Oct 242007

J.K. Rowling has come out and said, in no uncertain terms, that Albus Dumbledore is gay.

Which is marvelous, IMHO. Why wouldn’t there be gay characters in the HP universe? And why not the headmaster of Hogwarts himself?

What bothers me is that the statement seems to have been made as an implied negative answer to the question of whether or not he ever finds true love. Is that a subconscious bias showing, Jo, dearie?

The Deathly Hallows

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Aug 182007

Yup. I finally finished reading it. Can I just quote the Doctor here (from season three’s episode The Shakespeare Code)? “I cried.”

What’s more, I cried in public: sitting in the commuter rail station last night, waiting for my boarding call.

But the series did have a pretty satisfying ending. Very sad in some ways, very happy in others. Revelations were revealed and questions were answered. I don’t know if I’ll ever really forgive JKR for killing [SPOILER] but, really, I knew going in that there had to be at least one heart-rending fatality, so it’s a good kind of non-forgiveness.

No Spoilers, I Promise

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Aug 052007

I’m a few chapters into Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows now, and what everyone who’s already read it has told me is pretty true. Intense. Right from the start. Important stuff going on already. Upsetting stuff.

And I’m not reading quickly enough to please my husband, who has already read it and can’t stand that he can’t talk about it with me. But I’m a slow reader. I tend to read not just to find out what happens but to enjoy the characters and the world as thoroughly as I can. I’m in no rush to finish, because then it’ll be over. Yes, I can always go back and reread any book in the series, but it’s not the same.

You can never read a book for the first time more than once.

Nov 222005

I just finished reading this last night. OK, so I’m just a little behind the times. Believe me, I paid for it in sheer effort to avoid spoilers — which I was moderately UNsuccessful at, despite trying to stay away from most of the fan sites after the book came out.

There’s a reason that J.K. Rowling is selling as well as she is: because she can write. She can plot, create tension, put interesting people on the page, and set it all somewhere that’s just half a step to the left of familiar. And most importantly for a book aimed at kids, she doesn’t underestimate the intelligence of her readership. Which is, I think, why she’s so popular with adults as well.

Is it a perfect book? No, of course not. I think there are a few spots where she gets a mite heavy-handed, especially when trying to describe the emotional turmoil that goes on inside a sixteen-year-old boy when it comes to girls. (On the other hand, I’m not a sixteen-year-old boy, so what do I know?) But it’s a genuinely fun read, and I’m glad to see even the adult characters growing a bit as the series goes on.

‘Cause, let’s face it, huge chunks of the fandom are just plain smitten with the adults around Harry. Google them sometime: Sirius Black? Check. Lucius Malfoy? Check. Severus Snape? Check, check, and check. My Gods, the fangirls really love the bad boys, don’t they? Me? To pull a line from another fandom: I like nice men.

Which is my way of saying that I really like the fact that Rowling keeps bringing Remus Lupin back. And I really, really like where she’s got him at the end of the book.

The fangirl in me was horrified at the other thing she did at the end of the book, but the writer in me understands why she did it. Well, half of it anyway. I’ll wait for the 7th book to see where she’s going to go with the aftermath. I have my own ideas of what *I* would do now, but I suspect she’ll surprise me.