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It's Epilogue Day! And I'm loving the pics and clips of people at King's Cross. It's honestly the last true big celebration we'll have - well, unless we make it to "50 years since PS came out' I guess (only 30 years to go so the odd are decent. Wonder what the world looks like then).

Somehow it feels odd and somewhat unreal that I reread the entire series earlier this year. I know I did - I just reread all my recaps :p - but it already feels so long ago when it's not even been six months. Another thing that struck me rereading the recaps just now was how, during TDH, PS already felt so long ago, even in the span of a few hours. Almost as if literally seven years had passed? I guess it's a mark of good character development of the main characters, if anything!

Needless to say (I mean, just look at the length of those recaps) I loved rereading the series. It was 100% nostalgia, especially the first four books. They made me feel like I was a teen in high school again, and at times I got almost whistful thinking of times gone by, what great years those were, etc. I can honestly say Harry Potter made me who I am today, I really wouldn't have been the same without it.

... which is not to say that the books are perfect, of course. Rereading them I was impressed with some of the tight plotting, the foreshadowing and minor hints (and the red herrings, lol), but with ten years' distance I also spotted the flaws better. It does feel a bit like the series got away from her a bit at the end. The last three books are almost too big, and OotP is uneven in its pacing. HBP got oddly romance-y, and TDH suddenly had the Hallows. Plus the camping. :p Which in hindsight wasn't as bad as everybody always made it out to be, but when we finally find out what's been going on at Hogwarts, it does come off as a huge missed opportunity. Like I said in my TDH recap, that book is the one that would have really benefited from a less Harry-centric or a more Hogwarts-centric focus.

Still, when that 50th anniversary rolls around? I'll still be there, grey hair and wrinkles and all, wearing a Ravenclaw scarf, waving a wand around and ranting about bloody stupid werewolves. :p



I did sort of a recap of the recap, to wrap up! There were some things that made me go 'huh?' as I read them which were explained later, so here they are.


Recap of the recap )

It is I! )

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And on we go!

Order-ing my thoughts )

Anyway, I could blather on for ages and ages, but let's not. :p Here's the recap! I did a more 'global' one this time around, not commenting on every little funny bit because if I did that the recap would get HUGE. Plus jotting down my thoughts slowed down my reading too much, and the book is big enough as it is... (How did I ever manage to read it in 24 hours? Damn)





Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix )

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