So, I finally read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Mo's Journal
So, I finally read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows|
I agree with most of your points here. At times I wanted to call it Harry Potter and the Deadly Exposition. She was much better at understanding the complex emotions than finding contexts to make them come out.
Isn't it interesting that the death of Dobby was the most powerful part of the book?
A lot of plotting clumsiness and if I had been her beta I would have said, "You can have the Gringott's raid or the fight in the Hidden-Stuff room but not both. And definitely not both leading to burns."
Although the ending had to be between Harry and Voldemort, I really feel it should have been more about the triumvirate. Ron and Hermione got ripped off. Also, as Min pointed out, Mrs. Weasley takes out Bellatrix? WTF?!! That one was clearly Neville's and I was so impressed by him in this book.
Thematically, I was very impressed with the way Voldemort's power was shored up on such weak legs. All his assumptions were poor and he was really a very hollow leader who only had fear on his side. The way Harry took that apart was elegant. LOL, everyone is so afraid to even say "Voldemort" through the series but Harry bypasses it altogether and goes for "Riddle".
My McGonagall moment was the transfiguration of the desks into an attack force: "CHARGE!"
|Date:||August 8th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)|| |
I thought Neville was wonderful, too. And so was his grandmother!
I did love Mrs. Weasley coming into the fray, though. There are all these Arthur/Molly and Ron/Hermione parallels and I wanted to see her distinguishing herself in battle, as Hermione has.
I also really loved how Harry called Voldemort "Riddle" at the end, saying to him so clearly that he couldn't remake himself into someone else.
|Date:||August 8th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)|| |
I agree with them all (I think :))
One thing, though... I thought that, after the third book, there wasn't a difference in the English and American versions (other than the covers)? There still is?
I also liked the Dumbledore weakness stuff, but felt it was a bit forced... I don't know... I still think she did an amazing job of tying so much together!
|Date:||August 8th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: Excellent observations/comments
There were fewer differences between versions for a while there, but there were definitely still differences.
With the sixth book, on second reading Zara and I read them together. I read the UK version aloud and she read the US version silently and stopped me whenever there was a difference. A lot of them had nothing to do with cultural or linguistic differences - they seemed to be editing difference. And there were whole paragraphs different in the section on Dumbledore's death.