The end of book six shocked me completely-- I knew Dumbledore was going to die but I thought it happened in the last book! So the entire time I was reading the scene where he does die I wasn't even sad because I figured he wasn't actually dead! I was wrong.
The first five or so chapters of book seven (Deathly Hallows) were crazy intense. For the life of me I cannot figure out how it made sense for Harry to go to the Burrow?! They went through the big dangerous mission to hide him as he leaves the Dursley's, but then they take him to the place he's most likely going to go?
I also didn't get how Mr. Weasley was still chilling with the Ministry of Magic after it's taken over by the Death Eaters? Wouldn't he be the first person they would get rid of? Unless it's because he's a pureblood? I don't know.
The first half of book seven wasn't my favorite. It was a great adventure story as they were hiding out in the forest, but again, I couldn't figure out how they were doing so much to stay hidden and then would decide to just go with some random person into their house (Bathilda)! How was it surprising that they were attacked?
I'm not sure if it's because there was so much happening in each chapter, but I felt like when something had been building up & it finally happened it was no big deal. For example, when Ron returns and they finally smash the horcrucx. I might have also been a tad annoyed Ron returned so quickly, but what can you do?
The chapter where they break out of Gringotts is easily one of my favorites of the entire book. I loved when they returned to Hogwarts and were reunited with everyone else. Although, I have to admit, I thought that was another strange scene-- the war started and it didn't seem to phase them that much.
I was the most sad/upset/disappointed when Snape died. I had been a fan of his from the beginning and even though Harry got to see his memory, I really wanted more from that-- it was such a huge theme/part of the entire series that it made me sad it was basically all squeezed into one chapter of the last book. I wish he would have survived so they could have had more to their relationship.
As far as the 19 YEARS LATER bit, I have to say I really didn't buy into Hermione's relationship with Ron-- I didn't expect her to end up with Harry either, I just didn't see any of them as being more than best friends. I also really expected them to work at Hogwarts! At least Hermione, right?
All that being said, these are easily some of my favorite books of all time. The story is so genius and creative, it really is impossible not to love. I'd have to say my favorite books were 1, 3, and 4. I loved when the story was more innocent and fun, and you're still learning about all the different characters and elements to the magic world.
In case anyone was wondering I was sorted into Hufflepuff, which is exactly what I expected! haha
I could talk about Harry Potter allll day, so tell me...
Were you a fan of the series?
What characters were your favorite?
Were you happy with the epilogue?