Update~I finished it over the weekend.
I liked book 6, although it was really like Rowling had discovered boys the day before she wrote it. In the first 5 books there is literally one scene with anything even vaguely sexual going on.(People in the bushes at the yule ball, lavender giving ron funny looks) In the sixth book everyone is making out left and right and getting it on, even the waitress is described as "curvy" and attractive.(rosmerta) It was really a little wierd...its not like kids are asexual at age 16, but then turn super-horny at 17.
Honestly I thought harry staying away from Ginny was a little dumb, and Rowling watched spiderman a few too many times in between the books. One of the main themes of the book is love, and sacrifice, which is what ultimately allowed Harry to triumph, yet when true love is planted in his face he turns it away?(dumb)
I find book 7 to be satisfactory with little surprises... The ending battle at hogwarts is good except that she completely glosses over several important people dying. I even found the Horcrux plotline to be moderately interesting, but the Deathly Hallows angle was just a crappy way for harry to win IMO, and very anti-climactic. I was not surprised at all regarding Snape, it was pretty obvious to me he was in love with Lilly because of previous flashback scenes, dumbledores assurance of his allegiance, and when snape actually turned.(Right as lily was targetted, since it was obvious he had no love for James) Rowling also sold the idea that he was "evil" waay waaaaay to hard for him actually to be.
I also found the very end to be pretty weak... voldemort dies, and the book ends about 2 pages later with harry, ron and hermione in dumbledores office. She did such a great job with the battle at hogwarts, created a great scene when harry is being carried up to the castle by hagrid... then it just ends.
I didn't go back to look, but if Voldemort was using the Elder wand which couldn't hurt harry because harry was the true owner, how did the original Avada Kedavra "kill him" in the woods, and if it did "kill him" wouldn't that have transfered ownership of the wand?
The epilogue was beyond ridiculous, and to me shows the childish nature with which she writes...I mean honestly, after all the horrible things draco has done, they are just going to let him go back to living a normal life? Its way beyond realistic.
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