Ok. My feelings on the new book...
In a nutshell - too short. I felt like we got the heavily abridged version. Before OotP I was a fan of HP, but turned obsessed after. I've heard folks complain that OotP was too long, that she should have edited loads out, but I really truly LOVED it. I loved every skerrick of info, and that we were able to really get to know characters. (Neville for example.) GoF was similar. Both felt like wonderfully juicy stories. I think if she wrote GoF now, the entire SPEW thing would be edited out and, while I can accept that in the movie version, I'm certainly grateful I got it in the book! Does it advance the major plot line? No, but it gives the reader a wonderful insight into the Wizarding world and its various predjudices; something she expanded on with Umbridge.
Did I like The Half-Blood Prince? I have to say yes, but am going to wait until I've read it again and digested it properly before I can say how much. I guess my initial reaction is disappointment - simply because I felt we missed out on SO much. It was a bit like watching the movie version of PoA. (I loved it to bits cos it was visually stunning and the kids were wonderful, but it left a LOT out.) But in the case of that film, I have the book to go back to for the full story. With HBP... this is all we get.
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