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So I've just finished rereading the last three books of the Harry Potter series, something I've been meaning to do for a while. This is the first time I've gotten to read them all knowing how everything turns out.

I have so much more appreciation for Dumbledore (and Snape) now. Dumbledore is just SUCH A GREAT CHARACTER, manipulative and secretive but at the same time good and always willing to give people a second chance. He's also in the habit of wearing ~flamboyantly-cut purple suits~, which says great things about his sense of style, imo. :DDD

And Snape is like the most emo and misunderstood dude in the entire series. I can't help but appreciate that kind of drama, okay. See this line, after Snape killed Dumbledore and Harry called him a coward:

"'DON'T --" screamed Snape, and his face was suddenly demented, inhuman, as though he was in as much pain as the yelping, howling dog stuck in the burning house behind him -- "CALL ME COWARD!"


;___; YOU GUYS. I've never been really crazy about Snape, but THIS LINE IS SO TRAGIC. I would hug you, Snape, but you'd probably hex me and then I'd get grease on my shirt or something.

The Ginny/Harry and Tonks/Lupin is just as annoying on the reread. Tonks is my FAVORITE, with her pink hair and clumsiness and humor, and I am still displeased about what J.K. Rowling did to her character to get her with Lupin. >:[ Angst is okay, but HER ENTIRE STORYLINE basically evolves around her pining for a guy. Gross.

I feel like Tonks/Ginny would have been the better pairing, y/y/mfy? They would have been sharp and funny and had amazing hair together. ♥__♥

this icon is incredibly inappropriate, considering the content of this post, but it is my ONLY HARRY POTTER ICON so it will have to do.

Date: 2011-08-23 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] openmydoors.livejournal.com
Based on all the facts, what Dumbledore's done in his life, etc, I should rightly dislike him, but I just am incapable, because it's DUMBLEDORE. He says things like "alas" at earwax-flavoured beans. He DELIGHTS in Harry's victories. He wears PURPLE. A LOT.

You know?

Date: 2011-08-23 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cornhobble.livejournal.com
YESSSS I TOTALLY KNOW. He does all this STUFF that makes me >:( and think he's not the greatest person, but I just can't help but like him. Every time I start feeling even a little resentful he does something endearing/awesome, like when he teared up because Harry told the minister he was Dumbledore's man. STOP MAKING ME LIKE YOU, DUMBLEDORE.

Ahahaha, your icon is amazing.

Date: 2011-08-24 03:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] openmydoors.livejournal.com
I feel like we're tricked into liking him because idk, Harry's Dumbledore's man through and through! And we're supposed to experience most of what happens in the series through Harry's eyes, right? Even though I don't have all that much love for Harry after puberty, I can't deny his sense of loyalty being his greatest character point. Ergo Dumbledore being un-unlovable.

Date: 2011-08-23 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mesmorizee.livejournal.com
HARRY POTTER! aeklrsbnkladm! <- That has been pretty much what's been going on in my head all summer and I haven't even reread the books this summer. I've just been filled with ALL THE FEELINGS regarding the books.

I love Dumbledore as a character. He really is one of my favorite characters. :D

Snape I am still kind of indifferent about. Snape fans have been doing their best throughout the years to put me off liking the character.

The first time I read the books I despised all romantic pairings for Harry. I loathed Cho and Ginny. Upon re-reads I've gotten more "meh, couldn't care less"- about shipping. Mostly because there was only one ship important for me in those books (Hermione/Ron forever and ever), every other pairing was secondary and unimportant. And I've gotten more and more rabid about it later in life. Which is fascinating. XD

Date: 2011-08-23 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cornhobble.livejournal.com
YOU AND ME BOTH, SISTER. I keep going back and rereading passages and then being all ;_____; SO MANY FEELINGS.

haha, I haven't been that involved in HP fandom before now, but I've heard that Snape gets some of the more ~hardcore stans. :D

Hah, on the first read I was all 'meh, couldn't care less' and it was only later that the pairing of Ginny/Harry started to annoy me. (Cho/Harry doesn't really bother me at all, for some reason.) It could have been done a lot better, imo. The way they broke up in the 6th book really irritated me -- Harry decided to break up for some noble, incredibly lame reason, and Ginny was all ~grimly accepting~ or whatever. idk, it just didn't work for me.

Date: 2011-08-23 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mesmorizee.livejournal.com
ALL THE FEELINGS! I've been a complete mess at least half the summer because I keep thinking about things connected to the books and being an emotional nostalgic half the time. XD

I hadn't, and still don't count myself as part of the fandom, but I hadn't even been involved since way before the release of the seventh book. But I've heard enough from the sidelines of the fandom to be able to tell that the Snape fans are not people I wan't to get involved with. XD

I think my loathing of the romantic pairings involving Harry was just a general "I am so sick and tired of the whole notion that every book movie and tv show has to have a romantic subplot!". It's frustrating really. I just wanted the main lead to not be distracted by romance. In general my opinion on Rowling's writing was that she never really got the romantic relationship bit down perfectly. I mean it's better than say Stephanie Meyer. But it really isn't one of her strong points.
(Um, but because I have gone from a completely sane and collected shipper to a crazy and rabid Ron/Hermione shipper I have to say that they are the exception to this of course).

Date: 2011-08-23 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cornhobble.livejournal.com
"I am so sick and tired of the whole notion that every book movie and tv show has to have a romantic subplot!"

THIS. It's just unnecessary. And the whole everyone-gets-married-to-their-highschool-sweetheart! thing is just implausible. It's the stuff out of bad fanfic. Romance and epilogues are J.K. Rowling's two weaknesses, apparently. /buuuuurn

OF COURSE, of course. :D We all have our exceptions~ I, for one, would like to state that if JKR had wanted to make Sirius/Lupin canon I would have been ALL OVER THAT. I just tend to like it better when the protagonist remains romance-free. :DDD

Date: 2011-08-23 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mesmorizee.livejournal.com
Everyone marrying their highschool sweethearts is the most implausible thing ever. And it is one of those things I am completely convinced can't happen in real life. I did actually like the epilouge though actually. I am one of the few (possibly it was just my normal reaction to everybody hating it must obviously mean that I will love it). But it was a book where everybody died! I needed something completely implausible and fairy tale-ish happily ever after to end it all.

I could totally have gotten behind Sirius/Lupin too. But that's kind of unsurprising. XD But yes, I like my protagonists romance-free! It just makes it all so much easier to read! They focus on the plot and to save the world and the other characters can deal with the romance!

Date: 2011-08-23 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cornhobble.livejournal.com
You are the second person I've met who's actually liked the epilogue. :D More power to you, dude, I wish I liked it. But... but... ALBUS SEVERUS POTTER. I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS NAME, I'M SORRY. >:[

Exactly! Romance is best left to side characters. One for you, Hermione... one for you, Ron... none for you Harry bye. Cold, I know, but when I want to read romance I go to fanfic. :D

Date: 2011-08-23 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mesmorizee.livejournal.com
We are few but proud! :D
I'm not okay with the names either to be perfectly honest. But I've sort of just gone "eh, whatever. I don't really care."

Haha! Well exactly! I can get my romance from fanfics and I prefer to get it from fic. :D

Date: 2011-08-24 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rellan.livejournal.com
Your icon just means DUMBLEDORE APPROVES OF TONKS/GINNY!

I remember reading along lalala then suddenly out of left field in the middle of nowhere IT'S TONKS/LUPIN. And my face was all WTF? Where did THAT come from????

I've always kinda liked Snape. (mostly because of the tasty Alan Rickman looking all yummy in those robes. I'm shallow, I admit it. I would let him stir my cauldron anytime.) The other reason I like Snape is fanfiction where he was more Snape than Snape.

Harry/Ginny. YAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWNNNNNNNNNN!!111elebenty!!!!! Harry had more chemistry with Aunt Petunia. Ew. I now need a brain scrub.

*sigh* Well, at least Dumbledore was gay. JKR said so.

Date: 2011-08-25 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cornhobble.livejournal.com
DUMBLEDORE SHIPS IT.

hahahaha EXACTLY. Even on the reread I found myself being confused. IT'S JUST SO OUT OF THE BLUE.

It's funny you say that, because Alan Rickman is definitely not my type, but I would also not say no to some cauldron stirring. Strange~ I've actually just spent the past two days reading ALL THE SNAPE FANFIC. He's such an interesting character. :D

you're not the only one who needs a brain scrub. DDDD: Why, rellan? Why? ;___;

True, true. Though if there is NO MENTION of Dumbledore's gayness on his Pottermore entry, I will rage.

Date: 2011-09-01 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rellan.livejournal.com
you're not the only one who needs a brain scrub. DDDD: Why, rellan? Why? ;___;

Hmmmmm....because I'm evil that way. I suffer, so must everyone else. LOL

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