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Sam Keyes

I'm glad you noticed that too. I just finished the book last night (after an against-my-better-judgment decision to run and grab it Saturday evening), and I was immediately surprised by the epigraph. It seemed clear to me (and from much of what followed in the novel) that we are beyond an easy classification of "children's lit." (YA, maybe; but I care little for such distinctions.)

SEMI-SPOILERS:

Your notion of blood-relation between HP and Voldemort is interesting, and does turn out to have a place in the story, though not quite as you describe above.

And I am intrigued by the invocation of the dead here--I passed over the quote quickly and didn't really think about it. But that comes up too at the end of the book. And while I'm sure Christians who had problems with HP may dislike that, as a catholic Christian I find it attractive--because it's a "pagan" reality that is very very close to the Christian practice of prayer to/with the saints.

I'll look forward to your thoughts when you get through the book. I think there's a lot there to think about--much more now that we know the whole story.

kellincatty

Can't WAIT till you finish this book, David... I need to discuss a few things - and you're the perfect book-friend to discuss them with...

No spoilers: But here's what I want you to look for:

- reminiscences from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Lion... and the Wardrobe, and actions of Biblical proportions (If I say it, it will be a spoiler)

- Themes - I know Rowling said the series is about death - but I think she's making an interesting point about responsibility and "The Greater Good..." I like the way she reveals people as neither all good nor all evil... She actually succeeds at this in a way I don't see in all books -

- Style - I'm going to ignore crazy things in this last book that haven't shown up in previous volumes. It makes me wish she'd written straight through -before publishing so that she could've represented better. I'll explain more of that after you've read the book.

Now get going. READ. It's summer.

DF

Okay, guys. I spent most of the evening reading before I read this comment. So rest assured, Kelly, I'm with you on this.

On the craft of writing "children's" stories, Madeleine L'Engle first made me aware that the best stories are always the ones that come honestly from the heart of the author. If you write deliberately for children-- that is, writing "down" to their level-- you'll end up most times with cr@p, so say Ms. L'Engle, and I agree with her. HP is not Dick and Jane for sure.

kellincatty

Now Madeleine - She knows how to tell a story...

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