Cleolinda Jones (cleolinda) wrote,
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Oh my God. I just finished the new Harry Potter.

This book is going to rock online fandom. I haven't stirred from my tiny corner of the internet for a couple of days to remain spoiler-free, although I had $50 on Dumbledore buying the farm anyway, but--man, it has got to be tough to be a Draco and/or Snape fan right now. Because "omg Snape is so conflicted but he's really doing the right thing" has been, barring a counter-revelation in book seven, blown out of the water. Also, not only is Draco a little bastard, he's a little bastard who doesn't even have the guts to do what he was supposed to do.

Anyway, what really struck me were the pairings-off in the book--seriously, I got to the part about The Star-Crossed Love of Tonks and Lupin and went, "Ohhhhhhh dear. Sirius-Lupin shippers are never, ever going to buy that." Harry/Hermione shippers? Ohhhhhhh dear. (Side note: I personally thought the big Harry-Ginny moment was awesome, and that Ginny in particular has become an awesome little firecracker over the last couple of books.) And then, oh God, the noble Spider-Man ending. At a funeral, even.

I would really like to comment on all the great little moments that made me howl ("A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love." Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot), but the last few chapters of the book are--God, they're just about harrowing. I think we're going to have to admit that Rowling has passed out of the realm of "children's literature" and into--what, "young adults"? I mean, never mind the sinister little sexual glimpses here and there--Merope Gaunt, Hepzibah Smith--the whole thing with the supposed Horcrux and then Dumbledore's death is just horrifying. God. And I think I mean that as a compliment. But I would not take a child to a movie of that.

In conclusion... whoa. Gonna grab some dinner now and, like... cope, or something.

ETA: Dammit! I so wanted to believe that I'd fallen for some kind of Snape Isn't Reeeeeally Evil thing, because that would be like an awesome double fakeout or something (I love when a book or a movie can completely snooker me), but this pretty much convinces me that Snape is still on the side of good. Sigh.



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