Well, my friends- it’s been awhile. I was hoping no one noticed that I stopped my crazy reading challenge in the middle. Unfortunately, the truth is pretty obvious now.
Updates: Before part one of the HP and the Deathly Hallows movie premiere, I finished reading (dun dun dunnnn)…. HP and the Half-Blood Prince. Gah, so close! Thanksgiving weekend, I did, however, finish reading the 7th book. What an amazing series and what a ridiculous challenge. I’m amazed I got as far as I did, to be honest.
Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows are the true meat of this series. Things get darker and more mysterious with every page. Main plot lines and sub-plots are all tied together and, sadly, Harry’s story ends. I felt a little hollow after saying goodbye to characters I practically grew up with- having read these books from ages 10 through 20. The investment of time and money into these books has been rewarding and inspiring and totally worth it.
Order of the Phoenix:
This is a book with great emotional pay-offs. There are so many scenes that made me literally lol and gave me a sense that justice was served, like:
- Fred and George setting off fireworks and leaving a swamp in a corridor for the only purpose of causing trouble with Umbridge. Then, they swoop on their brooms and bust out of Hogwarts
- Umbridge getting things chucked at her by students and teachers alike after she comes out of the Forbidden Forest, having just been pummeled by centaurs….classic HP
- The Quibbler publishing Harry’s true account of Voldemort returning after friends and enemies turn their back on Harry throughout the whole novel
This book is a bit lighter than the fifth book: Harry is much less depressed, people finally accept You-Know-Who has returned and Professor Umbridge isn’t destroying everyone’s morale. This book also seems to balance Order of the Phoenix though the close contact between Harry and Dumbledore- when in the last book, they barely spoke (and when they did Harry was mainly yelling a lot). There’s also more romantical action this time around, and, most importantly Harry discovers the meaning and secrets of horcruxes. They play a huge part of the 7th book and force Harry to make the toughest decisions of his life. In this novel, we say goodbye to one of the absolute best characters of all time but know there is so much more in store.
Man, oh man, oh man. What to say? There is so much going on in this book. Horcruxes, Hallows and Harry. Oh, Harry. Just when you think you’ve got everything figured out- in the last 50 pages of the book, J.K. is like BAM, fooled ya. As I finished this novel, I really felt…sad. After a 10-year journey with Harry, I didn’t want to say goodbye! It’s so sad realizing there aren’t any more books, and after July of next year, no more movies either. This last book has everything fans of all ages could want. It’s full of mystery and magic and love. Friendship is such a key thread throughout all the novels, and as Dumbledore would say, friendship and love have a magic all their own that is beyond explanation.
The 7th Movie: Part 1
Because I only finished the 6th book before the premiere- I watched in bliss as vague plot details floated to the surface of my memory. The movie seemed to stay true to the characters and story, despite having to leave a lot out due to time constraints. Although, that’s kinda hard to believe after sitting through the 2-and-a-half hour movie. I also saw this at midnight and would probably have been pretty forgiving no matter what mistakes were made. Besides, it was really fun reading the 7th book later and saying, “Oh, yeah!” about 50 times when I remembered all the great details that seem to get forgotten over time. In the next movie, I hope they really give the fighting scene a lot of attention- plus the sweet journey in and out of Gringotts.
Well, for those of you who completed the challenge or got really close (or maybe not that close), Congratulations! Re-reading these books is a reward unto itself. Rowling began a new wave of reading frenzy among children, teens and adults, and I am so grateful she did. These novels got me interested in the whole Fantasy genre!! I hope you all had as much fun as I have and are ready to read some more amazing books!
Coming up: Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn