Man, am I exhausted I just finished a 12 day work week and boy am I tired (took yesterday and today to sleep). Last weekend, I had to come in to help get our team ready for LinuxWorld (we even managed to get an entry under the Best System Management Tools category) and help get things ready for our demo. Then I had to take on the role of full support for the week as half our development team went on vacation. It wasn’t too bad, although there were the usual last minute rushes in terms of support. I’ve been offered a day off and I’m debating when to take it. I could take it tomorrow, although I probably should come in just to tell Laurie about all the bugs and problems that were found while he was gone. Maybe I’ll take Friday off? Who knows.
Anyways, I said I’d talk about Harry Potter, and I always keep my promises. If you’re a die hard and you haven’t read the book by now (I think three weeks is plenty of time), then it’s not my fault if you get spoiled by reading this. You have been warned.
So where to begin? It’s been a while since I read it (although I’ve read through it twice now) but I have to say that I really liked it. I’m not sure if it’s my favorite one (Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix are my two favorites right now), but it was still pretty good. I liked how it was Harry who was dead on in all of his theories while Ron and Hermione were off (much different in the previous books where Ron and Harry’s theories were totally wrong and it was Hermione who was right) and yet no one listened to him. I’m not going to draw parallels to it in my life, but I think Dumbledore was dead on when he said that “it’s harder to forgive someone for being right than it is for being wrong”. Really felt sorry for Harry. Have to admit, he took it pretty well in the end when Hermione and Ron weren’t able to successfully complete the tasks he set them to.
I found that this book didn’t have as many red herrings as the previous books, and that many of the details were bashed over the reader’s heads (re: Dumbledore and Harry’s “private” sessions). I guess that’s to be expected, considering there’s only one more book left in the series, and Ms. Rowling had to spell things out clearly. Speaking of which, I love how she finally put all those ‘Harry + Hermione’ rumors to rest. What was even funnier was the backlash by all the ‘shipper’s out there (can we say “delusional“? 😛 ).
As for the ending, well, I can honestly say that I never saw it coming although I shouldn’t be surprised. Harry’s got his own quest to finish and it’s fitting that he has to do it alone. I kind of figured that he wouldn’t be finishing school; I mean, it’s not like the final battle could be fought in between exams. As for the circumstances leading up to it, I’m sure there’s more to it than we’re led to believe. I’m sure Dumbledore knew what was going to happen, and I don’t think Snape is as bad as he seems. I’m sure Dumbledore, like Harry, knew what he was getting into and chose to walk with his head held up high. I still think Snape is an @$$ but all that taunting without fighting back and stopping the death eater from using crucio on Harry tells me that perhaps Snape is still on the right side, it’s just circumstance that made him have to cross to the other side.
I’m really looking forward to the next book and it sucks that it’s going to be at least a year and a half until we see it. I’m hoping it’s the longest book yet because I don’t want it to end. Looking forward to Bill and Fleur’s wedding and I don’t think Ginny’s going to let Harry off all on his own. It’ll probably be very different in tone to the last seven books, but I’m looking forward to seeing if Harry will even survive to the end of the book (as Ms. Rowling has refused to guarantee anything).