Monday, July 23, 2007
Summer Reading Thing 2007: Harry Potter 7 (no spoilers)
So, I didn't put Harry Potter 7 on my Summer Reading Thing 2007, but I've added it now. What was I thinking? Like I WASN'T going to read it this summer? Whatever. So I got it around 12:20 Friday night and finished it Sunday. Beyond the great story, I love seeing how Rowling's overall writing has improved. She's been a great storyteller ever since Sorcerer's Stone, but through reading her books you see her growth as a writer, and this one was really well done, with certain sentence structure and description I found myself wanting to remember for my own writing.
Last week I made the following predictions to an e-mail group I belong to, LDStorymakers. I believed the following would happen:
*Snape is good and had to kill Dumbledore to stay close enough to Voldemorte to help with the final scenes
*Ron and Neville die
*Hermonie and Harry comfort each other
*Serius comes back
*Draco Malfroy becomes good
*Harry becomes either a) an auror
b) the new dark arts teacher at Hogwarts
and then on Julie Wright's blog I said no way was Harry a Horecrux.
Well, I was right about one thing for sure, and kinda one other thing, maybe a third if you really stretch, but I won't tell you which ones.
I read this in about 8 hours, around page 300ish it sagged a bit for me, but it also seemed like there was a lot more introspection in this book which generally slows the pace. Rowling is brilliant in her descriptions of places and people, compacting so many details into a sentence or two, and her imagination leaves me in the dust. There were a few twists I didn't quite understand, and I should go back and read through them to get clear, but the book is 759 pages, I was lucky to read it once, let alone go back to it.
I loved the book and she ended it in a way that was very satisfying. I'm not even that sad that the series is over. If I were Rowling, I would want to end on a high-note and in our day of critics, how long can that last? Too much of a good thing eventually sours and so I'm impressed with her commitment to move on and wish her the best. Can't wait for the next two movies. I've watched the first four twice in the last two weeks--can't wait until we have all of them.