Sunday, July 22, 2007

Harry Potter Trauma

It's not looking good. Finn disappeared into her room much earlier today and only came out for meals. First sign of real trouble: a brief foray to the fridge for the organic chocolate hazelnut spread. "I need it," she mumbled, heading back upstairs with jar and spoon. An hour later, she is almost finished. The book, not the jar. Well, maybe the jar too. But now a box of tissues has gone in there and I can hear muffled sounds and nose blowing. This can only mean one thing. I am going to be a basket case. She is much tougher than me emotionally and - more importantly - she has always been good at separating fictional characters from real people. I am going to be a basket case.

10 comments:

Jordyn said...

Oh goodness. Have you finished it yet? I have and I'd like to discuss it when possible. None of my friends are done so I can't talk with anyone...

Pomona said...

I hope you give us your verdict!

OR Melling said...

I thought it was utterly brilliant. An emotional roller coaster ride. What a story! What a story-teller! She doesn't give you a moment to relax. One of my favourite characters died and I cried buckets. I was right about Snape and Dumbledore, though my daughter had argued the point with me. (Must be careful not to spoil here.) Finally, though it was fun to read, I was deeply disappointed by the Epilogue. After all that drama and confrontation with evil, what is the result? Mediocrity. Is that the point of life? The secret of happiness? Marriage and children and an ordinary life? Hmm.

Sandi said...

I completely love the book! it was an amazing ride from page one.
I was ok with the Epilogue,but it was a little short.

By the way, I was in Barnes & Noble yesterday and looked for The Light-Bearer's Daughter, but they had NONE! I will have to get it soon.

jordyn said...

I agree that the Epilogue could have been better, but it was okay. Everytime my mother heard muffled sobs, she would come in, close the door, and ask who had died. It was a VERY wild emotional story. But wonderfully told!

Alex said...

When ever I cried my dad would come in (he does not care about Harry Potter at ALL) and asked me, "Has Harry died yet?" And every time I would throw my pillow at him. My mother stayed away from my room the whole day just because she didn't want me to ruin the book for.

paddy said...

I agree about the epilogue - let's all defeat evil, buy cars and get cushy jobs at Hogwarts.

But the rest was great. It even made sense, most of it. I always knew that Neville would be a hero.

jordyn said...

I love Neville! He's one of my favorites. I was very confused at the beginning but then it all was fine. It was a wonderful series and I'm sad it's over. But hopefully J.K.Rowling will still make that Encyclopedia.

Erik Buchanan said...

It was a brilliant book, and as near as I can tell, the point of the epilogue was to let everyone know that there were no more adventure stories to be had:

They all got married, they had kids, they lived lives, and 19 years later, they were still alive and well and it was time for their kids to start at Hogwarts.

I was a basket case when I finished reading it. It was brilliant.

Sparrow Misterioso said...

Hey O.R. Melling!

I just read that JK Rowling had originally planned for the epilogue to be more detailed. Apparently it had all the Weasley grandkids' names, and everyone's occupations as well.

She did say though, that some of the characters become Aurors and probably live more exciting lives than the epilogue implies.

I personally loved loved loved the whole(ish) thing!

Oh, and my dad and I were SURE about the Snape/Dumbledore thing, but sure in the sense that we were starting to seriously doubt our ideas once there were – what – 5 chapters left? That JK, always keeping her readers on their toes.