Okay, I finished it. ****Spoilers**** will definitely follow so don't read this if you ain't finished. I'ma says who's good, who's bad, who's dead and...moreOkay, I finished it. ****Spoilers**** will definitely follow so don't read this if you ain't finished. I'ma says who's good, who's bad, who's dead and whether the whole damn thing was worth the effort.
Okay, so, Harry's not dead. Harry kills Voldemort just like all the books/prophecies say he has to do all throughout. I was a little disappointed in this. I was expecting it to be less predictable than that.
No major characters die, well, Ron and Hermione and Harry and Neville and Ginny and Luna don't die.
So who does die, you might ask? Dobby dies, and that was pretty sad. Fred dies and George loses an ear. Dark curses are apparently unmendable. Tonks and Lupin die, right after their son is born too, but I didn't feel that strongly about them, so it didn't move me that much.
Most of the whole book is incredibly stressful. It's open war with the death eaters and you expect them to appear and kill someone every second, but I suppose that's partially because of all the rumours that were flying around about how some major character was going to die.
It almost felt implausible how frequently they appeared or even Voldemort himself appeared and tried to kill Harry and Harry escaped again and again.
There was a lot of really interesting back story about Dumbledore and an evil Wizard he dueled in 1945 called Grindelwald. Throughout the book Harry is in doubt about whether Dumbledore is really good or not (he is), and yes, Dumbledore gets to talk to to Harry quite a bit. This is possible through his portrait and also, when Harry is nearly dead and goes to the light, so to speak, and hangs out with Dumbledore and then has to go back to being alive and keep fighting.
Dumbledore also has a brother Aberforth, who is alive and ends up helping them a lot.
So what of Snape? He is made to look evil throughout, but at the end you find that he has helped Harry all along, so I guess he's not. Snape dies. I still didn't care because I thought he was evil and he did so many evil things in the course of the series. I never liked Snape. I know lots of people do, so perhaps that's the death of the major character. You can see I practically forgot it when I was totting up the deaths.
On the whole it was like all of them: heavily plot driven. You have to keep reading to find out wht happens. It's exciting, dangerous, interesting, but not brilliant otherwise. We're always complaining that her writing isn't that great and Narnia it ain't. Now I get to see what everyone else says.
PS. I did like the whole 'deathly hallows' thing. The Deathly Hallows were a legend about a very powerful wand, a resurrection stone and an invisibilty cloak that would give the owner power over death. Harry has the cloak, but Dumbledore had the wand and the stone. Eventually Harry gets them all.(less)
I really loved this book when I was coming out in the early 80s. I think it was because Stephen was butchish and she didn't try to be anything other t...moreI really loved this book when I was coming out in the early 80s. I think it was because Stephen was butchish and she didn't try to be anything other than what she was. She braved all the hatred of society at a time when it was pretty much unheard of to be gay. I felt the same way about "Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold," the book with the oral testimony of the pre-Stonewall community of dykes in Buffalo. If they hadn't come out, it probably would have been harder for all of us later. Admittedly Stephen isn't happy, but she is brave and she's a hero to me, as if Radclyffe Hall.(less)
Melicious describes the beginning of the current Flat Track Roller Derby craze in Austin, Texas, and how she herself became a rollergirl. The great Au...moreMelicious describes the beginning of the current Flat Track Roller Derby craze in Austin, Texas, and how she herself became a rollergirl. The great Austin roller derby schism resulted in there being two leagues: the Texas Roller Girls and the Texas Roller Derby Lonestar Roller Girls (which soon became a banked track league). Goes into the politics and cat-fighting, the development of the athletic side of the sport, the popularity and amazing growth of it across the nation over the course of a few short years. Ends with how the Texas Texecutioners won the 2006 Dust Devil. Great read!(less)