12 thoughts on “El finito

  1. It’s your blog, you should go first. Though I will say I liked it overall. I’m appalled at the hate coming from some of the fandom. Seriously, did they really think it would end with a bondage scene between Harry/Draco or Hermione/Snape or Hagrid/Ron or whoever they’ve been slashing for the past 10+ years?

  2. I think I actually did want to see Harry die; just so that the crazy fans could stfu about her writing another one, because you know they want that. And I guess the most crazy of fans can always dream that stuff. Until then, they’ll have to rely on fanfic sites, of which there are plenty, I am sure.
    I was overall pretty happy with who ended up dying and whatnot, even if some people won’t get over the Lupin/Tonk sorts of cop out.

  3. I have to say that damn, I am good at predictions. I knew the whole Snape/Lily thing would happen, and I wasn’t too far off with Harry as the Christ-figure with an “I’m not dead yet!” moment. I liked it over all, though it was immensely slow. Like, I wanted to gouge my eyes out in the chapters between the wedding and Gringotts. Hated the epilogue.

  4. Really? I thought the book, on the whole, had more action stuff happening than any of the others. I can’t imagine how you even made it through books 1-4 if you thought THIS was boring.

    I tore through it and liked it… not that I think it’s a brilliant piece of literature, but it was fun and was exactly what it needed to be

  5. The camping in the English countryside bits were too slow. The deaths didn’t make any sense–they were simply there because someone had to biff it, and maybe it was too much to have anyone more important than Snape die. There is a huge nonsequitur for me with how Snape gets the sword into the woods. That’s just wierd. And then Ron all of a sudden showing back up too. I actually liked the epilogue. It was charming, I thought, and provides just enough not-closure to satisfy me, because it’s enough to piss a lot of people off.

    The story of the three brothers/myth of the Deathly Hallows is very compelling, I think, and the visit to Mr. Lovegood is one of my favorite passages in the book.

    Overall, I think this book is better than Order and Half-Blood. As good as the others.

  6. For me, I didn’t think the camping scenes were too slow. I actually likened the journey to Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan) book one, where each group is on this little adventure. But I agree with Matt in that this book had way more action than any of the others. Whichever book it was that began with all the Quidditch crap was the one that took me the longest to get into. (Book 4?) I was sold on Snape getting the sword into the forest; he was trusted. And I found that whole unrequited love idea to be very solemn and compelling. That has to be tough on a person, even one who we’ve been brought to believe is cold-hearted.

    And yes, the three brothers story actually sort of freaked me out; it was well-written and eerie. (I was alone at night when I read it)

    I also agree that the ending was good because she had to make sure everyone knew that she wasn’t going to write another one, no matter how many fans beg for it.

  7. I liked the idea of the ending, but thought it was poorly executed. It was too busy and way too tidy. (I’m still hung up on Ron and Hermione’s kid, Hugo. Hugo?! WTF?) I felt that perhaps she should have done sort of a block of information on each character, like ending credits on a film. Other authors have done it successfully, and it achieves the same purpose without a kitschy ending.

  8. I might, might get a copy and read it on the plane (I was more excited about the new Stephanie Plum, it was awesome!)… I’m lukewarm on the whole thing anyways.

  9. Question…. how did whatshisnuts (Neville?) get the sword at the end? Maybe I missed something, but I thought that goblin nabbed it before they left Gringotts, and that was the last I’d heard of it until Neville whipped the thing out…

  10. Dumbledore told Harry in The Chamber of Secrets that “only a true Gryffindor could pull that out of the hat.” Voldemort had summoned the hat down to the Hogwarts grounds to “re-sort” Neville, a pureblood, into Slytherin. I guess the magic properties of the sword and/or hat allowed him to pull it out when he was in the greatest need.

  11. That is indeed what I heard. I also found a transcript of an interview with JKR and she confirmed this. I like that the series is done so she can talk about it all freely.

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