August 8th, 2007


So, I finally read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Now that everyone has finished talking about it, I've read it. I wasn't just being contrary. I don't like reading the Americanized versions and besides, my kids got first crack. So, I ordered an English language copy {g} and just finished it this morning. Just in case there's someone on my flist for whom it would still be an issue, I'll put anything that spoils behind the cut.

I did not read any real spoilers in advance of reading the book. I did read some leaked spoilers, some of which turned out not to be true.

I have said since reading the first book that the following would happen in the last one:

- Good would triumph over evil
- Voldemort would die
- Snape would turn out to be a good guy in the traditional "weak heavy" sense and would consequently die
- Harry would end up with Ginny
- Ron would be the big hero in the end, killing Voldemort

My reasoning for the last two (at a time when all we see of Ginny is two seconds on the platform at the train station) is that there was no reason for Ron to have a sister other than to marry Harry. The core of the tension in the Ron/Harry friendship is that Ron envies Harry his fame and Harry envies Ron his family. So, I reasoned, in the end the tension is resolved because Ron gets fame and Harry joins the Weasley family.

So how did I do?
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So all told a good read in my opinion, but if I were JKR's beta, I would have sent some of it back to work on.