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Saturday, July 21, 2007
Harry Potter 7 A few, mildly spoilerish thoughts about Harry Potter 7. Note: I received my book at approximately 12:20am, having woken up at 7am the previous morning, driven across three states, and not even stopped to go to the restroom before walking into the bookstore to claim my spot in line. I got home around 12:45, got the car unloaded and my PJs on by 1:15am, and finished the book at 7:15am. So, six hours again, thanks to not needing to stop to do the dishes. Now for some spoiler space.
IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW,
THEN YOU SHOULD GO AWAY!
HEREIN LIE DETAILS OF
THE LAST HARRY POTTER BOOK!
IF YOU LEARN SOMETHING YOU
DIDN'T WANT TO KNOW,
DON'T COME CRYING TO ME!!!
If you're still reading...
Apparently the 'shipping wars weren't only important to the fans. I have to admit, I didn't have a ton invested; the fact that she was careful to spell it out was... amusing. ^_^
I take back all the nasty things I thought about the people who thought Snape was good for reasons I thought were stupid. Snape-Loved-Lily people: it wasn't in the books, but it was in JK's heart. I commend your mind reading skills, and/or lucky joint wishful thinking with the author. If I'd written the books, I wouldn't have done it, but she did, and that's what counts.
However, I mock relentlessly all those who were convinced Snape was Evil From The Get-Go. Here I go, mocking you now: BWAAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!
Ahem, that wasn't very nice. And yet... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!!!! On his own side, indeed!
At least "scar" was in the last line, right?
Fanfiction makes serial fiction much more difficult to stay in love with.
In particular, I kind of like the "Psychic Serpent" and "Roman Holiday" renditions of HP5-HP7 better than Rowling's. Sigh.
I find myself not needing things to be as prettily wrapped (with the satin bow, etc.) as I thought I needed them -- to say nothing of how much Rowling apparently wanted to provide them. Dude. 19 years later? I really didn't need to have the matter of who becomes a teacher at the school spelled out like that (by the by, it was who I suspected it'd be: she doesn't want to show married teachers, it seems, and there was one "good" kid singled out as inherently unromantic and unlikely to reproduce from the very beginning of the very first book.)
The Red Hen collection was more on target than I was, and deserves an A-/B+ (and that's only because she was so very far off on a Certain Ship, the matter of Grindlewald, and alas, the Battle of Hogwarts.) Dude, she even predicted the vision quest! I thought she was loony, but there it was!
My predictions, which I splashed all over the place, were about fifty percent right. I am particularly proud of my assertions at the Volokh Conspiracy, especially the bit about students not dying unless they got in the way of something they were told to stay out of (I'm going to get sniffly the next time I read Chamber of Secrets.) I was, however, unspeakably lousy at predicting the deaths of adults, and basically only got Dumbledore, Pettigrew, and Voldemort's eventual fates correct. On the other hand, every major character under 18 who I was *sure* would survive, did. And I don't follow birthday notice updates.
OH YEAH! And while my dream of Red Hen's Secret Agent Percy was totally ruined, he still came out all right in the end! WOOOOOOOOOT!
Sad about the lack of "good" Slytherin kids, though. Sheesh. And let's just not talk about how hard it would be to rebuild that society, given how it'd been ripped to shreds, because apparently JK Rowling doesn't much care about that stuff.
I bet the "last chapter" she'd had written up forever was that little short one (another of the Red Hen predictions, actually.) It makes sense, her saying she was trying to make the rest of the books "live up to" that.
Firefox doesn't know how to spell "Voldemort," "Pettigrew," "Dumbledore," "Snape," OR "sheesh." What the heck is up with that?
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It frightens me more than a little that you finished the book before I ever got my greedy hands on it. Nope, didn't do the line last night. Bad day at work.
And, I agree about fanfiction making serials harder to stay in love with. When you compare PS, which is at an adult level, and the canon which is still a children's novel (no more dark than Chronicles of Narnia's 'The Last Battle', really), it's difficult not to be at least a bit disappointed.
Neville should have a fantastically attractive wife and good-natured, brilliant children. (I love Neville, so, so much.) I do wish she'd left that more open-ended. Now it is left to AU fics to play with the future.
But then, it is awfully tempting to make sure the author's whole vision--including that of a good, peaceful life--is conveyed in a piece of fiction. Unless the author is a sadist, and while she did go on something of a killing spree, she's truly no sadist at heart. The brief resurrections proved that.
I had so much fun finally reading the last book. geeze. It's fun to read your finishing comments. You crack me up.
Caroline, you know that your dad originally bought three copies -- one for you, one for Laura, and one for me, right? The parents are already using the one for me as their own copy (he ordered it so we'd have to wait for it to get delivered on Saturday afternoon!!!) but I don't know what they'll do with a second extra one.Post a Comment
It's not just the adult vs. kid level, I think. Rowling makes me think of that line from Top Gun where Tom Cruise is accused of his "ego writing checks [his] body can't cash." There were so many wonderful intriguing possibilities set up over books 3-6, and most were dropped in favor of a brand-new Dumbledore family plot line (I was hoping for us to finally see Aberforth "outed" as the barman, NOT to be introduced to their parents and heretofore unmentioned sister) and the random, last-minute insertion of Hallows, after the insertion of the Horcruxes in the previous volume. Sigh.
I've already decided that just because Rowling never shows the teachers having families, doesn't mean they *can't*. She's got a bucketload of senior citizens, total freaks, and bitter "look at me, I'm disillusioned, this is why I'm always in black and enjoy tormenting pre-teens" young adults teaching in her school while Harry's there, but that doesn't mean Neville has to fall into that trap. I'm already taking a break on Wednesday to write my first properly "canon-compliant, can't ever be AU, really" fanfic that in no way contradicts but in fact greatly improves upon that stupid final chapter. By the way, in the Roman Holiday series, Neville is in love with the gorgeous French Potions prof who replaces Snape.
JACKIE! WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU UP TO OUT THERE IN THE BOONIES!!! Ahem. Hi. ^_^
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