Thursday, July 26, 2007

The End Of An Era!

Seriously. No more Harry Potter! Life will lose quite a bit of meaning. There will be one significantly less thing to wait for. Every two years. All those loose ends that had to be worked out are a thing of the past. It's a sad situation.

The last weekend was seriously important for Ajitha and me like all committed and dedicated Potterheads. The movie released. A week later the book released. I wanted to love both of them, and I did.

The book, and there were so many questions that the book needed to answer:
1. Is Harry one of Voldemort's horcruxes or not?
2. Is Snape going to turn out to be a good man or not?
3. Which of Harry's friends are going to die?
4. Will Dumbledore come back - did he make a horcrux as well or not?
5. How is harry going to kill Voldemort, seeing that Harry is not clued in about any of the serious magic that Voldemort knew?
6. Where are the remaining horcruxes anyway?

All the questions have now been answered. Along predictable lines of course. Snape is a good man - Dumbledore was right. Lupin dies. Tonks dies. Fred dies. Dobby dies in one of the saddest episodes in the series. The Death Eaters are destroyed. As is Voldemort along with all his horcruxes.
But I thought Snape's pre-death act of passing on his memories to Harry was a wonderful touch. And that provided the nice, neat, new touch to the story and introduced a whole new angle. Snape's old memories of Harry's mother Lily, their relationship, Snape's love for Lily. As also The Snape Story, as known only by Dumbledore. Everything I always believed of Snape came true. Admittedly, it was not all very well hidden in the previous books. But it was all rather nicely done. And necessary to put the story in its right perspective.

I loved the book. It was everything I expected it to be and more. Except that I would have loved for it to be slightly longer. 606 pages were just not enough in the eventual analysis.

And now, life will get back on track, unless Miz Rowling throws us a surprise something. And she's certainly left a couple of loose ends to pick up the thread from.