July 17th, 2005

flesh

Enchanted Coins

Having finished the latest Harry Potter I can't help but feel a little... lost. Rowling seemed to have packed so much extra 'stuff' into the Order of the Phoenix that The Half-Blood Prince seems to come up a little short in comparison.

Don't get me wrong, it's the usual blend of high-adventure, but then... it kind of fizzles out. Sure, the ending contains the sucker-punch we've come to expect, but it really didn't come across as being all that well-crafted.

I don't know. Maybe I'm still a bit too ill to be thinking quite so critically, but I can't help but feel that the final chapters didn't quite gel. After such devilishly descriptive encounters in Sectumsempra and The Cave I had expected the ending to be somewhat more explicit and was rather perturbed, on turning the page, to find that the tale was already over.

Oh, well. I guess there's nothing that can be done but resign myself to waiting for the next one...