everything that has gone before, but I found this whole book much
tighter and generally more sophisticated - perhaps that's the "post
9/11" effect that people are talking about, or just a reflection of the darker, more mature tone of the book, or the characters. Certainly an improvement on 5 and I can't wait
for 7. Still too many adverbs, and even two episodes of using capital letters
to indicate shouting is two too many. And I wish (don't flame me!) I
liked Harry better. Everyone in the book (except Snape and Harry's obvious enemies) telling me how wonderful Harry is isn't enough to sell me on him, I'm afraid. I love Snape. Snape is cool; can't wait to find out how it's all going to turn out...
I'm going to weigh in with my ideas on some of the
central controversies. I think Dumbledore set up his death and it was planned with Snape. He (Dd) was so adamant at the end about Harry
sending for Snape - twice at least, I think telling Harry that he MUST
get Snape, not anyone else. He (Dumbledore) knew what was going on
(Malfoy's plot etc) and did nothing to stop it... I'm on the side of
the "Snape is not evil" brigade. Not just because I am an Alan
Rickman fan :) I'm not quite sure why Dd had to die - something of
the Obi Wan Kenobi "If you strike me down I will be more powerful than
you ever imagined"? Or just, as some have suggested, clearing the way
for Harry, or sending him power in some way... ?? I don't think I buy
the phoenix being reborn idea - JKR has said that characters once
dead, stay dead. But there is the fact that Harry has that phoenix feather in his wand... but then, so does Voldemort...
One thing that puzzles me, though, is why, with all Dd's research, he
didn't know all along that the locket wasn't the real locket, which
makes that whole trip into the cave kind of a waste of time unless it
not was actually for the Horcrux(sp?) thingy and was actually for Dd
to drink that stuff which killed him... hence the deal with Snape...
Someone on another forum suggested that R.A.B.
was Sirius' brother and picked up a detail about a locket among
the possessions at Black's-now-Harry's house which noone could open - brilliant!