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Chapter 26 - Gringotts

Okay, who else wondered if the man with the bloody bandage over his eye was really Moody at first? 

Harry using Imperio was... interesting. Some people are pretty bothered by Harry using Unforgivables, but in this case, at least, I think it was needed.

The poor dragon! I'm so glad that it was able to find freedom after helping our trio. 

Chapter 27 - The
Final Hiding Place

The line that make me realize the last battle was quickly approaching... "Voldemort would know, at last, that they were hunting Horcruxes..."

And, okay, I was wrong about Voldemort's old trophy, which I thought made a rather fetching theory, but there was a Horcrux in Hogwarts. I felt that very strongly, but like with Harry, most people didn't seem to believe me. But it seemed too perfect. I mean, Hogwarts was Voldemort's only home. His, Harry's, and Snape's, just as what is said later. Black, white and, grey. ...hm. That would be a good title for something.

Chapter 28 - The Missing Mirror

Horribly sad, the Dumbledores' true story. And both of them had kept it inside for so long. Again, tears running down my cheeks... a smile, finally, as Neville appears. 

Chapter 29 - The Lost Diadem

Haha. A couple more people coming... Sorry can't help but laugh at that the second time around.

I am so incredibly proud of Neville. Aren't you? And my heart went soaring when everyone starts coming through the tunnel. The first part of the battle was exciting and heart warming. Everyone fighting together... it almost makes me feel strong. Even for just a moment. And I guess, in the end, that's what Harry Potter has been about for me. Maybe that's why it's taken over. Why so many people love it. Alongside of the great writing and wonderful characters was something else. Something that puts a bit of Gryffindor, a bit of Harry, into anyone who's willing to accept it. So that even a normally meek little Hufflepuff who dropped out of school because she gets sick around people can feel that courage, the protection, the love. Love that Jo Rowling has put in there for us and her world.

Chapter 30 - The Sacking of Severus Snape

One of my favorite lines," "Oh, look," whispered Luna happily, as the Ravenclaws crowded in around Alecto. "They're pleased!" "

The Crucio was rather surprising, but as Jo said, Harry isn't perfect. He does get angry. But he still goes out of the way to save people, even ones he does not like, for example, Draco. I think some people are overreacting to it. He does it once, in an intense moment... for McGonagall.
I can forgive him.

And suddenly, everyone is moving... working together to protect their home. Teachers and students alike. And Percy came back! That was great.

Chapter 31 - The
Battle of Hogwarts

For a small side story, I liked the Ravenclaw Diadem story quite a bit. (Probably because it included painful love...)

Ron speaking Parseltongue was... weird. But I guess it gave Ron a moment of glory. 

And after finally coming to love them together during this book, Ron and Hermione kiss. :) I can only imagine what people who have loved them together for years must have felt. HeH. 

"But Tonks had run off into the dust after Aberforth." :( Poor Tonks and Lupin.

I had to read the part about Fred a few times over before it really registered, I remember. So much was happening at once. So much hope in that first part of the battle. And then, suddenly, here was the turning point. Excitement turned into sickness... and sadness.

Chapter 32 - The Elder Wand

The second part of the battle now... with a sickening feeling in the stomach, we press on. Still at least, glimmers of hope in the air. Trelawney's crystal balls! 

But Severus... to the very end trying to get to Harry. To finish the mission Dumbledore had given him.

Chapter 33 - The Prince's Tale


I don't even know where to begin except... I adored this chapter. I had thought, yes, like many others that Severus Snape was still working for Dumbledore. Even that he might have had feelings for Lily. But this...

This made me love Severus Snape.

"After all this time?" 

"Always," said Snape.

And that's all I'll say, this chapter speaks for itself. And I can't help but be taken in by tears even my fourth time reading it.

Chapter 34 - The
Forest Again

I knew Harry would live, but this chapter was painful again anyway. Lovely pain. There they were Harry's loved ones... not as memories or visions in a mirror. They were really with him. Proud but hurting for him too. It's absolutely heartbreaking.

Chapter 35 - King's Cross

Dumbledore. Harry lives. Wonderful quotes.

That's all I can say.

Chapter 36 - The Flaw in the Plan

I loved that Harry called him Tom. That everything he said had confidence. I was surprised that he shouted for all to hear that Severus loved his mother. And I adored that after everything it came down to the same two spells... and Voldemort was defeated by Expelliamus. Perfect.

Epilogue - Nineteen Years Later

I'll start by saying to read this.

And now, I will say that I loved the epilogue. I loved the names, especially Albus Severus because it shows how much Harry has grown. That despite all the bad things Severus Snape did to him, Harry values the good he did more. That is so wonderful.

No, we didn't find out every little detail that we'd like to. But guess what? Jo Rowling has proven more than happy to answer questions. She's already given a chat. And we may eventually get an encyclopedia.

And if you truly hated the ending... guess what? There's still fanfiction. I plan to read and write it until the day I die.

But truly, I don't care what anyone else says, I loved the epilogue. And I'm tired of hearing only what epilogue haters have to say. They have a right to their opinions, of course... but I feel like I'm being smothered by the dislike... and I just don't understand. So, I'll put myself out there, I loved the epilogue. Tear me down for it if you want.

Closing

So, in closing, this is my favorite book. I loved it very much. But I'm scared now. I'm scared to read anything else, to go into another world. Scared that I'll come back to find it's all gone. As I said when I first finished... Harry Potter has been with me since 1999, and he has been my best friend through everything. And perhaps that sounds silly and pathetic, but I don't care. I mean every word. Harry not only inspired me to read, but also to write, now one of my most cherished dreams. And now it feels like I've lost my best friend. And while he survived, I'll only see him in memories. And that is a very painful thing.

 
Previous Overviews: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Comments

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catherine_clare
Aug. 31st, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
I love you.

Something that puts a bit of Gryffindor, a bit of Harry, into anyone who's willing to accept it.
Oh my, that's exactly it. I cried reading your review, because your thoughts were so much like mine. I haven't felt that for such a long time. I haven't met someone like that in ages. I love Harry so much, it's good to see at least someone else likes it the same way. I loved the epilogue, I loved everything about this book except the fact that it was the last one. Ever.

So, in closing, this is my favorite book. I loved it very much. But I'm scared now. I'm scared to read anything else, to go into another world. Scared that I'll come back to find it's all gone. As I said when I first finished... Harry Potter has been with me since 1999, and he has been my best friend through everything. And perhaps that sounds silly and pathetic, but I don't care. I mean every word. Harry not only inspired me to read, but also to write, now one of my most cherished dreams. And now it feels like I've lost my best friend. And while he survived, I'll only see him in memories. And that is a very painful thing.

Hear hear, fellow member of Jo's Army :) ( And I entered Harry's world in 1999, too :) ).

I admire your courage, I can't even write about the book without crying.

fireflys_locket
Aug. 31st, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much. I'm so glad I'm not the only person who feels this way. It seems like everywhere I look someone is complaining about the book, and it makes me so upset. And I feel exactly the same, I loved everything about the book except that it was the last one.

And I was crying through most of writing of this last part. I just knew I had to do it. I had to write it partly for myself and partly for the other people that love the book.
travelinjen
Aug. 31st, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you for pointing out the "After all this time?" "Always." It's one of those Oh-my-god-how-romantic-can-it-get moments. And it's in only five words...that's writing!

Sigh...
fireflys_locket
Aug. 31st, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
I know! I love that.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 31st, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
I think it was needed too. Harry's a big boy. This is war. Certain things are just necessary.

Poor Dragon! Phht. You're so cute.

People didn't think a Horcrux was in Hogwarts? That's silly. That was so obvious, wasn't it? I mean he even wanted to teach there, spend his life there.
That it was the crown, something we'd seen before.... did she plan that? Man.

Poor Dumbledore. Aaah. :'(

"And my heart went soaring when everyone starts coming through the tunnel. The first part of the battle was exciting and heart warming. Everyone fighting together... it almost makes me feel strong. Even for just a moment. And I guess, in the end, that's what Harry Potter has been about for me. Maybe that's why it's taken over. Why so many people love it. Alongside of the great writing and wonderful characters was something else. Something that puts a bit of Gryffindor, a bit of Harry, into anyone who's willing to accept it. So that even a normally meek little Hufflepuff who dropped out of school because she gets sick around people can feel that courage, the protection, the love. Love that Jo Rowling has put in there for us and her world."

yes.

I can forgive him, too. Harry's been through so much. It almost seemed to me like...he had to do something like that. Otherwise he was too good, too noble. Yuck.

I'm not a big fan of Percy. But I'm glad for Molly that he came home.

Ron spoke parseltongue?

I was not a Ron/Hermione shipper for the first few books. But when it came to the Ball, and we realized how jealous Ron was...ah. Love Ron and Hermione.

Tonks and Lupin had to die, because Lupin belonged with the Marauders. Scratch that, Tonks could've lived. And taken care of Teddy.

<3 Snape.

I didn't know he would live. God.

See, I thought Harry was in Limbo. And yeah....that chapter confused me so badly. I need to re-read the book!

I love the name too. Along with growth, it shows forgiveness. And that's...that's big.

I LOVE the epilogue. I think it's beyond perfect. I'm sick of complainers being upset that things didn't go their way. It's Jo's book! Man.
<3 the epilogue.
karma_in_a_box
Sep. 15th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
I really respect your opinions on this book. I tend to read a book once and then put it away for a while (maybe I'll read it again, I've read all of the books except 6 and 7 multiple times!), so I can't really remember every single aspect of the book and the best lines and whatnot, but I do have some of my own insight on the story.

Looking objectively I think the deaths were a problem. We all expected them but they went by so fast. I didn't even realize Lupin and Tonks were gone until near the end of the book! Also, am I the only one who thinks Fred's death was the most heartbreaking? Fred and George were the most hilarious endearing two people in the entire series, they were like The Blues Brothers or something. And to see their relationship be cut short like that was so upsetting, even moreso than Dobby. If there ever is some continuation of the series, it won't be nearly as funny without the terrible twins.

There has been a lot of explaining about Snape which really helped my outlook. I think for the first three books I basically viewed him as a jerk, but as he became more important in the fourth and fifth I began to warm up to him...a little. The sixth book kind of confused me as to whether he was an ally or not, and the seventh book finally showed me he does not have the emotional capacity of a brick. Hurray for ulterior motives!

I think the best line in the entire book is probably also the weirdest. When Harry is kind of inside his own mind talking to Dumbledore and asks whether this conversation is in his head, Dumbledore says, "Of course it's in your head. But that does not mean it's not real." or something to that extent. That was probably one of the weirdest but most poetic ways to put it, and made me like Dumbledore a hell of a lot more. It also made the book make more sense somehow.

I won't even discuss the epilogue because there has been too much said about it already.

Overall I believe this was a very good book. Not the best in the series, but definitely one of the best. Who thought an epic fantasy could be so emotionally compelling?
fireflys_locket
Sep. 16th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
Thank you. That's very nice of you to say.

I've heard many people say that about Fred... so you're not the only one. I felt sad, certainly, but I couldn't say that one was the most powerful for me. But I understand. To rip the twins apart... it seems cruel. But that's what war is like.

Oh, yes. That is a great line. Certainly one of the best. Weird lines are usually some of the best, I think.
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