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22 July 2007 @ 01:45 pm
I only just finished. Yeah, I read slow. And sleep. And eat. It's a weakness.  

I don't really know what to think. I liked it (well all until the epilogue!) but it was a bit slow in the middle with all the waiting around for them to find Horcruxes. But YAY for everything that happened after they arrived at Hogwarts.

For a minute I thought Harry was actually going to die. There was lots of angsting with myself before I could even continue reading! But I think that all worked out pretty well.

Also Ron didn't die! I was so upset about Fred, but I was convinced it was gonna be Ron. *takes a breath*

Obviously Snape was always going to be good, but I was convinced I would still hate him for killing Dumbledore so I'm glad Dumbledore was already dying. The new stuff about Dumbledore was all really great too. I love the idea of him being so human!

I was surprised that none of the kids were named after Fred or Sirius (preferably Lupin's) although maybe it's a middle name.

Neville is so utterly fantastic and I couldn't have really asked for more. As was Luna, right from her first line I was squeeing like mad. :)

And poor Dobby. That was the only point I cried!
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Nikki: NH Archimedes (Disney)nakeisha on July 22nd, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
I too found the middle bit rather slow, but once they got to Hogwarts . . .

And I really did think Harry was going to die; it was well done.

I thought the Dumbledore&Snape scene was one of the best; it was very powerful and moving.

Poor Dobby indeed. I was also really sorry to lose Hedwig.
Maria: harry hermione ronria_kukalaka on July 26th, 2007 09:04 am (UTC)
I was listening to the audio version on the train yesterday and I surprised myself by choking up a little at Hedwig's death. It's so awful that Harry had to blow her up.
Nikki: NH Archimedes (Disney)nakeisha on July 26th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
I can imagine that hearing it would be worse than reading it. I was all choked up when I read it. I loved Hedwig. *Sniff*
TF: Deamustodd_fan on July 22nd, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
Chucks, I sobbed my little heart out when Dobby died. *sniffle*

The Snape stuff was awesome, and Percy and Neville freaking rocked.

I wasn't keen on the epilogue either, just seemed half-hearted, kinda tacked-on.
Maria: don't give a damnria_kukalaka on July 26th, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
But didn't you love the nod to Seamus/Dean!? I was squeeing and thinking of you :D

The epilogue was very fanficcy, it's a shame because she could have done so much with it. We didn't even get to see the Dursleys.
Juri Anne: luna - eyesjuri_anne on July 23rd, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
I must admit that I BAWLED with Fred. I was completely not expecting it and how Percy acted? I nearly lost it - because I was thinking that Percy was going to be bad. I was convinced!

I teared up at Dobby, but I couldn't really start crying like I wanted to at work {which is where I read a bit of the book}.

But seriously...Neville and Luna are the most awesome of awesome.
Maria: carson happy placeria_kukalaka on July 26th, 2007 09:13 am (UTC)
I didn't think Percy could be bad, but they'd gotten through most of the book without him showing up so I was really worried we wouldn't get to see him at all. And then he turned up, I was so excited :D
Katie: Torchwood: Jack (looking hot!)kaaatie on July 23rd, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
*sighs happily* I love commenting in your journal because I get to see that lovely header of John Barrowman!

As for Harry Potter, I liked it, but I didn't love it. I did love the way that Neville was written - he was brilliant!

I also shed a few tears for Dobby. :(

Overall, I was a lot more impressed than I had been expecting.
Maria: JB tieria_kukalaka on July 26th, 2007 09:16 am (UTC)
LOL! Any excuse to oogle JB. *g*

Yeah, I think seeing Neville develop through the books has been one of the highlights of the series. I just love him. :)
Oliver Wood: YAY!sixfootwood on July 23rd, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
I really think it's her most mature book, writingwise. Some people said it was ficcy, but I really felt like HBP felt more ficcy, this one had a bit more of a coherent plot, which, considering it's the last book it darn well better have!

I cried for Dobby, especially the headstone bit, Chris admitted last night that he cried too :D awwww

Nevill and Luna both were the most brilliant of brilliant--I was just really amazed what she did with the Neville character--making him the surprising hero, the background behind the new revolution, I can't wait to see more Neville!Hero fics!!

Percy and Oliver. You know how I feel about this. I squealed SO LOUDLY when they both showed up, and plan on writing a LOT on the subject later. Percy clinging to Fred's body was.....I may never get over that. wooh.

I have always hated Snape, but I have always known he was in on things, I respect Dumbledore's ability to know when to trust someone--that being said, the bits with his backstory and Dumbledore's and....well, it was some of the most brilliant hiding of a character's intentions EVER :P

ANYWAY!! Let us squee over it muchly later, yes? AND RP WHERE DAVID LORNE AND CAL READ IT <_< I didn't just say that. Totally. ((also yes I'm too lazy to log out of Ollie. shut up :D--at least you get the animated "yay" icon I made ))
Maria: lorne/kav be withria_kukalaka on July 26th, 2007 09:23 am (UTC)
Oooh hero!Neville fics - *goes to search*

I'm still not sure how I feel about Snape doing it all for unrequited love (and why he was stupid enough to think Voldemort would spare Lily) but I did like the glimpses of little!Snape and watching his friendship with Lily.

AND RP WHERE DAVID LORNE AND CAL READ IT
Ummm...I don't know you. *g*
Broken Mnemonic: SO CUTEimagechild on July 26th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
YOU TOTALLY KNOW ME!! n_n I am the way I am because you fed my Rp urges *squeeeze* plus, yay, you used my CAL-LORNE ICON!! *purr*
planetkillerplanetkiller on July 24th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
Word. About all of that. Including crying about Dobby. I just came upon the words "A Free Elf" and started tearing up again... Though, I started to tear up when Kreacher and the house elves opened their can of whoop ass.

I declared an internet engagement with Neville *and* Gran. *huggles her Longbottoms* They were fantastic.

And I love all the people who're shipping Albus Severus/Scorpius because:
a)it's their second chance at Harry/Draco, but without canon screwing it up
or
b)you can call 'em AS/S.
Maria: brains over brawnria_kukalaka on July 26th, 2007 09:28 am (UTC)
Kreacher was pretty great too. I was a bit surprised at how quickly he came around but he took part in the battle for Regulus, which makes much more sense. :)

The Longbottoms are great. Poor Dawlish. ;)

I haven't read much post-DH fic yet *gasp* since I've been away but I'm not sure I want to read about Harry/Draco take 2. You'd think maybe their kids wouldn't be carbon copies of the original, right? In fact I want AS to be in Slytherin ;)