Good morning ya’ll – it’s Harry Potter post day, and it’s a sad one indeed because WE’RE DONE WITH THE SERIES. And holy crap on a cracker, so many sad times in one section.
So let’s go through my notes. Warning: There might be a lots of shouty parts…
- NEVILLE! How awesome is he? So awesome. He’s all beat up, but he’s so happy to see Harry and the gang, and look at him being all assertive and take-charge and casually telling Aberforth to send people down the passage. And double-hooray for his bad-ass grandma! It’s so nice to see how proud she is of him now :)
- So obviously it wasn’t the smartest move, but GOOD FOR HARRY standing up for McGonagall when Amycus spit in her face. Gallant, indeed.
- The battle begins! It’s so great to see everyone gearing up to fight. And it’s hella cool that McGonagall brings the statues and suits of armor to life to defend the castle.
- I’m SO happy that Ron has a moment of genius and thinks of going to the Chamber to get those basilisk fangs… and then RON AND HERMIONE FINALLY KISS! Over house-elf rights!
I don’t care what anyone says, they totally belong together. Is Hermione generally out of his league? Of course, but they’re still so awesome together. He is goofy and that gives some balance to how serious she can be, and Ron is SUCH a good character, and I’m a little mad at J.K. for not giving him more time to shine. Anyways, love them.
- And then seven goddamn pages later, Fred is gone.
Out of all the dying in this entire book, I think I cried the hardest over his death. There’s something just so extra-heartbreaking about it, because all of his siblings are so devastated and he was so happily joking with Percy… ugh. I just can’t.
- So then the crew heads down the tunnel to the Shrieking Shack… am I remembering book 3 wrong? Cause I don’t remember Sirius and Lupin and having to crawl through that tunnel. But whatevs.
- And then Voldemort conveniently kills Snape via Nagini instead of using the Killing Curse, which means Snape can give his memories to Harry… Oh Snape. You complex, sad bastard. I love that when this book was brand new, the part about Snape loving Lily COMPLETELY blind-sided me. Did not see that coming.
Was he kind of a total asshole throughout the entire series? Yeah. But he was tortured by unrequited love, and I’m just so sad for him.
- Aaaand we find out that Remus and Tonks are gone. I teared up at that too, because come ON. They had so little time together. I guess at the very least, it’s comforting that one didn’t have to go on living without the other, because that would’ve been awful. And poor baby Teddy… but he’ll be all right, cause you know. He’s a baby.
- So then the stuff happens with Harry realizing that he’s gotta die and he goes off to do that… and it was sad and touching, but… *shrugs* I think that this part never really got to me because I knew there was no way he was really going to die. I was just glad he got to talk to Dumbledore again and get it cleared up that he wasn’t just groomed and prepped to throw his life away to Voldemort.
- NEVILLE AGAIN! Being such an awesome, bad-ass character and killing Nagini. He’s come such a long way. And I think that this kind of shows that even if Voldemort HAD gone to Neville’s house that one night 17 years ago and ruined his life instead of Harry’s, Neville would have grown up just as good-hearted and competent to fight Voldemort as Harry did.
- Goddamn you, Kreacher. I STILL DON’T LIKE YOU. Cause I hold a grudge, apparently. But Dobby would’ve been proud.
- Mrs. Weasley! *claps* Good for her! And ding dong, Bellatrix’s crazy ass is dead! Although I kind of liked how totally insane she was, I’m also REALLY happy to see her gone because she killed Sirius and that will never be okay.
- So obviously we’re all proud of Harry for winning! And then for wisely giving up the two more dangerous Hallows. But as for the Elder Wand… couldn’t he have broken it and just tossed it into the lake with the giant squid? Because putting it anywhere and NOT destroying it seems risky. There are still Hallows-fanatics out there, and an entire castle full of people saw and heard Harry’s chat with Voldy, so eventually someone would work it out… but whatever. Clearly we’ll just assume that neer happens.
- I love that J.K. ended it with the epilogue, although it wasn’t NEARLY comprehensive enough. But I guess until she finally gets around to writing the Harry Potter Encyclopedia, we’ll have to rely on the HP Wiki.
Well that was emotionally exhausting! But before I end this and go on my lunch (because of course I’m typing this at the last minute at work), I want to give two major thanks, which I know I’ll probably repeat in next week’s wrap-up post, but I feel it needs to be said now:
1 – To J.K. Rowling, for writing this unbelievably amazing series. We nitpicked the CRAP out of it during this readalong, and I possibly love it even more. It is beautifully brilliant.
2 – To Alice, for putting this genius readalong together! And to all the other readalong participants. Love to all you guys!