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Harry Potter #7 Misc. Musings
7/25/2007 3:56:33 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Just wanted to drop a quick line - finished with Harry Potter #7. I just want to say JK Rowling is brilliant!

As a writer, I really appreciate how she outlined and drafted the entire series. I got a renewed sense of this appreciation when I went back to book #1, started skimming it and discovered the bio on Dumbledore's card read that he was in a famous wizarding duel with Grendelwald in 1945! That's a plot point which becomes important in book #7!

As a writer, I see that her ability to outline was so important. Her outline and notes obviously helped to keep the series fabulously CONSTANT.

While Rowling's main audience for the book is the young teen set, there's a lot more going on here. New characters, history, and lore help Harry on the journey - but not only that, Rowling keeps it modern. I love the mention of "Potterwatch" in book 7. It seems everytime we turn on the TV we're on some kind of "watch," like "firewatch" and "stormwatch." And while the series is easy to read (unlike Tolkien, another major fantasy author) it's also easy to get into the deeper themes of friendship, good and evil, light and dark and gray. Snape was an extremely complicated gray character that I loved reading about. To create the epic that Rowling has is something I think we as writer's would love to do. She's lived the dream. hehe.

I just want to say, (SPOILER COMING UP) at the end of #7, Snape's story practically had me in tears. His unrequited love for Lily Potter was so touching and so human, and I think if but for one or two poor choices on his part, he might have won her affections. The defeat of Voldemort was well done and I especially liked how Harry refered to him as Riddle in the end. It was very fitting.

Thoughts, comments, and impression welcomed!



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More Blogs by S G Cardin
• Writing and Current Publishing Trends - Saturday, May 03, 2008
• Catching up - Thursday, April 10, 2008
• Agent Blogs & misc... - Friday, February 29, 2008
• Review for Destination:Berlin - Friday, February 08, 2008
• I Voted! - Wednesday, February 06, 2008
• Review sites for Indie authors - Thursday, November 29, 2007
• Life & Writing - Tuesday, November 27, 2007
• I'm so far behind...catching up - Saturday, November 17, 2007
• Internet Book Signing! - Monday, October 29, 2007
• Honorable Mention Winner 76th Writer's Digest Competition! - Friday, October 26, 2007
• Misc Stuff, Red Sox, fires & books - Monday, October 22, 2007
• Taking a Look at: The Rejector - Thursday, October 18, 2007
• Foreword/CLARION review for Destination:Berlin - Tuesday, October 16, 2007
• Taking a Look: Writer's Digest Online - Sunday, October 14, 2007
• Live interview for "The Wolf's Torment" w/Reader's Views - Saturday, October 13, 2007
• Official October 07 writing/poetry contest - Thursday, October 04, 2007
• Visit Reader's Views for my interview on The Wolf's Torment - Tuesday, October 02, 2007
• A look at: Reader's Views - Monday, October 01, 2007
• More random thoughts on self publishing & other stuff - Wednesday, September 19, 2007
• Character look at: Theresa von Kracken - Friday, September 14, 2007
• 9/11 - Tuesday, September 11, 2007
• Review for THE WOLF'S TORMENT from Reader Views - Friday, September 07, 2007
• National Be Kind to Writers & Editors month & a character profile - Tuesday, September 04, 2007
• Labor Day & work - Monday, September 03, 2007
• Princess Diana & A character look - Saturday, September 01, 2007
• Character look at: Mihai Sigmaringen - Monday, August 27, 2007
• Internet Marketing Tips & Interesting Characters - Sunday, August 26, 2007
• I just finished reading ''The Diana Chronicles'' - Saturday, August 25, 2007
• Destination: Berlin is avaliable through IUniverse! - Friday, August 24, 2007
• Romance Genre Writing Rules - Wednesday, August 08, 2007
• My recent experiences in novel writing - Monday, July 30, 2007
• Short Story Writing - Friday, July 27, 2007
•  Harry Potter #7 Misc. Musings - Wednesday, July 25, 2007  
• Thoughts on: Harry Potter, MWSA, and Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love" - Friday, July 20, 2007
• Overview of Traditional Publishing - Friday, July 13, 2007
• Noticing Things as a Reader - Thursday, July 12, 2007
• Self publishing with Lulu - Monday, July 09, 2007
• Feeding the Muse and doing the Housework - Saturday, July 07, 2007
• Pros and cons of Self-publishing - Monday, July 02, 2007
• An agent's thoughts on Self-publishing - Saturday, June 30, 2007
• It's been a long time... - Sunday, August 27, 2006
• Busy, Busy, Busy - Wednesday, September 07, 2005
• Just wanted to say "Thank you..." - Sunday, July 31, 2005


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