Friday, July 22, 2005

Harry Potter should watch Spider-Man 2 (Spoilers contained within)

Really Massive Spoilers, if you haven't read the book really you should probably avoid reading the post as I give away the ending.

I'm more commenting on the book then actually reviewing it as has already been done a number of times and I'm not really all that good at sumarizing and reviewing books anyways.

A number of things I expected to happen did. Dumbledore died, which I figured would be in this book as the big deaths come at the end of books (Cedric Diggory, Sirius Black) and I anticipated Dumbledore's death as it would force Harry to set out on his own (or really set out with Hermione and Ron) in order to kill Voldemort.

Harry seems to have matured a great deal since the last book where he was always flying off into tantrums which may be fairly apt depictions of adolescant behaviour, but made him highly annoying at times in the Order of the Phoenix. Ron on the other hand is much the same and I really can't see why Hermione would ever be attracted to him. Harry is still headstrong and tends to ignore the advice of others to do what he thinks right, but unlike previously where he tended to make serious erros in judgement due to personal biases, in this book his suspicions turned out to be nearly entirely correct, and it seems that Snape really was a bad guy all this time. Though I suppose there is the possibility that he was acting on Dumbledore's orders even to the point of killing him.

The Horcruz was actually fairly obvious and I figured it would be something along that line, but is still interesting. Also, as a thought, could the final horcrux be not Nagini, but Harry himself? This would explain a great deal, the bond, the scar, the fact that Voldemort doesn't want anyone else to kill Harry. It might seem crazy but what safer place to store a part of his soul then in the person who would have to kill him. This would mean that Harry would have to die in order to kill Voldemort and seeing as how Voldemort could not imagine doing so himself, he would not imagine that anyone else would either.

Also the glimpses of Tom Riddle's childhood were enlightening, in the contrasts to Harry's as much as the similarities. Despite the being ill-treated until his 11 birthday Harry is well-adjusted and not evil, while Riddle was well-treated and yet grew up isolated and obsessed with power.