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I didn't see this coming

I reread The Deathly Hallows over Christmas. This was unintentional. I picked it up at random and started somewhere in the middle, got engrossed, and read all the way to the end (and then looped around to the beginning because by that point, why not?)

Man, it's been awhile. Six years. I don't think I ever re-read it, and I now question just how much of the book I understood when I first read it; I remember being pretty disappointed and put off by the whiplash of mood that occurs across the series (I still prefer the world of the first three-four books.)

What I got out of it, though, was that Hermione is seriously amazing. I've always loved the trio unashamedly, but Hermione kind of blew me away. If there's something that needs to be done, Hermione will do it - she organizes the tent and objects, she blows up Harry's face to disguise him when they get caught, she manages to preserve their things during the Malfoy Manor scene, she saves their hides from Bathilda Bagshott, ditto Lovegood's house...in short, whenever anything magical/could be solved by magic problem comes up, she does it. I get that Harry is the spiritual leader of the thing, but it's Hermione who gets things done.

FINALLY I understand the fascination about Snape. I don't like him, but I get why. Would have been interesting if the revelation of his life were expanded more upon, but the book is already long and more extensions would probably have made him overly sympathetic...though I still think he's a jerk.

And thirdly, I think I have this thing for dueling. *helpless shrug*


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