I am late to the game. Harry Potter's book six came out about a year ago and I just got around to reading it. I resisted the Harry Potter series for quite a while. I worked at Borders during the craze over book three and saw the half dazed looks of eager children, teens and adults grabbing the books as though it were sacred water from an enchanted oasis that they as dedicated travelers migrated on camel for one hundred miles in the hot sun to purchase. Really. Personally, I poo pooed such literature. Give me Sylvia Plath or Virginia Wolf, something oozing with goobity gobs of meaning. When I finally quite grudgingly picked up a copy and actually read book one to see what the big deal was, I suddenly got it. JK Rowlings is a gifted storyteller. She creates the story so well that I who am ordinarily averse to anything smelling remotely of science fiction or fantasy read it believing every word about Unicorns and enchanted cars. It's fun and according to some there actually are layers of depth for those interested in unearthing it.
**Warning: Though it is all together quite possible I am the last Potter aficianado to have finished the latest book I do want to warn of upcoming spoilers for the unwary. I repeat: spoilers ahead for all two of you who did not read the latest book, proceed at own risk!**
Adverbmania. I think the quality of her writing was not the same as it normally is. Adverbs are nails on chalkboard for me and someone of her writing caliber has no business using them in every other sentence of the book. Some websites estimate its roughly 15 per page. You know this book is good when I go through it despite fifteen nail on chalkboard moments per page.
Ginny and Harry sitting in a tree? JK Rowlings as great of a writer as she is, is not too good with the love storylines. I didn't buy the Harry/Ginny thing. I know that she had a crush on him for a while but in this book she really seemed over him. Yet when he kissed her the next thing you know they were dating. And they just didn't develop it except for some awkward "he felt a rumblin in his chest" huh? I dont know, I guess its proof a good writer can still have room for improvement. I personally thought Hermione and Harry would have been a better match. What about the Hermione and Ron thing? There was awkward jealousy but nothing matured.
Dumbeldore, say it aint so. I was so sad Dumbeldore died. I feel like in each book I look for him to make things better. He's a good teacher and he's patient and kind and just. He also knew what he was doing most of the time. So what happened? Is he really dead? Clearly some people don't think so. There are many loop holes in the whole story that make his coming back entirely possible. He had told Draco that he could make it appear as though he had died and thus save Draco the awful choice of becoming a murderer. So if he could give that appearance for Malfoy could he not have Snape done this as well? The only thing throwing me off is the immobilizing curse on Harry broke once Dumbeldore died. As soon as. Huda also pointed out that Dumbledore's portrait is in the headmaster's office now which ordinarly only happens when you're dead. But then again he was sleeping in it. Maybe he's not really there. Its just a fake? I mean if he was actually in the portrait couldn't they have asked him what happened. Those portraits can talk so why wouldn't Dumbledores? Ofcourse it is also entirely possible that Dumbeldore died and that's the end of that just like Sirius Black died. I still hope in the back of my head its not the case though.
No more Hogwarts? According to Harry he ain't returning to school for the last year. I think that would be very foolish. First of all, it would kill the structure the book has taken these past six books with each year being one year of school culminating in his final year in book seven.. Besides book structure, we saw in this book that he is not very skilled. He cheated his way through potions. He could not hurt Snape though his passion to attack him was stronger than ever. If he can't counter Snape how can he counter Voldemort?
Snape: Snake or Scrapegoat? Most people despise Snape. I think he's really cool. He's the villian you love to hate. I think if he killed Dumbledore it was because he had to. Dumbledore trusted him completely. Would he say that about just anyone? Most sites say that when Dumbledore said "snape.. please" in that moment of impending doom he was saying "please dont blow your cover. kill me" but what if it is as simple as it appeared and dumbledore was saying "please dont kill me. please fight the death eaters and save me." And if Snape killed him and that's what Dumbledore asked, for Snape to kill him. Why? Wouldnt the death eaters have done it if Dumbledore wanted to die? Why did he need to have Snape come over and kill him. That leads to me wondering if he didn't kill Dumbledore but just did some sort of spell or something that makes it appear he is dead but actually is not. Personally I think Snape is like a CIA agent infilitrating the Mafia or something. Its sad he had to kill one of his own but this cause is bigger than every individual person (except maybe Harry). Dumbledore gave hints thoughout that he was not afraid to die for the cause. I don't that Dumbeldore wanted to die as he tried to talk Draco out of killing him, but that if it came down to it, that Snape could not blow the cover. I find it odd that trusting Snape was made into such a huge deal. It had to mean something right?
Harry the Horcrux? So this is the most troubling part. A lot of people think that Harry is one of the Horcurxes that hold Voldemort's soul. This is very plausible as he does have a very visible scar on his forehead from Voldemort's attempted murder. The sorting hat who knows where all the children go, in the first book, had a hard time trying to figure out whether to put him in Gryffindor or Slytherin. This was made out to be a big deal. Voldemort in his youth was a Slytherine. Is it because part of Voldie's soul is inside of Harry so the hat got confused? hmm! Now what troubles me is that people who follow this theory think that Harry will have to sacrifice himself in order to kill Voldemort. This is a kids book in the end. I really hope she would not do that. I hope there is a way around this if infact she is debating this.
Beautiful Bill. I know this wasn't a big storyline but it got to me. I almost cried and I didnt even cry when I read that Dumbledore died. As the parents gathered around the bed wondering if he'd be okay I seriously felt like my stomach was hurting wondering what would become of him and in denial telling myself he would not become a werewolf. I really really hope he will recover and they will find a cure for him.
So that's what I think. What are your thoughts on the book? I do fully realize that I am quite behind the times on this discussion but your thoughts greatly appreciated!