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Things I liked about Book 7

Obviously, this also contains spoilers, so I'm putting it behind an LJ cut.

Things I liked:
  • Hermione's character development was possibly the best thing about this book for me. In previous books, I've found Hermione to be okay, if occasionally annoying. In this book, however, she is, as my co-worker would say, a grown-ass woman. I nominate her for this year's Melanie Wilkes award for getting her stuff and everyone else's together in a totally selfless manner. I was impressed with her preparation, and with her kindness in making sure that if the worst happened, her parents and others would suffer as little collateral damage as possible. She was mature, heroic, and noble, and I found the speech where she breaks things down for Harry quite admirable. Also, I totally want her purse.

  • Kreacher. In a way, this part contrasted Sirius and Dumbledore for me. Because of Albus' own past mistakes, he was far more willing to give others opportunities for redemption. Sirius, on the other hand, had written off the whole of his family and anyone associated with them as bad news. I can't really blame Sirius, in a way: he probably suffered a lot of having to prove himself in Gryffindor when he was there, given all the Slytherin baggage. However, because of his understandable self-preservation method in refusing to entertain the idea that anything Slytherin could be other than evil, he wrote Kreacher off entirely, which only exacerbated things. I really liked this character's transformation.

  • McGonagall for the win. Love her. I only hope that Dame Maggie Smith lives long enough to see this role to fruition, because it would be disastrous to lose these scenes or have them played by someone else.

  • The Snape/shampoo line. Hee. :) Although you'd think that a Potions master could come up with something suitable that would leave his hair conditioned but not limp.

  • I'm also getting a bit of amusement out of Albus Severus Potter. Anybody else notice the initials? Yep: ASP: a type of snake. Maybe he'll be the first Potter to go Slytherin, as part of making the houses a little less divided at Hogwarts.

  • I did like her bringing in the Snitch. Like it or not, Quidditch has been an ongoing part of the books, and I thought it was nice for her to work in something that had been important to Harry even in a book where clearly no Quidditch match could take place.

  • Neville and the sword of Gryffindor coming out of the Sorting Hat made me happy.

  • There was a lot of gratuitous death in this book, but I'm glad that Hagrid lived. I thought he was one of the characters most likely to die, and it seems that my hunch was right there -- he's supposedly the one that got the reprieve that JK mentioned.

  • I'll admit it: I know some found Luna's bedroom a bit creepy, but I was touched by the "friends" bit. Poor little girl. I think it's okay if you did find it creepy: she's a little eerie, but her heart is in the right place. Like Sirius, she's a little cracked in the head, but she means well and she's wholly loyal.

  • Having more Bellatrix was good. Just enough for salt.

  • I liked reuniting Percy. I feared she might've overlooked him with all that had to go into the last book. Dudley's bit, too, was nice. I was pleased that she tied off the Ollivander plotline.

Although I know this is supposed to be a "good things" post, I do have to mention that Rowling's handling of Fred's death absolutely sucked. Even if they somehow got separated in the battle, George seriously deserved some time there for his twin. And since she bothered with that wisp of an epilogue she excreted, she could've at least mentioned Hugo and Rose's little cousin, Fred, because George would've likely named a son after his lost brother. :(

So. Much. Left. Out. Grr.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 23rd, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
Yay another person I can discuss this book with! (Hubby's only halfway through)

I was telling my husband too that I NEED that beaded purse :D hee hee

So many things made me chuckle in this book... I can't remember them all now though. I know Kreacher was continually funny once he transformed.

I was confused... weren't only 2 important characters supposed to die? Which 2? So many people died, I've been going over the list in my head again and again..

I loved Luna. She's a little odd, but seriously, I don't think she's insane.

Ok.. more later :)
Jul. 23rd, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
I seem to recall that she said she killed off two more people that she'd intended to kill, and I'm assuming (it's a guess on my part) that she was referring to Lupin and Tonks.

I tend think of Luna as moon-touched (and given her name, perhaps JK feels that way, too). Kind of one foot in this world, one foot in the ethereal. Not nuts, but a bit touched in the head in such a way that she sees things differently than most people. She's a sweet, strong, young person, and I like her character a lot.

Speaking of nuts, I will totally be using the "nutty as squirrel poo" line in the future. :)
Jul. 24th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
I really expected Harry to go back and grab the stone afterwards, and with the wand and the cloak and go around healing everyone that died. (perhaps that will be the hollywood happy ending?) I am still wondering about how Dumbledor died. I remember thinking he couldn't really be dead because the curse Snape used was supposed to kill the person so horribly that even their corpse looked like they were tortured and in pain, yet Albus was serene and smiling in his grave. Clearly, he didn't die horribly!

I also noticed the lack of 'names' in the epilogue! I know Harry lost his parents and admired Dumbledor enough to name a kid after him but Ginny is his wife and surely she would have demanded at least ONE of her kids carry on one of HER family names! Og course, she has a lot more siblings to use the names! And "Scorpious?" Doesn't JKR watch any science fiction? That name has been done to death! I expected him to be in a creepy black leather cooling suit! All the same, the polite nod and look away from Draco made me laugh a little. It gave everything that had happened up until then a funny "Well, that was high school...it seemed so important then but looking back, we we were all jut stupid kids" feeling. It's probably what James and Lily would have done to Snape and his kids on the platform had things gone more normally!

I loved the bag too! It reminded me of "that thing your aunt gave you that you but you don't know what it is" from the old hitchhikers guide game!
Sep. 4th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
I hope it's okay to write here and I apologize in advance if not.
I'd like to ask you if I could use your Snape - loreal icon. fully credited of course.
Sep. 5th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
Oh, you certainly may, especially as it isn't mine! I'd credit the author, except I've never known who made it.
Sep. 5th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
thanks.. :D I saved that icon a long time ago, didn't know where I got it from and wanted to use it now.. so I googled it and got to you LJ :) browsed through you icons.. you've got some darn good ones ;-)
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