i'm happy to say that the release of the seventh harry potter book happened on one of the crappiest weekends of the year so far in seattle. unlike pants who had nice weather, leff and i were reading while sheltering from torrential downpours. perfect weather for this sort of thing. esp if you enjoy feeling as if you were reading inside of an aquarium.
anyway, i'll try to write about the book in question
(yes, that one) without spoiling anything for those of you who haven't finished it yet. but just in case, POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD! STOP READING NOW!
the head count, while upsetting (esp death number two! (starts with "h") argh! i wasn't expecting that one!!) wasn't horribly painful until chapter 33.
freakin' hell! chapter 33 is still with me and it feels like a knife turning in the gut. to find out exactly how much my favorite character had suffered/sacrificed/etc was just miserable and fantastic at the same time. i reread the first harry potter book yesterday and, guess what? the last thing this character does in their life is also the first thing that they had done when they first met harry. argh!! the exquisite misery of it all!
okok, so i'll END MY SPOILER ALERT NOW!! yes, it's really safe to read again.
i think that deathly hallows is my favorite book of the series. for me, it was exactly what it needed to be.
that being said, i'm *really* glad that we preordered it. check out the waiting list at spl!
if you want to talk potter, i'd love to in comments. so, again, for anyone who hasn't finished yet (i'm looking at you, pip!) POSSIBLE SPOILERS IN COMMENTS if anyone decides to join me there.