Heh... Still reading HP HBP, donchaknow . Been missing you guys tho. Can't get on the 'net like I used to, so I have to make do with whatever access I can get.
Just have some random observations... Don't know if any of you guys have gone off to other sites to talk about HP and have possibly already read or talked about some of this (if so, sorry for the repeat).
*It's been said that no one knew why Voldemort didn't die when the spell rebounded off of Harry, onto him... But I think Slughorn must have suspected what happened (if he even knew that Voldemort used to be Tom Riddle, that is).
*A lot of people didn't like the ending... And neither did I. We've been seeing Harry finish the story getting off the Hogworts Express and saying his goodbye's. I think Jo did it differently this time to emphesize the cliffhanger effect, which wasn't really needed. I found the ending a bit too abrupt, is all.
*The whole apperition thing is still a little foggy to me. Don't you have to know what your destination looks like before you apperate there? I guess suspended disbelief comes into play here, eh?
*We've seen where Dumbledore might have been able to see through the invisibility cloak (Chamber of Secrets, in Hagrid's hut before Hagrid is arrested by Fudge). There was evidence of this ability again in this book too. I hope that we get some answers to many of Dumbledore's magical secrets in the seventh book. I think Harry will be needing them to defeat Voldemort.
*Jo Rowling left the story to (possibly) go in many different directions. There's even some speculation on the internet that Voldemort made Harry a horcrux (inadvertently) when he tried to kill him as a one year old in Godric's Hollow. If this is the case, then it follows that Harry will have to sacrifice himself to destroy Voldemort... If Jo does this in the end, I'll never read another one of here novels again (EVER!). IMHO, Harry has been through quite enough in six years to die in the end. He needs the final victory over Voldemort, and he needs to be able to enjoy it afterwards because of all he's been through.
*I think, because of Snape's (possibly) final lesson to Harry at the end of the book, Harry will become the equivalent of a "Jedi" wizard to defeat Voldemort :mrgreen: . He will have to master non-verbal spells, and he will have to master occlumency as well. Aside from Voldemort himself, Bellatrix and Snape have shown themselves to be the best dark wizards of the age, and they have clearly become experts at these essencial skills. I do think that Ron and Hermione are up to the challenge to help Harry learn these things also (and that Dumbledore already knew this ) .
*Who else won't be surprised to learn that Snape was (in fact) in love with Lilly, because of her exceptional posions skills? That's the only reason why Volde gave her a chance to live if she'd let him kill Harry. This would be because Volde had promised Snape that he wouldn't kill her, as a favor to him. Snape wasn't all broken up about BOTH James and Lilly's deaths, just Lilly's. Possibly Dumbledore didn't want Harry to know this?
*What connection is there between Mundungus Fletcher and Crookshanks? They're both described as "bandy legged" with "ginger" colored hair. This would be a very strange red herring from Jo, if it turns out to be nothing, don't cha think?
*The funniest moments in book six:
--Dumbledore's visit with the Dursleys.
--Hermione freaking out over O.W.L. results arriving.
--Kreacher's "won't won't won't won't..."
--Dobby's fight with Kreacher (and Peeves' commentary on the event).
--Harry's cheek on Snape (You don't have to call me 'sir', professor).
--Harry getting hit with McClaggen's bludger.
--Harry during quiddich try-outs.
That's all I have, for now. Your comments are welcome :mrgreen: .
Way to go Steve, thats a POST