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21 July 2007 @ 09:50 pm
obligatory reaction post  


I don’t have very much to say about this. I was expecting a lot less out of it than I was HBP, so maybe that’s why I wasn’t so harshly disappointed. Plus, this book had little to do with romantic entanglements; so considering that I don’t like the way JK wrote those, that was a good thing. I genuinely enjoyed DH for the sake of the source material. However, this isn’t going to be a litany of praise. I’m not very good at praise, but excellent at nit-picking.

I thought it was a bit rushed and frantic in parts. Often it seemed like she was thinking on her feet, making it up as she went along, etc, which would account for that quality. The writing itself far outstripped HBP – I don’t think there were more than ten adverbs used in conjunction with speaking verbs. On the other hand, she kept using ‘upon’ where ‘on’ would have done. The ‘using bigger words’ didn’t really suit the action scenes into which they were dropped. Also – swear words! Pterry’s yielded to that same temptation. I’m not sure I approve ... on the other hand, the situations merited them, at least.

A lot of what I was reading didn’t come as news to me, because fandom theories on these things have been floating around forever – especially about Snape. So he’s not evil and he was in love with Lily. Honestly, I’d find that so much cooler if five thousand fangirls hadn’t wished for it so ardently, it felt like they’d written it in. Same for Dumbledore’s hand and his pact with Snape.

As for the deaths, none of them affected me greatly. It felt like she was using up these superfluous characters to make sure the readers were aware of the Great Tragedy TM that was going down – but honestly, we could have done with losing Hermione, Ron, or both, a parent Weasley, Neville ... I’m sure I read a spoilers somewhere that Ginny died to save Harry, so he was protected by her love. I was hoping that would happen, and Harry would marry Luna, if only because it would have been a beautifully crafted ending that was happy enough without being disgustingly soppy. Which the epilogue was. It ruined the rest of the book for me, because I did enjoy the book immensely. And don’t get me wrong – I always expected that Harry and Ginny would get married and have ten thousand million children. JK wanted it that way, for some reason. She created this massively flawed and interesting character, and what does she do with him? Marry him off to make babies! We didn’t even get a hint of the kind of things I really wanted to know, like where they lived, what they did for a living, what Luna and Neville and Percy and Draco ended up actually doing. I guess I just hoped that we’d see more of Harry coping, or get a bittersweet tang from it – but there was very little that was bittersweet, because everyone scraped through and, aside from George’s ear, more or less intact. It must have been one of the tidiest wars ever fought.

Ach, well. Teddy/Scorpius = OTP!
 
 
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gabbysun on July 21st, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
But Albus Severus/Scorpius is so Harry/Draco THE NEW GENERATION

AND ALSO (and most importantly) IT SPELLS AS/S



/complete useless reply
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on July 22nd, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
I'm totally starting to dig that ship... :DDD
ickle sexual tyrant: hp:hello green eyes: harryanjenue on July 21st, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
*stalwartly ignores the epilogue altogether*
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: I'd tap that ♥scoradh on July 22nd, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
I know it's ass, but what about the ASS you'll be missing??
gabbysun on July 21st, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
otherwise I am sort of detached from fandom and fandom-y scruples in general so I can honestly say apart from a very few things I honestly enjoyed it

ALSO HIIIIII <3333333 :)))))))
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: SGA: Elizabethscoradh on July 22nd, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed it enough too, given how watered down my reactions have been because of the fandom filter.
amourdevinamourdevin on July 22nd, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
I actually put off reading it for almost a day because I was worried about being vastly more disappointed than I ended up being. Still, I felt that it was rushed (understandably) and the last chapter was a complete sop. I also felt that the killing off of my favourite (and by far the best character) with a complete lack of drama, angst or weight was not in the least blaanced by the chapter-long pensieve immersion.

Overall, I hated the ending simply because of Severus' ignoble end and how it appears that the only recognition that he gets is the middle name of some wet blanket of a second son.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Fake: Ryoscoradh on July 22nd, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
Snape was far from being my favourite character, but I thought every death in the book was convenient before it was dramatically relevant. How much was Hedwig a victim of her inability to fit inside Hermione's beaded bag/sock, and tendency to make noises at bad moments? Why Lupin and Tonks had a baby only to both die makes absolutely no sense to me. Teddy didn't seem materially affected by it. Oh, I don't know.

I thought the fact that Harry called his son Severus at all - given their long, varigated but invariably mutally hateful history - is totally ridiculous. The fact that Severus loved Lily does in no way negate the bad things he did in Harry's eyes. Surely Harry should love Sirius - Sirius who's not mentioned in this book, or named for! - the man he knew, more than the mother he never did and her various ex-lovers. I mean srsly.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Black Booksscoradh on July 22nd, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
Which is to say, that Snape was responsible for Sirius' death in Harry's eyes - I can't see him gaining that much closure, distance and perspective in seven years of marriage to Ginny, somehow.
malafede on July 23rd, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
Surfed from DTCL, just wanted to say:

Teddy/Scorpius = OTP!

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought of that!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on July 23rd, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit more sold on ASS now, but come on! The guy has turquoise hair, how can he not be the coolest person ever? And thus totally wasted on Victoire Weasley.
foreign thinks about youforeignthinks on July 25th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
I got all excited at first because I thought Victoire was a man. I was like "Hellz yeah Teddy!" Then the pronouns came in and brought it all down.
jehnt: hp - dumbledore -whateverjehnt on August 9th, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)
I’m not very good at praise, but excellent at nit-picking.

Oh, same here, same here.

I’m sure I read a spoilers somewhere that Ginny died to save Harry, so he was protected by her love. I was hoping that would happen, and Harry would marry Luna, if only because it would have been a beautifully crafted ending that was happy enough without being disgustingly soppy.

Ugh, WORD. Plus, I totally hardcore ship Harry/Luna and hate Harry/Ginny. I mean, whenever Ginny is around Harry, she turns into an insecure, jealous bitch. Luna, on the other hand, always pops up to comfort Harry or help him out when he needs it most. Hello, end of OotP?

And don’t get me wrong – I always expected that Harry and Ginny would get married and have ten thousand million children. JK wanted it that way, for some reason.

Because she is crazy and has unrealistic ideas about relationships. She thought Lupin and Tonks were "a cute couple." I'm not sure she bothered to read what she was writing, since they were dysfunctional to the max.

Meh, yeah, I'm not sure how I feel about the book overall. I skipped large swaths of it because they looked boring. I did that to HBP too, actually, and have never read it all. Some day when I'm really bored I'll go back and fill in the blanks. From what I've heard I haven't missed much, though, since I DID read all the salient parts. Like those with Neville being hardcore.