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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I finished last night! Reaction and spoilers (SPOILERS!!!) beyond!

While I enjoyed it, it was a book with some flaws.

Having recently wrapped up a long-running campaign, I recognise exactly what JKR was doing with the first third and last third of the book - all the favourite NPCs from the series needed a cameo, so that there could be proper closure. I understand *why* she was doing it, but for that to happen in a book... it just feels a little trite. I felt the same way about the end of the Half Blood Prince, too.

As for Tonks and Lupin... I don't see how they added to the story, sorry to say. All the bits with them in it seemed tacked on, and after thought, JKR wanting to make sure that EVERYONE was included and ends tied up. But what about Ted? What about the reaction to their deaths? I have a chilling image of their corpses laying a little away from Fred (or was it George?), the Weasleys grieving for him... and Tonks and Lupin ignored, forgotten, lives lost in vain.

And I may be dumb, but how did the sword of Gryffindor get back inside the sorting hat?

And yes, the nazi card was played a little too heavily.

What I was hoping for was more of a resolution between Harry and Draco. I thought the last book was gearing up for them becoming reluctant allies and eventually friends... but I suppose that was not to be. I was constantly surprised by the displays of love Draco's parents showed, even against their wills. Surprised, and oddly touched by it.

The fanfic writer in me wanted more on the relationship (whatever it was) between Bellatrix and Voldemort.

And I totally KNEW, for the last two books, that there was something between Snape and Lily. My perspective on Snape has always been somewhat nebulous - I was sure that he was too clever to be as simple-minded as Harry saw him... And you know what? The whole tragic, reluctant hero thing, the whole doing everything, EVERYTHING for unrequited love, so deliciously floats my boat that I'm going to have to reread the books and get all hot and bothered.

And Dumbledore is a prat.

I thought that the book became a little too much like a Raymond Chandler novel - every time the action slowed down, Death Eaters broke down the door with wands blazing. Which is perfectly fine, except that by the seventh time or so the reader is a little over it.

The epilogue was... it felt too rushed. It felt like an inexperienced GM wrapping up too hurriedly. It felt like JKR wanted to shut up all the fan fic writers out there. Too many new names flying about with not enough info on any of them. Too many kids!

And again, Draco was not dealt with adequately, in my mind. I've always had a soft spot for Draco, adn I've always felt that he had a deeper story and could be redeemed. I had hoped, I suppose, that the last book would have been about him and Harry, mirroring the story of Snape and James, the two of them setting things right between their families abd saving the world. Oh, well; perhaps I'll write my own seventh book?

The death of Dobby really, REALLY upset me. He was one of the few honestly selfless and good characters in all of the books.

The whole Horcruxii and Hallows thing... again, it felt like a poorly executed plot in a game by an inexperienced GM. There was so little for the heroes to go on, so much floundering, you could almost see three players clustered around the table trying idea after idea, getting increasingly frustrated with the GM for their lack of assistance, all the while the GM not understanding how the players can't see something so OBVIOUS as their pet plot.

Anyway, that's enough for now. I enjoyed it, yes, and I feel it has closed the story, but...

You know what would be great? The same story, the same seven books, told from the perspective of Slytherins. I'm convinced, and have been since reading The Order of the Phoenix, that the whole "Slytherins are all evil" thing is just a complete misunderstanding and a self fulfilling prophecy. If you treat someone as an outcast, if you pick on them and jeer them and tell them that they are trecherous... of course they are going to resent you and lash out. Just like all of the Slytherins in the books. I'd love to see the whole story told with Draco as the main character, and Snape as his mentor, the Dumbledore to his Harry.

I should run that for a game. :)


Jul. 25th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC)
I've now discussed this with Kate as well, and there seems a whole chapter gap that should have been the characters wrapping up, before the epilogue.

They've always been a bit Harry focused, Harry does this, this is how it seems to Harry, this is character X telling Harry he's got it all wrong. So in that way, its consistent that we don't get a proper wrap up for the Weasleys or the Malfoys. Nor does the Lupin/Tonks thing get proper air time, stuff was happening, it just wasn't in Harry Space, so we didn't get to see it.

I think they handled the Dobby death well, though it was a little Tasha Yar.

I liked the Snape bit and all the pieces were in place for ages.

I liked the Harry to the gallows piece, it was well paced and seemed to work well.

I didn't think Nazi and hadn't even considered it until you mentioned it (though Kate says its common in reviews) ... It felt more religion gone mad, "Burn the Heretics" witch trials to me.

Dumbledore has been gradually declining from the greatest wizard ever to mere human for a few books, and this one just continued that journey. I didn't feel any of his bits were surprising or inconsistent.

I thought the Neville forged from the fires of necessity was a nice touch ... but his follow up in the missing wrap up chapter would have rounded it off well.

I think the epilogue was really for setting the scene for the "next generation" ... whether she writes them or the fan fic does.

All in all, I still thought it was the best of the series, but was missing a wrap-up chapter.