Monday, July 18, 2005

Spread of WWW - Weasleys' Wizarding Wheezes!

Disclaimer : Beware! Spoilers Ahead (Well there aren't any but then every review i have read so far starts in this manner so i shall do so too :p)

This is not a review so much as it is my fanatical eulogy to a world i love to disappear into....the world of spells and charms...of Unforgivable Curses and Unbreakable Vows...of enchantments and engorgements...a world full of magic - The magic of Love!

[Not bad an intro tho it wouldn't bring me 1/10000000 of what JKR earns. But it will still do for my review.]

Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince - The latest trick JKR pulled out of her Magic Hat isn't many things but it is definitely not a damp squib like the few reports that i have read online. The 6th book though a little slow and lagging at places does make up for all that once you cross the 400 page mark...The unexpected twist towards the end which makes it one of the riveting climaxes i have ever read (if i ignore the 3rd book, that is) also leaves a lump in your throat if your a sloppy romantic like moi.

And thankfully the book does answer many questions that cropped up in Book 5 and boy! every time you come close to figuring out who the HBP would be, the farther you are thrown away from reaching a conclusion. On that front, she definitely did rock, keeping me on tenterhooks on who exactly HBP could be.

JKR has really gone in depth this time around to explain certain traits of certain characters and that by far is the only let down. Nopes, i do not mind all the info i can scrounge about the Magical world of 'Arry but then that kind of reduced this book into a 'journey down memory lane' and 'an introspection of sorts' than the mind-numbing, action-packed book i expected it to be considering The Wizarding World is really at war!

As for the fun parts in the book, i did like the new spells she had created...kinda quaint but interesting nevertheless. And the romance, tho stretched did have me up in surprise as though i have been hit by the Stunning Charm on my stomach. So much for all those speculations and i bet there still would be people who would go in that shrill Hermiony tone , "I told you so" to their benchmates in school, or cubicle mates in office as they discussed the book.

And in case you were expecting a long drawn out battle like that in Book 4 or a monologue from Lord Voldermort on blah blah, then this book is not for you coz JKR must have felt there are much better things to do than fight - like fall in love or look into a crystal ball and introspect.

Sigh! I still love the book and it demands another reading but for now all i can say is, it is worth the wait and doesn't demand all the negative review it is getting. Maybe yes, it didn't live upto the mental image of Book 6 but hey you can't write a book that transfigures itself into 'My Favourite Book' for millions across the globe and it is not easy to create a fantasy world and make it run...Magic doesn't work that way.

In my honest opinion, Book 6 ROCKS despite the minor glitches. And if you are a hard-core Potter fan, you wouldn't even know there were glitches :)

Have a rollicking week, drink the 'Draught of Euphoria' and dance as the Potter magic binds the world yet another time.


Blogger Swathi said...

'shamed to say i havent yet read/bought HP6th - sometime soon.
nice revu ,makes me run out of office,grab the nearest copy n head home (bunking office obviously :))

11:47 PM  
Blogger KoPoS said...

reading your review now makes me feel its time to go and start reading the harry potter series. the final push...

9:13 AM  
Blogger yeshudeep said...

I am still in mourning...Will comment on this again once I am done with it...sniff...sigh*

11:35 PM  
Blogger jax said...

I havent read any potters so far! I think I should run atleast one before the next one comes through!

5:29 AM  
Blogger RS said...

I finished the book :( Sad coz its a 2 year wait for the next's almost like this book has left me thirsting more for potter than before!

4:14 PM  
Blogger Kumari said...

@Swathi: You better do that're late already. Thanks :)

@Shashanka: Glad i managed to push someone from the wall towards Magic :)

@Deepak: That's ok. Learn to be strong and thanks for posting my review in the forum :)

@Jax: Yes, like RS says it is gonna be another 2 years and u can catch up with us by then :)

@RS: Tell me about it! This waiting period n the speculations are what i hate the most.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Munimma said...

yep. similar sentiments here too. first time here. Glad to have found a fellow Potter Blogger :-)

1:01 PM  
Blogger Sagnik Nandy said...

i finished it last night - my reaction was just the opposite of yours - i really enjoyed it till pg 500ish (sans the whole love potion chapter) but thought the ending lacked punch. the whole half blood prince theory seemed forced and so did the death of the character. overall still very enjoyable

6:39 PM  

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