I put off reading the final chapters until Sunday morning. I just wasn't ready for it to be over yet, even though I really wanted to know how it all ended. The book was a lot of what I expected, but some nice surprises and mysteries in there, and some really touching, heart-wrenching moments. There were also so many funny moments. She fit so much into those 700+ pages. Some things did seem a little confusing or a bit of a stretch, but after going back and finding out the reasoning for them, I get it. I'm re-reading it with Dylan - we're on Chapter 16, I think.
This book had swearing - I don't remember any in the other books.
The rest of my thoughts are underneath a cut below to avoid spoiling anyone who hasn't read it.
We saw the movie IMAX/3D-style on Thursday. It was worth it just for the sound. But the 3D was awesome. I totally petted a thestral, and Dylan grabbed Dumbledore's nose.
Yesterday we went to Jackson to see my family and my new nephew Lucas. He's a pretty calm baby, and slept for most of the time. Dylan showed everyone his magic tricks. We went to Chuck E. Cheese, and Dylan and Drew (niece) got a bunch of tickets from games and redeemed them for various prizes. They had a good time. This morning was brunch with family, including Daniel's Mom. I think Dylan has found a friend in Drew - he was pretty excited when he found out that she was going to be at brunch :)
Daniel is a really good father. He has patience when mine runs out. When Dylan gets to whining and complaining, he knows how to work with him to get him to calm down and stop complaining. It's also been nice to watch them have so many good times together, after being separated so much in the past year+.
Funny moments (some quotes are not exact):
When 6 of them take polyjuice potion so they can look like Harry:
Moody, quite unconcerned, was now loosening the ties of the large sacks he had brought with him. When he straightened up again, there were six Harry Potters gasping and panting in front of him.
Fred and George turned to each other and said together, "Wow- we're identical!"
"I dunno, though, I think I'm still better-looking," said Fred, examining his reflection in the kettle.
"Bah, Bill, don't look at me--I'm 'ideous." -Fleur
"I knew Ginny was lying about that tattoo." said Ron, looking down at his chest.
"Harry, your eyesight really is awful." said Hermione, as she grabbed for a pair of glasses.
"How do you feel, Georgie?" whispered Mrs. Weasley.
George's fingers groped the side of his head.
"Saintlike," he murmured.
What's wrong with him?" croaked Fred, looking terrified. "Is his mind affected?"
"Saintlike," repeated George, opening his eyes and looking up at his brother. "You see ... I'm holy. Holey, Fred, giddit?"
Mrs. Weasley sobbed harder than ever. Color flooded Fred's pale face.
"Pathetic," he told George. "Pathetic! With the whole wide world of ear-related humor before you, you go for holey?"
When Scrimgeour (Minister of Magic) was questioning the trio, he said:
"I see your birthday cake is a snitch - is that for any particular reason?"
Hermione: "Well it can't be because he's a great seeker, that's too obvious. Dumbledore must have written a message in the icing."
"Seventeen, eh! Six years ter the day since we met, harry, d'yeh remember it?" said Hagrid.
"Vaguely. Didn't you smash down the front door, give Dudley a pig's tail, and tell me I was a wizard?"
"Eh, I forge' the details."
"But before he went loopy he was the life and soul of the party," said Fred. "He used to down an entire bottle of Firewhisky, then run on the dance floor, hoist up his robes and start pulling bunches of flowers out of his -"
"Yes, he sounds like a real charmer," said Hermione, while Harry roared with laughter.
"Never married, for some reason," said Ron.
"You amaze me," said Hermione.
"Merlin's beard, what is Xenophilius Lovegood wearing? He looks like an omelette." - Auntie Muriel
Seeing that Harry and Ron looked thoroughly confused, Hermione hurried on, "Look , if I picked up a sword right now, Ron, and ran you through with it, I wouldn't damage your soul at all."
"Which would be a real comfort to me, I'm sure," said Ron.
There was a sound of pattering feet, a blaze of shining copper, an echoing clang and a shreik of agony: Kreacher had taken a run at Mundungus and hit him over the head with a saucepan.
"Kreacher, no!" shouted Harry.
"Perhaps just one more Master Harry, for luck?" Kreacher after beating Mundungus with a pan.
"We need him conscious, Kreacher, but if he needs persuading you can do the honors," said Harry.
Fred during Potterwatch: "The fact remains he can move faster than Severus Snape confronted with shampoo when he wants to."
"Death’s got an Invisibility Cloak?" Harry interrupted again.
"So he can sneak up on people," said Ron. "Sometimes he gets bored of running at them, flapping his arms and shrieking...sorry, Hermione."
When Percy comes back to help fight and sees the minister fighting with the Death Eaters. "Hello Minister! Did I mention I'm resigning?"
"We did it, we bashed them, wee Potter’s the one,
And Voldy’s gone moldy, so now let’s have fun!"
"Really conveys the magnitude of it, right?" said Ron.
Emotional and/or awesome moments:
Here lies Dobby, a free elf. awwww
When Harry finds the note his Mom wrote, realizes he wrote her "g's" like he does, and when he visits his parents' graves.
"He must've known I'd run out on you." - Ron
"No," Harry corrected him. "He must've known you'd always want to come back."
When Hermione is being tortured at Malfoy Manor and Ron is going ballistic trying to get back to her.
When Harry discovered Luna's bedroom with the paintings of the D.A. members and the word "friends" repeated connecting them all.
After Voldemort told them to hand Harry over by midnight, and Pansy said, "He's right there! Grab him!" and everyone stood in between them so they couldn't get him.
Harry heard someone yell "CHARGE!!!" and he looked out of the room and saw Professor McGonagall following a herd of desks.
From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe: She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
"After all this time?"
"Always," said Snape.
Harry told the snitch "I am about to die," and it opened for him. Just saying those words out loud, realizing what he had to do, accepting his death and sacrificing himself to rid the world of Voldemort.
Then when he is walking into the forest to his death, surrounded by ghosts of his Mom, Dad, Sirius, and Lupin:
"Does it hurt?"
"Dying? Not at all," said Sirius, "Quicker and easier than falling asleep."
"You'll stay with me?"
"Until the very end," said James.
"And they can't see you?" asked Harry.
"We are part of you," said Sirius. "Invisible to anyone else."
Oh my God, that whole chapter, saying, "I am about to die," asking them if death hurts, and wanting them to stay with him. Heart-wrenching.
"Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love." -Dumbledore
"Tell me one last thing," said Harry. "Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?"
Dumbledore beamed at him, and his voice sounded loud and strong in Harry's ears even though the bright mist was descending again, obscuring his figure.
"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?" That struck me on so many levels.
"He waited. Any moment now, the people for whom he had tried to die would see him, lying apparently dead, in Hagrid's arms.
The scream was the more terrible because he had never expected or dreamed that Professor McGonagall could make such a sound."
"I'll join you when hell freezes over!" Neville, to Voldemort, and when Neville cuts the head of Voldemort's snake Nagini. AWE.SOME.NESS.
"Severus Snape wasn't yours!" said Harry.
"NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!"
"You don't learn from your mistakes, Riddle, do you?"
"Yes, I dare," said Harry.
I loved when he started calling him by his birth name.
"Albus Severus, you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew." - Harry