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17 July 2005 @ 09:46 am
Harry Potter - book 6  
I finished it last night.

OMG, it was SO GOOD.
Some random thoughts/observations etc (these are very scattered, I am still trying to get my head around it all).

x. DUMBLEDORE??? What the--- ohmy. I cried. I didn't cry when Sirius ("Serious" Black ;) - loved that first chaper!) died, but I was devasted that Dumbledore was killed! And by --
x. SNAPE !! Dumbledore trusted Snape SO MUCH. Constantly defended his actions, convinced that he had renounced his evil ways for good. Oh. That second chapter, about Narcissa & Bellatrix & the Unbreakable Vow sent shivers down my spine. It still haunts me.
x. I am reading theories that Snape was acting on Dumbledore's wishes, that Dumbledore wanted him to kill him in keeping with the act of being Voldemort's most loyal confidant... but oh, while they are good, I just can't quite believe them. Maybe I need some time for them to sink in though.
x. And when Harry had to keep pouring that potion into Dumbledore's mouth... oh :(

x. Weren't we meant to find out why Harry having Lily's eyes was so important though? I'm so sure that was going to be in book 6, looks like it will be book 7. Never mind :) [edit: upon checking the MuggleNet website, the 'facts' are for books 6 AND 7.]
x. Snape - the Half Blood Prince. Interesting. Like most people, I never thought of him as a possiblity -- I always thought the HBP would be a "good" character, as such.
x. Horcruxes - love the idea. JK Rowling's imagination never fails to amaze me.
x. Draco - didn't really surprise me at all that he had turned so deeply over to the dark side/becoming a pawn in Voldemort's plan - it's only natural, considering both his parents are Death Eaters (I think? Was Narcissa a Death Eater? Her sister was....) and especially after his father was placed in jail.
x. R.A.B. --- ohhhh, I can't wait for Book 7 (I really like the theories that are emerging that it is Regulas (sp?) Black - Sirius's brother who became a Death Eater but then tried to turn back -- to me it's like a piece of Sirius will return in some form).
x. Speaking of book 7, I think I like the idea that Harry (&co) won't be returning to Hogwarts (as far as we know) -- I like the idea of the story not being hindered by classes & homework & Hermoine telling the boys off for not studying more ;) Not to mention that with Dumbledore gone... as plathsrevenge says, it wouldn't be Hogwarts without him.
x. I think it really highlights how huge a task this is for Harry... it is about life or death now.

x. The relationships -- well, all the fanfic shippers are going to have a field day with this, I'm sure! I am happy that Harry & Ginny finally got together (although sad they broke up at the end, although I can completely understand why Harry did it - he always had the feeling he was going to be alone - a marked man - and to have a relationship was just too dangerous for the other person - something he has always stood firmly against from book 1 (ie, warning Ron & Hermoine not to put themselves in danger, facing Quirrell alone in The Philosopher's Stone.
x. Hermione & Ron - I thought their jealously at each other's relationships/partnerships was cute ;) There's always been underlying jealousy there, right from what, book 2? - it's only natural that in Book 7 they finally admit they have feelings for each other... well, that's my opinion anyway.

Oh, I have so many more thoughts swirling in my head right now, but I am struggling to write them in a logical format (as you can probably tell), so I think I might write more later about it... but goodness, this book was so wonderful, and I am desperately longing for #7!!!

(ugh... this entry was horribly written. apologies.)

signora oriente: sun will still shine ; ronplathsrevenge on July 17th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)
oh, that potion bit was heartwrenching. i'd forgotten about it from the shock of dumbledore's death. it makes it so much worse, looking back. harry telling him it would make him feel better when it made it worse. it was a strange position, for harry to be like the authority for those few minutes. the whole thing makes me feel ridiculously sad just now.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on July 17th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
oh I know! I think that was the bit I found the hardest to read... seeing Dumbledore suffering and crying out "I can't, don't make me" and Harry having to say, "yes, you have to, you must, it's nearly done..."

And the fact the Horcrux wasn't even at the bottom of it was even more devastating after seeing how Dumbledore had suffered so for it :(
Aubreystormvibrations on July 17th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
I just finished too; damn, Snape threw me for a loop! The book just seemed so strange to me; it was good, but strange.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on July 17th, 2005 02:43 am (UTC)
I agree. It definitely had a strange feel about it.
I like some of the theories floating around that there's more to Snape than what we've seen... but oh, so hard to believe :(
Aubreystormvibrations on July 17th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
I'd be so happy to find out this was a plan set up between Dumbledore and Snape beforehand; I love Snape's character and hate thinking he really is on the Dark Side :(.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on July 17th, 2005 03:24 am (UTC)
aww :(
I never really liked Snape BUT I don't like thinking that Dumbledore's trust in him was really so misguided :( I want Snape to be cleared so as to let Dumbledore rest in peace!
d-elicatehandsdown on July 17th, 2005 06:20 am (UTC)
That evil fucking jerk in the HP communities did post a true spoiler. I so hoped it was wrong, I'm actually really angry because it took away from the book for me. I wish I had a wand right now!
winterswitchery on July 17th, 2005 07:05 am (UTC)
My heart sank as soon as I opened the book last night and caught "The Phoenix's Lament" on the chapter list. "Oh no" I thought, "Not Dumbledore.." So as un surprised as I ended up being, I still cried..and I am still a little teary.
Full-Pronged Fury!!!!: Nallangerfork on July 17th, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC)
Powerful book...I'm still reeling over the ending.

Book 7 is totally not going to be the same...
Effortlessly Controversialmoonborn on July 18th, 2005 11:12 am (UTC)
Didn't you notice that snape kept deflecting harry's curses, and didn't hit him back? AND he stopped the others from killing him!
If he's really turned, it's unwillingly.

Mind you, no wonder she didn't want to leak any spoilers!
miss fae to you.soakedinstars on July 18th, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC)
OMGDFSDFJK omg i haven't finished it yet, I'm only on page 200, but i couldn't help but to click and OMG and i wish i didn't. :P i only saw the first thing.. but i'm convincing myself I didn't!! i can't believe you are done already. (: