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July 25, 2007

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I, too, cried when Harry asked his mother to stay close. Rowling must have channeled all her feelings as a mother to write that scene.

cj, i just wanted to sincerely say that i am so happy that you like HP- as a CYM i have butted heads with so many fellow catholics who are violently opposed to HP, never for a moment opening their minds to the idea that it could be used for a learning tool for our faith, like so many other literary masterpieces. i'm glad book 7 really brought this to light, and i'm looking forward to reading it!

I've now read the book 3 times, and I'm starting to be OK with it. This last time I read it I stopped at the end and didn't read the epilogue and I think that's how I'll have to read it from now on, because it ends much better without the epilogue, in my opinion.

I did find many of the inconsistencies disconcerting, mainly because I was expecting the last book to be perfect, and I felt the editing and the story were rushed. So the first time I read it I felt pretty let down.

However, subsequent readings have made me appreciate the story more than I ever thought I would. Harry's beautiful nature really shines in this story... he is certainly a true Gryffindor.

I think "The Prince's Tale" (the chapter where Snape reveals his role in the events) is one of the finest chapter in the entire series. His grief over Lily's death was palpable, and he had to overcome a lot to agree to help the son of the man he hated, and the woman he loved.

The living in the woods part of the book... I despised it on the first read, but once again, on subsequent reads I have come to terms with it and appreciate it for what it is.

I really think the books are a gift... I find something new in them every time I read them.

Now I can't wait to get it!

I quite agree with your assessment! I enjoyed the books as well. I'm sorry to see that they're done, but I think I shall enjoy reading them again.

I also liked Neville's role in bringing Voldemort down. Neville fit the description of the prophecy as much as Harry; I like that he took down Nagini in the end.

My only gripe is - shouldn't Hermione have been a professor at Hogwarts, too? That's where I imagine her happiest.

I'm so annoyed that we got no mention of Luna in the epilogue . . . and I wanted more time to get to know Harry & Ginny together.

for meira, above, there was an interview w/rowlings that addresses Luna & gives more info in general of the epilogue (i took this from beyondhowgarts.com):

UPDATE: J.K. gives away more secrets!

On Monday, July 30, J.K. Rowling gave a live on-line webcast interview, and she gave out more information as to what happens in the time of the epilogue in Book 7.

J.K. said the world was a sunnier, happier place after the seventh book and the death of Voldemort.

Harry Potter, who always voiced a desire to become an Auror, or someone who fights dark wizards, was named head of the Auror Department under the new wizarding government headed by his friend and ally, Kingsley Shacklebolt.

His wife, Ginny Weasley, stuck with her athletic career, playing for the Holyhead Harpies, the all-female Quidditch team. Eventually, Ginny left the team to raise their three children -- James, Albus and Lily -- while writing as the senior Quidditch correspondent for the wizarding newspaper, the Daily Prophet.

When asked "What child did harry give the marauders map to if any," J.K. said, "I've got a feeling he didn't give it to any of them, but that James sneaked it out of his father's desk one day."

Contrary to a quote in an earlier interview, J.K. says Ron Weasley joined his brother, George, as a partner at their successful joke shop, Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. George named his first child and son Fred, and he goes on to have a very successful career, helped by Ron.

Hermione Granger, Ron's wife, furthered the rights of subjugated creatures, such as house elves, in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures before joining the magical law enforcement squad. The couple had two children -- Rose and Hugo.

Harry and his friends have their own history depicted on Chocolate Frogs cards. Ron will describe this as his finest hour.

A new, improved Percy ended up as a high-ranking official in the new Ministry of Magic under Kingsley. Dolores Umbridge was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned for crimes against Muggleborns.

Teddy Lupin grew up living with his grandmother Andromeda. However, unlike Neville, who was also raised by his grandmother, Teddy had his godfather, Harry, and all his father's friends in the Order, to visit and stay with.

Luna Lovegood, Harry's airily distracted friend with a love for imaginary animals who joins the fight against Voldemort in the Order of the Phoenix, becomes a famous wizarding naturalist who eventually marries the grandson of Newt Scamander, author of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

Scorpius Malfoy has a lot going against him, not least that name. However, J.K. said she thinks Scorpius would be an improvement on his father.

Winky the House-Elf is still at Hogwarts, and she was one of the oncoming house-elves who attacked the Death Eaters in the final battle.

After the battle, Firenze was welcomed back into the herd. The rest of the herd was forced to acknowledge that Firenze's pro-human leanings were not shameful, but honourable. And Mr. weasley did eventually get around to fixing Sirius' motorbike. Of course, it ended up in Harry's possession.

When asked would Lockhart ever recover, J.K. replied, "No. Nor would I want him to. He's happy where he is, and I'm happier without him!"

I just finished the books and had to come back and read this as I avoided all spoilers. On my blog I just said almost the exact same thing about not caring for fictional characters like this in a LONG time and also that I related to Mrs. Weasly the most ;)

Very good thoughts here!

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