Surely everybody has finished it already, and there must be billions of review around the web, but I'm just adding my own >///<
So started it on July 21st, at 1:03AM and finished it on July 23rd at 3:01AM (add to that working at the same time = I hardly slept 6 hours in two days, in order to finish it XD).
But all in all, it will be a quick review because I've got a mixed feeling about it. I'm satisfied with the way the whole saga resolved itself, in a metaphoric matter; it does justice to the way Rowling can depict, in a modern way, Arthurian stories. I was absolutely waiting for the whole "St Graal" quest resolution. Because yes, Harry Potter is Graal Quest, like every myth, like every fantasy book, it's the quest of finding yourself, become whole and finding truth. And Harry did find it, he could have become physically
the master of the Deathly Hallows, but by refusing it (choosing to replace the Elder wand with Dumbledore) and making this kinda malediction break, he became the real master of Death (by firstly, having experience it by choosing to sacrifice himself) and found wisdom. Like he learned it by discovering Dumbledore's mistakes, and being revolted because he has his same age at the time, you're not born all saint (like Dumbledore) or all evil (like Voldemort), you become what you choose to be, through your mistakes, and that's how you can find wisdom.
I'm happy in that matter that the circle present in book 1 is complete and mirrored in book 7: all the seven tasks leading to the Philosopher's Stone are a metaphore for each one of the book, and the final task, the Mirror of Erised, is a metaphor of book 7;
"How did I get the Stone out of the Mirror?"
"Ah, now, I'm glad you asked me that. It was one of my more brilliant ideas, and between you and me, that's saying something. You see, only one who wanted to find the Stone - find it, but not use it - would be able to get it, otherwise they'd just see themselves making gold or drinking Elixir of Like."
So by not wanting to use the Elder Wand, he found the Truth, the real himself.
Well enough on the HP metaphora, there are enough theories and books about it, and no wonders another book about myths in Harry Potter will come out soon XD
Well yeah, on that
matter I was happy, really happy. Yes I wanted Harry to die, but well, not really die but just... leaving something that would let him mark forever (as he's not as marked as he is already XDDDD)... like you know, the end of "Lord of the Rings" or "His Dark Materials", which are half-happy ends, that squeeze your heart so badly... I was happy with the part where Harry just had to sacrifice himself, it was very well written, and I could feel all that psychologically went through his head, and after he came I was "OK, you've got your near-death-sacrifice-experience, now I can accept that you survive through this and have kids and all XDDD", but the end was... too
happy, it almost felt out of place. It was kinda shocking actually, I was so expecting one person of the trio to die that all of them leaving happily ever after felt really weird.
I was not bothered by the fact that you feel you're going in circles because that's totally how they feel through this whole tirying year, so all those emotions really went through me: scared of the war, scared of loosing someone, disgusted by the ministry, anxiousness from going nowhere and being in hiding... that was really hard for my nerves too, that's quite too much hard emotions, but it's important for the reader to feel them, because you can feel and understand the atrocity of war, and hoping you'll never have to live it for real. Remember first time you've read HP1? Hagrid telling how it was like when Voldemort was at its full power, and you being like Harry and not really understanding the horror of it, not able to imagine it. The Harry Potter saga is a great testimony of the horror of war, and I hope it will stay a bestseller for many years and decades, becaus ethere's so much history repeating itself in humans being, so much mistakes made over and over since centuries, that's why it's important that people understand those mistakes so they cannot make them again. HP is a great help on that, because it depicts the horror of WWII war very well, so let's not make that happen ever again, that's the message.
AND I CAN'T BELIEVE SHE KILLED DOBBY T_____________________________T *cries a river* That was the saddest moment of all the books... I ran to my mum and cursed JK Rowling every name I could think of for killing him XDDDDDD Anyway that was most touchly written (and another thing about house-elves, I've ALWAYS wanted their revolt!!! Hogwarts had that huge army of powerful magical
creatures under its floor... and they ended up throwing forks and knives
? WHAT. THE. HELL... ?????????????????????? orz Fred's dead had no impact on me ôO Even if I really loooooooove the twins, at this point, I was SO worried Ron was about to die that it kinda came as a relief that it was Fred instead.... I'M SO AWFULL XDDDDDDDDD And Lupin and Tonks dying had as much effect on me as learning they were in love: none orz But OMG through all the book my heart was racing so fast because I was so worried one of them could die at any moment... the horror of war... I was so sure Hagrid was about to be eaten by the giant spiders T0T ... anyway...
So yes, what I was saying, is that in terms of the saga resolving itself, I'm very happy (even if Dobby is dead T0T. Except for the too-happy-end. And some things, only us fans who lived the waiting since many years, and were really theory crazy, well I think all of us where somehow kinda disappointed. At least that's how I felt, and I know that people who will read it in 10, or 50 years, won't be, because they won't have that waiting, so they won't be too much theory-crazy about it. I as expecting such a dramatic event over Ginny and Lily... and it was just... nothing??? Especially Ginny, ho yes I'm happy for Harry and Ginny, really happy, but I was expecting her to have a much MUCH more important part in the end... when she was just constantly in the background (well and in Harry's mind of course). And Lily... Ok I believed that theory about Lily and Snape (especially when Petunia mentionned in book 5 "that awfull boy", we all thought it was James...), so it was not that much of a shock, but for me that revelation was way more on Snape than Lily. And WTF with Harry having Lily's eyes? Wasn't it supposed to matter in the end??? Well yeah, alright, so we know now that it kinda affected somehow Snape because he was seeing James, the one he despised so much, with Lily's eyes, the only one he ever loved. Oukayyyyyyyy, but that's it about Harry's eyes? Well... okay o......rz
So well all in all, I found it a great book, but not my favorite, which is by far HP6, quickly followed by HP3. Maybe because it's not a real fun to read it, it's really really dark, so I'm not going to say "Oh yeah, let's read book 7 while I have free time, just to have fun" orz (it's like, I don't know... wanting to listen to "Konseki" for days on loop, it's a great song but it's so sad that I couldn't stand it XD). Obviously, the Hogwarts/Magic fun is not there anymore (it would have felt really OUT of place), and it's really the direct sequel of HP6, like they're one and same book.
Conclusion: sadly, that end wasn't what I expected, even if they deserved all that happinness, but it will not be book 7 that I will remember of, while thinking about Harry Potter, it will be Hogwarts, the magic, Rowling's remarkable sarcastic humor, and the people you've learned to love, it's more the world and the characters than the story (even if I love the story ne XDDD) that will stay in my memory forever.
OK now I've got to catch up on all my FList since July 21st T0T SO SORRYYYYYYYYY!!!!