I thought the book was fab!! Couldn't put it down! I'm just devastated that Dobby died!! I cried like a baby when that happened. Still am.... sob, sob.
Poor poor Snape. I cried, but then I am a very soppy badger.
I've been arguing for months that Harry was the last horcrux, but that Voldemort didn't mean him to be. Hah! I am vindicated. Excuse me while I go for a gloat...
The book has 598 full pages of text. Each page has roughly 35 lines of text, each roughly containing between 15/20 words.
OK, now for the science bit.
598 x 35 = 20930 lines of text.
20930 x 17.5 (to be fair) words = 366275 words
So you're reading speed is
366275 / 180 = 2034.8611111 words per minute or more astonishingly,
2034.8611111 / 60 = 33 words per second.
I watched Short Circuit yesterday and I think he could just about read that quick!!!!
The maths may be a little off but my amazement at reading in the region of 350,000+ words in 180 minutes isn't!!!
I have shown my workings for the many teachers who no doubt will check and even more so without doubt, be reading this book.
Harry had to be the last horcrux. It made sense considering that Voldemort had left a part of himself in Harry, albeit unintentionally. If Harry was having to destroy objects with parts of Voldemort in them then in the end he would have to have died.
If you had to argue that with anyone they obviously have not been paying attention since the very beginning.
I loved it!
During all the hype, JKR said that there was one chapter that had her in tears, and that has to be the one about Snape. It made a lot of things make sense to me.
People are moaning about Harry not being killed off, but if she did i think there would have been up roar!
Morghoven..Thank you for your comments.
I totally agree that if any book encourages reading, especially in young people that can only be a good thing. Reading should be encouraged by people of all ages and seems to be forgotten in our age of instant home entertainment.
So, as someone who reads every night before bed perhaps I should try reading one of J.K's books.
Oh, and they are a "proper" series (unlike, for instance, the Chronicles of Narnia which are chronological but do stand on their own as well), so do begin at the beginning or the rest will get quite confusing.
- how did the Gryfindor Sword come to be at Hogwarts at the end (I think)
- did I miss the bit where Tonks / Lupin died? Also Fred? I can only remember Harry returning to the hall and people mourning over their bodies.
Really sad that there are no more books to read though, just means I have to read them all again. I hope my kids will read them in the future.