Re: [mythsoc] My two bits on HPV
- Berni Phillips wrote:
> There was not much new except for Fred's and George's joke-shop inventions,I agree--I thought they were positively tedious, despite their usefulness against
> which weren't terribly amusing to the reader.
> No, he doesn't really grow. He's stuck in an adolescent state of hormonesThis was part of the problem with the book: over the course of some 870 pages, a
> and rebelliousness that isn't terribly attractive.
little growth would be good, even if as you rightly say this is a "transitional
Also, I entirely agree with you about Ginny and Neville, although Ron and
Hermione seemed a little flatter as characters.
> I found the death of Sirius didn't really touch me that much. He, too, wasThis is exactly the kind of thing that was problematic to me. And because you
> much less appealing in this book. We saw him as a teen, egging on James to
> torment Snape. He tries to live vicariously through Harry, egging him on to
> what he shouldn't. His death was nowhere near as touching as the torment
> Mrs. Weasley went through with the boggart showing her all her loved ones
don't feel strongly about the death of Sirius--a character I had really liked in
the previous books--Harry's anger at Dumbledore seems forced and too peevish.
Also, the confrontation between Harry and Dumbledore opened up enormous
imaginative possibilities that, it seemed to me, never came to fruition. I hate
it when I am imagining something better than what is in the book! I also found
myself circling clunky phraseology. (Maybe I was just getting cranky from doing
so much writing of my own.)
> It was good to get a good reason why Harry has to return to Privet DriveAgain, couldn't agree more--but more could have been, should have been, done with
> each summer and also that the Sorting Hat had wanted to put Hermione in
> Ravenclaw, where she so clearly belongs.
Berni, I appreciated all your comments