Okay, so as it turns out, I knew absolutely nothing about this book except that it’s the one where – well, I won’t spoil it, in case like me you haven’t read it, but let’s just say the character death trend established in Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix continues… with a vengeance.
Speaking of said character death, this may be TMI, but while I was reading this section I was having a visit from Aunt Flow and literally had to pause the audiobook to sob for a wee while – damn hormones. Even though I knew it was coming, even though I’m made of stone, some serious tears were shed.
I think it’s safe to say that this book was another filler book, a place for Rowling to introduce the Horcruxes, to firm up a few relationships and to prepare us for Deathly Hallows. If you think about the book as a whole, not a whole lot happened. However, it was nice to read nonetheless, especially since I have the impression that there isn’t going to be a whole lot of space for Quidditch and feasts in the final book, so this was a nice place to reminisce.
Okay, so speaking of firming up relationships, this is the book where Harry and Ginny finally get together. Honestly, reading this, I just didn’t quite buy it, I just kept feeling like Harry was a brotherly figure and then all of a sudden bam he wanted to kiss her! She’s had loads of boyfriends over the course of this series and he’s never been jealous before, it just felt a little bit too neat, like Rowling was really trying to tie it all up in a bow. But don’t get me wrong, I’m more than willing to have my mind changed in this next instalment.
If there’s one thing Rowling did really well in this book, it was the creation of complex characters that you both loathe and sympathise simultaneously. Obviously, I’m thinking mainly of Snape and Draco here, but Voldemort kind of falls into this category as well. When the final battle came, you really didn’t know which side the characters were going to end up on!
Overall, this instalment was another 4/5 star read for me. It was good, but like I said, it was a filler, and a filler that didn’t feel as well executed as Chamber of Secrets was. I’ve officially reached that awkward part of reading a series where I really want to finish, but I also know I’m going to leave a gaping hole in my heart when I do – the confliction is real! I think I’m going to take a few days off before delving into Deathly Hallows, I might try downloading something else to listen to in the interim, but we’ll see how it goes.