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Jun. 22nd, 2003 | 12:39 pm

I wasn't going to get the book, but succumbed to peer pressure (everyone here doing it) so I got it. And I'm a fast reader, so I'm done (took about 8 hours, off and on).


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It was fine. Not thrilling, but fine. I felt that way about most of the other ones too, as I've been reading fantasy for 30 years and have other favorites.

Many lovely details, JKR has a great ear for names, she has a creative imagination and comes up with interesting stuff like hostile centaurs and giants. I'm fine with the way she develops Harry's character (angst! angst!) and makes Ron a Prefect, although Hermione has no depth whatsoever.

Did anyone else notice the communicating mirror that shows up at the end? If Harry had only remembered it, much of the plot would have disappeared.

A very cinematic climactic battle, but you know, it's the fifth time, it's not a surprise any more.

There were finally some (semi) reasonable explanations for Privit Drive and Dumbledore's actions. My sense of logic had been tweaked, and I'm glad she at least addressed the issues.

I continue to be deeply annoyed that the kids almost never ask their teachers for help. Dumbledore and McGonagall are usually effective when asked. But the kids, especially Harry, always try to deal with their problems by themselves.

Maybe because I'm a parent now, but it's incredibly frustrating to watch them making the same dumb mistake, failing to ask for help, every single time.

It's necessary for the plots, but it drives me nuts.

Oh well.

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Quentelin

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from: quentelin
date: Jun. 22nd, 2003 06:59 pm (UTC)
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I continue to be deeply annoyed that the kids almost never ask their teachers for help. Dumbledore and McGonagall are usually effective when asked. But the kids, especially Harry, always try to deal with their problems by themselves.

Yes! That bugs the shit out of me. And I wonder how true to life it is.

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from: rynalwyn
date: Jun. 28th, 2003 03:49 am (UTC)
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I continue to be deeply annoyed that the kids almost never ask their teachers for help. Dumbledore and McGonagall are usually effective when asked. But the kids, especially Harry, always try to deal with their problems by themselves.

It is annoying sometimes. Through the end of the new book I kept thinking, "Harry, SNAPE is a member of the Order, you twit!" But really, it's understandable for Harry I think. At least to a point. He's lived his entire life having to rely on himself. He wasn't allowed to ask the Dursleys questions, certainly not questions of any substance. I don't see his self-reliance changing too much. He'd begun to trust Sirius, and perhaps now he will feel he can contact Lupin, but I don't expect him suddenly to start running to the adults in his life. Especially with his increased sense of isolation.

As for the others...well they *did* try to go to the teachers in the first book, and were dismissed. I can't recall if they ever did in any of the other books, except that Harry did ask Lupin to help him with the Dementors. Hermione is *always* advising that Dumbledore or McGonagall be consulted, but she can't make the others go along with her.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jun. 28th, 2003 10:24 am (UTC)
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Consensus in our house is that it still doesn't make sense.

My 12-year-old says:

"We're talking about Hermione here. Mistress of Logic. The only logical thing would be to talk to the teachers!" I asked if she could do it independently. "They shouldn't be able to talk her out of it because she relies on logical arguments (50 points for logic with potions in the first book), and they can't make any logical argument against going to the teachers." "Oh and Mom, guess what happened when he told Dumbledore about Weasley's dad? Instant reaction! In the same freakin' book!"

Granted, he's heard my opinion before, but he feels very strongly about it. Fascinating.

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from: rynalwyn
date: Jun. 28th, 2003 05:26 pm (UTC)
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Well, she has done that before, gone to a teacher without them, as in the Firebolt incident. And it seriously damaged their friendship for awhile. I don't know...it would be the most logical thing to do but in my experience, kids and logic don't always live on the same street. They tend to stick together and going to an adults isn't always the first choice, especially if they've tried it before and it didn't work.

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