Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Difficult times lie ahead Harry...

The sky is crying. Rain falls because __________ (please write the name of one of Harry Potter's characters) died. Black clouds cover the world as we grieve the death of an old friend...OOOH THE PAIN!!!!!!
*Sigh* Actually we're in the middle of a hurricane here in Numbtown and that's why it's raining. And no, even though you probably know already who dies in Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, I won't ruin the surprise. I don't want to be murdered for delivering such information.

So, thanks to the rain I was able to finally stay in my room without being interrupted and enjoy the damn book. And, as I've done other times before, I will utter this true words from deep inside my heart and soul.

DAMN YOU J.K. ROWLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(I'm thinking about writing a poem with that title)

Damn. This is one of those weird moods when you just can't help love someone for delivering such a great story and at the same time hate her for living you immersed in misery knowing you won't know what happens in the story for at least another two years. Also it will be the LAST Harry Potter book EVER! Do you, my dear sinner, fully understand the meaning of this?

Maybe Harry Potter is a fictional character is becoming one of the great wizards of his age (although deep in my heart I'm convinced that there's are wizards living amongst us), but right now, the greatest witch (in a good way) in our boring, little planet is J.K. Rowling. How can you explain the fact that this woman has people of ALL ages obsessed with reading? Little girls and boys reading books 700 pages long in one day! And not only in one continent but all over the world! All this Potter phenomena feels just like...MAGIC.

Anyway, let's talk about the last book. As you can see I love the series.
Having said this, I've felt that in the last two books, (HP and the Order of the Phoenix and HP and the Half- blood...) Rowling takes too long to really start things. Yes, we love to see how the kids are going with their classes and how they fight when they're really in love, yadda yadda yadda, but 400 pages of that sometimes makes you want to kill her. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy every page, but sometimes I feel she's just taking too long to get the story going. Maybe that's why my two favorite books are The prisoner of Azkaban and the Goblet of fire, because from the first page, to the last, things that happen actually are an important part of the plot. There's intensity all the way and you can hardly take a breath until the books end.

Again, having said this, I just LOVE how the Half-blood... ends.

Magnificent. Lot of things unexplained (who the hell is R.A.B.??!!). Things are REALLY changing this time. In the last chapter you can see how the kids become adults. Life, as they know it, ceased to exist. It is no longer a perfect fairy tale with a happy ending. It feels more like real life. Unpredictable, with shades of grey all along the way.
Now, there's a specific mission to be accomplished by Harry, and he's just about to walk into it. Alone. I believe the next book will be a dark one. And even though you know that in the end the good guys will win, you know it will be at great cost.

Damn... I can't wait to get the next book. And after reading it, saying good bye to a whole era, when wizards walked among us; When magic ruled our lives.