Man, I really fell off the wagon when it comes to posting monthly book reviews! I don’t think I’ve posted one in like…six…months? *Insert 1000 of the wide-eyed sheepish emoji here* Since the only two books I read in December were the last installments of the Harry Potter series, and since I’m the last remaining person on earth to read these books, I’ll spare everyone with the full in-depth synopsis. I think you all know that Harry Potter drops out of Hogwarts to start a Euro-Pop group with Luna Lovegood and Ms. Norris, right? Oops, sorry I spoiled it for you! Just kidding! However, I think I’ll just keep these reviews brief and silly just so I don’t have to rehash anything you may have read (or watched on Freeform) a million times.
Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
My biggest takeaway from this book as I was reading it is that Dumbledore kiiiiind of sucks. I get that all of his actions were a means to an end, but good lord, Albus. Some part of you has to realize that you are the closest thing to a father figure that Harry has, but yet you are peacing out of Hogwarts every fifteen minutes, which by the way you are the headmaster of so I hope you are on tenure of something because your work ethic sucks, and leaving this kid to fend for himself! Also, I love how much Harry enjoys using an annotated text book when that was my personal hell growing up. “Oh great, another book inked with phallic drawings and gross haikus about someone who went here in 1992? COOL!” Also, did no one else find it weird that Professor Slughorn was basically hosting wine and cheese nights for a bunch teens?
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Okay, I’m just going to say it. I waited until I reached the last book before committing to the opinion I formed of him while reading the first book, but I am not emotionally invested in the Snape/Lily storyline, and I don’t think Snape is deserving of all the heroic praise. I’m sorry, Snape Apologists, but I JUST can’t forgive his complete abandonment of any attempt to actually teach the children of Hogwarts (writing instructions on a blackboard and then roasting your students from the back of the room isn’t teaching, Severus!), nor his incessant need to belittle Harry (and the rest of the gang), just because Harry closely resembled his father. If he is so mad that he looked like James, then he would have had a hell of a time when the hipster aesthetic became cool. Also, that being said, if he truly hated James, but loved Lily, he really needed to commit to being either all-in on protecting and respecting Harry, rather than treating him like dirt for nearly seven years, or just disregarding him entirely. Maybe it will take a re-read in the future for me to “see the light” but for now, I’m just not on board on the Snape and Lily love train. I will say though the battle at the end was crazy intense and so enjoyable (albeit heartbreaking) to read. Way to be a boss, Neville!
What is your favorite book in the Harry Potter series?