Chapter 9 - A Place to Hide
Hermione's handbag = awesome. Everyone agree?
This book was so strange... so foreign from the rest of the books, in a good way. I think it's this chapter that we start to see that. I mean, we always have a bit of an adventure before heading to Hogwarts. This time, of course, our real journey starts here. But it's a completely different journey. I wonder... what would it be like reading the 6th book for the first time if we knew it would be the last time we got to experience Hogwarts as a school? Ah, but anyways...
Chapter 10 - Kreacher's Tale
I've never been the biggest fan of Ron/Hermione. Now, don't get me wrong; I didn't dislike them together either. I figured after the 4th book that they would get together, and I was fine with it. But it just didn't give me that spark I get from my loved pairings. Not until this book. At the end of Half Blood Prince (when Ron holds Hermione during Dumbledore's funeral), and the first paragraph of this chapter gave me a sad smile. And by the end of this book, I've come to like them together very much. But we'll get to more of that later.
Kreacher's story was so sad. We all thought we knew what had happened, and we were mostly right, but... Regulus drank the potion. He saved Kreacher! And he drank the potion instead. :( So sad. It makes you think a lot more of Regulus, yes? And Kreacher too.
Chapter 11 - The Bribe
I suppose this book shows a lot of changes of opinion for characters. Albus Dumbledore, Kreacher and Regulus, Percy, and, of course,
Snape Severus♥! As we see here, it's very possible that even Scrimgeour may have been killed protecting Harry.
I felt awful for Remus, but I think Harry did exactly what James would have wanted. I could be off, but the letter from Lily to Sirius implied that he had been off on a mission during Harry's birthday. Yet it seems James was not, and perhaps had not, been doing missions for awhile. Again, I could be wrong, but it seems James was staying home with Harry. And that's as it should be. Harry wasn't exactly nice about it, but maybe, it was what Remus needed.
Umbridge... Umbridge!! I never would have guessed she'd have that large of a role. And as demented as she was in the past... wow, it was just shocking.
Chapter 12 - Magic is Might
Random obsessive fan-ness part 1: Anyone else notice that Kreacher said Harry was partial to treacle tart... which is, I believe, something he smells in Amortentia? ^_^ Just a cute little thing.
Another one of the very gruesome, but much more subtle images in the book was of the Ministry of Magic statues. Just so... I can't even describe it.
Chapter 13 – The Muggle-Born Registration Commission
Isn’t it weird that Harry’s hand scars tingle on mention or thought of Umbridge? I thought that rather cool, myself.
Harry’s chosen polyjuice victim ending up being a stroke of luck in the end. It seems to me that they got a death eater. After all, Yaxley was working there then, as well.
Chapter 14 – The Thief
Ron! :( And Hermione’s hand were shaking too hard to open the bottle.
As we go into the long camping arc of the book… doesn’t it seem so much more complicated then you would have thought? All the protection spells and such? Either way, it did to me.
Chapter 15 – The Goblin’s Revenge
Despite them almost being caught, I’m glad Harry took the eye. I love that Harry’s such a caring person. And Hermione was worrying about paying the farmers for the eggs and bread when they’re out saving the world. ♥ It’s so wonderful and sweet.
My heart swelled when I read about Ginny, Neville, and Luna going after the sword. And Severus sent them with Hagrid! ^_^ This helped renew the faith in him that had been slipping only very slightly with more than ten chapters with nothing to doubt his death eater allegiance.
I was shocked that Ron left. And I wonder why the locket seemed to affect Ron the most. Any ideas?
Chapter 16 – Godric’s Hollow
Poor Hermione. And see, this is how messed up I am… When do I start liking Ron/Hermione? Answer: When their love is less angry, annoying fights and instead is tormented crying, the scene with Ron destroying the locket, and when Bellatrix is torturing Hermione. Yes, it’s in the book where these things happen that I start to like it. I like painful love. I know that all too well. Why? Well, because that’s the only love I’ve ever experienced.
Speaking of painful love, Harry staring at Ginny’s name on the map! :( How wonderfully sad. Jo, you totally made up for my slight disappointment of the romance in book 6 with this one! I must pull a line out here: “… after awhile Harry found himself taking it out simply to stare at Ginny’s name in the girl’s dormitory, wondering whether the intensity with which he gazed at it might break into her sleep, that she would somehow know he was thinking about her, hoping that she was all right.” ♥
Dear me, consider this fair warning any future readers of mine. I adore painful love like this. I really, really do.
Chapter 17 – Bathilda’s Secret
And gruesome image number 3… need I even make mention? *Shivers*
One of the things I was most shocked about… probably since Harry was expelled in Order of the Phoenix, was Harry’s wand breaking. And only half way through the book! Harry went through half the book without his wand! It just seemed so strange. I’m glad he fixed it in the end.
Chapter 18 – The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore
I don’t know about you, but this chapter only made me love Albus Dumbledore more, the fact that he wasn’t perfect. I was sure there was more to it, as well. But Harry, poor, Harry.