Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Butterbeers All Around!

And an especially cool, tall, frothy one for J.K. Rowling, who has brought such beauty into the world with the marvelous Harry Potter books.

I finished Deathly Hallows at 2 am on Sunday. Since then, I've been spending all the time I can re-reading favorite scenes, starting the read-aloud with my dear husband, thinking, writing, and finally beginning to check in at some favorite sites. I also posted my review of the book (written for a fairly general audience and without any real spoilers) over at Epinions.

That the series is over is still hard to believe, except that this book really felt like and ending. Well, an ending and a beginning. Although there were a few places where I found myself wishing the story didn't have to be so rushed, overall I am amazed at what Rowling delivered here. The themes that I think of as the "golden snitch" of these stories were all powerfully present: the reality of sin, evil, death, but the fact that they never have the final word; self-sacrifice; mercy; reliance on grace; the need for community; the power of love; the reality and importance of the soul, and so much more. All there, all working on so many levels. And just a powerful, cathartic ending!


Erin said...

There was just so much redemption in this book, all around. And you know, I was starting to think that maybe Snape was a bad guy after all but that he would hopefully have a change of heart, but after that wonderful glimpse into the Pensieve I felt a greater rush of affection for him than I ever had. And to think: How might things have been different if he'd wound up in Gryffindor, as Dumbledore startlingly suggested?

Beth said...

Oh Erin, great question! I was definitely worried that we were getting a glimpse of "bad guy" Snape, and like you, was hoping we'd at least get one scene where he turned around. So I was relieved and so glad when it turned out he'd been protecting Harry all along.

"Sometimes I think we may Sort too early..." (to paraphrase Dumbledore; I don't have the book handy) may be one of my favorite phrases from DH.