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Dizzying Intellect » Deathly Hallows

Deathly Hallows

I’m a little bit pissed that I had to read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows so fast, instead of savoring it — reading just a few pages a day to make it last, like I was able to do with the earlier books. But I knew I wouldn’t make it past the spoilers today.

Anyway, it was worth it. I finished it last night. It’s absolutely perfect, and I can’t think of a single loose end that wasn’t wrapped up. Loved it.

If you haven’t read it, what the hell are you doing at work? Call in sick and go read it. GO! If you have and you’re done already, what’d ya think?

(Comments may contain spoilers later, be advised — I won’t put anything up here.)

  • By Tanya, July 23, 2007 @ 12:15 pm

    Warning, minor spoilers below

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    Do not scroll down if you haven’t finished Deathly Hallows.

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    But I NEEEEEED to talk about it. Dying, here.

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    Seriously. *choke*

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  • By David Neylon, July 23, 2007 @ 12:16 pm

    I read it Saturday for the same reason. All I’m going to say is that my comment after the last book about Snape and Dumbledore was correct. Told you so!

  • By Tanya, July 23, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

    Yeah, I called exactly what happened between Dumbledore and Snape too. I didn’t foresee the wrench in the plan tho. Oops.

    Probably only the girls will care about this (and I already moaned about it to Seki last night), but how sad was “Look at me”? He just wanted to see her eyes one last time. Ugh, my heart.

  • By David Neylon, July 23, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

    Okay this might be a major spoiler.
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    I didn’t see the relationship between Severus and Lily though I wasn’t all that surprised by it. But James came across as a real snot. I think I am surprised that he and Lily hooked up eventually. Perhaps he grew out of being a bully. I’m glad that Snape was able to let Harry know that his killing Dumbledore was planned.

    And I thought the 19 years later epilogue was well done.

  • By Tracy, July 23, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

    What do you think about the epilogue though? I almost think…leave it off. Putting the nice happy families together almost made it too sweet of an ending for me. My teeth kinda hurt after I finished it…

    And I had this image of Serverus as always being a total greasy icky geek - not someone Lily would have been interested in. But I liked the way they took that storyline.

    And now, I just want to shout at my family to QUIT ASKING ME WHAT HAPPENS AND READ THE BOOK THEMSELVES!

  • By Tanya, July 23, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

    James has consistently come off as a spoiled, bullying jerk, but I think his friendship with Wormtail counterbalances that a little bit.

    I liked the epilogue. I assumed she was going to do that (if for no other reason than to make sequels impossible), but I thought she was going to go too far and make him headmaster. I preferred the normal life ending.

    I agree it was a little doofy, but lest we forget, it is a kids’ book. ;o)

  • By Tanya, July 23, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

    Ok, I just have to gloat.

    I was trying to work out the bizarre timeline. The tombstones say that Lily and James died in 1981, which means Harry was born in 1980. So book seven takes place in 1997, and the epilogue is in 2016.

    Doesn’t that seem bizarre? It’s odd that it’s not the present anyway, but the first book came out in 1997, so if anything, it should be 2004, right? For book seven to be in 1997, means book one was 1990-91. Why would that be? So I looked it up, and she started writing book one in 1990.

    How cool is that? She kept the timeline true to when Harry really came to life.

  • By Tracy, July 24, 2007 @ 8:30 am

    I was kind of hoping she’d mention what kind of career Harry had though - and she didn’t. I didn’t want him to be Headmaster of Hogwart’s though - I wanted McGonigall to get it.

  • By David Neylon, July 24, 2007 @ 9:35 am

    Thanks for working out the timeline. I was curious about that but hadn’t sat down to figure it out.

    I was kind of wondering about Harry’s career too. He’s way too young to be Headmaster at 36 but McGonigall would be good. I did like that touch about Neville teaching at Hogwarts.

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