When you’re feeling a lot of strain (like when you’re in a rage?), what do you do to relax and to keep you mind off the ugly things? In my case, I read, I watch a movie, go out… or write.
Although my deadline for Tuesday’s (today’s) column wasn’t until Monday (yesterday) at 12.00 noon, I finished it early Saturday afternoon. I just wanted a complete break from anything related to writing and blogging. Writing just wasn’t relaxing at that point.
I shut down the computer and I would not turn it on again until Monday morning. We went to a birthday dinner party in the evening then watched Rush Hour 3. Still, all of that was not enough to calm me down. The moment we got home, I kicked off my shoes (not literally, they’re too expensive for that kind of treatment), I made myself a cup of coffee, curled on the couch and started reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
It wasn’t exactly planned. We were at TriNoma for the birthday dinner and, while waiting for the food, I stepped out of California Pizza Kitchen for a smoke and to take photos. Right beside CPK was Power Books and there was this big sale. I’ve been to a lot of branches looking for a copy of Deathly Hallows, so I knew it was out of stock and I wasn’t really expecting to find a copy there. But I did. And the price was less 20% too.
No spoilers ahead.
Well, save to say that it was a fitting conclusion to the Harry Potter saga. No, it was not disappointing. No, it was not predictable. The twists and turns went on and on right until the final chapter and on to the epilogue. The pace was good, the battle scene was awesome, but it was the characterization that was best.
Albus Dumbledore (warning: spoilers in the Wikipedia link), the Hogwarts headmaster who died in the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, has always been illustrated as nothing short of a hero. He was an exceptional wizard with an even more exceptional insight into human nature. He was protective, he was a just school administrator and, well… he just seemed perfect.
With Deathly Hallows came the humanization of Dumbledore. It sounds ironic, I know, because he died in Book Six, but that was how it was. In all the previous stories, nothing much had been said about Dumbledore before he became headmaster of Hogwarts. In Deathly Hallows, his life story was told. And, my, it was some story.
But, perhaps, the biggest surprise was the unraveling of Severus Snape. If there ever was a lesson about not judging a book by its cover, nor a person by his appearance and demeanor, this was it.
As to who died and who lived, well, that’s something to write about some months from now when most Harry Potter fans have had a chance to read Deathly Hallows.