07-15-2007 01:13 PM
If you wish to discuss events from later in the book, please post in the appropriate thread below.
Spoiler Warning: If you have not read past Chapter 34, this thread may contain plot spoilers.
07-23-2007 02:38 AM
I did find it curious at first that Dumbledore wasn't there with them. But understandable now.
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!
07-23-2007 12:40 PM
Alright, I've read the rest the book so I know some of the reasons, but STILL...
07-23-2007 01:52 PM
I was tearing up so bad when he talked to his parents. It was all I could do not to break down in the cafe at the local B&N.
The line that especially got to me was when he specifically asked his mother to stay near him.... I just lost it at that point!
07-24-2007 05:39 PM
07-26-2007 01:45 AM
Harry's not dead. He can't be. I refuse to accept it. He's not dead. It's ridiculous. There's not a good enough reason for it, I don't care what y'all say. So he's not dead.
(And in case any of you are wondering, yes, I really am stopping in between each chapter to write this stuff. I'm trying very hard to strengthen my willpower.)
I do like, though, that JKR writes about the fear that Harry feels as he faces (what he believes to be) his death. That's a very real, true emotion. Instead of making Harry hardened and resolved, he's frightened and wants to know if it's going to hurt. For the next chapter, at least, I will continue to believe she is a gifted author.
"Oooh, look, a Blibbering Humdinger!" -- Luna Lovegood
07-26-2007 09:38 AM
07-26-2007 09:43 AM
ive never cried so hard from a book. my heart is broken when i read the he must died i was mad. i understand it all even if it is a little twisted. but this breaks my heart. no good byes to ginny or hermionie and ron. no explination theya re all goin gto wounder and never know the truth about snape or DD or any of it it sucks!! iam seriusly pissed
I know I felt the worst when he was under the cloak on the way to the dark forest and he saw ginny, I just wished he could have said goodbye, kissed and all. But that would have made the whole process that much more harder. He problably would not have gone thru with it. But it wsa so sad.
07-28-2007 10:50 PM
I was kind of sad he didn't say anything to Ron or Hermione or Ginny. But they would have tried to talk him out of it, and I'm sure Hermione would have Disapparated with him and tied him up so he couldn't march off to his death, or something like that. And poor Ginny. Their romance in book six was so short-lived, and then she hardly got to see Harry after that.
Something tells me that Ron and Hermione and everyone else will learn about Snape and Dumbledore. Snape's memories are still in the Pensieve, aren't they?
I think Ron and Hermione will have a kid named Harry.
And Ginny will...I don't know.
But Nagini will be killed, I'm sure, which means Voldemort will be gone!!
I'm kind of aching right now. I'm almost finished with the book, though...
07-30-2007 12:18 AM
Then, seeing James, Lily, Sirius and Lupin - the four people Harry loved the most and lost so tragically; it was utterly heart-wrenching for me. When Lily looked into Harry's eyes and told him how brave he was; when James told his son how proud he was of him; when Harry was apologizing to Lupin; and especially when Harry asked them to stay by him, I had tears streaming hot and fast down my cheeks.
I read all the books outloud to my dad, and I had to stop reading and try to gain composure because I was emotionally struggling so much with this chapter. Even after several deep breaths, there was a very noticeable catch in my voice, and while I tried to keep it at bay, tears continued to stream down my face.
In addition to all that, the other thing that struck me and brought me to tears was how incredibly brave Harry was - even when he broke down, even though he was wrought was unimaginable pain and sadness and questions of 'why,' he forced himself to keep going, because he knew that this was what he had to do. Harry (in book seven) is my age, and it was all too easy for me to try and imagine myself in Harry's shoes; and to imagine feeling what he was feeling as we walked into those woods for what he thought was the last time. It wasn't death that Harry was afraid of...no, it was more what he was leaving behind. (My goodness, tears are falling even now as I am writing this...)
Harry was being selfless, he didn't want to die, he didn't want to leave his friends and his loved ones behind to face Voldemort alone, but he was going to sacrifice himself anyway, for (as Dumbledore was fond of saying) "the greater good."
But even as he emerged into the clearing that the Acromantulas had once occupied, knowing in his mind that he was but seconds from death, he remained full of love, and of hope. He was afraid, yes, who wouldn't be? But very few men could emerge into that clearing as Harry did, full of fear but also full on an inexplicable bravery, chivalry and selflessness, so as to not even draw his wand-it was because he had accepted what had to happen. He was full of a bravery unto his own, the sort of bravery that singularly proves why he was in Gryffindor, why he was such a loyal friend, we he had the ability to love as he did, and why he was, whether he thought it or not, a hero.
"The Forest Again" was the chapter that moved me beyond even what I was expecting. I have re-read that chapter three times now, and without fail, I succumb to tears every time I read it.
To read is to love a book
To read Harry Potter is to be in love with a book
07-31-2007 12:45 AM - edited 07-31-2007 12:46 AM
HarryIsMyHomeboy wrote, in part:
This was (for me at least) not only the most emotional chapter of the book, but of the entire series.
Message Edited by ConnieK on 07-31-2007 12:46 AM
08-21-2007 01:52 PM
08-22-2007 08:24 AM - edited 08-22-2007 08:24 AM
the first time i read Hallows i was like ok whatever its abook. Then after i read the complete series (for the last time, i wish to give Harry a proper farewell/retirement) i was on the verge of crying. I cant really even explain my feelings.
Message Edited by ConnieK on 08-22-2007 08:24 AM
08-24-2007 09:49 PM