Monday, July 23, 2007

A Busy Weekend

Well, after a beautiful and thoroughly tiring wedding and reception in Malibu on Friday, I seemed to be poised on the edge of a dull weekend. I was mostly wrong about that. I can't think of much significant that actually happened, but I was so deeply entrenched in the wizarding world that it felt like I was terribly busy. That's right, I have finished the final Harry Potter book. I also went and saw Order of the Phoenix yesterday morning. It was entertaining if not entirely as compelling as the last two movies. Still, I enjoyed it quite a lot and look forward to seeing how the last two books play out on the screen (especially seeing more of Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix). As for the new book, I found it entirely satisfying. It was dark, it was intense, it was exciting and you really get the feeling that these characters are in danger. It made this one even harder to put down than the previous installments. I was impressed with Rowling's guts to just go out and tell her story, not pulling any punches, and not treating the readers, who are still mostly children, as if they were children. This is a very grown up book with grown up characters and grown up consequences. At the end, I was sad to put the book down, partly because I just couldn't think of any questions. Deathly Hallows effectively answered everything I had wanted answered. A fitting end to the book series that will undoubtedly define this generation. And now for the major spoiler: The last chapter reveals that all of Hogwarts is encased in a snow globe, and the entire series has been in the mind of a small autistic boy who is looking at it (HAH! Take that "St. Elsewhere"!). Seriously, though, I won't tell you any story details. Hell, most of you probably know them yourself by now. It's a great book. don't have to take my word for it...
Sorry, I thought some kids were going to come on and give reviews of the book. Once again I have proven that I am no Levar Burton.


  1. You find great pictures for your blog. Nice review. We saw Hairspray this weekend, and enjoyed it as well.

  2. Oh, no! I just read your blog. I made the same joke as you. Damn!