SHIELD YOUR EYES!!!!!!
I just finished THE BOOK. shockingly, it only took a little over five hours. i'm sure i missed a million things.
but i am a satisfied reader, mostly, except for the epiloguey part.
Chapter Thirty-Three was my undoing. I've always had my own set of opinions about Severus Snape, and this chapter confirmed many of them (in a much more detailed, elaborate way than I'd ever thought through). THE moment of the book that got me is on page 687, and here is the dialogue:
"After all this time?"
oh god. the tears.
goodness snakes alive.
what a book!
there were some horrendous moments. Hedwig, dobby. some wonderful moments: Neville, Luna, Kreacher.
some of it, I think, is a bit of a cop-out. mostly, though, not so much. The epilogue seems like a sneaky foreclosing of possibilities, but I can live with that.
The Dursleys were not wrapped up sufficiently for me. But i can handle that, as well.
This book clipped right along. It was tremendous.
I am pleased.
and now, I need some sleep!