If you haven’t read it yet, go away. Sorry. SPOILERS AHEAD.
If you are still reading this, I’m assuming you’ve already finished the book. Did you like it? I think it’s good, and I’m happy with it, but a little bit confused. The whole wand ownership/allegiance transference thing baffles me. How did the Elder wand end up in Dumbledore’s tomb if Draco took it when Dumbledore died? Is that answered in Half-Blood Prince? I went looking for it, but couldn’t find anything. How could Harry have gained the allegiance of the Elder wand by capturing a DIFFERENT wand from Draco? Is that supposed to be what happened?
I couldn’t figure out how Neville got the Sword of Godric Gryffindor. After I finished reading, in Google, I searched “Neville sword gryffindor” and found an explanation on Yahoo Ask!, which said that the sword will always come out of the Sorting Hat for a true Gryffindor who has fought bravely and who needs the sword. This fact, which is from Chamber of Secrets, was just put forth too long ago for me to remember.
I also saw the Order of the Phoenix movie on Saturday. I know some people who read the book didn’t like it much, but I liked it. I like seeing everyone grow up, and seeing Tonks, who is one of my favorite characters, but who was unfortunately under-utilized in the film. It was fun to see the movie while reading the book – I kept the actors voices and faces in my head as I read. Again, I know that some people object to this, but it doesn’t bother me. One thing I think the films have done well is to choose actors who embody the characters very accurately. I never have the experience of feeling like the film character was nothing like the book character, though I know some people think differently about this.
This book was really worth the wait, and not at all a let-down. I was afraid it might be, so I’m glad to not be disappointed. I even enjoyed the sort-of-cheesy epilogue. I admire Rowling for her unflinching portrait of evil and its effects. She treats her readers with respect and doesn’t soft-pedal. I think she killed off characters judiciously, choosing characters whom we love, to make us feel sad, but not killing Harry, Ron, or Hermione, which would have felt exploitative to me. I’ve thought since Goblet of Fire, when she had Cedric die, that she was a brave writer. I cried a lot when Cedric died, then again for Dumbledore. I started crying in Deathly Hallows on about page 600, and didn’t really stop much until I was done the book.
(Book 34, 2007)