Would that I could write a well-planned and cohesive review like Zoot’s — but, alas, I cannot.
I was in the midst of chapter 19 when I had a conversation with my mom in which she told me I should not read chapter 28 while out in public. She said I’d want to be home when I read it.
Well, being how I am, I had to look ahead. I get very emotionally involved in my books and I can’t concentrate on the story if I know something awful is looming on the horizon. I’d known someone was going to die but I had managed to keep myself from searching for the answer as to whom. When I heard the exact chapter, though, it was all over. If I hadn’t looked ahead I’d have ended up skimming, not really reading and understanding, till I got to 28, anyway.
So I looked, and I saw who it was, and (some of) what happened. And I have not been able to read it again since. I am frozen at chapter 19, knowing what happens at the end but not anything between those two points. And, to tell the truth, I am not really sure when I will feel like picking it up again. I just don’t have the heart to go on right now.
I had every hope that book 7 would solve all the wizarding world’s problems and tie everything up with a nice little bow, with the characters tripping happily off into the sunset. Now I’m not so sure. Now I’m not sure I even want to read it. If this can happen then I can see the series ending on a sadder note, with things left unresolved. And I don’t know that I will be able to deal with that.


About msmaryb

I'm a native Californian who lives in Oklahoma. I'm a full-time student, pursuing a Bachelors in Anthropology, following which I hope to attain a Masters in Archaeology. I have three kids, one husband, no pets, and a lot of friends - most of whom live inside my computer. I love to read, write, watch tv (shut up, we can't all be brain surgeons), shop, and travel. I'm trying to set foot in all 50 states before I die. I have 38, so far. I love the Beatles and Maroon 5, and if you think those two things are incongruous, well, they are. But that's me. When I love something, I love it 100%. I don't do anything halfway. I want to know everything there is to know, so I'm trying to cram as much into my brain as I can in the short amount of time I'm allotted in this dimension.

2 responses

  1. Mary –
    you just make me laugh…you have me even wondering who died and I havent ever read a book. ever.
    so are you eventually going to read the book or just stop there and never read another harry potter book again?
    is there a plan?

  2. Mary, I was really bummed too. I didn’t expect that to happen. It is worth picking the book back up. There are lots of good things before 28 that I think you will need for Book 7. Think of it this way… the shock has already happened so now you can channel the grief/anger on the rest of the characters.