Thoughts on Harry Potter

Two years ago when I got to the end of “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince,” the sixth book in the popular series, I was most annoyed. It was the first book in the series that didn’t stand out as a complete story on its own. It ended sadly and abruptly and left me hungry for the rest of the story. I couldn’t believe I had to wait for the next book to find out what happens.

I thanked ArmlessBear for not giving any spoilers away, and I won’t here either. But I just finished reading the final book in the saga, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and I was not disappointed.

It’s probably not the best book of the series — there was a bit in the middle that went on little longer than I thought it should. I also could have done without the epilogue. When good books end, part of the enjoyment is fantasizing your own postscript. However, author J.K. Rowling certainly kept me turning those pages over the past few days. I was up one night reading “The Deathly Hallows” until 2am! When I realized what time it was and decided I should try and get some sleep, I couldn’t because the story was keeping the neurons in my brain so very active.

I thought Rowling did a great job of keeping you guessing about the final outcome. At one point I decided things would happen one way, then a chapter or two later I changed my mind, and then a little later I would settle on something else. The previous book left us with a big question as to whether one of the characters was good or evil. I won’t say how it turned out, but I will say that I knew it! When he…

Oh that’s right, I promised no spoilers.

I’ve only read the seven Harry Potter books once. And the last few, I really just flew right through. Now that my eagerness to read the end of the story has been satisfied, I think I’ll start over and really savor things. The story line is so rich and detailed, it’ll be interesting to discover all of the things I didn’t catch the first time around.

One comment on “Thoughts on Harry Potter

  1. I’m currently in the process of re-reading. I’m on book 4 now – almost at the end. You can really see how she was already shaping the end.
    I’ll be glad when I’m done and can get back to some other books — like the Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials (Golden Compass et. al.). Kids books too, but less so than HP.

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