OK. It's time to talk about Harry Potter. I know you want to. I will get things going with random observations and comments so that everyone feels comfortable making their own random observations and comments. Before we start, you need to know--the only thing I hate more than cursed horcruxes that make Dumbledore cry like a baby is people who think they are too good for Harry Potter. Neil and Melissa, Chris Clark, and Jim Faulconer, you know who you are. And I know who you are because I used to be the same way, but I got over it after Book 1 because it's all just so awesome and fun. Spoilers, coming up.
It took me a while to get through Harry Potter 7 because we read the whole thing out loud. We all had to be there and we all had to be awake. It took us about a week. The best part of the whole book was finding out about Snape. I always believed Snape was pulling for Harry but I started to feel horrified when lots of smart people on the internet (are there any other kind?) were predicting that Snape was just plain bad. Would I have liked some kind of interaction between Snape and Harry at the end? Yes. But Harry named his son after him and that was good enough for me. I have always maintained that Snape was in love with Lily Potter, but the silver doe totally surprised me. And touched me.
COULD NOT BELIEVE FRED DIED! Sad. But when Hedwig dropped pretty early in the book I knew Jo wasn't messing around. The deaths of new parents Tonks and Lupin were almost too much. Collin Creavey? That was too, too much. I can't help but wonder how much the casting in the movies affects Rowling's writing. For example, she describes Aunt Petunia as horselike in Book 6. Is she thinking of the actress who plays her? Did Collin Creavey's cuteness affect her decision to kill him off in the end? For the record, I think I could have handled it if Hagrid had died. But he didn't.
I feel really relieved when I see Daniel Radcliff in his own clothes acting like himself because I sort of don't like him. He's kind of a twerp. This relieves me because when he is Harry Potter I love him. He's quite a bit younger than me, you see, so I'm glad that I just love the character and not the actor. Especially when you watch The Sorcerer's Stone and see what a tiny little boy he is. It's enough to make middle-aged women like me ashamed of themselves.
I just LOVE Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort, especially when he wears the black suit and tie in Harry's visions. That is menacing. I don't especially like his bare feet when he duels with Dumbledore in Harry Potter 5 (the movie) and I'm not crazy about the shoes they came up with for Dumbledore in that scene either. Gandalf has the same problem but I like his boots a lot better than Dumbledore's Peds. His hat is better too. That is how Rowling reminds us that he is Dumbledore and NOT Gandalf. She also kills Dumbledore off for good whereas Gandalf comes back. I like Gandalf better in that way. The best part of movie 5 is when Sirius punches Lucious Malfoy in the face. Old School! Do we all like Sirius better when he wears a shirt? He must be really, really proud of his chest.
My favorite line in the whole book is from Dumbledore to Snape, "Sometimes I think we sort too soon." So true. I would like to have seen Slytherin House really stand up and choose sides in the final battle. I think Slytherin has redeeming qualities--or why would they even have that house? I also would have liked to see a bit more about how Lily fell in love with James. But I can imagine it if I have to. I loved that Sister Weasely (I call her that) KILLED the wretched and nasty Bellatrix LeStrange. Bellatrix scares me and I'm glad she's dead.
I also love that Neville killed Nagini. Way to spread the heroics around, Jo!
Harry Potter is enriching all aspects of my life. For example, a couple weeks ago I was teaching Sunday School and we talked about Peter cutting off the guard's ear in the Garden of Gethsemane. It made me think about George getting his ear cut off by Snape (SYMBOLIC!) and then yesterday in Sunday School we were talking about Simon and how he was into sorcery and liked to bewitch people and it made me think all about Harry Potter in general and I love it. I know you love it too. Do you love it this much?