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Chris’s review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
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Sep 16, 2008 10:42PM
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Dec 11, 2009 10:07AM
I liked you review a lot, I pretty much agree with everything. I too found the camping part a little dragging along and the bloodbath was a bit too much!! Anyway you say
"I'm not sure what the purpose of it was, other than to humanize Dumbledore and to give us a lead-in to the Deathly Hallows"
and I have an explanation (just my opinion, of course): I think that the entire part of Dumbledore's youth and Harry's reactions to it was quite autobiographical. When a person you really love and consider as a guide dies, the first instinct is to idolize that person and you feel like you missed a lot and want to know everything you didn't have the time to ask, you even feel guilty about it. Then comes the phase when you start discovering little bits of his/her life you didn't know and all his/her little (or big) faults become too clear, and you feel angry and betrayed. In the end you have to cope with the fact that he/she was only human after all and reconcile yourself with that idea and at the same time you have to "get used" (for lack of a better word)to the loss. Maybe I'm biased by the fact that I underwent a similar situation a couple of years ago, but I know JK Rowling suffered the death of her mother at a young age and I think this adds a lot to the series. The theme of loss and how to get over it is actually one of the reasons why I loved these books.
P.S. I loved your other HP reviews, they're crazy but in an irresistibly funny way. Can't make up my mind on which one I like best, but probably it's the Freudian one. So mad!
Dec 11, 2009 03:45PM
Alessia wrote: "I liked you review a lot, I pretty much agree with everything. I too found the camping part a little dragging along and the bloodbath was a it too much!! ....
Glad you liked the reviews! There were a few people who didn't quite get the sarcasm and I was beginning to have my doubts about the Internet. *grin*
I think you have a good point regarding the purpose of the Dumbledore scenes. Having not gone through such an experience myself yet, I suppose I wasn't able to connect quite as immediately as other readers might. I suspect those scenes will gain a lot for me in the future....
Dec 26, 2011 01:06AM
And then Grawp ate her.
You are amazing. Loved the Harry Potter reviews.
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