Harry Six Goes ‘Into the Gloom,’ says The Guardian
Aug 01, 2005
In a review published Saturday by The Guardian, reviewer John Mullan says HBP leaves readers with “a gloom not to be dispelled.”
The odd glumness of this novel is partly a consequence of its loss of a satisfying plot, its lack of shape. There is, I think, a clear reason for this, evident from the amount that we have been hearing about Rowling’s plans for her characters. We must not think that she is making her stories up on the hoof, even though the idea of there being seven books, one for each of Harry’s years at Hogwarts, must have come to her only belatedly. She has become so fixed on the overall sequence of her novels, that the narrative shape of this one book is no longer a concern.
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