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message 1: by Kathryn (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:43AM) (new)

Yes, absolutely, Snape and his years of secret devotion to Lily and his sacrifice to Dumbledore - SO FREAKING TRAGIC! Just the quiet interchange when he shows Dumbledore his patronus and Dumbledore says "Still?" and Snape says "Always..." broke my heart. But I was even more disturbed by the offhanded way in which Lupin and Tonks were disposed of...Lupin is another of my favorite characters and we didn't even get to see his final stand. None of this wrecks the book for me, though; it's still amazing.

message 2: by pinkgal (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:45AM) (new)

pinkgal That was one of the things that threw me off too; Lupin and Tonks had seemed like such favorite characters (I'm fairly sure Rowling must have known that they were incredibly popular) and to have them die with Harry glancing over the hallways. It was... anticlimatic, to say the least. But sometimes I think that actually worked. There was a battle going on, it was the brink of who was going to live and who was going to die. I kept thinking that maybe that was what it was supposed to be about? And that not everyone gets a grand death scene?

message 3: by Tracey (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:13PM) (new)

Tracey i'm currently re-reading Deathly Hallows, and "The Prince's Tale" is the one chapter that i keep going back to. i had a suspicion that Snape liked Lily (from "Snape's Worst Memory" in an earlier book), but i was blown away by the depth of his devotion, and by the real reason why the incident after the OWLs was his worst's where he lost all possibility of being with his greatest love. there's something very *deep* about the way this chapter was written, and i think it easily goes down as the best chapter in the book.

while i didn't feel that DH had the same easy flow as some of the earlier books (SS and OP in particular), i definitely enjoyed the book. i'm not looking forward to returning my copy to the library...but the waiting list is a mile long, so i can't be greedy...

message 4: by Ginger (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:20PM) (new)

Ginger Bowling pinkgal-
you are so right on about snape. i kept arguing with my son that snape was "good" b/c dumbledore trusted him. i too was heartbroken to see the tale unfold, and to see his patronus was that of tragic and how beautiful :0)

message 5: by Jarrad (new)

Jarrad Finally read it.
There were times when the story felt lost, but I can see that was intended. "The Prince's Tale" chapter and the chapter just after it, were worth reading the whole series for. I had to put the book down for about 30 minutes and just absorb life before I could continue.

message 6: by Ashley (new)

Ashley you know what threw me off the most? Is when serious died...I felt harry's pain. In a time when he needed the support and love of a godfather, he was tragically let down. I kinda saw it coming for Dumbledore, but serious??? seriously?? & snape?? I hated and loved him to death at the same time. I really couldn't stand to see him go. It kills me! JkR did such a beautiful job at creating each character. I envy her talent!

message 7: by Emmarr (new)

Emmarr I completely agree! It was such an amazing book, and I hope the films don't ruin it.
I think the only bit that annoyed me was when Ron faked parsletongue to get into the chamber of secrets cos in CoS it was all 'only the heir can get in' and all that.

message 8: by Verenice (new)

Verenice Just want to point out that the third book was actually released in September of 1999 (or July of 1999 for the UK).

message 9: by Susan (new)

Susan Let me just say I love the Harry potter series and all 7 books that come with it but come on the review was a bit on the dramatic side.

message 10: by Clare (new)

Clare Oh, very great reflection! As a somewhat insane Snape fan myself, I fell to pieces during the Deathly Hallows. When he died, I was very VERY tempted to throw the book across the room. I am very disappointed, though, that Snape barely got any time during the middle chapters, besides a mention that he became Headmaster.

I liked Snape so much because he was so horrible to Harry. Most of the other characters were undeniably cardboard, including Ron, whose only fault is an understandable lack of magical capability; Hermione, who could be a Mary Sue if for her arrogance; Harry, who is seen as the little malnourished boy with a great destiny; Dumbledore, who is mysterious but very loving. They have almost no character flaws. Snape, on the other hand...he instantly appealed to me because while dark, cold, and bat-like, he's the most human character in the books. He gets mad at Harry. He says hurtful things for no reason at all. He even always manages to put himself in a bad light in every single year. But above all - he's human, we'd be hypocrites to blame him. So GO SEVERUS!


message 11: by Judy (new)

Judy Basmaji damn it you got me crying again! I LOVE YOU SEVERUS SNAPE, FOREVER AND ALWAYS <3

message 12: by Christine (new)

Christine Ranoco i love bellatrix lastrange even if she's crazy she's cool!!!!!!!!!!!!

message 13: by Ciara (last edited Jul 14, 2011 07:23AM) (new)

Ciara I agree. I cant believe that the Harry Potters are over. :( And the final movie is being released too!)
I couldnt believe it when Snape died! I will also miss Dobby, Dumbeldore,Sirius, Fred, Hedwig, Tonks, Lupin, Madeye and (lol) Georges ear!
I was also shocked to see that Molly Weasly battled Bellatrix! GO MOLLY! I think that Bellatrix is cool too. Im so sad that Harry Potter is ending! I love HP 4ever!!!

message 14: by Raichu33 (new)

Raichu33 Love Luna love good!

The Optimistic Writer I totally agree!

message 16: by Juliette (new)

Juliette I wasent born when the 3rd book came out but I was born just when the first movie came out.

(2001 Rocks)

message 17: by Amrin (new)

Amrin Tasnim I cried even by reading ur review..

message 18: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte Winnen I love your review!

message 19: by Isabelle Kaiser (new)

Isabelle Kaiser Pottermania is a website for the really big fans.

message 20: by Erin (new)

Erin Absolutely loved your review. I was 20 years old when I finally read all the Harry Potter books from beginning to end (#7 had just been released). They are my favorite books of all time! Your review made me tear up! *heads off to re-read Deathly Hallows*

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