Thread: HP and the HPB - NO SPOILERS
I spent four hours Saturday night and Sunday morning plus another eight hours Sunday night and Monday morning finishing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I turned out the light after reading the final page at 6 AM. It was a page turner all the way through.
I didn't like the ending, but we weren't promised a Shakespearian comedy and though I cried, life will go on.
Please remember, POST NO SPOILERS UNTIL WE SAY YOU MAY.
And now I'll be going to bed... It's almost 4 AM here...
*Morambar employs the talent he didn't mention to the Guild*
"There's no emoticon for what I'm feeling right now!" Twelve hours. You could've read half of FoH or LoC in that time, with diligence. And you made me Google your Latin (my HS began offering Latin the year after I graduated; they stopped senior trips after the class ahead of us got drunk on the bus on the way to Six Flags, which was typical of them.) I didn't make you Google... never mind.
Glad you enjoyed (most) of it. Sometimes sadder endings are annoying, but they provide that "verisimilitude" thing Anthony's always going on about (and I can sometimes spell if I concentrate.) If I don't see someone within the next two books I'm gonna write a nasty letter though.
I guess I shouldn't come back for a bit, but if this book tries what the movies did with the Trilogy (that worked well, eh?) on KoD I'll be upset.
Well I have read almost all of the book and I know how it ends. It seemed tobe a rather extreme ending...didn't like that part much. But we were prommised that the books were going to get "darker" as they came to an end.
Good book though, J.K. Rowling has certainly proved to me that she is an excellent writer. She has been able to keep all of the talent that was in the first book and carry it on through the sixth.
Who thinks that Harry will die in #7? After what happened in HBP I don't think that would be a good way to end a series.
also i think it would be cool if she killed harry in the 7th book cuz then i would not have to worry about what he did after he graduated.
I think Book #7 will end with a quadruple wedding: Hagrid & Madame Maxime, Ron & Hermione, Neville & Luna, and Harry & his new found love of Book #6, asuming He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named didn't kill any of them off before his downfall.
Looking forward to #7 though!!
And welcome back Stonehelm!
(it is hard trying to explain something without saying anything in a manner of speaking.)
Oh Sally is probably just a figment of Miruvors imagination, though I know her as the little sister of Dick and Jane, the anti-heros of my elementary school reading primers. They had a dog named Spot and a cat named Puff and talked like the following: "Oh Jane, see Spot run. Run Spot run. Funny, funny Spot." But at least they prepared me for JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, JK Rowling, Terry Pratchet, and Neil Gaiman, not to mention John Milton, Edmond Spencer, John Bunyon, and William Shakespeare.
And Grondy... I'm surprised you owned up to Dick and Jane (had forgotten about Sally, but I HAVE heard of her.) Guess it's a good thing you're not a chick, or you'd have to kill us all now.
Nobody knows that might happen in the last book. There are so many ways that JKR could change it that it is futile to try and predict what might happen.
Now we just have to wait a couple of years to find out.
friends is growing up, more and more for every book.
And stuff that was there already from the first book, is
finally coming out in the light.
Anyway, I think she had a good ending. And honestly, with that ending,
she doesn't have to write another book.
How many is she supose to write anyway?
Just one more, right?
Btw, can we speek more freely here now about what's happening
in #6? Or is it still to early?
I am currently listening to Jim Dale reading H.P. and the Half-Blood Prince as my bedtime story via the CD's that just came out. Jim Dale has done a wonderful job in reading all the H.P. books unabridged, giving voice to each character making them come alive. I have the other books on tape. I also notice I missed or forgot a bunch of stuff, having read the book in just two sittings, actually two lie ins.
I actually liked the ending. It showed them there, through it all, even after the death. Though, I was and still am sad about it (the death), but it had to happen. Though I was surprised by the beginning of chapter 3. I expected something different out of Harry. (And so now you know that he doesn't kick the can in the first two chapters).
But, Sally already came along, remember? In the first book! Perks, Sally Anne! Though ... she mysteriously vanished between that book and the 5th because her name was right before Harry's in the sorting ... but we don't see her when they're taking exams ... maybe Polly will come instead.
Anyways, I don't think I liked the 6th book that much. It has turned out to be some yucky tangled lovelife story of harry and his fellow students.
Gandalf is not dead. well he might be but lets say that he is pretty much like gandalf. so he probably isnt dead. also, remember when snape is running from harry at the end of this book? well hes shouting NO POTTER! when harry tries to hex him. thats not the words of the shhiled spell is it? so? we all know that Snape is either using legitments or w/e the mind blocking thing is called from either Dumbledore or Voldomote, the really powerful wizards. so wots to stop Snape from saying "avada Kedava" and meaning a spell that imitates Avada Kedavra? also, it never says that Dumbledore is dead. directly, sure the charecters say it but so wot? also...Dumbledore trusts Snape w/ his LIFE! that might be foreshadowing that he put complete trust into snape to actually not kill him. and he wants Harry to kill Voldoemort himself. cause of the prophecy? and if he is dead, to put in the words of Kurt Vonnegut, so it goes.
Me thinks you are right Elrose: it was probably a state of suspended animation, so it looked like he was dead; and he will crawl out of his tomb at some later date, say about two-thirds into the next book in a couple years. But in the meantime we can continue to hate Snape, and with Potter hating him, it puts him in the good graces of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
Of course I may be wrong. :orcgrin:
and it never even says that dumbledores body was in the tomb.....
Oh dear. Aren't you all being rather a bit too optimistic? Dumbledore is dead; Snape did it; (after seeing him make the unbreakable vow, and knowing that he'll die if he breaks it, is there any doubt that he MEANT 'avada kedavra'?) Rowling is not Tolkien -- I don't think she'll write Dumbledore in to Book 7 by having him pull a Gandalf. More likely you'll see him there in memories, or (perhaps) talk to the "imprint" he left in his portrait in the Headmaster's (now Headmistress's) Office.
That's why J.K.R made sure Harry was shown all of Dumbledore's memories about Voldemort/Tom. That way the info within Prof. D wouldn't be lost. I loved the chapter with Snape, but was hoping he could find a way out of the vow. I really like him, he got more depth in book number 5. He's got a trick or 5 up his sleeve, I am looking forward to seeing them.
Dumbledore would have died sooner or later. If he hadn't died now while protecting Harry, he would have died later, while protecting Harry. He'll be missed though.
I owe Ms Rowling thanks for this confirmation.
they're both ghosts aren't they?
They are still only pictures, even if the photgraphs can smile and wave and the portraits talk.
Another possibility is that they are what people call "mirrors".
Besides, Harry needs someone to live happily ever after with when the 7th book is done. I think, or sort of hopes, I know who will be the good guy who dies. But it is hard to say untill we see who is in book 7.
I was thinking after the 5th book that the way things have shaped up to be, the 6th book would either be a complete disaster or simply awesome. Well, the book is good. Rowling has certainly done a nice job to shape up the story. 7th book is going to be exciting, especially with the 6th one raising a few questions towards the end.
Snape has been my favourite character through the series and I see no reason to dislike him now. I'm sure he'll repay Dumbledoor's faith in him. Premature judgement is a bad thing. I'll wait for the 7th book to form an opinion about Snape.
I did like the fact that Drako Malfoy is given some credit in the book. I always though that Rowling undermined him too much throughout the series.
I think Drako and Snape will prove able assistants to Harry in the 7th book for doing his job of killing Voldemort.
oh! WARNING Big bad scary spoiler ahead :P
in book 5 JKR told us to put All of our faith in the phrosphy and NOW she's telling us that it doesnt matter? What's with that? I LOVe the books till 5 and i think that she's not even trying anymore,
ya im talking to you! dont spoil stuff :-P
(after seeing him make the unbreakable vow, and knowing that he'll die if he breaks it, is there any doubt that he MEANT 'avada kedavra'?)
i think that Snape would be helping draco by NOT killg dumbledore. draco didnt really want dumbledore to die. i think. but im pretty sure dumbledores dead.
i think that Snape would be helping draco by NOT killg dumbledore.
I don't think Snape thought that killing Dumbledore would help Draco, he's too smart for that. But Snape had no choise. He had made an unbreakable vow to Draco's mum. Snape promised to help Draco, AND if Draco couldn't do what Voldemort had told him to do, Snape would do it for him.
After Bill and Phlem are married, what color will be their first puppy's fur, oops make that baby's hair?
oooo.... part veela, part werewolf, mostly human.... I pity the poor tyke if he or she turns out to be a squib too. (Can a part human/part magical creature be a squib?)
OK, who thinks voldemort will crash bill and fleur's wedding party?