I think the beauty of good fiction is often in its ability to transform the fantastic into a relevant and meaningful story and message to anyone willing to consider the possibility. With that said, here’s a quote from the latest Harry Potter. I don’t think it spoils anything; but it’s a great quote that mirrors feelings I’ve had in real life
It’s a curious thing Harry, but perhaps those best suited for power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own great surprise that they wear it well.
I couldn’t agree more.
More thoughts (including spoilers) hidden under the cloak of invisibility (or by clicking the more link below)
- I really liked the epilogue – I think that it closed the series and eliminated the need to kill off any main characters. There’s no need for any more. Anything else should just be different. You have to wonder whether or not Rowling will write again – she definitely has no need to financially. But the series was so well thought out, especially from Goblet of Fire on, that you have to think she loves doing this and at 40, can’t be done.
- I have to go back and re-read the Half-Blood Prince. I missed the importance of Draco Malfoy getting the wand from Dumbledore and that plays such a huge part in the book. Plus it’s been 2 years – I started off reading the current book thinking “what the hell is a horcrux”.
- I can’t wait to see the final battle on film. Seeing Mrs. Weasly take on Bellatrix Lestrange. Seeing the final showdown between Harry and Voldemort. Seeing Professor McGonagall kick some serious ass. What else did I miss?
- I knew Snape wasn’t evil. My comments of August 4th 2005, after finishing the last book: “I’ll agree with a few before and say that I knew Dumbledore was a goner. That said, I didn’t call Snape doing it. I still believe there’s more to this than meets the eye. The fact that Snape killed Dumbledore against Voldemort’s wishes but didn’t kill Harry is telling. Harry is not the skilled wizard – Snape could have killed him easily and didn’t. That and the fact that Snape being evil is just too easy.” Brilliant mind that Spencer.
I’ll probably have more. I’m going to re-read the books starting with the Goblet of Fire. I started reading these books in the summer of 2002 – so at that time, there were 4 books ready to read. Post that, I had to wait two years between each book, and the recall between each one diminished greatly.
Please share your thoughts.