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Friday, August 31, 2007

THE END OF HARRY POTTER


What a bummer—Harry Potter is finished! I enjoyed every moment of these books and movies, and the neatly tied present that is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows magically produced a Christmas in July!

Rob likes to laugh at us HP fans, but JK Rowling did a great job developing her story. Over the years we grew to know her characters—and not only the main characters. We can envision Hogwarts, The Burrow, the Forbidden Forest, and all the strange and magical happenings—good and bad—created from her imagination. We knew from the beginning where the confrontation would be, and once the world got over the witch and wizard thing and stopped complaining about it, we all settled down to enjoy the magical ride. I’m not sure it’s a negative that the Harry Potter books have joined the likes of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher in the Rye on the banned books list. What marketing accompanied the books! Do you know any Harry Potter fan who has not, in the past ten years, gotten some sort of HP paraphernalia? I have some miniatures, bookends, and an empty book jacket box to store my "valuables."

My Red Hat group, Blithe Spirits, saw the last three movies together, and I’m sure we’ll see the next two together as well.

But about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows….What I loved was the consistency with which Rowling developed the tale. A friend saw her on a TV interview, and she had shoeboxes with notes and little pictures. She knew how the plot and characters would develop, and she drew objects so she could accurately describe them to us. Success is all hers.

Knowing the prophecy, of course I wanted to find the end of the story, but there were other things I wanted to learn. (I’m intentionally being vague here because I don’t want to give anything away from this book or the earlier books just in case you desire to delve into the tales.)

I’d become quite fond of the main characters naturally, though I can honestly say that Harry was not my favorite; I sometimes found him too teenager-ish, arrogant and self-centered. But I liked Neville Longbottom a lot. He had such a sad history, and he kept popping up. I wanted to see what was going to happen with him. I was also extremely curious about Severus Snape. Sometimes he seemed to be on Harry’s side, and sometimes he seemed to be too dark. I wanted to know the truth. (funny to say that about fantasy fiction)

There were other loose ends lying around, and I wanted Rowling to tidy them up. She did, and I was not disappointed. No loose ends; no unanswered questions. Just a sigh as I finished. The adventure is over.





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