(Warning: Spoilers Ahead...Don't read further if you haven't finished the book!!!)
I stopped at Wally World on my way home from work Saturday morning and picked up the last Harry Potter book. I got one chapter read before I went to sleep.
I woke up that afternoon, read the second chapter, and went to work.
I killed all but the last two chapters plus the epilogue while I was at work. Thank God for slow, uneventful evenings. I even skipped lunch. The rest of my coworkers took a poll and agreed that I am no fun when I am reading.
I finished the book this morning when I got home from work.
All I can say...I WAS TOTALLY RIGHT!!!
- Snape good: I totally thought he was.
- Snape was in love with Lily Potter.
- Dumbledore and Snape had an arrangement for Dumbledore's death.
- One of the Weasley twins died. I had hoped Percy would've gotten the axe instead.
- Lupin died.
- Harry was a horocrux.
- Harry would ultimately sacrifice himself.
- Harry and Ginnny would end up back together.
- Wormtail would end up fulfilling his life debt to Harry.
Things that made me say "What the hell?!"
- JK Rowling seemed to jump the shark a couple times. Like flying out of Gringotts on a blind dragon.
- Percy's reconciliation with his family at the most convenient moment.
- She killed Tonks off as well. Boo!!
- Too much Luna. She kept blathering about the asinine stuff she blathers about. I was hoping someone would come along and give her a warm mug of Shut the Hell Up.
The questions that still remain:
- What the hell did Harry's parents do for a living that they had money?
- Who was the person who "did magic later in life"?
- What was Dudley's worst memory?
- What happened to George? Did he go on to run the business alone?
- What happened with Madam Maxime?
- Did McGonagall become headmistress of Hogwarts in the end?
- What jobs did the the Trio end up taking?
- What became of Fawkes?
Final thoughts: I thought this was a very fitting end to the series. J.K. Rowling has already said that she looks forward to discussing the ending, and now that the series is finished, she really won't have to keep any secrets. Maybe some of my questions will be answered.
It's kind of depressing, having the series over. J.K. Rowling was one of the few writers that actually kept me guessing. However, I think one of the things I will miss the most is sitting with friends and discussing theories on how it will end.
(If you are now sitting at the computer, pissed that I ruined the end for you, you have no one to blame but yourself. You were warned.)