Re: When all is said and done...
- From: John VanSickle <evilsnackKOSHER@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 01 Jun 2008 04:54:40 -0400
Thom Madura wrote:
What appears to have happened is that she got so side tracked that she
forgot to connect the dots during the middle books.
She put off too many of the most important dots till the last book, so
she couldn't have formed a sensible picture from connecting the dots
before DH, even if she had tried.
The Hallows, the backbone of DH and crucial to the resolution of the
series, were almost completely absent from the first six books. Also
she should have tried to tuck in somewhere the "relationship" between
Dumbledore and Grindelwald and also between Dumbledore and Godric's
It's hard to understand how the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald could have remained non-common knowledge among the wizarding populace. The people who knew had *decades* to blabber on about it, and no particular reason to clam up.
I cannot fault the first three books - they really had to stand on
their own in the marketplace to establish the series - and they were
very good books indeed.
By the fourth book - she should have already started preparing for the
final ending of the series - but we got little.
No it was too early in GoF. I found GoF to be my personal favourite. A
lot of crucial and interesting things happen in this book and it really
sets up the showdown. Unfortunately OotP was simply too big and HBP was
really a lot of words with very little relevant information. DH was
good by itself, but it simply wasn't enough for the whole series.
I think JKR's problem was a shift in the way she maintained the surprise (for those of us who were surprised). In the early books the surprise was hidden with red herrings; later on the surprise was preserved by delaying information that logically should have appeared earlier.
Who didn't know, at least by the end of the second book, that Harry was going to be the one to whack Voldy? Harry should have been told this at the end of GoF, and not later.
There should have been more Horcruxes found in HBP. Surely, someone of Dumbledore's talents could have located the cup, since other wizards knew where it was, too.
Here's a bit that requires explanation: It is suspected (in HBP) that Voldemort had made a Horcrux from a possession of Ravenclaw's. Ravenclaw was reputed to have once owned an article of jewelry, not seen in centuries. Dumbledore certainly should have known about the tiara, and should have been able to rub these two facts together and get at least a reasonable suspicion that it had joined the Horcrux Club.
Horcruxes themselves should have been better known before HBP.
HBP could have ended not with Dumbledore getting AK'd by Snape, but with him being mortally wounded by Sectumsempra, and spending his last few minutes passing on important information to Harry.
This would also justify delaying the fall of the Ministry until later in DH.
Who knows? We may have been spared the Eternal Camping Trip.
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