Harry Potter and the Re/Read of The Deathly Hallows
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Welcome to our group re/read of the Harry Potter series for 2014! There aren't any hard guidelines as to when you should read or what format you should use, we're just happily revisiting (or enjoying for the first time) this wonderful series of books together!
I'm hoping that we'll not only share that we ARE reading, but will celebrate the moments that we love and have a lively discussion of what makes these books mean so much to us!
That said, I would like to see some information when everyone posts, so please use this form when starting your posts:
Format: (book, ebook, audio/ US version, UK version)
Chapter: (mentioning the chapter you are currently discussing will help us keep up with each other and let new readers avoid spoilers!)
Chapter: 2, The Vanishing Glass
Threads for all the books:
The Sorcerer's Stone
The Chamber of Secrets
The Prisoner of Azkaban
The Goblet of Fire
The Order of the Phoenix
The Half-Blood Prince
The Deathly Hallows
The Supplemental Reading List
Otherwise, LET THE FUN BEGIN! Invite your friends!
Chapter: finished book
I remember very clearly reading this book for the first time. I picked it up at a midnight release party and sped home to start reading. I think I read clear through until about 7am at which point I napped and then started reading again immediately. I was completely engrossed and couldn't bear to put the book down. I finished it that day and immediately started it again for a second, more measured reading.
While there have been plenty of people who complained that this book wasn't set at Hogwarts or that all the tramping about was boring and pointless, I loved the tone of this and how Rowling repeatedly reinforced this idea of growing up and setting aside childhood things to make really hard decisions. Harry's split with Ginny, deciding not to return to Hogwarts, loosing Hedwig, relying on only Hermione, Ron, and his own skill and intelligence to solve these problems, these were all things that signaled that the trio had grown up, that they were willing and capable of making the right choices. I love how their relationships and character are tested and how they put themselves back together.
The battle of Hogwarts still makes me cry. Listening to it in the car on a two hour drive yesterday still had the tears flowing. The terrible losses and the beautiful redemptions. The trip into Snape's memories makes my throat clench up just thinking about it. The Resurrection Stone scene... constant gut punches.
I don't LOVE the long conversation at Platform 9 3/4 where Dumbledore conveniently lays it all out or the drawn out speech Harry gives Voldemort to explain some more. These were the worst excesses of telling rather than showing that Rowling falls into. I wish the information could have been imparted some other way that breaking the action to give an oration. But it's forgivable.
Like many others thought, I'm not a fan of the epilogue. I appreciate that Rowling let us know who ended up with who and that they are happy and safe and that all is well. I just hate that we don't get to see any of the happiness and healing. I desperately want to know what happened in the days after the battle, I need the closure of some funerals. I want to see Harry and Ginny getting to know each other without loaming disaster. I want to see Ron and Hermione exploring each other in a new way (get your minds out of the gutter). I want to meet Teddy Lupin and see Harry's relationship with him. I WANT WEDDINGS! I also want to see the mundane of the Potters and Weasleys just being the best of friends in a world that isn't full of menace anymore. Do they have dinner parties? Do they go for drinks after work? Do they drift apart like high school friends do so often but never completely because they are family now? I WANT TO KNOW. I NEED TO KNOW. A scene on the train platform could never satisfy that.
But it's a tall order and she'd be writing forever to make us all happy. I accept that. I don't like it, but I accept it. I've grown up too.
What I still do not understand is: Harry says like "Voldi, start to regret..." and that sentence seems to have the most effect on Voldi- Why? He was convinced that he would win the duell. I would have expected him to laugh or say "There is nothing to regret." Any idea?