I guess it's about time I get around to mentioning what I thought of Deathly Hallows
. Obviously if you hadn't read the book and don't want it spoiled DON'T READ PAST THIS POINT!!!!!! Oh and so you know, this entry is loooooooooooong. I though I should warn you.I think I'd like to start by listing my top three HP characters:
1. Severus Snape
2. Luna Lovegood
3. Kingsley Shacklebolt
If you know me at all, number one shouldn't be too surprising. If you've looked at this LJ at all, it definitely shouldn't be surprising. Haha. It's odd to think about now, but Professor Snape is to blame for me picking up the HP books. Now that by itself is not uncommon, I've heard of many people picking up the books after seeing Alan Rickman in the role in the movies. The difference here, is that the movies were only an idea at the time I picked up the books, if that. I started reading the HP series way before the obsession with it reached the point it is now. If I remember correctly the second book hadn't come out at the time and I was about to start High School. So I would have been about 13 or 14 at the time and I'm now nearly 24.
Anyway, back to Professor Snape and why he got me reading the books. My mom is a kindergarten teacher and she collects children's books. Mostly things around the Kindergarten age group but it isn't always the case. I, like my mother love to read and we've occasionly shared books, sometimes my brother would as well. Though he was never a big reader like we were. Before HP, the main example would be Madeline L'Engle's books: A Wrinkle in Time , A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters
. Between the three of us we've read them all though my brother and I both have one we haven't read yet. Anyway I always remembered in Jr High reading it with my mom and brother and then discussing 'em.
For some reason though when my mother mentioning hearing about this book about a wizard and how people were saying it was really good. (And I'd never heard a thing about it and never saw anything anywhere about it.) I just responded with something along the lines of "Pfft, whatever." and let her read it to my brother instead. My room is just down the hall from my brother's and with him being around six or seven years old at the time and not the best reader my mom would read aloud to him. There would be many times I'd be in my room and overhear her but continued to ignore them until one certain character was mentioned - Professor Snape. I still do not understant to this day what about him got me curious but something must have. I know I overheard a part with him once and just kinda brushed it aside at the time, but when Mom was reading about Quirrell, Snape and Hermione at the Quidditch match (when she sets his cloak on fire) I had to read the book and find out more about this character.
In a way, you could say that Professor Snape has been my favorite character even before
I read the books. Before I knew anything about him.
After reading PS/SS I was surprised at the fact I liked it, and I think only a few months later CoS was released and my mother obviously bought that one too. I think I also read that one on my own after she finished reading it to my brother. And to this day it is still one of my favorites, probably my second favorite after HBP. Oddly enough I don't remember much about the time when PoA came out. I was probably very caught up in Band, football season and our team going to the State Championships. When GoF came out I think that's when I noticed how huge the whole HP thing was getting. It was also when I read my first HP fanfic, which being the Band Geek I was at the time was about the 'Hogwarts Band Class' and coincidentally had no canon characters in it. I also was snooping around HP sites, saw how unpopular Slytherin House was (which is vastly different now) and visted Mugglenet for the first time back then (and it looked so different).
Then OoTP book was released and that's the first book release that I remember being somewhat big...probably because it was the first we went to. I remember we got in line late at night and it was odd seeing half the town there in line with us. A few people beind us in line was our next door neighbors and then a few people in front and behind were friends of myself and my brother. I know when HBP came out we were in line again late at night be arrived at the store at like 11:55 since were were coming back from D/FW and most of the people we knew were ahead of us in line. With both OoTP and HBP we didn't make it to the actual "party" and only got there in time for getting in line for the book. So, when DH came out last month I was determined to go to the party itself this time. It was the last chance and there would be no more after it so, really I kinda had to if I wanted to.
Even though I did have the end of HBP partially ruined for me by the silly VH1 show Best Week Ever,
which figured that everyone had read it by the following weekend (which obviously I hadn't, I was about halfway through since the book was shared between my brother, mother and I). Luckily it wasn't completely
ruined they only said "___ kills Dumbledore" and so I didn't know who did it. Up until recently I considered OoTP my favorite book, but now I think it would be HBP, even with the fact I was silly enough to assume that the Internet was the only place that it would be ruined for me.
It's kinda funny now that right after reading HBP I assumed that Snape was gonna have to kidnap Harry, convince him he was good and then train him to fight against Voldy. Hahaha, that seems so off now and I even realized it about a year or so ago. Going into it there were somethings that I was convinced of and surprisingly I was correct on some....just not the ones I was oh so certain about. Like I was very certain that Snape would live, but I just had a feeling that Lily and Severus were friends while at Hogwarts together.
Anyway, it's kinda funny with how it started with the Dursley's leaving and I was sad to see them go. I was actually a bit sad we wouldn't see Dudley again. Which I found terribly, terribly odd. I mean that was what, only two or three chapters in and I was already a bit sad about something. Maybe that was a sign of things to come for me. Hehe. And actually I was really, really liking it after that because it was totally different from what I was expecting, and I was happy about that. I was really glad that I didn't predict too much already.
The only questioned I asked my Aunt before actually opening the book, and it was a yes or no question was if Andromeda made and appearance and I was so insanely pleased to finally meet her. I've always wanted to meet her and discover what she looked like and how she was personality wise and all that stuff so when my Aunt said yes, I was terribly happy. Though she was only seen once and mentioned a few times, I was glad she was there. She may even make it up there on my list of favorite characters. It's kinda funny how much I wanted her to be in there and she was.
It's also kinda funny some of the reactions I got from people when I told them that I knew Snape was good within the first 1/3 of the book, but maybe it was only obvious to me since I seem to identify
with Snape somewhat. When the trio read that Snape has been appointed Headmaster of Hogwarts was what gave it away for me. I knew as soon as I read that, that I was correct in him being good. I mean being up in the Headmaster's Office and having Dumbledore's portrait there to converse with and such just told me...and I was right.
Actually I probably enjoyed most of the book. It's just certain parts I've got to come to terms with. Hehe, and if you know me well enough or even got a glimpse of my layout for this LJ you can probably figure out why. But unlike so many who say that "The Prince's Tale" was their favorite chapter...for obvious reasons. Mine was actually "The Silver Doe". I can't explain it really (and I was actually a bit sad that Ron came back...*bad me*) but I do think it was a really nice chapter. It only took me a few more chapters down the line to figure out who it belonged to. Hehe. Though I did get a bit confused at one point. I'm a very fast reader (it took me about 14 hours to finish the entire book) and when Snape revealed his Patronus to Dumbledore I was at such a fast pace that I mistakenly read it as being a 'dove.' Somehow I seemed to have added a "V" in there somewhere. I finally figured out my mistake when Harry said it was a doe later on.
I know I've said that Snape is my favorite character and I haven't said much on him overall for the book but then, if you've read it you know he's not in there that much. I was actually a bit happy about that but then he gets killed. And honestly I was in a bit of shock when I read that and didn't really react. I was in a bit of disbelief at the time and didn't cry or anything at that point, which isn't surprising since I almost never cry. I did start though, when Harry showed how much his opinion in him changed. That's what got me crying. I've told many people it was the Epilogue that got me, but I didn't go into more detail than that. It was when it was shown that Harry's opinion in Snape changed so much that got to me. And me, the person who never cries, cried when finished. Cried when I was trying to sleep about an hour later (I somehow finished the book at 4am). Cried a bit in the morning. And almost started crying at the laundromat the next morning. Luckily I didn't since I would have felt a bit weird.
But for awhile I was in a bit of denial and had to take the book out and reread the part like three or four times before it began to sink in. I think it was so tough because I was expecting him to die in a duel with someone, not by snake bite. And then
there's the fact that Arthur Weasley got attacked by Nagini in OoTP and survived but then JKR said that he
was the one to get the reprieve as well as the fact that I suspect Voldy didn't let him get killed as a way to earn Harry's trust so he could be duped later into rescuing Sirius, who wasn't at the Ministry. Then there's also the fact that I had reached the same conclusion as Voldy, in the fact that Snape was the new owner of that wand. So I can't really forget that..though I was a bit upset later to realize that he wasn't really.
I was also a bit surprised to realize I was right on the fact that Severus and Lily were friends, could've never predicted Best Friends and that he knew her before Hogwarts, but at the same time remembered almost instantly that Petunia was referring to Snape in OoTP when explaining how she learned about Dementors and that "that awful boy" was actually Snape, not James. I'm surprised I remembered that. And I guess I was also a bit sad, 'cause like my mom said "Severus was a sweet little boy". Hehehe, though he was probably only really nice to Lily.
I was also a little disappointed that the book stopped almost directly after the Battle, that little bit and then the Epilogue surprised me, I thought there'd be at least a little bit more after the battle, but there wasn't really. Not much. I did like little Albus Severus though, and like many others I hope that he was put in Slytherin. But I guess both what happend directly after the war and what House Al gets into will have to be in that Encyclopedia that has been mentioned.
Oh! And I must say before I forget, I wasn't that happy about the whole Ron/Hermione thing. Then again I haven't liked any of the couples that JKR has had in her books. Though Harry/Ginny has bothered me the least out of all of 'em. Ever since about book six I always imagined it falling more along the lines of Harry/Luna and Hermione/Viktor. Though that last one I wasn't too fond of either, but I preferred them to Ron/Hermione. I guess it's just a matter of preference. And I'm also slightly disappointed that Luna ended up with this Rolf guy. With the little parts in the book with Luna and Dean Thomas together I thought they'd make a cute couple, but no....JKR sticks Luna with that Rolf guy.( MORECollapse )
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