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Jul. 16th, 2005 | 08:27 pm
mood: shockedo_O

I totally pulled an all nighter last night so that I could finish HBP before I came to Colorado. And finish HBP I did. I approximate that it took me a about six hours. Five while at home in the middle of the night. But I stopped for three on the way to the airport cause I can't read in cars. Then I finished the last 100 pages so before my plane took off.

So, let me say,

OH. MY. GOD. I ADORED IT. QUITE POSSIBLY MY FAVORITE BOOK SO FAR.

I loveditloveditlovedit.

Ron/Hermione? Loved it. Bill/Fleur? Loved it. Remus/Tonks? Even loved it. Harry/Ginny? Not as much, but I thought it was done well enough. I still ship Harry/Luna though. The romances were interesting. I found myself surprisingly amused by Ron/Lavender. I felt they were necessary. It's not as if she could write the books as if stuff like that doesn't happen to teenagers. And now she's acknowledged it, it's out of the way, and the next book can be almost all dedicated to Serious Matters.

I loved all the bits about Tom Riddle's life. My obsession has been renewed. He was a creepy psychotic little bastard AND I LOVE HIM FOR IT. Thank you, JKR, for answering nearly all my questions about him. You didn't completely kill my huge fic of doom that I started almost three years ago. (Can you believe it? Three years ago.) I especially loved the orphanage scene. He was slightly scary even then. SO FJK:FLJ:AFA AWESOME.

Sluggy? I thought that he was a great character. Not necessarily lovable, but his favoritism is really interesting. Who he chose and why. Plus, wtf was he thinking, telling Riddle about Horcruxes? CRAZY FUCKING ARSE!

Blaise Zabini = love. Even if he's not how I imagined him.

Draco. More humanized, slightly more likable. H/D shippers will be going nuts about him now. But I knew that Draco didn't have it in him to kill Dumbledore. To kill anyone really. Like Dumbledore said, his attempts (which were clearly his work) were feeble. I found the Malfoy's devotion to each other endearing. Narcissa's going to Snape, sobbing about her only son was the sort of thing that I could see Mrs. Weasley doing if in that position. Does it mean that I like them? No, but they're real people now.

Now. The Big Spoilery Bit. Snape.

GUESS WHO WASN'T SURPRISED? ME! I figured he was the halfblood prince. Well, I sort of had a feeling, especially after Harry used the curse from it on Malfoy. For a while, I suffered under the delusion that maybe it was Lily (mostly due to Sluggy's rambling about how great she was at Potions), but after the curse, I knew it was Snape. Didn't guess the Eileen Prince bit, though.

I wasn't surprised when he killed Dumbledore. I mean, come on. That's clearly Malfoy's mission, and Snape said he would aid him in it with the Unbreakable Vow. Which leads me to...

Why did he take it? Is he really a Bad Guy? Like Harry, I always had my doubts. Unlike many people, I always felt that there was no good in Snape. I could not stand him after the things he did to Harry, Hermione, Ron, and especially Neville. I felt that anyone capable of doing something that evil couldn't be... I always had a feeling that he ran to Dumbledore to save his own hide. However, I hate to think that Dumbledore's judgment is so bad. I want him to be good, just because I can't stand the thought of Dumbledore making an error so large as to get him killed. But then, he always was the trusting sort. I have a feeling that he did something besides tell Dumbledore that he was "sorry" about Lily and James to make him believe he was completely committed to the OotP. I'd love to know what that was.

And the Horcruxes. I don't think Harry is one. It would be too... I don't know. It works but... I don't feel it.

I'd be happy if Book Seven never came out. I don't want this series to end.

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Prophet of an art immovable to old idolatries.

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from: pikacheeka
date: Jul. 17th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC)
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YESSSS TMR WAS HOT. That's my sick fangirl comment for the post. But yea, something about him being a creepy little arrogant sadist even as a ten-year-old....I've got a thing for mentally disturbed guys, too. And it gets me in a heap of trouble.

And being a Malfoyfic author [or I was] I loved the new look on the Malfoys, though I don't understand why, if JKR was planning on it all along, she didn't at least hint at it. It seemed kind of disjointed.

I never thought about Blaise. I still don't? I think he was thrown in there for the fanon.

Dumbledore has greivous judgement. Is that the right word? Riddle...Snape....I think Harry's not so nice, too. A lot of things he did in this book made me hate him. Like using Hagrid, and cursing Draco without even knowing what the curse did, and cheating in Potions, and manipulating Slughorn...etc...

Harry = Horcrux? I doubt Voldie would dare make two living ones. It's a funny idea, but it's easier for a person to die than an object to be destroyed, so I doubt he'd risk it. I personally think having Nagini as one is a stupid risk.

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yes is a pleasant country.

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from: the_andorran
date: Jul. 18th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
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Yeah, it's all I could do to keep from squeeing whenever he appeared in the books. And I'm sorry, maybe there's something wrong with me, but I ♥ his creepy little arrogant sadist ten year old self. Fortunately, I haven't had the pleasure(?) of meeting anyone very mentally disturbed in RL.

I felt that there were no real surprises concerning the Malfoys. I always had a feeling they were the way they were presented in canon. It's just stupid fangirls who think that Draco is OMGTRAGIC!

Well. I probably just said that because I find it very amusing that certain members of the fandom are freaking out because OMG JKR GOT HIM WRONG and I liked Blaise as he was.

I don't know if it's the right word but... DAMN HIM. He wasn't supposed to die. I mean, I knew he would, but :( anyway. And all of the Snape fans coming up with complex theories as to how Snape isn't actually a traitor, damn them too. I actually didn't mind Harry, though he's becoming a lot more ruthless, if that's the right word. I think it's easy to excuse his behavior. Using Hagrid was part of manipulating Slughorn, which Dumbledore basically instructed him to do. The curse was... >_< and very unHarry, but Draco was going to try and use an Unforgivable on him. Plus, he felt remorse after the fact. I can't fault him for the whole HBP thing, cause I would have done it too.

Yeah, that's almost exactly what I think. It's waay too risky. Nagini was a risk, for goodness sake, and Voldie keeps her with him all the time (or so I thought). Plus, Voldie has tried to kill Harry more than once. Why would he do that if Harry was a Horcrux? Duuuh, dumb theorists.

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from: ohmygodmuffin
date: Jul. 18th, 2005 06:34 am (UTC)
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No no no the one thing I cared the most about in this book was that JKR would not dare give Remus a female--or even a male--because because...Sirius. That should not be the thing bugging me most. Whyyy did I have to get so attached to their relationship?

I am dead.

I am too corrupted by fanon. And Snape--I can't do this.

Dumbledore is dead and I sobbed, of course I sobbed, that whole thing was so terribly intense, and that shouldn't be the third thing I address but my Remus and my Snape...

I'm terrified of the next book. I can't witness Remus and...Tonks...and...my goodness this should not bother me so much.

I've just finished the book, fifteen minutes ago (I was visiting a friend this weekend so I couldn't read it all in the first night), so I guess that explains my...death all over your comments page. Okay. I'm done.

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Amiable shooty bang bang fun

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from: sweet_pepper
date: Jul. 19th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
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DAMN STRAIGHT THE H/D SHIPPERS ARE GOING NUTS. How could we not?

IT WAS SO OBVIOUS...

I knew our time had come. H/Dissofcukingcanonical.....

I'm glad you liked it. It was one of my faves, too, possibly my fave evers. I read an essay by a H/Hr whinging about how crap it was and I felt surprisingly angry. I mean, H/Hr, it was kinda obvious that was never going to happen...

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Amiable shooty bang bang fun

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from: sweet_pepper
date: Jul. 19th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah, I forgot to say: I totally thought of you when all the Tom bits came up. I was like, heeee backstory, that'll keep her happy...

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yes is a pleasant country.

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from: the_andorran
date: Jul. 23rd, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
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YOU CRAZY CUNT. EXCUSE MY FRENCH. H/D MY ASS.

The H/Hrs still holding out hope are even worse. Even JKR thinks they're delusional.

Also, hee. TMR. I ♥ him.

Yes people. VOLDEMORT IS SEXY.

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