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Harry Potter Readalong, Deathly Hallows II: My copy is in Chicago so I have no quote

YOU GUYS I WAS WATCHING GOLDEN GIRLS WITH MY LITTLE BROTHER AND EATING A BAGUETTE DIPPED IN HUMMUS AND I FORGOT TO POST

Here's what I wrote on the train home:





Look. I LIKE the never-ending camping trip. Deathly Hallows pt I is my favorite of all the movies, and it’s because it takes its damn time. It isn’t all “WHIZ! BANG! EXPLODING CAKES!”


Harry, Ron and Hermione have spent the last six years growing up, having at times silly teenage adventures, and now this is them being serious and getting shit done and being relatable humans. Humans who have to destroy pieces of a dark wizard’s soul that are housed in magical objects so that one of them can try to kill him in an epic battle. STILL RELATABLE.


I like when things happen that have actual consequences. The school years are great, but they’re so insular. Everything is at Hogwarts or its immediate environs, and Dumbledore’s always there as a kind of safety blanket. Now it is just them, and they’re trying so hard to make it through using all the scraps of knowledge they’ve acquired, and it’s all just practical and awesome.


When I say something like Order of the Phoenix is my favorite, I say it with the implied exception that is Deathly Hallows. Because I just assume DH is everyone’s favorite, so why even mention it. Of course it is. It has everything in it.


It struck me while reading Mockingjay though, that other people seem maybe not as into the YA where the kids have to finally deal with the real world. I liked Mockingjay the most because everything Katniss did in it could have an impact on the real world. In that and in DH, they’re out of their testing area, and they’re making do. Ron finally destroying the Horcrux is a wonderful, wonderful moment because GROWING UP HE IS DOING IT. And he’s being forced to deal with things. Ugh. Love. I love this book.


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