Plot spoilers will appear in this discussion for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
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I really enjoyed this one, despite the plot-holes the pacing was mostly excellent. I’m glad she trimmed it down compared to previous doorstoppers.
Despite the grim and ever-mounting body count, the way the arcs of the large themes about evil, honour and death work out seem proper, also the depiction of how the Death Eaters’ shadowy reign of terror not only horrified but surprised people with the speed in which it radically changes their society, and that the Malfoys didn’t suddenly become nice people just because they stopped supporting Voldemort is realistic. I like that there were ragged ends in the weft of the final tapestry. Many of the character journey resolutions were most satisfying even when tragic, although I echo the thousands online going “why wasn’t there more Luna?” (who wants to bet that Luna will be the character guiding us through the mooted Potterverse encyclopaedia?).
It’s hard to avoid wondering why they had to spend quite so many months camping out before they came up with decent plans to move the Horcrux acquisition forward though, and Notgruntled notes an inevitable Movie Moment:
Harry, semi-conscious, on the banks of the ice pond, wondering who saved him when he hears “Are you mental?” is gonna be a show-stopping scene in the movie.
A nice parody of the Deus ex Machina overload is Potterdammerung Mega Spoilers. The author drops in buckets of allusions to classic books and movies just as Rowling does in the HP books, and I don’t think he misses a single plot-hole.
However, if you will pardon me deploying a florid metaphor, despite the fact that I can see the flaws under the litcrit magnifying lens, the larger achievement certainly does shine ever so brightly, and it may just be the flaws that make it so. Onya, JK.