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35) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling

Well, it was a fiver from the local ASDA; so although I tried to think of something else, I bought it and read it.

I liked it more than I expected to. I thought that, with the exception of the very last expository section of What Snape Was Really Up To, Rowling kept up the narrative pace very well. With the first significant death so early in the book (never mind Mad-Eye Moody, I am referring to poor Hedwig), it becomes clear that we are playing for keeps, and that the body count is going to soar; as indeed it does. If you have managed to avoid the spoilers, there is a real suspense about who is going to live and who will die. We know this is the last book; how final will the ending be?

While this is not Great Literature, it would be churlish not to acknowledge that the characters have matured and deepened as the books have gone on. The Harry/Ron/Hermione dynamic is particularly attractive; but we also have a fair amount of parenting going on - the Weasleys, the Malfoys, Lupin and Tonks - of course, much less of this book was set in Hogwarts than the previous volumes, so there is more scope for it.

aramuin claims that many of the plot elements had been done before and better in fanfiction. Perhaps I should read more fanfiction. This will, of coutrse, remain the canonical version.
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Jul. 22nd, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
Although I've always thought the strength of the series was the combination of Potions homework humdrum schoolishness and danger -- so I've deplored the increasing lack of Potions homework as the series has continued -- I thought it was a perfectly appropriate finale. Unlike, it seems, the on-line HP fan community, which is screaming in mass outrage and feeling betrayed and sickened and beating its ineffectual little fists on the chest of anyone who'll stay still long enough. I'm not quite sure why - the deaths of favourite characters, the marriage of favourite characters to hated characters, the birth of children with names of which the HP fans do not approve. I had remained blissfully unaware of the carpet book controversy.
Jul. 23rd, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
Sorry, just catching up here: the "carpet book controversy"???
Jul. 23rd, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
It's the term that began to be used as net shorthand for the copy of the book leaked online before the official launch date, which caused so much fannish screaming about whether or not it was a fake. Whoever procured the book photographed it, page by page, lying on a rather nasty multi-coloured carpet - hence the title.

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