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The only topic of conversation this weekend

So, I finished the book. I liked a *lot* of it. I rolled my eyes at some of it. But...


Anyone want to talk about it, pitch up in the comments. I've got an appointment with some hardcore this afternoon (oh, get your minds out of the gutter, it's rubble, I'm building a couple of walkways for my nascent vegetable garden) but aside from that my only duty today is dubbing DVDs for a couple of people.


Jul. 21st, 2007 10:50 am (UTC)

I had to get past "Oh, Hedwig" before I could get to "Oh, Snape.". The bodycount was brutal, but it didn't shirk the fact that it was war, and that for most of the book the good guys were not so much on the losing side as the side that had already lost.

I thought that the way Harry finally got to learn about Snape's motivations was right for the pair of them. Even before the events of HBP neither of them was capable of having a conversation, because no matter what explanations one trotted out, the other was hard-wired not to hear them. So Harry getting inside Snape's head one last time was pretty much the only way it could happen.
Jul. 21st, 2007 11:00 am (UTC)
I know. When she casually blasted Hedwig, I was all "oh, so THIS is how it's going to be". I really liked the sense of doom in the early part of the book though didn't the way she kept whomping on the trio remind you of fanfic? In a good, you-know-our-gen-kink sort of way? Or perhaps that was just me *g*

I think you're absolutely right about Snape and that being the only mechanism that she could use to get Harry to finally understand just how invidious Snape's position was. I found his death scene a little cursory so I was delighted when the next chapter was almost all backstory. I was surprised by how deeply she made me feel Snape's commitment to Lily and how it surmounted everything, even his hatred of his tormentors, the Marauders.

I need a Snape icon