Your Deathly Hallows Reactions

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Jul 23, 2007

Posted by Melissa Anelli
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49 Responses to Your Deathly Hallows Reactions

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i really loved the book! the end was absolutely unpredictable.. as always, the book is extremely well written.. however, the fact that it is the last harry potter book does make me feel really sad.. Anyway, good read to all!

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I finished the book at 3 am this morning. I sobbed the entire way through. I must say, however, I was extremely please with myself since I’ve been saying about snape’s love for lily for about 2-3 years now. :)

I lovvvvvvvvvved that harry got to walk along his family and sirius once more. I was crying pretty hard at this part. He really did follow the hero’s journey from beginning to end.

I liked that Molly called Bellatrix a bitch. That was great, but I wish it would have been Neville to kill her bc I would have been fitting. Speaking of Neville, I adored that he was such an authority figure! FINALLY!

Dumbledore…wow! I never saw any of that coming and I must admit that at the point of his “betrayal” to Harry ( scene with him telling snape, harry must die) I hated him with everything in me. Grew to like him again at the end, he is much more human now!

Cannot believe Tonk and Lupin died. Harry became Sirius minus the whole, you know, dying thing lol.

I so wish she would have told us more in the epilogue….careers, weddings, what happened to other major characters (george for example, did he continue the joke shop without fred?), etc.

She also never told us what the Potters did for a living! I was really really really looking forward to that. :(

All in all, I loved the book more than anything I can say. Dudley made me cry in chapter 1-2. ahhh just thinking about some of this stuff gets me really emotional! Snape is by far one of my favorite literary characters ever, which I probably would not have said a few weeks ago.

I hope you all enjoyed the book as much as I did. Second reading starts tonight!

Harry Potter was definitely worth the last 10 years of my life!

-Michelle

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Am I the first comment? Wow! OK folks this book is AMAZING! REading it was like a terrifying dream where you know even more bad stuff will happen, and you just don’t know how much more you can take before you wake up. The Dumbledore family history is fascinating, even just to learn that Albus was no saint, and Aberforth’s straight talk is a welcome respite from Albus’s socratic method. The lingering ghost of Albus’ scandalous friendship with Grindelwald haunts Harry in his quest, making him question whether or not he;s just a pawn in Dumbledore’s game. One of the more elaborate and interesting themes is the difference between Harry and Voldemort when confronted with the Deathly Hallows. Harry carefully asks the right questions of Ollivander about how wands react to someone who takes a wand by force rather than a borrowed wand. Voldemort’s only concern is finding the most powerful wand to defeat Harry. He discovers only too late that an object’s supposed power does not come from the object itself, but from the possessor’s character and motives. It was always V’s biggest mistake to put too much importance in an object’s significance. One of my favorite parts was the revelation of Snape’s youth and relationship with Lily. Every Snape fan was vindicated: true, he wasn’t a saint and tended to be jealous, but to see that Snape fumble bashfully to win (and lose) lily’s frienship and tenderly administer to Dumbledore’s accursed wounds was touching. Harry was no doubt surprised that Snape chided Albus for preparing the boy “like a pig to the slaughter.” There’s almost too much going on in the story to discuss it all at once. I only have a couple problems: I want more Lupin! Talk about short-shrifting. And How does george cope with the loss of Fred? Let’s discuss!

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Wow! I was amazed of how much of the story went as I had expected. The fact that Dumbledore had begged Snape to take his life, was something that I’d expected when Harry heard the two of them argue in HP6. The fact that Harry’s a Horcux is somthing that I’d expect, except I thought his scar was an Horcrux. I was happy to know that Harry lived, that was my major doubt.

I found the book very well written, I enjoyed it specially after the chapters in Grimmauld place. Then it became a rollercoaster right.

Even as a 33 year old I had a bit of a chunk in my throat when I read the prolog. And when I was done I felt a bit “empty”. Reading Harry Potters for such a long time awaiting every new book and now it’s done…

All in all Rowling made a very memorable and enjoyable collection of books and stories that many will be enjoyed for many generations to come.

Harry we will miss you! Thank you Rowling!

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It was by far the best book in the series, i have never cried so much for a book, especially when lupin and tonks died, just thinking about what would happen to teddy sent me into a whole hour of crying. Also fred, it was so random and sad i wish we could have known more as to how george dealt with it. i found the parts where they went from forest to forest kind of boring but still it was great. i LOOOOVED how vulnerable harry was before he went to get killed by voldemort and how it seemed he was sooo young with his parents there and everything and also when he said “will you come with me?” annd then “stay close to me” i was crying for hours. wish there were more books cant believe its over.. i cant wait till the movie for this one, its gunnna be amazing

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LOVED IT!!! It kept me on the edge of my seat, during the seven hours it took me to read it. I did notice that it was written differently. Not in a huge way, but things were kind of worded differently. But it was amazing. Harry Lives!!! To bad Dan won’t get his big death scene, unless you count him talking to Dumbledore. My theory was completely wrong about Snape. HUge shocker there, I had no idea, and Harry even named one of his sons after him.

J.K. Rowling will never be out done, especially after Deathly Hallows.

Bye to Fred, Hedwig, Dobby, Lupin, Tonks, Colin, and Mad-Eye!!!!

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LOVED IT!!! It kept me on the edge of my seat, during the seven hours it took me to read it. I did notice that it was written differently. Not in a huge way, but things were kind of worded differently. But it was amazing. Harry Lives!!! To bad Dan won’t get his big death scene, unless you count him talking to Dumbledore. My theory was completely wrong about Snape. HUge shocker there, I had no idea, and Harry even named one of his sons after him.

J.K. Rowling will never be out done, especially after Deathly Hallows.

Bye to Fred, Hedwig, Dobby, Lupin, Tonks, Colin, and Mad-Eye!!!!

Bye Harry, hope we’ll see you again!

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I loved it too. I was right about some things and wrong about others, but on the whole, mightily pleased. A fantastic set of books I’ll treasure for the rest of my life.

It is, after all, just the beginning :)

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I was semi-dissapointed in it.

I loved the whole concept of it I suppose, but the way it was written seemed more like a fanfiction.

I think I was responsiblefor half of the kleenex sales in my country on that day.

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Wow. This book was absolutely fantastic. Despite the ending (Harry kills Voldemort, all 3 main characters survive) being so cliche, it honestly surprised the bloody hell out of me. I could not believe Dudley’s transformation (that was soo adorable), but especially Kreacher’s! I loved him almost as much as Dobby by the end of the book!

I could not believe the departure of 14 main characters! Hedwig, Moody, Scrimegour (stuck up for Harry on his deathbed…shocker), Pettigrew, Dobby, Crabbe, Fred, Snape (I can’t believe he was good…and SO good), Lupin, Tonks, Creevey (aaww), Bellatrix Lestrange, Nagini, and Voldemort! Not to mention Gregorovitch, the woman at his house, Charity Burbage, and the supposed 50 others who fought the Death Eaters at Hogwarts. Despite all of this, however, the book had a surprisingly happy ending.

There are definitely things I think JKR left out. Maybe I just missed this one; but who was the person to do magic very late in life? What was the huge deal with Harry’s eye shape? And why didn’t she show more about the Weasley family’s reactions in the end?

Overall, the book was utterly terrific. I was really afraid that because of the lack of Hogwarts, it was going to be a very dark and depressing read. However, she managed to work in a good bit of humor, and I was shocked at my emotions that came out in this book. When Ron left the two, and then came back…wow.

Anyway, yes, amazing.

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i feel like i’ve just lost a friend, the whole book was like a friendship the begginning intrigueing me wanting me to know more the middle so strong and held so close to my heart (allthough i did not cry it was deffinetly the closeest any song book movie has ever brought me i think i fought a little to hold them back…) the end allthough so happy (and slightly boring tho that might only be because the chapters before had been so intense) the end made me sad, made me think of the next harry potter book i would wait for and would neve come. The character i am saddest to lose is deffinetly Lupin, harry had to shack him so rudely and look how happy he was! and then he went and died. Lupin had to be my favourtie DATDA teacher out of all the books and when he made harry godfather i couldn’t help to think that sirius and his father would have been proud. When hedwig left i was dumbstruck same as with dobby it was purely awful but powerful. thank you JK for keeping harry safe and happy (and heroic)and for this wonderful seris, tho i really wish you would write more and keep my friend alive.

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Wow. This book was absolutely fantastic. Despite the ending (Harry kills Voldemort, all 3 main characters survive) being so cliche, it honestly surprised the bloody hell out of me. I could not believe Dudley’s transformation (that was soo adorable), but especially Kreacher’s! I loved him almost as much as Dobby by the end of the book!

I could not believe the departure of 14 main characters! Hedwig, Moody, Scrimegour (stuck up for Harry on his deathbed…shocker), Pettigrew, Dobby, Crabbe, Fred, Snape (I can’t believe he was good…and SO good), Lupin, Tonks, Creevey (aaww), Bellatrix Lestrange, Nagini, and Voldemort! Not to mention Gregorovitch, the woman at his house, Charity Burbage, and the supposed 50 others who fought the Death Eaters at Hogwarts. Despite all of this, however, the book had a surprisingly happy ending.

There are definitely things I think JKR left out. Maybe I just missed this one; but who was the person to do magic very late in life? What was the huge deal with Harry’s eye shape? And why didn’t she show more about the Weasley family’s reactions in the end?

Overall, the book was utterly terrific. I was really afraid that because of the lack of Hogwarts, it was going to be a very dark and depressing read. However, she managed to work in a good bit of humor, and I was shocked at my emotions that came out in this book. When Ron left the two, and then came back…wow.

Anyway, yes, amazing.

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LOVED the whole story best ever i would have loved to see harry and ginny’s wedding and ron and hermione’s wedding the epilogue was way to short very disapointing in the end i felt so empty inside like a lost my best friend (tear tear) i wish she would come out with atleast another book not following the voldemort story line just showing wat the rest of their life was like. showing us how they got married, their occupation’s, the other students lives, etc etc … Harry Potter Lives On 4 Ever

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I thought it was amazing, and I was very satisfied with it. I can, however, understand the complaints about the epilogue. It was very sweet ( Albus Severus Potter! :] ) but it would have been nice to hear about our other beloved characters. I wasn’t heartbroken about all the deaths because I honestly expected a lot more! And O.M.G. I was actually right about Snape loving Lily XD Chapters 33 and 35 made me cry so hard :,( And I had originally been very anti-harry-is-a-horcrux but Jo wrote it well. Poor Melissa though. Emerson will never let her forget it! :)

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I also am a 33 year old who was waiting, not so patiently, for the books. I thought it was AMAZING! I did not put the book down until it was finished. I am so glad that Rowling made it a fanfair finish. I do not think I could have stood it if any of the main characters had died. I already had a hard enough time with the ones that did.

I was very anxious, and nervous to read the book, having read several series fiction from other novelist and have beed very disappointed in the last book (i.e. Stephen King dark tower series).

So cheers to Rowling – I could not be more happy, and cannot wait to see the movies.

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I also am a 33 year old who was waiting, not so patiently, for the books. I thought it was AMAZING! I did not put the book down until it was finished. I am so glad that Rowling made it a fanfair finish. I do not think I could have stood it if any of the main characters had died. I already had a hard enough time with the ones that did.

I was very anxious, and nervous to read the book, having read several series fiction from other novelist and have been very disappointed in their last book (i.e. Stephen King dark tower series).

So cheers to Rowling – I could not be more happy, and cannot wait to see the movies.

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What a circumvoluted story. Nevertheless, a fascinating story.

It was a book about magic and there was a lot of it in it.

Well done JK!

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Disappointed? is that the right word. What did Harry become….the most famous wizard to live and all we know is he has kids?? I loved the book….but what the heck happened? I figured Harry was either Head Master or was the Minister of Magic? How could you just leave us hanging JK It feels like I would be more complete to know how it all happend. None the less it was a great book…lots of magic and for me a few tears..Yes a 34 year old man crying….Thanks for making the last ten years of my life….I appreciate it…. Scott

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I thought the book was awesomely written. Sad about all of the deaths of course and I too wish that we had a little more insight into what happens to all the other characters in the end

Go snape! That chapter rocked my socks!

Dont know if you realized, but when Harry was at kings cross with dumbledore, i think the things that were suffering were Voldemorts soul, the part that had been inside harry. I just realized that upon re reading it.

Anyway, way to go JKR!

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i think this book was the best written so far.. and i cried throughout the wholeee ending.. and i loved the ending especially the flashforward part.. loved itt..!! i think the most suprising part was snapes memory.. i just loved it and cried so muchh!!! also losin fred, tonks and lupin was such a shock!!! i cudn stop crying.. buh i think the wait was well worth it because this book was awesome.. hopefully the movie will hold up to it too… the 5th movie was totaly disappointing.. the last two to come better not be!

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What comic relief after Ron came back and saved Harry from drowning in the freezing lake he apologizes for leaving. Harry tells him, “You’ve certainly made up for it tonight: Getting the sword, finishing off the Horcrux, saving my life.” “That makes me sound a lot cooler than I was”, Ron mumbled “Stuff like that always sounds cooler than it really was, “ said Harry. “I’ve been trying to tell you that for years.” What a page turner! What a great read! So many twists and turns I was exhausted by the read. Snape’s memories in the Pensieve, Harry finding out what he had to do, opening the snitch, “Open at the close” whispering, “I am about to die.” Harry walking with his family… Couldn’t have ended any better. Thank you J.K. for the excellent adventures!

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i think this book was the best written so far.. and i cried throughout the wholeee ending.. and i loved the ending especially the flashforward part.. loved itt..!! i think the most suprising part was snapes memory.. i just loved it and cried so muchh!!! also losin fred, tonks and lupin was such a shock!!! i cudn stop crying.. buh i think the wait was well worth it because this book was awesome.. hopefully the movie will hold up to it too… the 5th movie was totaly disappointing.. the last two to come better not be!

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This was such an amazing book!!!! Well done J.K. I’m sorry I started reading the series so late (I just started last year), but this last book was definitely the best.

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Voldemort got owned. Totally and completely owned.

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I love everything about the book, especially how Snape turned out in the end. what a hero! But i have a question. how did the sword of Gryffindor end up with Neville? What happens to the Weasley family ( George) What are the occupation of the Potters? All in all a great book. So sad that we’ve reached the end. thank you J.K.

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Best book in the series!! I do wish, like many posting before, that the epilogue had more substance. I want to know where everyone ended up. The only ones we hear about are the obvious “core four” and then, Percy, Mr. Weasley, the Malfoys:( , and Neville. What about Luna, Teddy, other DA memebers, or more Weasley’s???? Again, what job did they all decide on??? Man I wanted to know more, but this is J.K.R’s way of really ENDING the series. I guess the story will just live on in each of our own minds.

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i love2 the book so much so cooooollllll through d way i read it i fill up with so much emotions happy tears nervous all mixed in me… jk rowling’s such a genius! love it!! i want to know, though, the future of luna lovegood and charlie, percy, george, n the wife of draco malfoy!

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Tremendously impressed and worn out from the ride JK allowed us to share with her, Harry, Hermonie, Ron and everyone else. I would have liked more detail about everyone in the epilogue but perhaps this allows JK to bring us another book someday. Have read the book twice and it may be time to read the entire adventure from start to finish. See everyone in a few weeks.

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Honestly this book was a great book, better than the book 6, to be frank, and when Snape argued with Dumbledore I knew that he was a good guy, but only 1/2 believed that Dumbledore actually asked Snape to kill him instead.

(I just realised that there are so many comments from over 30s, like me! hahahaha)

I was in horror when Hedwig got hit by A.K curse. But then realised it’s a-matter-of-fact because Harry’s going to travel undetected with Hermione and Ron and with Hedwig around could cause problems. So for her to die actually make sense… just a little hard to take when she was the FIRST character (that has significant closeness with Harry) to die…

Then my heart actually leaped when I read that Hagrid lunged his opponent in mid air and fell of hundreds of feet.

Yet I didn’t cry while reading this book. It truly saddens me, especially when Dobby died; Kreacher telling Sirus’s brother sacrificed and being drag down the lake; Fred sudden death and Percy screaming at his name, not wanting to let go of his corpse… And Tonks’ death. I seemed to know that Lupin will die, and being prepared that Tonks will die too protecting her husband… but it shocked that they both died.

I suppose my mode was switched to “There’s no time to keep crying… it is urgent, we need to get going and continue…” that was why I keep moving forward in the Story.

Snape’s love for Lily was predicted, but for him to shed tears and produce the doe truly soften me hearts. It was Snape who put the sword there!

And speaking of the Sword of Griffindor, I had the exact same question in my mind when Neville suddenly sliced Nagini’s head off. How did Neville manage to get it? That’s a mistery.

(Rowling must have cut that out purposely so that we all can talk about it after reading)

In the end, the plot was well planned. How the wands recognised their master and how Harry was actually the Elder Wand’s owner right after Dumbledore’s death when he snatched it from Draco. (I think it is in book 6? I have to re-read) Therefore V can’t actually kill him. Now that is one bewildered twisting fact that I didn’t anticipate.

I believe what I heard from my friend about Rowling’s intention that this book is going to be talked about for years, is to leave us hanging, about the life of all the character after V perished. It will spoil everything if Rowling told all the readers how it would be. Therefore she left hints and little information here and there for us to expand our mind in our fantasies how their lives will be.

Like having Harry and Ron in Muggle world, Ron getting a driving licence have proven that all our 3 main characters lived in Muggle’s world instead. And for Harry to humble down and leave the Elder Wand and not bothering to find the resurrection stone has already proven that he doesn’t want to become anyone great and famous after everything is over.

(Too much celebrity)

So we can always enjoy ourselves posting our comments how they would have become within 19 years and beyond because it can be anything and it is indeed a never-ending-story.

The only question is, will Al one day be the heir of the Invisibility Cloak?

;)

have a blessed day everyone. Jessicca

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I really enjoyed the book, everything about it. I think the movie will be amazing. And hopefully an encyclopedia is on the way!

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I knew Harry was A horcrux!! I just knew it. One of the best Harry Potter books!!! I loved Neville chopping off the snakes head after pulling the sword out the hat. J K Rowling did such an wonderful job bringing everything together at the end. Really good read. Potterwatch was awesome!! I knew Snape was good and I had guessed that Dumbledore had asked him to kill him. But one thing I always thought Harry would have become the Defense Against Dark Arts Teacher at Hogwarts after the curse on the job died with You-know-who. Congrats J K Rowling you did it!!!

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I’ve been burning to post this for the past couple of days… glad my test post above made it through :)

I was disappointed to receive my book through the post at around 1:30pm on Saturday. I avoided going out completely to avoid getting spoiled at the bookstore. I hope that didn’t happen to too many people like it did according to the BBC reporter’s log. Anyhow, I had a head start thanks to the video of Jo’s midnight reading. [I visited the Natural History Museum in London in 1973 and remember the dinosaur skeletons, the blue whale and a group of baby elephants near the doorway out… Seeing her read there was odd, lovely, but odd.] I read like I’ve never read before and probably never will again. With breaks for food, water, and a bedtime story for the kids, it took me till 7:00am on Sunday, when I crawled off to bed, tired but feeling incredibly fulfilled.

I love that the epilogue was “traditional”, harking back to the conclusions of books like Catriona and Moonfleet. It looks like Harry has a relatively quiet life with his family, which no one can deny he’s earned.

Today I watched the Azkaban DVD with my kids to see if I could spot what Jo saw that forshadowed things that were to come in books 6 and 7. Other than things people have already speculated about in some excellent online articles, I thought the trio running down the hillside and Hermione and Harry running through the forest at night evoked their literally being on the run in Hallows.

Now this is probably the last thing Jo wants to hear, so I will gently say that I will be delighted to read the edited version of the septet, however long it takes to accomplish. ;) It is lovely to have the original version with all the … er… anomalies intact :D, and to know what might have been from her enthralling website :)

And Michael, I agree—Voldy = PWNZ0RED!!!!11 LOL

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I loved the book. It was the best book in the series! I loved the idea of the Deathly Hallows. I loved the expanse of it: this book spanned Hogwarts, forests, Godric’s Hollow, Malfoy Manor, Albania, so many places! I loved the big and the little details that went into it. I am so upset that it all has to end! Thank you, Jo, I started reading the books in 2004 and sharing Harry’s journey has been wonderful! And yes, I do like the song Peeves sings in the end of Book Seven!

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OK- I know its near heresy not to LOVE the book, but I didn’t LOVE the book. It didn’t feel like JK. The editing was poor, racing at one moment and then dragging though the woods for another dozen or so. There were so many shortcuts, and inconsistencies. I feel like the complex tapestry JK spent all these years weaving was torn up by a cat. A big, mean cat.I dont understand why at the plot lines that seemed to be the back bone of the book were abandoned in this volume. What about love being the weapon Harry has over Voldemort? Seems to me that luck and coincidence (stealing Draco’s Wand) Saved his butt again in the end. Not to mention, as someone mentioned somewhere, even if his sacrifice was based out of love, it didn’t destroy voldemort, voldemort’s own pride killed him when he tried to kill harry, besides the fact that we then spend a whole chapter discussing Descartes’s philosophies straight out of The Inferno, with a little bit of cordial monologuing from Dumbledore. Sending harry back to fight again cheapens his sacrifice. Plus, the “big dramatic fight scene” between the dark lord and the chosen one was the least satisfying duel in the whole series of books. one curse. voldemort crumbles. its too easy and it wasnt any doing of harry’s. It was the wand that won, not the boy, and frankly, if thats the weapon the dark lord dosent know about, im disapointed that it was reduced to a wand. What about their psychic connection thing? couldnt there have been an amazing battle between Voldemort and harry where they are using some kind of psychic warfare, battling eachother and have harry sacrifice himself for the good of all at the end? I guess I just wish it was harry’s innate qualities which we have seen grow and develop through the books that defeated voldemort. Also, it seemed like she opened up a a huge pile of plot for this volume, with dumbledore’s past and the Hallows. Ok, so dumbledore isn’t a saint, we are all shocked, it could have been done in one chapter. Not to mention it bears little importance to the overall plot because all it does is introduce Aberforth’s sadly stunted role (from my expectations) and drew us away from the quest and accomplishment of discovering and destroying the horcruxes. I mean seriously, oh, we just happened to think about going down into the chamber of secrets, which we blocked off the entrance to in book 2, and we got out by riding a phoenix…wait…how did we get out again? It doesn’t matter, it got a horcrux out of the way with little or no story behind it. Plus, if you discard the horcruxes as things which harry just needs to get out of the way to face voldemort, and focus on the Hallows, then lets consider the problem with the wand. Wands seem to pass between people like the flu in this book. who has who’s wands allegiance? Is it the physical capturing of a wand that makes it your own or is it a bond that passes along in the wizard regardless of the wands physical owner? Or is it just an undeveloped plot line which comes into play at the last moment to thwart voldemort while harry rambles on like a cartoon villain explaining his elaborate scheme? I guess I am just intensely disappointed that the theories ive seen on all these forums stand up better in JK’s created world than what she wrote herself. For all of you who saw aberforth as the dragon, i commend you. it was a beautifully crafted work well within cannon which seamlessly connected him and gringotts through his connection with goblins and explained his connection with goats. not to mention, it was much more convincing than the three main characters miraculously staying on the back of a hurtling untamed dragon as they make a daring escape out of the most protected magical building in Britain with simple blasting spells. Also all you who saw Arabella Figg as the squib who does magic and used her caring and protective nature to explain the still unexplained 24 hours between harry being attacked and rescued. Thank you for tying up the plot lines we cared about when JK decided not to. More than anything I wish she had not made so many promised she didn’t intend to keep. I take that back, Most of all I wish she hadn’t included such a sappy and confusing epilogue. Was that for all the 10 year old girls in the reading audience? She should have just printed it on pink paper and had the last few pages play boy band music as you read. What happened to the characters we actually care about? What are their jobs? who have they grown up to be? What about the Weasleys, Kreatcher, house elves in general, Hagrid, Mcgonnagal, Hogwarts, Grawp and my favorite Luna? This is not to say that it wasn’t a good read,it was undeniably entertaining. But frankly, when a world class author is trumped by fans on a theory site, its hard not to be let down. Lets face it, she needed another book to end the series properly, and unfortunately, now we will never have the chance to read all the story that it could have been.

Sorry for the long post…

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OMG…...What a great book! Although a couple of things bothered me-i found the epilouge a bit trying. happy families live happily together forever and so on. Maybe it would have been more powerful if Harry’s ultimate sacrifice had been lasting instead of tempoary? And Dobby! I am still crying! He was one of the most lovliest characters ever, although i’m sure it would’ve made him proud to know he died saving harry’s life! It was great the finalee was at Hogwarts!-it closed the series nicely-everything happened at hogwarts! I loved harry’s mum n dad walking him into the forest-how moving was that?

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Near the end, when Harry had “passed on” for what little time he did, I was on the verge of tears (I cried when Dumbledore died), and then I felt the thickness of how much of the book was left… I was even more saddened: Why wasn’t there more? Why couldn’t we see what happened IMMEDIATELY after Harry was thinking to himself about sleeping in a nice and cozy Gryffindor bed?

As soon as I brought myself to the end of Harry’s 17 year old life to his 36 year old fatherly figure I found myself thinking, “Why did it have to end so abruptly? I wanted to know more.” But alas, I shall have to cope as I am working on at this very moment.

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As much as I hate to do it, I’m forced to agree to some extent with LoveforLuna. I found the epilogue rather lacking (the last sentence almost single-handedly ruined the series for me) and towards the end it just felt like there was a rush to end the series as opposed to tying it up properly. Harry living, while naturally what everyone wanted, actually kind of disappointed me, as it just didn’t really make sense to me. Probably the only death that made me mad was Dobby’s (wtf JK), but it did seem kind of murder-happy there for segments. I did enjoy the Dumbledore history, despite how irrelevant his sister’s life was to the plot. I found all of the major coincidences rather disconcerting, though, as Harry just happened to have stolen Draco’s wand, to whom power over the Elder Wand was given, as Neville just happened to find himself under the Sorting Hat just so that JK could get rid of a Horcux (Nagini) in time to abruptly finish the book, that time after time after time Harry manages to escape just by a second, and after seven books of that it starts to get a little unbelievable. I probably couldn’t have ever found a more enjoyable series, however, I guess I just wish JK did a little more with the last book (no Hogwarts made me skeptical from the beginning anyway). A bit dark for a children’s series, eh?

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well, wat a read. Kept me going from 9:30 in the morning to 2:00 on sturday night. i just wish it was longer. it feels like im having to let go of something very precious to me now that the series has come to a close. It was so sad – Dobby. he was such a noble character. And tonks and lupin, that was awful but at least they died together. i spose lupin had to die, being the last of the mauruders (soz cant spell that). anyway i thought that was fitting and now it can start all ova again with new people. i wish in the 19 yrs later bit they told more about Teddy Tonks. wat had he been up to over the last 19 yrs – is he a werewolf. and snape – he turned out to be one of my favourits characters. its still sinking in that he was a goody. it was amazing. hope everyone enjoyed it as much as me!!

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Yes! I am vindicated – Snape WAS a good guy after all – I knew it!

For those of you still puzzling about Neville pulling the sword out of the sorting hat:

Remember Book 2? Harry pulled the sword out of the sorting hat – a true Gryffindor can do that. This just shows that Neville is a true, brave Gryffindor. Hurrah for Neville the snake-killer!

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yay!hermione and ron :) so pleased they r 2gether! cryed like a baby wen dobby and fred died! fab book loved the battle at the end go kreacher! loved seeing a different side to snape but wot does harry and the others do 4 a living? wheres luna? fab book thou x

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I loved the end. I was crying so hard when Harry was walking to the forest… and when dobby died…he was soooo brave. I’m so glad for Neville he was great. Snape was a big suprise for me, but i think it was good that he died. It would have been too awkward between him and Harry otherwise. Narcissa was really brave too. But it was horrible and funny at the same time when everyone thought Harry was dead. Yay and Voldemort is gone now. I can’t believe the first book came out when I was 5!!! !0 years ago!! Its the end of an era… but a great end.

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I think the foreshadowing in movie 3 was (the completely not-in-the-book scene) where Lupin tells Harry that Lily was extraordinarily kind, and was able to see the beauty in others, even if they could not see it in themselves. The actor playing Lupin had to decide how to deliver the line (he didn’t know how the series would end anymore than we did). It appeared that he may have been talking about how Lily treated him, but he meant Lily’s continued friendship with Snape. She remained his best friend for years despite “none of her other friends understanding why she even spoke to” him.

The significance of Harry having Lily’s eyes was that those who adored Lily (think of Slughorn in book 6- another whom she also accurately saw good in) could not help but be reminded of her when they looked at Harry, no matter how they felt about him. The pain and insult it must have caused Snape on a daily basis to see the eyes of the woman he had loved since he was nine years old in the face of the bully who tormented him since he was eleven. I think Snape truly blamed himself for her death (choosing the wrong side and later telling Voldemort about the prophesy), and the wound could never heal as long as Harry was nearby.

I have been completely off the mark about lots of stuff, but I knew Snape loved Lily since the third book. JKR knows how to write characters, and there was no other truly plausible explanation for Snape’s wild-eyed, manic, give-me-a-reason-to-kill-you-I’ve-hoped-for-this-moment-for-years behavior towards Sirius in the Shrieking Shack. Even Harry was shocked by this.

The significance of her eyes…? Snape’s last words, his last request, as he died in Harry’s arms, likely delirious from the loss of blood…? “Look…at…me…”

Devastating. I literally sobbed for a half hour.

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It was great the most satisfying ending of all the books I have ever read. Snape wanted to look into Harry’s Eyes because that was the only living connection to his one true love left to him. Neville is the man.and the G sword goes to the one with the Greatest need. pulled that out of the hat!!!and Molly OH MY!!! all in all it was great!

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I don’t believe it! I … DON’T BELIEVE IT! How could JKR have done this to us? How could she? We have been with her for more than a decade. We have been with Harry for seven whole years! How could she have done this to us! I JUST DON’T BELIEVE IT! There must be something wrong with my copy! .... You know, actually …

DH was fantastic! It is done in style, and in a style befitting JKR. When Dudley expressed his love, and did it in the most Dudleyish manner, I was touched right at the bottom. When Ron stormed out but came so dramatically, I couldn’t hold my tears. When Hermione showed how everything she loved could be sacrificed for the Friend she loved and for the cause she believed in … Friendship in its fullest power! Thumbs up to JKR.

The story continued like a wondrously “fitted jigsaw” and it was really satisfying. How Harry dealt with the last of the obstacles placed in front of him by Fate – when he himself had to make the very choice that his mother had made sixteen years ago – It was heartbreaking as well as soul-lifting. Fantastic and Wild! Just Delightful, and Inspiring!

Snape! ... Well, I, in my heart, was certain that Snape was good. Let me just say that this character, an epitome, a symbol and a summit of bravery, a man who loved as he hated, a man who showed how powerful love could be, was one of the MOST MEMORABLE characters in the history of fiction. JKR deserves what she got just for this character alone. Yet, at the very end … How could JKR let us down there, when we were emotionally …

We loved Harry, we loved his world, and we loved those people who loved him and those whom he loved. Before the end we would definitely wanted to say goodbye to everyone – Ginny, MR Weasly, Mrs Weasely, Bill, Charley, George, Neville, etc. We have been frantically waiting to celebrate, to see what the Daily Prophet would say of our heroes triumph. We wanted to see how Umbridge would be utterly bewildered to see what happened … how the wizarding world come to know what she did to our hero … We have been hooked to see how Hogwarts, our home in a way now, would return, how the world that we loved was jubilant on the Greatest Victory. We wanted to be part of the celebrations. But JKR … how could you? ... How could you?

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Well, after 8 years, half my life, reading the Harry Potter books, the wonderful saga has come to an end, and i must say i wasn’t quite prepared for how i would feel at the end of it…a strange mixture of satisfaction, relief and yet an empty hole, knowing there’s never going to be another countdown to the next book and its well and truly over. I don’t know if i’m thorougly satisfied with everything in the book yet, or whether im feelin shock or whatever, but there’s something i can’t quite put my finger on about the book, that i can’t really understand or really let go of yet.Hmm, maybe i have to read it again… Anyways, it was a great feeling to know that my suspicions about what would happen would come true(harry being a horcrux, that snape was good and had already decided with dumbledore that he was going to kill him), but i also feel like some of you, that not much was cleared up at the end, such as who else had survived (though i understand that J.K couldn’t have mentioned every character) and about the mourning of Remus, Tonks and Fred, besides others. Although i’m glad that more characters weren’t killed off, i had prepared myself for more fatalties, spose i can’t complain really :) I certainly got a feeling about what the characters were going through,the fact that there’s so much going on, things you have to contemplate and understand, that when people do die you have hardly any time for grieving before you have to move on, which again kinda amplifies the sense for some kind of closure on the deaths of loved ones, and is yet absent. Again, there are mysteries in the book that need explaining,whether J.K intended this or not to keep more interest in the book after it had finished i don’t know, i would have thought she would have wanted to lay everything to rest and i can’t believe that she could miss certain details out such as nevilles possession of the sword, how ron and hermione got out of the chamber of secrets etc, she’s got this far without making any mistakes, i wouldn’t have though it possible for her to fall at the last hurdle? Overall, i did love the book for the fact it managed to generate laughs even through the most dire situations and that it made me cry, which i don’t do often, when i least expected it (Dobby’s death, it was dressing him in the lil woollen hat that did it). It’s been an interesting journey, something that i can’t possibly ever experience again, so a massive thanks to the lady who made it all possible. Thanks J.K.

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i agree with LoveForLuna about this one thing: the speculations of fans all over the world were much more dramatic and fascinating than what actually happened as jkr wrote it. im not complaining though. i love the way the story ended (except for the epilogue) but the many chapters given to the trio’s forest wanderings could have been used to explain the loose ends hinted in the previous books. the middle chapters sagged pathetically i kept wandering if jkr would be able to finish the story smoothly. i think harry, ron and hermione were overexposed in those chapters while the rest of the population was barely mentioned.

then there’s the compressed chapters on dumbledore and snape. with loads of stuff to tell in a very short period of time (and print space), those chapters ended up too choppy it felt like i was reading a textbook about hallows, deaths and wands. snapes memory seemed like a series of badly edited snapshots in a movie although the overall story is amazingly brilliant.

there were a lot of things i would have wanted to know about: the restoration process after the war (not just the side note that kingsley became the temporay minister of magic)or maybe at least a graphic description of physical, emotional, and psychological state of the whole wizarding world, the impact of the war on the international wizarding community, a reprisal of the celebrations after voldemort’s first downfall in Philosopher’s Stone, how the weaslys grieved over fred’s death, the shame of the malfoys, the fate of the house elves (after they helped the wizards in the war),and perhaps a little justice to ginny. can you believe that she was almost left out of the story?

regarding the sword of griffyndor: when harry was in the chamber of secrets, fawkes brought him the sorting hat and later when the sword was needed, it was right there with the hat. according to dumbledore, only a true griffyndor could remove the sword from the sorting hat so that when neville (undoubtedly a true griffyndor) needed it, the sword reappeared. i think the spell that goes with the sword is something that is beyond the power of the goblins. it was godric’s sword after all.

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It seems to me a lot of people expect way too much from this book. People keep complaining about the Epilog. The book was already 800 pages, to include everything that happened between the end of the book and 19 years latter would have taken another 2000 pages. I think it was just JK’s way of saying: “And they all lived happily ever after.” Everyone is free to speculate about what happens in the 19 years in between, but we all can rest easy that no matter what the daily grid of those years holds, they live happily and peacefully. She also ended all speculation about Harry and Hermione getting together or about Harry being murdered a year after Voldemorts death by another death eater. Create your own theories as to what happens in the next 19 years, write a fan fiction if you want. The possibilities are wide open. I think the 19 years is an interesting number. Harry is 17 in the story and it fast-forwards 19 years into the future where he has a 12 year old child. Use your imagination as to what he did in the 7 years before he started having kids. I think the Epilog was a great way to show that everything works out. It’s satisfying to me to know that the hero gets his reward by being allowed to be happy. I loved the book and thought she did a great job tying up loose ends. It really shocked me when Harry died. I believed that one of the others was going to have to finish the job. It was definitely the most exciting action packed of all the books. My favorite line was “Oi, there’s a war going on here!” That one and “Stay away from my daughter you bitch.” Are now clasics.

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So many people have guessed few major plots in advance and I think JKR read their stories too. She did not change those plots but put them in very clever manner. The huge one was, when few people interpreted that Albus using Harry- Harry was just a pawn in his chess! JKR showed us Albus doing the same but in next chapter she made us realize that Albus was too wise.

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