What book, you say? If you have to ask, you clearly haven’t been paying attention. My thoughts — and hopefully lots of discussion — can be found on the other side of the jump, in case anyone hasn’t finished yet.
I started writing this in response to a comment about the epilogue on an earlier post, so everything is a bit out of order.
- As for the epilogue, I could have done without it entirely. I didn’t have any need to know what their futures held; once they defeated Voldemort it seemed clear that, more or less, it was “happily ever after” from that point forward. That they all married their Hogwarts sweethearts and made lots of babies named after their beloved lost relatives/mentors seemed both obvious and a cop out.
- When the Sorting Hat gave Neville the sword to destroy the final Horcrux, I did have a brief moment of thinking there was going to be a very daring twist — that he, and not Harry, was going to be the one who had to kill Voldemort. Such a big deal was made at the end of Order of the Phoenix that the prophesy could have been about either of them, since they shared the same birth date, so I’ve been harboring a secret hope that Voldemort had gotten it wrong and that Neville was his true nemesis.
- It felt like a missed opportunity that Harry only learned of Snape’s loyalty — and love for Lily — after Snape’s death. It would have been so much more interesting to see Harry having to learn to deal with him with all of that extra information.
- Until the action shifted back to Hogwarts at the end, I hadn’t realized how much I missed it. I knew that I was finding the Harry-Hermione-Ron dynamic a bit boring, and once we got back to the school I realized it was because I was so much more used to them interacting with all the supporting characters.
- I loved that seemingly-mousy Mrs. Weasley killed Bellatrix, though I wouldn’t want to have to be the parent who has to explain the ins-and-outs of when it is the appropriate time to call someone a bitch after reading that passage.
Well, I should get back to work, so I’ll leave it there for now. I look forward to seeing everyone else’s thoughts…