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22 July 2007 @ 12:49 am
HP and the DH *spoilers*  
I don't know what to say really. I thought overall it was good - except for the Chapter That Shall Not Be Named which was appalling and awful and limiting, and if she had to write it, why couldn't she have put in a bit about everyone? And had it be something that was about more than who they marry and have kids with. Bleughhh.

But for me the most astonishing thing was that I didn't think I was invested in these characters that much. But I sighed a lot for Mad-Eye Moody. I sniffed a bit for Hedwig. I cried a little for *Dobby*. Dobby! I don't even like Dobby. And then the wall fell on Fred and that was it. I read the rest of the book in tears. I had to stop reading for a while after the bald description of Remus' death. I *know* it was pretty much inevitable, but I was hoping... But no. And it wasn't even on screen. Just lying there, pointless and cast off and every one of the Maurauders having such sad, wasted lives. Wah.

I had to read the rest of the book with my glasses off, due to excessive steaming up and salt stains. And I just wasn't expecting that, you know?

Impressions:
*Neville! He lived, and he got be heroic - it was fantastic! He and Remus are my two favourite characters, if they had both bought the farm, I would have stabbed something.

*Fred: wah again. Of all the Weasley's, I was really hoping she wasn't going to kill a twin. Percy, or Charlie, or even Bill would have been fine. George so needs the love - however is he going to cope now?

*Harry coming back from the dead: I understand why she did it - kid's book and all that, but it still feels a bit of a cop out. OTOH he got to talk to Dumbledore without Dumbledore coming back from the dead, so that's good, anyway.

*Kreacher being redeemed: that was surprisingly sweet. The thought that 12 Grimmauld Place is going to be a home again under his care was lovely, as was his Charge of the Elf Brigade.

*Draco: I left this one to last because although he's my favourite character, he's my favourite *fandom* character. The Draco we see in the books is not really who Draco is. And this book was no exception. I like that he wasn't actually evil, but I'd have liked him to say something sharp and sarcastic after having his life saved and he didn't get to do that. OTOH he did save Goyle, and ask after Crabbe, even after Crabbe turned against him, which does fit my own personal canon of Draco being as loyal as Harry in his own way. I liked that his wand 'felt friendly' to Harry. But I'm sad that way :)

One of the few things I liked in the last chapter was that nod, on the platform. It's not a lot, but it's more than they've been capable of in the books up to now, and, and... I can work with it. He doesn't have to be redeemed by JKR, I don't need it - she wouldn't do it properly anyway...

(PS: There's lots more, I'm sure - Ron getting his moment of heroics in the woods. Ron and Hermione remembering the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets, Snape being redeemed too, but not in a heroic fashion, in a wasted and useless fashion, just like the Maurauders. Oh, I give up. I keep remembering Remus' lifeless body and his necessary death, just so Harry doesn't have any father figures any more, and in fact also the symbolism of becoming a father to an orphaned godson... Wah.)
 
 
 
The Espresso Addict: snapeespresso_addict on July 22nd, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
Dobby was my first tears. His grave reminded me of the Rohirric burial mounds scene in TTT extended edition, which always makes me tear up.

I was a bit shocked by the size of the death toll, for a children's book, but as my predicted death list was headed by Snape, Lupin and one of the twins at least I wasn't too shocked by who she offed. I agree that Lupin-as-father-surrogate was just doomed...
Valderys: Neville with Trevorvalderys on July 24th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
I agree. I didn't even mention Snape because I had been so sure he was going to buy it. I've seen others bemoaning the fact that he and Harry never got to have a confrontation/goodbye scene, but I don't think I mind too much. Harry would feel guilty, Snape would sneer, because he doesn't want any Potters feeling sorry for him, Harry would get angry, and it would all degenerate from there...

But still... Lupin. Wah. And what was up with him and Tonks. JKR doesn't exactly write the most realistic romances but it felt so forced and fake. Made to breed and die at the author's whim - it seemed so very callous.
my wings are like a shield of steel: lupinberry by app1e_pibuckle_berry on July 22nd, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
i nodded my head all the way through your post. who knew i'd be so upset about dobby, of all people? and remus. *sob*
Valderys: Neville with Trevorvalderys on July 24th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
Wah, again. It's silly, but I'm even welling up a little when I read other people's reaction posts, because it brings it home so much. *sniff* I'm still startled at the investment I obviously committed when I wasn't looking... :)