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Old 08-02-2005, 06:18 PM   #106
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Lily is Muggle-born, not half-blood.
Oopsy... Thanks for the correction! For some reason, I was thinking of Volde and Snape and my small brain became confused.

Getting back to the book...

While there are a lot of intriguing theories, I'd have to say that this was, by far, my least favorite book. In fact, if I didn't know that Book 7 was the final book, I might give up on this series.

At least half of Book 5 was about Harry's "angst". Rowling would go into great detail about all of Harry's feelings. After a while, it became old. As such, I was rather disappointed with Book 5 already.

But at least we learned more in Book 5 than we did in Book 6. Book 5 discussed characters in more detail. Book 6 seemed nothing more than a set-up for Book 7 - almost like a big prologue or introduction! As others have stated, where were all the rest of the Order? What were they doing this entire time? What were the other DE's doing? And with the Dementors fighting on Volde's side, what kept the DE's from staying in Azkaban? Why didn't they just leave or have other DE's break them out? Why didn't they use the Dementors to help them escape? Just like the truth potion, time travel and the "lucky" potions, it seems odd that these are used only to advance the plot, but not when logic dictates.

Plus, there's all that nonsense about DD's death. Why would the most powerful wizard - even in a supposedly weakened state - not use his powers to fight for himself? Why not use them to further protect Harry? Clearly there's more going on there - but at least I can accept this part. All the above questions seem to odd to me.

For Rowling to end this series well, there'd better be some 1200 page book - without tons of stuff discussing Harry's every thought! Answer the damn questions, woman!
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Old 08-02-2005, 06:45 PM   #107
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I agree that Book 6 feels like a setup for the final book more than anything else and therefore suffers from being a transitional chapter rather than its own creature; but it's still my third-favourite book after "Goblet of Fire" and "Prisoner of Azkaban".

I had no big problems with Harry's angst in the fifth book, but what I found disappointing is that at its core it lacked an interesting story to propel it. I also thought the final climatic battle was the worst-written of the series and the final big revelation wasn't much to write home about either. And unlike books 4 and 6, the character's death at the end left me completely indifferent.

I shudder to think how long the final book needs to be, considering how much ground it needs to cover. And I wonder whether there'll be some sort of epilogue at the end or whether it will all stop at the (inevitable) defeat of Voldemort.
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I just went back to the Chamber of Secrets....

End of the Book DD tells Harry that Voldemort left a piece of himself inside Harry, but he was not sure if it was intentional.

Now as I am thinking about this, end of The Order of the Phoenix, DD tells Harry that he has not been telling him everything, and that Harry was too young to bear the burden in his first years of schooling at Hogwarts.

Also, Harry asks DD if Voldemort would have put himself into something living, and DD explains that it was a risy thing to do, because it should be something valuable, that would be protected. Isn't that what DD did, protect Harry all these years?
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Does anyone know when book 7 is supposed to be released or what it is rumored to be called? Thanks,
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Does anyone know when book 7 is supposed to be released or what it is rumored to be called? Thanks,
I don't think the publishers or JKR herself have given any indication about when the last book may be released, but there were two years between books four and five and two years between five and six, so I guess that might give us some idea about when to expect book seven. That's just speculation though, for all I know it might be out next summer or we might have to wait years for it. I hope it's the former though.
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I don't know if anyone else has stated this but couldn't R.A.B in the locket actually be Regulus Black....
Yes, I posted it on the second page of this very thread. http://forum.interference.com/showth...5&pagenumber=2

As Sirius has stated that Regulus is dead, I think he quite definitely is. Likely, Sirius saw the body.
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I had no big problems with Harry's angst in the fifth book, but what I found disappointing is that at its core it lacked an interesting story to propel it. I also thought the final climatic battle was the worst-written of the series and the final big revelation wasn't much to write home about either. And unlike books 4 and 6, the character's death at the end left me completely indifferent.
I agree completely! It felt to me like, despite being the longest book, it had the least actual plot. I enjoyed reading it, but I can't remember anything of much significance happening in the first 600 or so pages. The ending was rather anti-climatic too and Sirius's death didn't affect me much at all. And the shocking revelation wasn't all that shocking. News Flash: Either Harry or Voldemort are going to die at the end of the series! I mean, it may've been shocking for Harry, but it's not that shocking to the reader I guess. It wasn't as good as the ending of Azkaban, y'know...

Anyway...I like the theory about Harry being a Horcrux. It doesn't make much sense now, but I can't wait to see what else she reveals in final book.
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The ending was rather anti-climatic too and Sirius's death didn't affect me much at all.
When I first read book 5 I thought that Sirius probably hadn't even died--his death was so anti-climatic and ambiguous (he goes through the veil, no body, no avada kedavra, just kinda disappears). Had JKR not made it clear in interviews that he was really dead and she was upset that she killed him off I would still be holding out hope...

As for book 7, I heard somewhere that she was going to start writing it at the end of this year. Though I doubt that really gives us any indication of when it will be done.

I'm actually really excited for the Goblet of Fire movie in November.
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Oh, I think JK could be messing with us. Regardless of what she said, the death is far too ambiguous. I could definitely see Sirius playing a role in Year 7.
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Someone mentioned just above, not sure who, sorry, how annoying it was that when handy devices like time travel are known, why not use them. And that made me wonder, I have a woeful memeory, but wasn't something along those lines actually addressed in one of the recent books? Perhaps when Hermione fiddled with time to save Buckbeak or maybe even Harry talked about this with someone, but dont the Ministry want magic very regulated, so people dont play around with things that will essentially muck up balance? When DD died, the first thing I thought was, why not turn back time again, like they did in the previous, but something is telling my brain that magic or doing stuff like that had already been addressed at some point... Or I'm grossly mistaken and we have to write it off as poetic licence.
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Actually, I'm re-reading HBP again and it does mention, in a clever roundabout way, that the Ministry's entire supply of time travel thingies got smashed during the fight with Death Eaters.

That still leaves stuff like the truth potion and why doesn't someone just give Malfoy a drop and ask him a few well-aimed questions. Or Snape, for that matter.

Don't really see Sirius returning... but if someone gets to die in the next book, I really hope it's Umbridge. I loathed her character so much in the fifth book; she surely is a spiritual sister of the Vogons from Hithhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books.
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but if someone gets to die in the next book, I really hope it's Umbridge. I loathed her character so much in the fifth book; she surely is a spiritual sister of the Vogons from Hithhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books.
Yeah, Umbridge was evil. I don't know if she's an undercover Death Eater or just a power-hungry politician, but she was a nasty character. And she's still employed at the Ministry, despite the fiasco she was responsible for at Hogwarts...politics as usual.

She'll probably have a big role in the last book, a human obstacle in Harry's quest. And I hope she gets the comeuppance she deserves.
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I just went back to the Chamber of Secrets....

End of the Book DD tells Harry that Voldemort left a piece of himself inside Harry, but he was not sure if it was intentional.

Now as I am thinking about this, end of The Order of the Phoenix, DD tells Harry that he has not been telling him everything, and that Harry was too young to bear the burden in his first years of schooling at Hogwarts.

Also, Harry asks DD if Voldemort would have put himself into something living, and DD explains that it was a risy thing to do, because it should be something valuable, that would be protected. Isn't that what DD did, protect Harry all these years?
That's not a bad idea, but i'm not sure volde would try and destroy one of his horcruxes personally
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If there are seven....and he was pretty sure nobody knew where the others were I think he might.
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I had read this idea before, but I was surprised no one mentioned it *or i might have missed it after reading the posts*

But DD had that fascination with phoenixes, maybe he felt he was getting old and weak, told Snape to kill him, and will rise again from the ashes like Fawkes. It could be traced back to the 2nd book when Harry saw Fawkes die then be reborn, that little event seems too signifigant to just throw out for me.
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