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may God stand
Everybody loves to push a falling wall.

And doubtless I am but ONE of the many who have read DH and howled. However if you aren't, and you don't want to be forever sullied and spoiled, don't read.


I'm going to go away now and count to ten. When I come back I want everone who doesn't want to be spoiled to be gone.




I have a few issues with Deathly Hallows. Big ones. Big honkin' issues with claws on their feet and an appetite for large north-eastern cities and high rise high tech buildings.

First. And in no appreciable order.

What. The heck?

JKR's editor needs a good hard kick up the goolies. This book's pacing is spastic, the plot has holes you could toss the book through, there's no sense of cohesion, and only patchy tension. She's been writing for six books now. POA was a MUCH better book than this. Characters in DH are killed and shoved off stage faster than contestants at an American Idol audition, and the cracks in the plot are plastered over with great, steaming wodges of expository prose. Any other author would have had the manuscript returned to her with a note: "Great treatment. Give us a call when you finish the book."

Second. We've waited for six books. We've been good. We've had a buildup of Wagnerian proportions. Harry Potter-good, Voldemort-bad. Voldemort-very bad. But when the climactic moment comes, does the big awful bad person DO very much? He shows up, fights some, then talks. Waits. I dunno, maybe he sent out for pizza. He flaps his gums some more. He fights a bit more, then goes off to do his nails and brood about the injustice of it all, I dunno. Where's the sense that he's the Biggest Baddest Big Bad of them all? Where's the dastardly deeds done dirt cheap? Where, in short, is the love? All his effective moments are offstage, and when he shows up it's like he gets effective-action disfunction.

Lucius. Where is my Lucius? Where is my beautiful sneering, sexy man with the bearing of a Renaissance prince, and the agenda of Mephistopheles? Please. This cowering, jaundiced wreck isn't Lucius. And *yes* he's had it rough, but so did Bellatrix and she rebounded. I'm sorry, but I miss Lucius.

Snape. Here's the heart of the matter. Severus Snape. He has fought for the side of the light, he's protected Harry Potter without loving him, he's been, whether his creator intended it or not, a true avatar of courage and goodness without necessarily having that goodness equate to 'nice.' And is it because he has any real affection for good? For Dumbledore? No, it's because he was in love with Lily Evans Potter. Okay. I am as romantic as the next soul. A great and unrequited love can be a fantastic motivation. Look at Lancelot. Yet Lancelot's love eventually led him to the realization that he needed to do more than love Guinevere, he had to seek other, and more durable love. And so he went on to choose a monastic calling and to eventually re-embrace hhis ideals as a follower of Arthur's.

JKR never gives Snape a chance to show that he did this. Instead of a confrontation with his old way of life, instead of a climactic battle between him and another Death Eater--he could easily have fought one of the Callows for instance--he's killed and summarily dies, but not before handing off all his memories to Harry to explain everything.

No. Sorry. That's a shabby way to treat a hero. And he *was* a hero, even if he was also a nasty, sneering man. You don't have to be 'nice' to be good. Real goodness isn't about 'niceness'. He deserved a few pages of our concentrated attention, if for no other reason than to show he wasn't a plot contrivance. Severus Snape's story showed that *anyone* could reach for redemption. Anyone. And instead of receiving redemption and recognition, he got *nothing*.

I also privately don't think Severus Snape would have explained anything. Especially not to Harry. He was bloody-minded that way.

Lupin and Tonks.
I cried when I read this. She's introduced this marvellous character. One I loved to read about, given him a visible handicap (and I fell in love with the character) and made him seem *real*. However, in DH, he has a few mentions, a brief time of happiness, and then does the last of the Marauders get anything like a bright shining moment? A hero's death? No. He's just dead. I can't explain how utterly cheated I felt. He wasn't just killed. He and Snape were *discarded*. The sacrifices that he and Snape made might have been just as momentous as those Lily made but they were apparently not worth anywhere near as much. And that sucks.

Frankly the book read as if she was heartily sick of the series and wanted it to end. I can't blame her for that, six books and a lot of hype later, I could be sick too. I think though..I would have felt a lot better if she'd taken a longer break, and written the sort of story she *can* write when she wants to. The sort of story she wrote in POA and GOF. I would have been willing to wait.

It's done now. And yes, I haven't forgotten this is just fiction. But that's part of my gripe, y'see. Fiction isn't real life. Fiction has to make sense. It has to satisfy our inward selves. And DH, for all the answers it supplies, is too messy, and chaotic, and ultimately senseless for that.

Far too much like real life. And who needs that in fiction?
  • All very true.

    It's not a book that makes any sense at all.
  • All of what you said, and more.

    The entire plot device of the Deathly Hallows themselves seemed like an idea she had after the first six books were written, thought 'ooh hey that's a good idea, why bother waiting for a new series to use it?!' and threw it in for the hell of it. She spent six books foreshadowing and building up a particular plot, only to shove all that careful work aside in favour of this.

    I didn't recognise any of the characters in this book. I don't know who the hell she was writing about, but it wasn't anyone I'd read about in six books previous.
  • I liked the book, so obviously I can't agree with all of this.

    But...I do agree with some of it. Especially the handling of Snape. I think she was seriously confused and conflicted about that character. She says she doesn't think he is a hero, yet in the epilogue she has Harry, her major hero, name his son after Snape! Along with Albus Dumbledore! How is that not acknowleging his heroism?

    I think I accepted the deaths of Lupin and Tonks so easily because the moment Harry was made Teddy's godfather, I expected it. It was just too good a parallel to pass up.

    I don't think all the deaths were passed over lightly. Dobby's death was handled with the grief it deserved.

    I think this book needed more time too. I think it was rushed. Deadlines are never a good idea in a situation such as this. But, I did enjoy the book.
  • Nicely summed up...but then, you already know I completely agree with you. I really felt let down by this book, and it's unfortunately ruined alot of my enthusiasm for the whole series.
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