers for this book, the way key plot points in those books ended up playing their roles in the 7th: Dobby, the House-Elf revolution, Gringotts, Kreacher, the Basilisk, the Chamber of Secrets, the Room of Requirement, and tons more.

I am not disappointed by the book at all--my slightest complaint is that you don't experience the same passage of time as the other books; things happen and things happen and things happen... then suddenly there's a few lines of description amounting to "...and then time passed..." and suddenly BAM! It's Christmas, or BAM! It's March. Though considering everything Rowling managed to squeeze into that book, I can't complain. And this time, almost every little bit of it was vital to the total plot. I am already wondering how they're going to include it all in the movie... cuz there were a LOT of set pieces: the escape from Privet Drive, the infiltration of the Ministry, the trap with Nagini in Godric's Hollow, their capture and escape from the Malfoys' manor, their robbery of Gringotts, and of course the final, spectacular, all-out battle for Hogwarts. And that's a very light list, not even including the necessary expository stuff that needs to be included about the Hallows and Dumbledore's history and the reveal of Snape's sad past....

Overall, a wonderful book. I just got to a certain point and couldn't put it down. As a result, I am going to be dead at work today--but it'll have been worth it. :)
Jul. 22nd, 2007 07:01 am (UTC)
I hear Harry is in this book! And the word "the" is used at least once. There, ruined it for you!
Jul. 22nd, 2007 08:00 am (UTC)
Too late, hah!
Jul. 23rd, 2007 05:27 am (UTC)
Rocks fall, everyone dies!

I had heard that two (2) main characters were going to croak. I can't decide which two those were supposed to be. Did Hedwig count? (And what the crap was up with that, anyway?)

I am very let down that Draco did not marry Luna. Wouldn't that have been hilarious? Though it didn't say who his wife was, so I can assume...
Jul. 23rd, 2007 06:04 am (UTC)
Well, I suppose that might depend on your definition of "main characters", eh? Lupin almost definitely counts, Fred is borderline, Tonks isn't, Hedwig probably doesn't, yes. :D That scene was quite delightfully insane, so I can buy a stray curse hitting her and all that.

Draco/Luna would have been hilarious, yes, and the dream will never die! Unlike rather a lot of the rest of the book's cast. :P
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