FYI, I was one of those smart-alecks (I am, after all, Librainy) who went to pre-order the book at 109.90 (got discount, so the price was actually 98 ringgit) and was pretty mad when the others went into a shopping frenzy at Tesco & Carrefour! *mutters angrily under her (good smelling) breath*
But if you have still not read the book, Tesco Shah Alam still has a cupboard full of them... WHY oh WHY???
Anyway like plenty of you out there who have read the book, or THE book, I think it was pretty much worth the wait, with tragic deaths to some of the characters. However, though, I think some characters who died weren't given much credit, e.g. Hedwig. How could she, like, just drop dead after being alive alongside the most pursued-after character in the book, Harry Potter? JK Rowling's way of "eliminating" her, in my opinion, was rather harsh, abrupt and unappreciative. (Dobby's death, however, was done with great respect. *sob* I loved Dobby! I mean, in a muggle-to-house-elf way, if you know what I mean)
Besides, Mad-Eye Moody also disappeared without a trace, so was Sirius Black (in the 5th book)... So some fans (like me) still linger to a strand of hope that they are alive, when in fact they are gone forever. But I must say that I simply lurrrved the idea of the deathly hallows, as its intrigue managed to keep readers (like me) suspenseful, craving for more as the story slowly unfold. (I don't really understand how the resurrection stone got him to get back from the dead, though. Enlighten me, please? someone...?)
Some parts were probably predictable, e.g. the part where Harry was a horcrux. I don't know 'bout you, but after finishing the 6th book, my elder sister had already "prophesised" that Voldemort (oops! the Taboo!) had to kill Harry to destroy a Horcrux, since
..........Neither can live if one survives..........and there was a scar left on Harry, which is pretty suspicious since it's supposed to be there for a reason, right?
Surprisingly, the part where I started to get bleary-eyed while reading was not the Fred dying part nor the Lupin and Tonks dying part, but the part where Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and even Ravenclaw students stood up for Harry and trusted that he could bring down Mr. V... I was also touched when Dumbledore's Army stood up for Harry (who was thought to be dead) when Mr. V gave the usual villian's let-me-brag-before-I-kill-you monologue at the edge of the forbidden forest...
It's mentally exhausting writing about HP 7, you know... But this is the last and only HP book that i'll be reviewing on so...
thanks, JK Rowling!
for weaving these amazing stories and bringing them to life! May the wizarding world live on in our hearts till the end of days...