I know you have just been waiting with bated breath these last two weeks thinking, “What is Trudy reading? Why is she not updating her book reviews?!?! How can I go on living?!??!??!!?“
Have no fear, fellow overreaders. I have my reasons. For the last two weeks I have been immersed — engrossed, even — in a comprehensive re-read of all six Harry Potter books in preparation for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on July 21.
If any of you have issues with Christians enjoying Harry Potter and would like to know why I’m a fan, I’ve already written about that at some length here a few years ago — suffice it to say my attitude towards reading Harry Potter has more in common with this guy than with these people. But if you want to discuss it more, we can do that in the comments. Where we can also discuss, if you like, the literary merits of J.K. Rowling’s writing, as other people I know have objections to the books on literary rather than aesthetic grounds.
So if you have questions like: Is Harry Potter teaching kids to worship the devil? or Is J.K. Rowling really ripping off a bunch of better fantasy authors? feel free to raise those in the comments section. Here in my blog, where the compulsive overreader is queen, we will be dealing with the questions on my mind right about now…questions such as:
Is Snape really evil, or was he actually acting on Dumbledore’s orders?
If Snape is really evil, can he be redeemed before the end of the book? Can Draco? Can Voldemort??
Which of Harry’s friends/loved ones is going to die? I know it’s going to be someone important but please let it not be Ron, please please not Ron … I’m really afraid it’s going to be Ron.
Will Harry die? J.K. Rowling wouldn’t do that to us … would she????
Will Ron and Hermoine ever get together? Before or after Ron does, or doesn’t, die? What about Harry and Ginny?
Can Harry destroy Lord Voldemort without destroying himself, or his own magical powers? And if the one thing that makes Harry better than Voldemort is Harry’s ability to love — can he destroy his archenemy at all??? If your greatest weapon is the power of love …
…then how does the story end?
OK, this isn’t a review. These books have their strong points and weak points, from a literary point of view (to mention just one weak point: the ending of Goblet of Fire is so ridiculously contrived that someone should give Lord Voldemort a copy of “If I Were An Evil Overlord” to print out and carry with him). But what J.K. Rowling has done extremely well (maybe not well enough to deserve to be the richest woman in the world, but hey, nobody said fame was fair) is to create a story that pulls us along through six books, about three thousand pages so far, making the characters and their dilemmas so interesting and complex and real to the reader that … well, let’s just say I won’t rest easy until I know exactly how everything comes out at the end of Book Seven.
For what it’s worth: here are my predictions.
-Snape isn’t nice, but he isn’t evil either. He will turn out to be on the side of good, and will die sacrificially, probably saving Harry.
-Harry will vanquish Lord Voldemort for good and survive to live more or less happily ever after.
-Dumbledore will not return from the dead, but his portrait will come in handy.
-Wizards will learn to have more respect for non-human magical creatures, who play a key role in Defeating Evil.
-Hagrid will die.
-Ron will die. No, I really don’t want it to be true, but … I’m so afraid he will.
Check back with me in a little over a week…