I started out writing all kinds of notes for this section, and then I got to page 552.
After that, I was reading too quickly and crying too noisily to make any manner of observation (To be fair, the notes I made up to that point were just variations on “This is killing me.”)
Let’s start with Neville, because Neville is always a good time. For example, what does he do in his first scene of the book? He helps Hermione through the portrait hole like a goddamned gentleman. Also, dude is a hard motherfucker, talking about the Carrows like it’s nothing, walking along all nonchalant while bleeding profusely from the facial region.
Also? Luna. Luna answers that Ravenclaw riddle like a boss, and only after giving Harry a chance to reason it out, if he wanted to. It makes me sad that JK said Luna and Neville don’t end up together. Though I’m sure Hannah Abbott is a perfectly nice person.
Side note: If Harry had gone with Cho to the Ravenclaw common room, and if Cho made a move (she totally would have made a move), would Harry have gone for it?
You know things are bad in this book because the good guys are tossing around Unforgivable Curses like Hermione tosses around freedom hats. Harry Imperio-ed that goblin at Gringotts, and then Crucios a Carrow, and then McGonagall goes and Imperios said Carrow minutes after! Doesn’t take a second to tell Harry off. “Gallant,” she calls it.
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I’m really worried about the kids in Slytherin who aren’t Death Eaters or Death Eater admirers.
I am so going to miss remarking on the silliness of common English phrases. McGonagall says of Snape, “He has, to use the common phrase, done a bunk.” (Though calling a two dollar coin a “Toonie” is clearly the height of sophistication.)
Ron remembers the House Elves during the Battle of Hogwarts and forever secures a place in Hermione’s pants.
Oh yeah, it turns out, in my blind Alan Rickman enthusiasm, I overestimated Snape’s Sectumsempra aiming skills. Whatever, we love him still. Always, in fact.
Dumbledore tried to use the resurrection stone. Who do we think he was trying to bring back? Ariana?
Alright, Voldemort’s death. Underwhelming, right? But is there a way she could have written it that wouldn’t have been? I did like Harry’s monologing. And it’s good that Harry didn’t have to rip his newly bleached soul apart by committing a murder (although, that probably wouldn’t have hurt him, right? I mean, it’s Voldemort). And yes, Expelliarmus, it’s kind of a thing. But still, I hardly even know what happened. That’s the problem with death-by-Avada Kedavra: no time for dramatic, satisfying last words. This is why Nagini kills Snape.
Also underwhelming, but damn do I not care — I love it anyway. I would be super sad (well, sadder) if it wasn’t there. Baby Harrys and Ginnys? Adorable. Ron’s lighthearted Ron-ness? Fantastic.
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I did not get enough Hermione, but I never get enough Hermione, so.