HP7

No spoilers please � I want to read it myself.

Have you read it yet? What did you think? Is it too early to talk about it without giving stuff away and ruining it for people who haven’t read it yet?

I know there are still about 900 people on the waiting list for a copy from Wake County Public Libraries, but that’s down from over 1200 just before the book came out. It looks like people are reading quickly and returning it so everyone else can have a chance, which is great! Thanks for being such responsible library users, everyone!

My take on the final book in the HP series (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, for everyone who has been living under a rock for the last seven months) is that it is a really, truly fitting end to a great series. Yes, some of the books were better than others, and some of the books were maybe a little bit too long for my liking, but it was exciting for me personally to await the release of each new book along with everyone else. Now we have two more movies to wait for, which is small comfort to those of us who want to see what Harry does next (if he lives through the book series, that is… See? I’m trying not to be a spoiler!).

Incidentally, have you seen the movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? I really liked this one, possibly the best of all the films so far. Yes, even though they had to cut so much stuff out. What I really like about the films is that each one has a different director, so it’s always a slightly different take on cinematography and art direction, etc., but the characters are all the same. It’s cool to see Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson and Rupert Grint growing up with their characters. In the fifth film, I also love that we get to see London from a wizard’s or witch’s point of view, much more than in any of the other movies! Imelda Staunton was perfect as Dolores Umbridge — she made my skin crawl. And what was up with those cat plates on her office wall? Ew. I was still mad as h-e-double-hockey-sticks when Sirius got killed, as mad as I was when I read the book. He was my favorite.

Anyway, I’d like to hear what you think now that we are finally at the end (or, are we? Trying really hard not to spoil…). Love it? Hate it? Wish it had never happened? Want more? Let’s hear from you guys!

~Katy@Cameron Village Library

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2 Responses to HP7

  1. andrea says:

    Like it. I think that the epilogue was unnecessary, just because I’m of the mentality that readers should be able to think beyond the writing. I’m not saying that it wasn’t good–it all still pretty much fit. For a story with such a huge following, I think that Rowling did a beautiful job, especially with the last two chapters. It requires a little abstract thinking, but this only adds to the words’ power. I forgot how different the author’s voice came through the books in watching all the movies come out. There are so many subtle things that poke through the narration that the movies simply cannot capture, just like “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, in the movie of which a narrator was imperative to carry across the drier side of British humor. Back to HP, though–it is amazing. I was not disappointed by any of the plot; I think that every piece of “Deathly Hallows” fits back to the first chapter of “Sorcerer’s Stone”, way back when Harry was just learning of his powers, back to the first letter that slips through the slot of Number Four, Privet Drive.

  2. wakecounty says:

    Andrea, thanks for your comment! Did you go back and re-read the first six books before you delved into #7? There is a lot I have forgotten from the previous books, but I didn’t go back to re-read. After completing The Deathly Hallows, I kind of wish I had gone back! — Katy

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