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As always, my reactions are a mix of canon, fanon, LW RP canon and fanon, and gods know what. Have joined the_ass_ship, which ships characters that y'all who haven't read the book haven't met yet.

Tastier. *snerk*

And that first death meant that the loltheorists death tally was probably correct. Snape's going to die, then. Alas.

Oh, Moody. (Our hearts go out to Dylan Mulciber.)

Wow, Fleur is pretty again. Who knew? OMG, knocked-up Tonks. This can't end well. (Their relationship made it to marriage? Pastede on yay. Shotgun wedding much?)

BAG OF HOLDING? I THINK I MIGHT LOVE YOU.

Hi, Nivello's line!

...Harry is tastier than Crabbe and Goyle. *snerk*

LOLWANDSLOL.

Voldemort's name is trapped? That's a good one. A bit clichéd in fanfiction, but this is a nice fresh take on it. I like that.

hcolleen put the dust jacket in to mark my place, turned off my light, and set my glasses on my laptop at 3:30am or so. Technically, I was still awake at that point. My eyes were at least sort of open. I woke up at 8:30 and resumed reading.

I like the Deathly Hallows. Actually. Amazingly. I like the vision of Dumbledore as liking power too much. Dumbledore/Grindelwald OTP.

The Malfoys are a proper family. I approve. Crabbe and Goyle are asses. Really. Ron needs more smacking. Several months of sitting around in a tent needs some form of summary. It was a really good job at capturing the tedium by making the reader wade through the tedious muck. Not so great for an action book. It wanted tightening up something fierce.

JKR may not ship the Trio, but I still do. My 'ships bear little to no relationship to canon, because I will read anything that's well-written and sold to me correctly.

MY HET IS PASTEDE ON YEY.

Neville kicks ass.

Nagini's a horcrux? TOLD YA SO.
Harry's a horcrux? DOUBLE TOLD YA SO!
Snape was working under Dumbledore's orders the entire time, for motivations that were entirely his own and not on the side of good or evil? TRIPLE TOLD YA SO, AND FUCK YEAH. (hcolleen was Disturbed at all the shouting coming from my corner of the room.) Poor Snape. I really feel for him in the "holding a hopeless torch" department. That does sort of damp down all the Snape!shipping because while JKR was wrong that no one could ever love Snape, the thing where the guy is clearly monogamous and already bonded and nothing's going to take the place of that means that all SS/HG is dead in the water, unless HG indulges her polyjuice kink a little more. (OH GOD NO, I just started a sub-genre.)

GO GO MOLLY! (Also disturbed the roommate, who cited the need for DOORS in the new place.)

WTF is this red room? Lame motherfucking plot device. The resurrection stone (and why is this not a cheap knockoff of the Philosopher's Stone?) was only slightly less lame. /me slaps

Epilogue? And I thought the het-is-pastede on was blatant in the book itself. This ... this is painful. OMG. I think I like the PotC III epilogue better. So. Um. AS/S FOREVAR! (Note: I ship them for the amusement factor, and because I'm a Harry/Draco junkie. Their characters aren't strong enough for me to seriously ship in their own rights, not until they get enough fanon.)


http://diogenes-sinope.blogspot.com/2007/07/potterdammerung-mega-spoilers.html

http://community.livejournal.com/the_ass_ship/6744.html -- omg crack.


Overall, I got what I was expecting out of it: solid characters, good worldbuilding, and rampant plot bunnies bursting out all over the place, juicy and flavorful and ever so ready to be caught, stewed, and served up properly. My head is busily re-weaving all the dangling plot threads into the Harry Potter story I wanted it to be. If it comes out coherent enough I'll maybe share it with the rest of y'all. I have this internal editor that will take raw materials like that, see the story that was meant to have been written, and go through that one instead. I'm really really bad at canon on HP, because I'm not detail-oriented like you need to be to be a complete canon junkie, and my head re-weaves the story to account for bad canon. I stopped reading Real Canon at OotP, because by then there was enough fanon to carry me through transcending the real books.
Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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