Year 7 at Hogwarts

I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows after 12 hours of on-and-off reading the day of release. So yes, this post is a week late. But who cares! Also, I’m not hiding the spoilers so…stop reading if you don’t like them.

Hmm, where to start? For the most part I actually enjoyed the book. Or should I say the overall effect of the book was one of enjoyment. The exposition of the book was a drag on par with The Wheel of Time. Ron, Hermione, and Harry traveling, camping out, complaining about traveling and camping out. I find it odd that the book is considered Year 7 when they didn’t even go to school. I was really disappointed about having to read about people sleeping in tents instead of actual, you know, Hogwarts fun.

Now, it would seem some people were surprised by Ron/Hermione and the revelation about Snape. I wasn’t surprised about Ron/Hermione, in fact I had thought it was already established they would end up together. Of course, I haven’t read any of the books except from when I first got them, so Lord knows what was actually in the books and what I just invented in my head.

Snape could have gone either way. At the end of the sixth book I did believe he was a good guy in hiding, but for most of book seven I wasn’t so sure. I wanted him to be, but it wasn’t until his death scene that my hopes were confirmed. Also, James Potter was an ass.

I loved, loved, loved, LOVED Molly Weasley kicking ass. She is now officially my favorite character from the series.

Dobby’s death was sad for me. I got a little teary, I admit. And no, I didn’t give a crap about the stupid owl! Anyway, Tonks/Remus…I never liked them as a couple. When I read that Remus had left Tonks (for however briefly) I was so happy! I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. And then he went back. ๐Ÿ™ So them dying was fine with me! Besides, the movie Tonks doesn’t match theย ย Tonks is in my head. So die, Tonks, die!

*coughs*

Who else died? Oh yes, Fred. I was surprised but not emotional about that. Actually, Dobby was the only one to get me a little teary, so there you go.

When Harry said “I am about to die” I felt a wave of emotion; it was fantastic writing at that point. That quickly went away when Harry “died” but then came back. Felt so cheated! However, I did like how Mrs. Malfoy lied about Harry’s death in order to save her son’s life. So from that point to when Molly kicks ass I was enjoying the ride.

The epilogue…the epilogue was horrid! It was a different style of writing and there were random names being thrown around like so much garbage. Ginny not getting to pick any of her kids’ names was sad, and naming a brother and sister after a husband and wife was weird. It wasn’t a very satisfying ending, and I would have liked it better had it ended maybe a year after the events or even just after a mass funeral or something. Although I guess the epilogue did end all the shipper debates.

Oh, which reminds me! Within hours HP fans all of a sudden became fanatics of the next generation of wizards and of course had to team them together. Teddy and Albus, though?! A boy who is almost 20 with a kid who has just turned 11?! These people are worse than WOT fans, and that is saying something.

11 thoughts on “Year 7 at Hogwarts”

  1. As you can see, my review is up as well, and I have linked to yours! Seems like our experiences with DH was similar, but I’ve been harsher in my verdict ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Yes you were harsher! Is it bad that I see this as a foreshadow of the final WOT book? I am preparing myself for major disappointment and rage for that last installment.

  3. Hi !

    I finished reading Deathly Hallows today, and even though I enjoyed the book very much -there was always something happening- I didn’t really like its ending

    You’re right, Marie, the Epilogue is horrible… I also got teary with Dobby’s death, but I have to disagree with you on one point: Molly Weasley

    I was hoping to see her dead -I don’t know why, but I’ve always hated that character- and I think she was able to beat Bella just because Bella got too confident…

    Now, the sudden and quick victory of the goodies was so sweet that it nearly gave me an overdose of sugar !!!

    *Hey Rowling, why didn’t you include fireworks exploding above the castle and forming figures of hearts?*

    And *oh please* Harry and Voldemort talking so much before the final attack, with everyone watching while they discussed their points… SUCKS

    I want to make it clear that I despise the HP series very much and I read it only because I got addicted, but I like, anyway, certain things about it…

    The story of Grindelwald was very interesting -OMG, I’m so much like him, so much… so much- and I like the general atmosphere of Rowling’s world

    I hate the way the wizarding world works -especially their politics- and the childish, weak magic system, which has many critical failures, bores me to death

    Rowling’s Story is, anyway, a very good story and I admire all her effort… She’s a real writter and I respect her, now let’s see what is she going to write next

    I’m preparing a DH stupid fanfic -as a different ending, with more blood- so please look forward to it, okay ?

    Sheila

  4. I wanted to wait until I finished writing a review before I read Marie’s. I probably shouldn’t have read Jan’s first either, but she is evil and made me.

    How can Marie have not loved Hedwig? Marie needs a pet owl, or a cat at least! *plans*

    I agree about lots of it. Ew, Teddy and Albus Severus *snicker* are that different in ages? I guess so… but it is creepy to the extreme.

    Harry should have stayed dead. I wish Snape had been in the book more, and also, I’m surprised that people were surprised at Hermione/Ron. It wasn’t obvious?

  5. Eh, I’ve had plenty of pets in my life! But Hedwig wasn’t my pet so her death was just a big “whatever” to me.

    Oh, Sheila, I’ll be away in London for a little over a week so maybe by then you’ll have some, or all, of your DH fanfic finished.

  6. Hi !

    What a coincidence, Marie… my friend Fiona is also visiting London these days- She’s living there with a family, I think, practicing her English ๐Ÿ˜›

    I hope you enjoy your visit to the city !!!

    I asked Fiona to go and visit Westminster Abbey, to see whether it’s true or not that there is a statue of Joan in the South Side of Edward III’s tomb

    If you go to Westminster, could you please check ???

    Sheila

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