Monday, July 23, 2007
Potter postscript: Enjoy yourself
I'm not quite done yet with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." That's OK; I'm taking my time.

That's unusual for me. I read the last three Potter books at a gallop. I reviewed one of them and oversaw reviews for the other two. This time around, with our Potter review contributed by CNN's London bureau, I was determined to take my time. (The fastest review was apparently done by a British speed-reader working for the tabloid The Sun. She read "Deathly Hallows" in 47 minutes.)

This is the last book, after all -- most likely -- and it seems worth taking a breath to appreciate what Jo Rowling has accomplished: A richly imagined world, which has inspired incredible enthusiasm and unheard-of sales. All for a book.

(Anecdotally, the Potter fans at the bookstore the other night were majority female. Does Potter have a larger female fan base than other fantasy works I'm aware of, particularly one starring a boy?)

The Potter frenzy has been often compared to Beatlemania, and that has me thinking of how many times the music industry has hoped for another Beatles, and -- occasional superstar crazes notwithstanding (Elton John, the Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, etc.) -- never really gotten one.

We may never see the likes of the Harry Potter phenomenon again. So I'm certainly going to enjoy it.

Now, back to the book.
I just finished "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." I've been a Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling fan from the beginning. If you want to know what's in the book, you'll have to read it yourself. It was a fabulous read and J.K. Rowling tied up all the loose ends. Thank you, Ms. Rowling for bringing the magic of reading and imagination back to children (and adults!)
well said I agree entirely that this book must be enjoyed i just finished this book(took me 3 days from relees).I will be re-reading the book now that I finished it to better grasp the details I highly recomend this saga to anyone who enjoys reading.
Finished reading the book for the second time this morning. I think that this book was the best of the bunch.
I reread the whole series last week so it would all be fresh in my head when I read book 7. It exceeded expectations- I couldn't put it down- I stayed up all night (Sat 1AM to 8AM) reading it. I read it a 2nd time Sunday since I thought I might have missed some bits. I laughed & cried & just loved the epilouge bit. The whole experience was very moving. I will miss the excitement of there being more to come in Harry's world but felt it was all tied up very nicely.
Unfortunately, I was *very* disappointed in the final book and it has little to do w/ the fate of HP. I thought the middle was a bit drawn out (camp, move, camp, move, bicker, camp, move). I was also looking forward to the revelations of Snape's loyalties (good OR bad) - and I must admit, finding out was a bit anticlimactic. Snape's one of the most complicated characters in the series . . . and that's all he gets? 1 Chapter to let us know his motivations and ultimately, his loyalty? Sigh. I was also disappointed in the amt of "screen time" given to Neville - he's been a sidekick of the trio since day 1 and he was barely mentioned . . . I felt Luna was left out too but to a lesser degree. And don't get me started on that epilogue - it was pure cheese. It felt so contrived and unnecessary. It told me what I already knew and assumed. Ugh. I've been in LOVE w/ the series since the beginning and have invested my emotions into the characters . . . I just wish they had a better send off. :(
Well, I read it at a fairly rapid clip...but then, after I finished it and took care of some slightly-neglected physical needs, I went back and reread about the last 4-6 chapters, just to make sure I got it all. And I'll probably reread the whole thing eventually.

I liked it. I would have rather seen a couple of chapters of more immediate denoement than the epilogue as presented - too much gets left out. But in the Great Scheme of Things, that's a quibble.
Todd, I hope you've finished the book by now because if you don't know how it ends yet, probability says someone will reveal it to you very, very soon...but not now, fear not! ;-)

In terms of old Harry and his legions of female fans....well,it's just impossible now to separate Daniel Radcliff from Harry Potter. I would argue that even JK imagined Daniel's face when penning the latest adventure for you boy/man wizard.

Will be interesting to see if any spin-offs emerge as time goes by.
I thought the book was great. My mother, who hasn't read it, asked if I felt sad that it was over, and the answer was, no, I felt very satisfied. There was no further to go. It ended perfectly. I did not guess everything that was going to happen. I felt that Rowling was true to the harshness and loss of war, to the characters, and to the ties of family and friends. I also liked the "cheesy" ending -- what's wrong with a little happiness? It is a children's book, however dark it got. I did want to know what Potter did for a living -- I predicted Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, but it does not appear that way, does it? Can't wait to read it again. Thanks for a very satisfying trip, JK.
With exception of the epilogue, I loved this book, though I didn't understand why certain characters had to meet their demise.

I cried throughout, but mostly about an hour after I finished reading, when it hit me it was over. After all, I've loved most of these characters for years and will miss them.

Yes, we still have the comfort of two movies coming, but if they are anything like The Order of the Phoenix - well, that was a disappointment to say the least.

So I say goodbye to Harry, Ron, Hermoine, Hagrid and the rest. And a sincere Thank You to JK Rowling for giving us this story, these characters, and their world.
Just finished. Great read, satisfying ending, but I'm so sad it's over. I feel as if I've said goodbye to a good friend.
I loved this book, with the exception of Snape's chapter and the epilogue. I wish she went into greater detail about what every one (major characters) was doing nineteen years later. And Snape was one of my 4 favorite characters in the series, so I'm disappointed that he received only one chapter. Sigh. Trust me, JKR could have added 200 more pages to the book and fans definitely would not have mind.
Thank you J.K Rowling for tying up all the lose ends finishing the end with a fast-forward view into the future (19 Years Later). I cried with Snape’s demise, especially when his final moments of his life, ended looking into Harry Potter's (Lily’s) eyes. It was a fitting end of a long lost unrequited love.

I say Good-by to Harry Potter, Ron, Hermione and the whole magical world of Hogwarts with a heavy heart and hope the final film will do the last book justice and not skim and skewer, like the latest film “Order of the Phoenix”.
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