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Final Thoughts

New Harry Potter

Note from Ashley: My post about the Epilogue is still to come next week, which is why I’ve abstained from writing final notes, myself. I get an entire post to wax poetic about the end of this series and the end of this project, so it’s only fair everyone else gets a space, too.

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I’ve had so much fun with this, not only writing my own posts, but getting to read what everyone else thinks about Harry Potter (SPOILER ALERT: you all love it). I’ve enjoyed all the insights everyone has had that I’ve never, ever had in all of my rereads, and the discussions that followed, but my very most favorite thing was getting to see new GIFs I’d never seen before. You guys are good at GIFs, is what I’m saying.

Also, I can’t believe it’s over. Again. Sads. Don’t mind me, I’m just going to be over here in the corner, rereading all the books and pretending Harry Potter is never going to end ever ever. Continue reading


The Deathly Hallows, Chapter 36: The Flaw in the Plan

Wow.  The last chapter of the last book.  Exactly how did I end up with this one?  There’s a lot here to unpack and I’m afraid I won’t really do it justice, but I’m pretty sure Ashley’s not going to accept that as an excuse so here goes things.


Harry awakens on the Forbidden Forest floor and shows a whole lot more physical self control than I’d ever be able to muster myself.  I mean, I’m right now just sitting in my comfortable desk chair in my comfortable office and I CAN’T STOP FIDGETING.  But Harry? He has a quiet word with Narcissa Malfoy, gets Cruciatus-ed like a flipping piñata, hauled off by a sobbing half-giant, and displayed on the Hogwarts lawn in front of the people he loves, all while convincing everyone around him that he’s dead.  Is this one of those new skills you pick up from dying?  Because if it is, I think I just solved David Blaine.

So then Voldemort basically just stands around being a dick until this happens:

Neville Longbottom

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The Half-Blood Prince, Chapters 18-19: Getting Jiggy With It

OK, here’s the situation:  My boyfriend and I went away on a two-weeks’ vacation and I left my copy of HBP at home.  Actually, I haven’t even started re-reading HBP yet.  In fact, it appears I haven’t re-read HBP since some time BEFORE I joined Goodreads, which Goodreads so very helpfully tells me was in February 2008.  Which means–holy shit–I’ve been on Goodreads for SIX GODDAMNED YEARS.  Time is CRAZY.  What is also crazy: Me, for trying to write this review from memory, because time is not only crazy, it does weird things to one’s brain, and by “weird things” I mean “I am an old lady with a horrible old lady memory” so let’s do this thing, I ain’t gettin’ any younger.


On your mark ready set let’s go.

Based on title alone, I have no idea what this chapter is about.  Were I to make an educated guess, I’d say it probably has something to do with Harry’s birthday, since this book is called HARRY POTTER and the Half-Blood Prince, but this is Chapter 18 already; can we really have spent what I can only assume is the previous 400 pages at Privet Drive?  Let’s find out.

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The Order of the Phoenix Chapters 26-27: Gotta Dance!

I still have a hard time believing that there are people out there who do not like this book.  This book is my everything.  This book is me.  This book continues with


There’s something about being proactive, about taking a step forward rather than simply reacting to the things happening to you, that is just so liberating.  We’re still waiting for the publication of Rita’s article, but the mere fact that Harry finally did something goes a long way toward easing the tension that’s been building over the course of this story.  It does not, however, help Harry understand GIRLS.  Hermione breaks it down for him at dinner, though, and I love Jo Rowling for slipping in this wonderful bit of advice:

“Well, wouldn’t it have been easier if she’d just asked me whether I liked her better than you?”

“Girls don’t often ask questions like that,” said Hermione.

“Well, they should!” said Harry forcefully

Now wouldn’t this solve, like, 93% of all relationship problems?  If instead of fishing around for information, we all just ASKED THE DAMN QUESTION ALREADY?  I actually just went through this with a work colleague who wasted DAYS in a back-and-forth with our general counsel’s office trying to figure out if she could release client information.  Do you know what solved the “crisis”? I called up the client and asked, “Can we release this information?”  The client said, “Yes.”  DONE AND DONE.

Oh shit, we’re not supposed to blog about work, are we?  MY BAD.

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The Goblet of Fire, Chapters 22-23: MY BAD.

I don’t know, maybe I was swept up in a pre-Thanksgiving haze, or maybe I was lulled into complacency when I didn’t have Chamber of Secrets chapters to cover, or maybe I got myself in way over my head following yet another drunken delusion (I’VE HAD SEVERAL DRINKS OF ALCOHOL! I’M MOTHERFUCKING WILLY WONKA!):


But whatever was going on in my headspace the last several weeks, “Oh yeah, I have to write about Goblet of Fire” was definitely not on my to-do list.  What can I say; I’m an idiot.

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