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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Reaction Thread - SPOILERS!!!!
me | 7/21/2007 | me

Posted on 07/21/2007 5:18:11 PM PDT by JenB

So you finally know what happens to Harry. All our questions are answered. Or not. What are your reactions? Whose death hurt the most? Do you want more, and about whom?

SPOILERS are ok on this thread! You have been warned!

Wow. It's over.


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To: Politicalmom

I don’t think he is a bat animagus, I took it to mean he was flrying without a broom like moldy-voldy during the attack on the seven Harrys.


51 posted on 07/21/2007 8:34:19 PM PDT by JenB
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To: abner; altura; Androcles; andyssister; anonsquared; Bigs from the North; Blue Eyes; Caipirabob; ...

MEGA SPOILERS INSIDE!! CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK!

(Sorry if I left anyone off the ping! I’m on a different computer then normal)


52 posted on 07/21/2007 8:35:24 PM PDT by retrokitten
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To: JenB

I’ll have to wrestle the book back from my daughter and check.


53 posted on 07/21/2007 8:40:50 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Nearly 1% of illegals are in prison for felonies. Less than 1/10 of 1% of the legal population is.)
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To: JenB

I have to say my favorite part- Molly v. Bellatrix.

“Stay away from my daughter, you b——!” had me rolling!

That and I loved when Neville stood on the Hogwarts steps and yelled, “Dumbledore’s Army!” right in front of all the deatheaters. And he got to kill a horcrux! I love that guy.


54 posted on 07/21/2007 8:44:11 PM PDT by retrokitten
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To: retrokitten

Thanks for pinging, retro!

I loved that... was so scared Neville would die but he triumphed! I wonder... maybe the prophecy meant both of them after all. Neville was marked too, by the followers, even if not physically.


55 posted on 07/21/2007 8:46:06 PM PDT by JenB
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To: JenB
Very nice synopsis - thanks. Last night I searched the interent for spoilers and read one that said Ron died. I was crushed - really down all evening. lol

I ordered two books - one for my son here at the house, and one for my daughter away at college. Both arrived today and I tore his open to read the last few pages. I was stunned when I read Ron's name!!!! Yeah!

56 posted on 07/21/2007 9:03:47 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Rudy, Mayor of Sanctuary City)
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To: JenB

I KNEW Snape was awesome and on the right side. I knew it, I knew it, I knew it!


57 posted on 07/21/2007 9:11:39 PM PDT by RosieCotton
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To: kingu
That scene you described sounds like it was at the Barnes & Noble store at Sacramento Gateway center in the the North Natomas section of Sacramento, CA, especially since Wal-Mart at Natomas Marketplace center was almost literally across the street. That's why I ordered my books at Borders Books and got to the store real early to get the wristband so I could get my copy as soon as possible.
58 posted on 07/21/2007 9:12:31 PM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: RosieCotton

Right side? Yeah. Awesome? Maybe, maybe not... but at least we know why that was really truly his worst memory.


59 posted on 07/21/2007 9:12:47 PM PDT by JenB
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To: kingu

Barnes Stupid & Nobles


60 posted on 07/21/2007 9:22:48 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: JenB

I still vote awesome. The whole plan hinged on him.

I liked that Neville had a pretty cool role, too.

But she didn’t have to kill Fred, and if she had to kill Lupin and Tonks, at least she could have made it less of an aside. :-\

Also seemed like there could have been a lot less running around in the woods and bickering in the first half of the book, but...oh well.


61 posted on 07/21/2007 9:23:14 PM PDT by RosieCotton
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To: JohnBovenmyer

I agree about Hedwig ~ I’d not expected it and was saddened. Hedwig had been a great owl and such a help to Harry...

Dobby’s death made me sad as did Fred’s. I too, was hoping maybe Percy would have gotten to save him as a form of redemption.

Totally loved the way Snape’s background, love for Lily, loyalty to Dumbledore and the like was given. Great background on someone we’d all most likely wondered about off and on through all the books!

I loved, LOVED LOVED this book! I tried so hard to go slow so I could savor it and it wouldn’t end, but *sigh* ~ it did. Hubby went to Wal-mart this a.m. and was home with it by 7:30 a.m., which was sweet of him!

I hope everyone else enjoyed it as much as I did.


62 posted on 07/21/2007 9:24:06 PM PDT by leapfrog0202
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To: retrokitten

Those 2 parts were FABULOUS! I can’t wait until they get to the movie to see those scenes! Neville was so awesome!


63 posted on 07/21/2007 9:28:14 PM PDT by leapfrog0202
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To: leapfrog0202

Best kept secret...

Ralph’s grocery stores (So Cal version of Kroger’s)... 24 hours. No waiting.. Just a Manager with some boxes of books locked in his office carted down to his kiosk at 11:55, opened at 12:01, and the cash registers rang. With Club Card : $20 not $35...


64 posted on 07/21/2007 9:39:31 PM PDT by BigEdLB (BigEd)
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To: BigEdLB

I walked into our local Walmart at noon on Sat. Greeter handed me a red plastic Gryffindor bracelet, a neat little HP poster, and an HP bookmark. Went up to the big book display and got my book. Price? $17.78.


65 posted on 07/21/2007 9:47:33 PM PDT by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: KarenMal
One of the saddest parts for me was when Snape wanted Harry to look at him when he was dying.

That struck me too. I was hoping he wouldn't get knocked off. He had such a sad life, he was a good guy who took alot of heat (some deserved!) and the whole thing really hinged on him. He should have lived.

And Tonks and Remus........why did she need to be bumped off? It seems ridiculous to have them have a baby and then kill them off just so Harry could come full circle and be a godfather.

66 posted on 07/22/2007 12:51:38 AM PDT by TightyRighty (July 21, 2007 - The End Is Near)
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To: IrishCatholic

I wake up about 5 times every night normally, so, when I had the usual wakeful moment at 1:00am, I drove to Walmart, where they had a pallet of books just sitting there. A family actually showed up from a semi-distant Borders(?) where they had been stuck in line, and the older kid, sees the pallet and exclaims “I can’t believe it!”

I got home and starting reading at 2:30, at 6:00am, my nearly 12-year-old son woke up and took it from me. He was done by 12:15pm, including a 2-hour family outing to see a Capt John Smith recreation. (that was less than 6 hours!) Me? I didn’t finish until 11:00 pm. I kept re-reading paragraphs to make sure I really got what was happening.


67 posted on 07/22/2007 3:38:19 AM PDT by Explorer89 (Join Myself!!! End reflexive pronoun abuse!)
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To: All

So everyone, what would Dumbledore see in the Mirror of Erised? It’s not coming to me....his sister, what?


68 posted on 07/22/2007 3:48:11 AM PDT by Explorer89
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To: retrokitten

Great book!! btw, the elves apparate into Hogwarts... ;)

So many wonderful things about the book, my head was swimming well after finishing the book in the wee hours this morning.

I’d like to thank my hubby for trying to keep the kiddos somewhat occupied from lunchtime throughout the rest of the day so I could get my book from the mail and read it.


69 posted on 07/22/2007 5:29:41 AM PDT by WV Mountain Mama (Gryffindor '88 Arthur Weasley will be named the Minister of Magic. Snape will die a hero.)
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To: JenB

In answer to my own question about a Muggle doing magic-

On page 64, fourth paragraph, Ted Tonks tells Harry, “...Anything else broken? I’ve fixed your ribs, your tooth, and your arm, I’m Ted by the way-Ted Tonks, Dora’s Father.”

Since Harry’s tooth had been knocked out, I am assuming that Ted Tonks did magic.


70 posted on 07/22/2007 5:32:24 AM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: retrokitten

Now that I have finished reading the book, I feel I have to re read the story from the beginning with a “new pair of eyes”!


71 posted on 07/22/2007 5:50:50 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (The greatest danger to our sovereignty is the Congress of the United States.)
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To: leapfrog0202
Dobby’s death made me sad

I was warp speed weeping when Dobby bought the farm..I hated it when Hedwig got popped by the Avada Kedavra, too.

I liked that Narcissa, whether to protect her family, and get in the castle to search for Draco, or because Voldemort's stint as her house guest was a wake up call, or both spared Harry's life.

On this re-read, I will have more tissues handy.

72 posted on 07/22/2007 5:53:10 AM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: Explorer89
So everyone, what would Dumbledore see in the Mirror of Erised?

I assumed his family reunited, and alive, since that is why he "was a fool", and put on the cursed ring-to bring them back.

I was really touched that Hermione gave up her family to protect them, and that she obliviated any memories they had of ever having a daughter.

Since she named her children after them, I thought that she must have never unenchanted them.

I liked watching Ron following the advice from the book Fred and George gave him on how to score with witches.

73 posted on 07/22/2007 6:03:17 AM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: sockmonkey

You know, I never thought of it the way you did ~ that since Hermione named her childred after them she may never have unenchanted them. Interesting take.

I think that’s part of the reason I looked forward to this thread so much ~ seeing how others interpreted certain parts.


74 posted on 07/22/2007 6:08:59 AM PDT by leapfrog0202
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To: IrishCatholic

Local supermarket had them at midnight. No line to speak of. Walk in, pay $17.99, walk out.


75 posted on 07/22/2007 6:09:18 AM PDT by wolfinator
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To: WV Mountain Mama
btw, the elves apparate into Hogwarts... ;)

LMAO! I knew it! I LOVED when Kreecher showed up leading the house elves!

76 posted on 07/22/2007 6:23:26 AM PDT by retrokitten
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To: RosieCotton

I’m with you- voting for awesome. He played his part perfectly and was instrumental in protecting Harry and defeating Voldemort.


77 posted on 07/22/2007 6:24:58 AM PDT by retrokitten
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To: tiredoflaundry

I had that exact same feeling when I finished. There are probably so many clues we missed.


78 posted on 07/22/2007 6:26:10 AM PDT by retrokitten
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To: sockmonkey
I liked watching Ron following the advice from the book Fred and George gave him on how to score with witches.

OK, I laughed out loud when I read, "...and I've learned a lot. You'd be surprised, it's not all about wandwork, either." Wandwork! She said wandwork,

79 posted on 07/22/2007 6:26:28 AM PDT by Explorer89
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Bookmarked for later....after I pry the book out of my wife’s hands and read it myself.


80 posted on 07/22/2007 6:29:07 AM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Join our Folding@Home team (Team# 36120) keyword: folding)
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To: Explorer89

I assumed it was his family reunited, too.


81 posted on 07/22/2007 6:35:18 AM PDT by retrokitten
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To: All

So who do you guys think got the reprieve? Hagrid?


82 posted on 07/22/2007 7:42:20 AM PDT by TightyRighty (July 21, 2007 - The End Is Near)
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To: TightyRighty

Yes. I really thought he was a goner when the spiders got him.


83 posted on 07/22/2007 7:57:44 AM PDT by retrokitten
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To: JenB

I enjoyed it thoroughly but it was bittersweet knowing that there will be no more adventures to follow. It’s going to make a really, really good movie!!

I thought it did drag a bit, it could have been tighter but I’m glad it wasn’t “too short” because that would have been a disappointment.

It turned out exactly as I predicted, Snape good, Harry victorious and alive, couples matched as predicted (I would have liked to see Luna in the epilogue, however) and several hard but necessary deaths. Hedwig, Dobby, Fred and Lupin and Tonks were sad, but I’m glad she didn’t kill Harry, Ron, Hermione or Neville. I would have liked a little more Draco redemption but I think Jo handled it well with Narcissa saving Harry and we did catch a glimpse of him in the Epilogue.

I wonder who she decided to “reprieve”. Now maybe she’ll tell, since the book is out!!

The Scholastic website has a clip of Jo Rowling reading the first chapter of the book at Friday midnight in London. A friend of ours attended. You can see it if you go to the site, I believe it is still up. The kids and I came home from the bookstore Friday night (I had pre-ordered through Amazon to receive it in the mail Saturday) and we watched the clip so we went to bed with the first chapter read by Jo ringing in our ears!

But all in all, it was a great book. Now I can get back to my painting project!!


84 posted on 07/22/2007 8:00:30 AM PDT by GatorGirl (Calling illegals "undocumented workers" is like calling drug dealers "unlicensed pharmacists".)
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To: JenB

I loved the book, it was the best by far, but like a lot of people, I feel like the epilogue wasn’t complete....No mention of Luna? Of Mcongell? George etc?
Other than that..great book, worth the wait..


85 posted on 07/22/2007 8:13:34 AM PDT by pesto
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To: JenB; Rose in RoseBear
Thanks for the ping, even if I didn't see it until this morning! ;)

Took me just over 12 hours straight, with minimal interruptions, to finish the book. Rose is just now finishing it... I handed it to her when I finished it last night at 12:30, and she stayed up all night reading it.

Some of my reactions:

Biggest surprise for me was that Snape had known Lily from childhood.

Deaths that affected me most, Remus and Tonks. I really wanted them to have a happy ending, and I actually found it a bit more heart-wrenching to have it happen "off-screen".

Really neat moments for me, Ron facing his own doubts and fears as he destroyed the amulet, and Neville pulling out the sword and killing Nagini. I always suspected Neville would have an important role to play in destroying Voldemort... after all, he *could* have been "The Boy Who Lived".

And speaking of the Horcruxes... am I mistaken, or was each one destroyed by a different person?
The first, the diary, was destroyed by Harry;
The second, the ring, destroyed by Dumbledore;
The third, the amulet, destroyed by Ron;
The fourth, the cup, destroyed by Hermione (not sure about that one, have to wait until Rose finishes the book to check it)
The fifth, the diadem, destroyed by Crabbe's fire;
The sixth, Nagini, killed by Neville;
and the seventh, within Harry, killed by Voldemort, and of course Voldemort effectively killing himself via his rebounded Death Curse against Harry.

(by the way, I found the "child-creature" in the background of Harry's conversation with Dumbledore to be reeeealy creepy!)

86 posted on 07/22/2007 8:15:35 AM PDT by Bear_in_RoseBear (Loot it while it lasts)
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To: JenB

Note for later; I’m about up to page 200 :-).


87 posted on 07/22/2007 8:18:03 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Go ahead and water the lawn - my give-a-damn's busted.")
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To: sockmonkey

Ted was a Muggle born wizard.


88 posted on 07/22/2007 8:21:59 AM PDT by Politicalmom (Nearly 1% of illegals are in prison for felonies. Less than 1/10 of 1% of the legal population is.)
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To: leapfrog0202

I don’t believe Hermione never disenchanted her parents. That was her intention from the beginning, and there was no reason not to.


89 posted on 07/22/2007 8:23:58 AM PDT by Politicalmom (Nearly 1% of illegals are in prison for felonies. Less than 1/10 of 1% of the legal population is.)
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To: TightyRighty
So who do you guys think got the reprieve? Hagrid?

Yes... he had a couple of close calls, but I really thought he was going to buy it when he fell off the motorcycle.

90 posted on 07/22/2007 8:24:19 AM PDT by Bear_in_RoseBear (Loot it while it lasts)
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To: retrokitten

That was another one of my favorite parts, when they turned Kreacher. His clean ear hair had me roaring.


91 posted on 07/22/2007 8:25:25 AM PDT by Politicalmom (Nearly 1% of illegals are in prison for felonies. Less than 1/10 of 1% of the legal population is.)
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To: kingu
Amazon was supposedly allowing people to preorder the book until Tuesday. We ordered two copies on Monday, but they aren’t going to come until next Saturday. I couldn’t wait until next Saturday, so I went over to Walmart and picked up a copy. There was about 75-100 copies in the front of the store. Unfortunately, we couldn’t cancel the orders from Amazon.
92 posted on 07/22/2007 8:26:51 AM PDT by Accygirl
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To: retrokitten
Yes. I really thought he was a goner when the spiders got him.

I did, too. It was one of those, brace yourself, Hagrid's bought the farm moments.

What I hated in the epilogue..Dracos's receding hairline. achhhh! I can't imagine that white blond Narcissa/Lucius hair, ending up with a Donald Trump combover in a few years..Aaaah!

Also, his kid's name..when I first saw that in the spoilers, I didn't believe it..Scorpius? Wasn't he a bad guy who wanted to take over the world (Homer and the family moved away so Homer could work for him) in a Simpson's episode more than a few years ago.

93 posted on 07/22/2007 8:30:22 AM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: kingu
super frustrating was how Barnes and Noble handled those who had pre-reserved the book.

I had a somewhat similar experience: I went out Saturday morning to purchase a copy. First I went to the closest Wal-Mart, but they had apparently sold out and never bothered to restock the shelves, they didn't have a single copy out. Then I went to a Borders Bookstore and found a huge line that they were forcing customers to wait in to get a copy. I decided not to wait. Left there and went to the closest Target store, found a display rack full of copies of the book right at the checkout counter, was in and out with a copy in less than five minutes.

Oh, and Target's price was less than Border's, too. :P

94 posted on 07/22/2007 8:34:30 AM PDT by Bear_in_RoseBear (Loot it while it lasts)
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To: Politicalmom
Ted was a Muggle born wizard.

Oopsie, I thought he was hated cuz he was a muggle born muggle, but I gues the Black Sisters hated him just cuz he wasn't a pureblood.

I think I was confusing him with Molly's cousin the squib/muggle or something or other accountant, or something..I better go check the Lexicon.

95 posted on 07/22/2007 8:35:46 AM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: sockmonkey
Scorpius?

Heh, his and his father's names were taken from the names of constellations, Draco the Dragon and Scorpius the Scorpion. I guess it was a continuation of the Black family tradition of naming children after stars/constellations (Sirius, Regulus, Bellatrix, Andromeda...)

96 posted on 07/22/2007 8:42:54 AM PDT by Bear_in_RoseBear (Loot it while it lasts)
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To: JenB

If you honor his memory. You must return with them to Vulcan. Only there can they both find peace.

Er.....


97 posted on 07/22/2007 8:46:56 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (You "abort" bad missile launches and carrier landings. Not babies.)
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To: KarenMal
He wanted to see Lily’s eyes one last time was the way I saw it

Oh, I hadn't thought of that, but I think you're right!

98 posted on 07/22/2007 8:47:40 AM PDT by Bear_in_RoseBear (Loot it while it lasts)
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To: JenB

It is perfectly possible to produce further adventures without going beyond the basic set. Eventually there will be books in between, although by other authors of the authorized kind.


99 posted on 07/22/2007 8:53:00 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: Bear_in_RoseBear
Heh, his and his father's names were taken from the names of constellations, Draco the Dragon and Scorpius the Scorpion. I guess it was a continuation of the Black family tradition of naming children after stars/constellations (Sirius, Regulus, Bellatrix, Andromeda...)

There are other constellation names I would've preferred to Scorpius. :o) On the other hand, with a name like Scorpius, the gryffindor kids can tease him.."Nanner, Nanner, Scorpius, the Porpious" or maybe, "Scorpius, the dorkius" if they want, too. Yes, I know it's spelled Porpoise..

100 posted on 07/22/2007 8:53:34 AM PDT by sockmonkey
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