Again Regarding Harry Potter 7 (Still No Spoilers)

July 25, 2007 at 7:01 am 1 comment

Four and a half hours.

It wasn’t as bad as I’d thought. Wasn’t as good as some people would want me to believe, either. Best book ever? Please. Best of the seven? Up for debate; it certainly wasn’t my favorite, but it was very good. Formulaic in bits, predictable, derivitatve in bits, too – but hey, seriously. An amazing story, very well-written, very much worth the headache brewing behind my eyes because I stayed up too late. And yes, I’d say that even if no one else in the world had ever heard of Harry.

Who dies? Hell, this is Hamlet on broomsticks. Everyone dies. Except the rutabaga.

Oh come on. Did you really think that I, grateful depender-upon-those who don’t spoil, would spill the plotbeans? Even on four hours of sleep?

Don’t get me wrong. I want to talk about it. But online – at least on the public side, this soon – is not the place. Maybe I’ll do a… yes. If you have finished reading the book, and want to, leave me a note and I’ll add you to my protected list. It’ll be a brand-new shiny protected list just for this. The downside is that it is limited to ten people, since I let my Premium expire, so if you volunteer to be one of the ten you’d better promise to bring good discussion! πŸ™‚ Oops. This is why I shouldn’t copy/paste from Xanga this early in the morning. Sorry about that.

Speaking of discussion: I was thinking about characters on the way to work this morning, and about how the minor characters have all become pretty fleshed-out and realistic over the course of the last seven books, and how I can see people I know in the people in HP. This led me to this question, that I hope all you HP readers will answer:

Think seriously about it, and be honest. Which supporting character (not Harry, Ron, or Hermione) is most like you? Not the you that you would like to be, but who you really are. Don’t consider magical ability in your consideration, just personality, actions, etc.. Base your response on what you know of that character given how far you’ve gotten in the HP books – no answer will be mocked. πŸ™‚

I’ll post my answer in the comments.

What can be said without spoiling anything:

  • I now totally understand why my sister threw the book in chapter four. I don’t know how far she is (she bought the book right before boarding a plane to Orlando for a convention, and probably doesn’t have much time to read) but she’s going to get another chance to hone her book-chucking skills here before the end of the book. Poor git.
  • The prediction I posted online, some time ago, was proved partially correct. My long-standing theory of – well, my long-standing theory was proved 100% correct. R’s and my revised prediction, which was never put into print, was proved rather spectacularly correct – not 100%, but startlingly so. Well done, R!
  • I think the American version was too hastily edited for British vernacular. Most of the books use the occasional British slang word to add a sense of setting, but the inconsistency of vernacular usage in book 7 did not have the air of deliberateness. I’m all for the word “snog,” and I grew up on Brit lit so my comprehension is pretty high, but some of the phrases in this book stopped me cold and made me wish I had a dictionary.
  • Not enough Hogwarts. And I miss the Quidditch matches. Truth be told, I loved the first four books, and ever since then it’s been a slow downhill slide into dark fantasy land for me. I like the sense of wonder and exploration as the children discover the school and the wizarding world much better than all this war and emotional disturbance and betrayal. I guess that’s the 7-year-old daisy-chain-making fairy-tale-reading idealist in me, but I can’t help it. (How I ever made it as an English major, I’ll never know.)
  • I am a sucker for heroicism. Is that actually a word? It sounds good in my mind…
  • Love the character development that wipes out some of the black-and-white nature of some of these major characters. Thanks for de-cartooning things, J.K.!
  • My head hurts.

Entry filed under: Reading.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. KHB  |  July 25, 2007 at 7:42 am

    I think I’m most like Mrs. Weasley, especially after having read the 7th book. Protective, sometimes too fussy, neurotic about the safety of those I love, reluctant to give up on people, wanting to believe the best – basically a pacifist but if you mess with her brood, there is no fury hotter.


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