Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I finished it!

Only two days behind mrsdiscopop, I have just got to the end of the seventh - and final - Harry Potter book... Hence the lack of updates around here (ahem).

I know a lot of people who've given up on the Harry Potter series along the way, and frankly I don't blame them. The last couple of books have been bloated, angsty and turgid - desperately in need of some good editing and, well, a bit more plot.

But Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows blows all of the other books out of the water. It is gripping, dramatic and bursting with action. Fans who have paid close attention to the first six novels will find it particularly rewarding as, by the end, you really come to appreciate how intricately JK Rowling has woven the plot for her septology of sorcery. And don't forget that she wrote the final chapter years ago - before she even started work on some of the later books.

If you're going to read it, try to avoid the plot spoilers before you pick up a copy. I had to go to great efforts to ignore all the fuckwits who emailed the BBC with "details" of what happened, and it really does make a difference to approach the novel with fresh eyes. Although I can confirm what John Oliver said on the Daily Show last week: Harry is decapitated by Ron, who turns out to be Voldemort's robot son.

I jest, of course... and with a hearty "fuck you" to the sort of people who think revealing the closely-guarded plot will raise them any higher than the lowest rung on the ladder of playground notoriety.

The following cartoon made me do a chuckle, though:


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