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View Poll Results: What did you think of The Deathly Hallows
"O" Outstanding. It played out like nothing I expected. 378 47.07%
"E" Exceeds Expectations. Great story. I was engrossed. 282 35.12%
"A" Acceptable. Predictable but enjoyable none-the-less. 94 11.71%
"P" Poor. I just couldn't get into it. 4 0.50%
"D" Dreadful. I'm really dissapointed. A bad end to what was a great story. 23 2.86%
"T" Troll. Proving once and for all that I am past Harry Potter. 1 0.12%
"$%&" It is a horcrux and must be destroyed! 9 1.12%
Other (please state) 12 1.49%
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Old July 24th, 2007, 3:31 pm
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i love it sssooo much!!!!! definately an outstanding from me. everything was perfect, absolutely amazing. they only thing i am sad about was it is the end. thanks jo for an fantastic book!


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Perfect! Couldn't put the thing down if I wanted to! (And I woke up at five, on my birthday, and had to wait a further 6 hours due to the fact that my little place in the Forest of Dean (Yaaay! We got a mention!!!) was cut off from the rest of the country due to the floods). Was slightly confused as to how Tom died, but rereading it, I get the jist of it.


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Old July 24th, 2007, 3:51 pm
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Full of atmosphere and thrills all the way. The book was amazing and loved the twist at the end with the Elder Wand.

Miss Fred though, oh Fred that was a little upsetting but I think after Dumbledore I have become some what hardened.

The ending for me suggested potential futher story in future, what with the resurection stone lying around, the wand and the invisability cloak still present and there children.


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Old July 24th, 2007, 4:27 pm
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I really really didn't want to read the last book and that wasn't because I thought that I was going to be disappointed, it was because I didn't want the series to end.

However, in the knowledge that I would have had the book spoiled for me, I have read it from cover to cover in about 15 hours.

I gave it an "EE", although I should have voted "O", it was JK at her best.
I was hooked, enthralled, it was unputdownable.

It started out dark and edgy and got darker from there.
The death of Hedwig early on signalled, to me, that this was going for the jugular, and it didn't let up really.

There were periods of inactivity, but I got the gist that this was what Dumbledore wanted.
He didn't want Harry finding out too quickly, and that was the whole point in not telling him everything.

Really, I had one thing to say, it would be that I was surprised at how many people actually lived. I thought that the casualities were going to be higher.


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Old July 24th, 2007, 4:43 pm
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I only voted Acceptable. I loved the book and it was thrilling at times but there was a repeated use of Deus ex machina that was annoying, there are too many unanswered questions, the epilogue was horrible to read for me and there are plot lines that were difficult to follow for different reasons.


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Old July 24th, 2007, 4:47 pm
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When I got back from the signing, I was kind of dead on my feet, so I grudgingly put the book down and decided to read it when I got home. Unfortunately, whilst sitting in King's Cross waiting for the train, I started reading and then found I couldn't stop until I'd finished, it was that good. It literally pulled me through it from start to finish, and I don't remember crying that hard over scenes in a book in a long time (I'm the emotional type, too.) The atmosphere, the dialogue, the writing in general... I actually thought it was all better than ever. I loved so many of the characters in this book, from Ron and Hermione to little Colin staying behind to fight even though he was underage. Dumbledore was also excellent, in that I adored the fleshing out of his character; I'm so glad he isn't perfect, it makes him so much more real.

What I loved most was the balance of dark and light in this book, though. Some of the dark stuff was so utterly horrible (Hermione's torture springs to mind), and yet I also vividly remember laughing out loud more than once at various scenes. The group of naked Harrys, for example =D

And who could forget "The Forest Again", which was pretty much fantastic in every way. God, I don't even know what to say... do we think this is the chapter Jo cried over? 'Cause I know I did.

The final battle, too, was better than I could have ever imagined. I've always loved the end of OotP (even though most people think it was badly handled), and this was like that, only five times more brilliant and gripping. Professor Trelawney with the crystal balls, Neville, McGonagall and her general awesomeness... it was wonderful.

Overall, Jo, you rule. Some people are going to hate it, like you said, but I couldn't heart you more right now.

I guess all signs point to "Outstanding" *votes*


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Old July 24th, 2007, 5:35 pm
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I'll say first, there are enough threads already posted about this book being the favorite, so there's no need to defend the book in this thread (I still expect people will)

I think of the 7 books, this was my least favorite, though it had flashes of brilliance. The battle was spectacular, but the final fight was a whimper.
I just expected a bit more to the fight than what happened.

The book itself took really odd twist and turns. For starters, The Hallows deserved more mention than 1 book. It was just too much to take in for one book, less not the last book. This led to a huge problem, not just with them, but with everything. The book was so rushed! A lot of the information we read, i think could have been distributed better throughout the last few books. Just small mentions, not chapters, just to help build an understanding later.

Things that were never explained:

I don't know about anyone else, but there were some huge plot points that were never resolved. For starters, the MoM. I think virtually everyone expected the trio to visit the Department of Mysteries because of the veil, and because of the locked room. To build it in book 5 and then completely ignore it afterwards just seemed pointless.

Deaths:

I know there are a lot of post already about the pointlessness of some of them. I agree to an extent, but more importantly, I don't like how they were carried out in the end. If Harry was soooo affected by all these deaths, why no memorial at the end of the book? Why no mention of them in the epilogue?
It was kinda odd that they ate dinner with dead strewn among them.

Characters:

Nobody really felt in character in this book. I really don't have a good explanation for it, but it was like reading something foreign. I didn't feel the attachments I once did to the characters. Probably the best written moment was doby's death, because it was the only one where i felt a true connection with the characters again. It was probably the only death worth crying over, because the rest were just cast aside from a literary standpoint.

I'll keep it short with the Epilogue:

What happened here? I mean seriously, she wrote an epilogue that anyone with 2 sense could have formulated on their own. Epilogues generally tie up loose ends, yet here, it was more of "yep, the did it, they actually did it" sort of feel.

Don't get me wrong, I did like the book, but only as a book. It just wasn't Harry Potter any more for me.


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Old July 24th, 2007, 5:58 pm
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I voted E. I enjoyed the book but wasn't blown away. I had really high expectations and the book didn't meet all of them. What about the number 12? And socks? Nothing significant about those things I suppose -- just fun little ditties to throw in once in a while. I was hoping we'd see a final wrap up of so many more things.

For me, the redemption of this book were the revelations about Snape. I knew he was good but I sure didn't predict that he loved Lily. In fact, a good friend of mine was convinced he loved her once we read "Snape's Worst Memory" but I never agreed. He is my favorite character and and I LOVED reading "The Prince's Tale". The significance of Harry's green eyes, "like his mother's", was so touching: "Look...at...me..." So sad.

Aside from that, however, I really expected Jo to go for the jugular, but it seemed a bit safe for me. I expected to see Mrs. Weasley or Hagrid die. Once Remus said Harry would be Teddy's godfather, I knew they would both die -- but I thought there would be more emphasis on Harry and Ginny raising him.

All in all, pretty good, really.


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Old July 24th, 2007, 6:21 pm
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Overall it was a great book, but I rated it EE for the poor epilouge, and all the unanswared questions.


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Old July 24th, 2007, 6:23 pm
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I don't like the answer options in this Poll very much. Is a story only good if it is unpredictable? I don't think so. I think that if you overdo the suspence, the effect is more annoying than anything.

For example, quite a few people knew that Snape is going to die (me amongst them). Did this made his death in any way uninteresting? No. No, on the contrary, most of us feel that it should have been described much more fully.

Almost everyone expected to meet Dumbledore again in the story, in one way or another. Did this fact made his appearance less anticipated? Not at all.

A year ago I have red the most interesting modern thriller with a plot full of unexpected twists and turns. The name? I don't remember it. The full story? No idea. Although incredibly interesting to read at the moment, it didn't leave the slightest trace in my conscious as something worthy to remember.

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Re: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Reviews

*Raises hand as the first person to give it a D*

Only one that got an 'O' is OOTP imho..


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I give it an E mostly because of the epilogue. It was really really bad :/ All we find out is that the main characters got married and had kids and that Neville became the Herbology teacher. I hated the childrens names and ugh I just didnt like it at all. hahaha

The rest of the book was SO amazing though especially the last few chapters. I loved how R/Hr played out (although I wish they would have said "I love you!).


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First, I have to say that I was one of those selfish horrible people that read the book online first. Well, I read a great deal of it and while I was at first hooked I started not liking it at all. For a week I had a pit in my stomach thinking: What did she do? What is all this stuff? Dumbledore? The Deathly Hallows (which I thought were the Horcruxes)? The endless camping, Ron leaving, etc. It started sounding so fake to me, so horrible.

Then, I confessed to my HP friend who was joining me at the midnight party. I didn't spoil anything for her, just confessed what I did and how I felt about what I read. But as I did that, a light bulb went off in my head. For example, at first I thought that Dumbledore's background was like being cold-cocked, out of the blue, with no warning. And I had asked myself, when has she ever done that, she always gives us clues? And as I'm trying to remember examples of when she gives us clues, I recalled this much - when did we ever have a clue about Scabbers being Pettigrew BEFORE PoA? NEVER!

And it all snowballed from there; I won't bore you with the details. But the more I talked about it, the more I realized that I was wrong.

And I remember one other thing - when HBP came out, a lot of people were disappointed because she took us somewhere we didn't know, she surprised us. Gee, when has she ever done that before?! And, as a new fan to the series (I only started reading the books in January 2005), and a new fan to Mugglenet and the online family, I realized that the reason why everyone was so upset that certain things were left out or that she took us down a path we weren't prepared for was because you guys had 2 years to speculate and theorize about what would happen, what might happen. And when it didn't meet your expectations, there was disappointment.

I fell into the same trap. I am humbled now. I thought they'd be looking for Horcruxes; I knew that she would have to make it somewhat simple because Harry knew next to nothing about where they could be (except for Nagini, which I thought was a red herring; she tricked us again!).

When I had the book in my hands and started reading, it was like I never read it online. It was new, fresh, wonderous. Everything seemed to make more sense once I realized that of course she was going to take us on a different path than what we expected.

I gave the book "O" - it was beautiful. I saw the wonderous humor again (poor George; poor Fred). I cried when they toasted Moody. I bawled for 15 minutes when Harry buried Dobby! And I thought the ending was spectacular - it was wonderful watching the pompous evil man, who thought no one could defeat him, get defeated so simply. Because it doesn't have to be that complicated. And myth and more current stories tell us that the bad guy always has one big flaw - OVERCONFIDENCE. Dumbledore told us again and again that that was Voldemort's flaw - he couldn't see the powerful magic of Lily's sacrifice and even when he discovered it, he didn't get it, taking her protection into himself, thinking it made him SAFE! HA!

And Harry's walk into the woods to face his death - I see now why she said she was glad that no one asked her further about her Christian beliefs. It was very Christ-like - and his death saved others. WOW! I kind of felt like there would be something like that, but the way she wrote it was so beautiful. I cried during that scene. I cried when Dumbledore confessed his weakness! I still love him! I love him for his faults and for his virtues. I cried when Hagrid carried Harry's body back to Hogwarts. I knew he was alive, but Hagrid didn't and it was so poignant, that Hagrid had carried Harry as a baby to Privet Drive, had introduced him back to the wizarding world, and then brought his body back.

And Neville! I loved that he didn't die. I loved what he did! A true Gryffindor!

I can't even talk about Fred. It's hard watching the movies now or even reading the books knowing it. Not as sad about Lupin because I figured he had to go, though I didn't know he would leave a child behind. And Tonks, too. But, Fred, not Fred.

The epilogue was well, anti-climactic obviously. But maybe the message is this: the Boy Who Lived does not wind up doing anything spectacular - those that should lead us don't want power, remember. Harry is having a quiet life, even though he is still recognized. That's kind of what I got out of it, although I would still like to know what happens to everyone else. Maybe she wanted to leave it open so we could continue our fan fiction.

All in all VERY SATISFYING. I'm doing a slow re-read now to really take it in. It is obviously bittersweet. It was wonderful, but now it's over and sometimes I do just want to sit down and cry a little.

Good-bye Harry!


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Old July 24th, 2007, 6:33 pm
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I wish JKR kept all her promises and that I was right about RAB and Snape. I have to reread the final battle seen but I think that OotP final battle was still better but It was probably my favorite book.


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Old July 24th, 2007, 6:36 pm
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Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Reviews

My older sister's borrowing my copy of OotP but I recall Dumbledore telling Tom how there's more than one way to kill a man or something to that affect. Something worse for the sort of despicable nutcase that is Voldemort. I was expecting some extravagant sorcery to bring down the beast so to speak. Something a bit more refined than "the" killing curse, which is what it amounted to.


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The book was a very satisfying end to an incredible series. At the last book party, I just kept looking around at all the people and thinking of all the people worldwide who were doing the same thing - that is the genius of Jo Rowling - to write something so basic, yet so magical that the whole world enjoys it! EE!


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by far the best book yet

I think it was powerful. Very depressing but very happy! i gave it an O. I loved this book. i cannot belive the seris is over =[[


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O for OUTSTANDING! It met my expectations and more. There wasn't one part of the book that I didn't like!


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"D" Dreadful. I'm really dissapointed. A bad end to what was a great story.
As I already explained in the discussion DH topic. I found it awesome after I readed it but after that I fell down...

http://www.cosforums.com/showpost.ph...7&postcount=86 <-- read and I think most people will change their opinion about the book... because you can't deny it that Rowling left to many gaps for us to fill up...


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I went with "E" Exceeds Expectations. Great story. I was engrossed. I couldn't give it an O cause there were things about it that left me going HUH? It was an excellent book and it was clearly how she wanted it to end some parts just left me wanting.


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