I've read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows twice through in three days and am ready to write about it. You should not read this if you haven't read the book. Monstro this means you!
First off, JK Rowling is to be commended for becoming fabulously wealthy through a creative endeavor. And how lovely that all along, she had a plan, which is great and shall, we can hope, be emulated by the writers of “Lost” and “How I Met Your Mother.”
Secondly, (and perhaps this should be firstly) Snape being revealed as romantic hero is the best, because it cements him in the generation of Harry's folks and their friends, and because (for me) it was so surprising. I defy you to find a more romantic line in literature than Professor Severus Snape's dying “Look…at… me…” Can't wait to see Rickman do it on screen, he will kill it with a mighty, breathtaking blow.
Of course Harry wins, but the fake-out was solid, and Dumbledore even in death served his long-standing purpose to make Harry better: better than Dumbledore, and better than he himself would might have been otherwise. Voldemort mewling and puking under the chair in “King's Cross” served as haunting counterpoint to Potter and Dumbledore's tear-inducing (Patrick Hillman, this means you) gabfest.
Ahh, Ron and Hermione. The Comtesse thinks that Hermione's “you taste better than Goyle” is a bj joke, but I remind her it could be for kissing, too. Sheesh. I will, however, admit to having a Willow-and-Oz “panicking” flashback when the two disappeared before the Hogwarts fight.
Did anyone pick up on the importance of their children's names? Rose (similar to “Lily” maybe?), Hugo (Hagrid?). Just asking.
Poor Draco, to wash-out so young. I think 19 years later he should have taken over Filch's job at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I also appreciated Dudder's “you saved my life” and Petunia's long relationship with magic: she wanted it so bad, but hated it so much. Uncle Vernon lifting the bags with added heretounknown dumbbells made me laugh.
It was super last week to see the fifth movie on date night with Monstro, finish re-reading the sixth book on Friday (which is why I'd had to finish Gravity's Rainbow before that), and have the seventh book on my doorstep when Lex and I returned from our walk.
So I guess what I'm saying is the book is great. It's Rowling's “favorite” and maybe mine, too. A wonderful payoff (except for Tonks and Lupin, what a blow. a commentary on interspecies marriage? the circle of Godfathers? or perhaps Harry, part deux?).
Thanks bunches! And now that I've finished GR and read 2,170 pages on top of that in the past week, I'm going to start gearing up for the introductory material to “Finnegans Wake.”
Pray for me.