Sunday, 22 July 2007

Harry Potter - finished. Not to worry, no spoilers.

So I've just finished reading the final Harry Potter book.

Actually, funny story. I turned down 3 people for plans for today, as I was expecting to be reading all day. I pre-ordered from Amazon, and was expecting delivery this morning. Well, turns out we're in an ineligible postal code - which I discovered this morning. If only I had realized, I would have canceled the order earlier. Alas.
Long story short, I went to Chapters, bought the book ($$) - spent the afternoon with my mother-in-law - and then settled in for a read.

My thoughts post-read:
1- I feel guilty for ignoring Mr. Wonderful all day. Seriously, I feel pretty terrible about it.
2 - The epilogue thingy was . . . icky. I didn't like it. I would have preferred to draw my own conclusions - they may have been identical, but that was laying it on a little thick.
3 - I cried a few times. Lots of sadness going on in this one. The sheer number of deaths was astonishing.
4 - All in all, a very satisfying end to the tale, although some of it felt a little 'cop out' in nature. That's alright, I have to remember it's a kid's book . . . it can't always be the hard answer.
5 - Certain characters impressed the hell out of me. While some of them were barely touched on, there were others that were revealed to a depth we've never seen before. I love Minerva - she's awesome!
6- It's almost too bad it's over. I mean, I'm fine with that, I hope there's not a spin-off series or anything . . . it's just that now I don't get to speculate about the prophecy, or Snape's allegiances anymore. It's all been laid out.

I will soon be in possession of two lovely copies of this book . . . anyone wanna trade for one? ;)


Penny Karma said...

I kinda thought the epilogue was unnecessary too. Maybe it was more for the younger ones who can't handle ambiguity, like my kids. I find a little uncertainty thrilling.

Stickyfingers said...

Wow - it's like you looked into my head . . . precisely!