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Finished "Deathly Hallows" [Jul. 27th, 2007|09:01 pm]
Got to the end of it... It didn't take me too long but I'm way behind all the cool kids. If anyone wants to drop links back to interesting spoilery conversations I might've missed, please do. :)

The summary: I liked it.

It was even bloodier than I was expecting. I mean, that fits, what with a war going on. But it was still such a sharp increase from previous books that it was a bit surprising.

This was another book that I thought could benefit from a bit of editing. Parts of it dragged for me, less sections of the story and more some individual scenes. But the tone was well-played; I got that sense of desperation, paranoia, and fate.

I wish there had been a bit more of Snape, McGonagall, and Trelawney. They're the characters I find particularly interesting, so I always wish there was a bit more of them. ;) I was pleased at how Minerva, my favorite, acquitted herself under pressure. She went from scolding Harry for impudence to being field marshall under siege without ruffling her tartan. Bravo! :D

[Added:] I got all suspicious when they had Nigelus' portrait in the tent and they asked him to get Dumbledore. He said that they can't go to other people's portraits. Now I thought that he was bluffing them, since we've seen (e.g. Sir Caduggan, the Fat Lady) others move through paintings that weren't theirs. I thought that Nigelus was being all sly.

Kit pointed out I'd missed the qualifier "outside Hogwarts". They can freely move between paintings inside but not outside. Sounded fishy and arbitrary. But it wasn't a ruse... just Rowling covering a crack, not Nigelus playing them. Darn. :P

[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2007-07-28 04:56 am (UTC)
I agree about the tone; wonderfully appropriate sense of near-hopelessness, what with Harry, Ron and Hermione hiding out in a tent somewhere and they've still got three Horcruxes to somehow find and destroy. How're they ever gonna do it???

My own spoilery comments are here:
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2007-07-28 06:59 pm (UTC)

Re: Now that you're done…

I like Snape, I always thought he needed a research dungon and to only teach advanced students. He would have been happier.
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2007-07-28 05:03 am (UTC)
Eh, it was ok.

It felt like she threw a bunch of stuff in just to fill up the book.
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2007-07-28 07:18 am (UTC)
Not to me; it felt like she tied up all the loose ends.
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[User Picture]From: flint_otter
2007-07-28 08:09 am (UTC)
As the skunk knows, I was pretty disappointed. I agree on the editing stuff for sure. We got an awful lot of hiding out hither and yon and "3 weeks later in March..." emoing. Stuff that could have been edited down, and other stuff included, like a Chapter of what Hogwarts was really like for Neville and Ginny and the rest of the crowd fighting an insurgency.

And hardly any Hagrid except at the very end. . Not too mention Dumbledore's motivations and actions.

It didn't suck but it didn't come close to meeting my, admitted high, expectations.

Prisoner is still the absolutely best book of the series in my opinion followed by Order of the Phoenix. Half Blood was good, but suffered the curse that almost all penultimate books do.

Still though, considering all the kids that JK got reading via Potter, she gets my respect.
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[User Picture]From: furahi
2007-07-28 08:26 pm (UTC)
I think the deal with Nigelus was he could move between Hogwarts portraits, and all of his own, but he couldn't bring people from Hogwarts paintings to his other frames.

I too wish there had been more McGonagall and somewhat Snape... but Trelawney?
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[User Picture]From: pippinbear
2007-07-29 11:53 pm (UTC)
"...but I'm way behind all the cool kids"

I must be seriously uncool - I've not read, not even started, a single Happy Rotter book yet! (Been to see all of the first four movies so far, though, so maybe that makes up for it.)
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