Posted by: bridget | 22 July 2007

HP7 Review & Open Thread

Alert: Spoilers below.

Spoilers contain not just plot details (i.e. who bites the dust), but mechanisms, Horcruxes, etc.  If you have not read the book but still want to savour it (hi, Queen of Swords), please read later. :) 

The comments section is for just that – please feel free to ruckus about.

Potential inconsistencies: Neville pulled Gryffindor’s Sword out of the Sorting Hat (as Harry had done in a previous book), although the sword had been given to Griphook.  Perhaps Gryffindor retained ownership of the sword after death, so that Harry could not properly give it to anyone else.  (Dumbledore’s grant of it in his will was, therefore, only to tell Harry how to destroy a Horcrux and to give him the right to take it from his office.)  Therefore, when Neville showed courage and chivlarly, he was able to take the sword (temporarily) from Godric Gryffindor.

Explanations for Harry’s ability to cheat death: Dumbledore gave him two possible explanations.  The first is that Voldemort could not kill him without dying as well, as V. has some of Harry’s blood (see the end of Book 4, where Dumbledore looks pleased by the revelation that V. took H.’s blood).  The second is that Harry mastered the Hallows.  Which is it?  Also, if Voldemort had physical possession of the Elder Wand, how could Harry unite the Hallows? 

Speaking of which, the Elder Wand passes to the person who takes it by force from its previous owner.  Draco did that at the end of Book 6.  Yet, for some reason, when Harry took Draco’s own wand from him, it made Harry the rightful owner of both Draco’s wand and the elder wand.  Huh?

Magical law: lots of it in Book 7 – which was a nice change.  Ron and Hermione occasionally mentioned the Five Laws of Magical Transfiguration.  Hermione, in Ch. 7, nailed Scrimgeour with estate and wills law – of the wizard world, of course.  When Harry, Ron, and Hermione schemed with Griphook, Bill mentioned that goblins have a different sense of ownership than do wizards and humans.

Harry is a Horcrux: sigh, fine, this elephant was wrong. JK tells us that the mechanism was not a traditional one, however; it was simply that Voldemort’s already fractured soul splintered a seventh time (to make eight portions) as it was already so unstable.

Horcruxes: Diary; locket (from Slytherin); ring (which was also part of the Deathly Hallows); Nagini (incidentally, could she have been killed by something other than Fiendfyre, Gryffindor’s sword, or a basilisk fang?); the Ravenclaw diadem; the Hufflepuff cup; and Harry.  At the end of Book 6, Dumbledore said that the idea of having a Horcrux from each Hogwarts House would appeal to Voldemort; yet, he did not (deliberately) make a Gryffindor horcrux.  One can only speculate what he may have found in Godric’s Hollow to use for a Gryffindor horcrux (fuelled by the murder of the Potters), or if he would have done so even if he had lived. After all, his strongest enemies were Gryffindors. 

Great lines: pachyderm favourite goes to Molly Weasley at the grand finale fight: “NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!” before finishing Bellatrix Lestrange.

Death eaters dying: JK doens’t even bother to give us names, after a while; we just know that Voldemort offs wizards right and left.  (In fact, there isn’t even a final body count.)  Of all the people to finish Bellatrix, Molly is not the obvious one; either Lupin or Tonks would have been a better choice, so as to avenge Sirius’s murder. 

Mother bears: We finally see everything that happened on Halloween, 1981 (i.e. 16 years before the current book, which presumably takes place in 1997).  Lily Potter was quite tough.  If that’s not enough, we have Molly Weasley (see above), who kicked some butt after Bellatrix had the audacity to go after Ginny.  Even Narcissa Malfoy played that role: she forsake her duty to Voldemort to get information from the living-but-appearing-dead Harry about Draco.  Neville’s Gran put up Dawlish into St. Mungo’s for weeks, then told Neville that she was proud of him and to keep it up. 

The ending: no complaints about the plot, but a few things were missing.  Fred died, but there was little mention of that beyond stating that he was dead.  JK gave us more human emotion over Cedric’s death.  Snape’s portrait was not on the wall of the Headmaster’s office. How sweet it would have been for his portrait to applaud Harry with the others; also, to  know that Snape’s portrait would look upon Albus Severus Potter.  Snape was a legitimate Headmaster, having been appointed by the Ministry – and one whose sole goal was to vanquish Voldemort and safeguard Hogwarts.

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Responses

  1. Is this why you don’t have a date Friday night? :-)

  2. I’m enough of a nerd that my date was with a book. :p

    You don’t want to know what my love life is like these days….

  3. “You don’t want to know what my love life is like these days….”

    Actually, I am afraid I could make a pretty good guess. Chances are it resembles my love life during law school (except for the last year- when I met my wife).

  4. (previous comment continued) Our experience is probably much similar, except for my experience involved replacing Harry Potter books with Playstation 2 and the game Grand Theft Auto III. I tried the local bar scene twice, got drunk once, and got hit on by more than a few rather…well I’ll just say…excessively “curvy” local women.

    As you can see staying home and playing video games was much more enjoyable than going to the local bar and having to deal with the locals try to act tough over whether or not they would let a “law-hole” use the pool table. Although I am sure that guy will always remember how I cleaned the pool table with him- I am referring to both the game and the fight that ensued soon immediately thereafter.

  5. LMAO!! What did we tell you about beating on poor fools with a tenth your brains? Sigh….


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