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Harry Potter Spoiler: It was Colonel Mustard, in the library, with a broom.


I thought it was a reasonably good book, but it's also the first book where I got annoyed at the storytelling.

The problem with creating a magical world is that it's too easy to rely on dei ex machina when things get tough. Actually, I think it's worse than that-- it's difficult not to have things look like dei ex machina. This was the first book where I really noticed the pattern of, "Bad situation, hopeless situation, oh look here comes something unexpected and magical to save the day." Oh, sure, it happened in all of them but this was the first one that left me thinking, "Nah, too easy."

I was particularly displeased by a bit involving a lake.
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xb95
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Time:2007-07-23 12:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I was annoyed somewhat at the end, when Voldemort was marching down to the castle and amazingly the centaurs came running out of the forest, the Hogwarts families that had left came running over the hill, Grawp came around the corner, as if it was a well planned military maneuver!

Good stuff.
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whipartist
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Time:2007-07-24 04:38 am (UTC)
I got sap on my fingers when I was reading it.
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ruth_lawrence
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Time:2007-07-23 12:44 pm (UTC)
Grrr!
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scottro
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Time:2007-07-23 02:50 pm (UTC)
Did you read Alan's post regarding the phallic references in the book?

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whipartist
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Time:2007-07-24 04:37 am (UTC)
I did. They were certainly there, though I didn't notice them.

There was snogging in the book.
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drj0402
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Time:2007-07-24 03:08 pm (UTC)
Sorry, when you mentioned the lake, I started to get teary eyed again...
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