I’ve finally finished the Harry Potter series and now I’m stuck not knowing what to read next.
It’s kinda of weird actually.
I got used with the story and the characters so much in the past 6 months that I didn’t realize the ending would make me feel sad. I kinda wished for one more book instead of the epilogue. I know that Harry’s has had enough to last him a life time (he even admits this) but I want to know how things got back to normal. Silly, isn’t it? But for me the ending felt to abrupt and there’s this huge gap (19 years) between the battle at Hogwarts and the the epilogue.
Not only that, but all my favorite characters died by the end of the series.
Rowling even killed Fred. Why Fred? So many Weasleys and she kills one of the twins.
Even so, my most loved character is Snape. Is my choice predictable? Maybe. But, he’s the only one who seems more real than any of the other characters. Rowling might call him a “flawed human being“, but what human being isn’t flawed?
I didn’t like Snape because he has loyal to Dumbledore or because he gave up his life to help Harry and his friends. I liked Snape for being Snape. Even if he loved Lilly Evans he still remained true to his nature: he loved the dark arts, was a very good teacher (even if he bullied his students and showed preference for his own house), was smart and cunning. He was himself and I was hoping for a better ending for him.
Then again, his death seems natural (as natural being bitten by a huge snake and left to die can be). I couldn’t imagine Snape living in a world that knows he’s a good guy.
I was reading on the Internet that maybe Rowling would publish a Harry Potter encyclopedia. That might be fun to read, but wouldn’t that go against her initial thoughts of leaving the ending vague? Why bother leaving the ending to the readers imagination if you’re going to write your own version of how the characters end up in their own fictional universe?
Still, I loved the series and I’m happy I had the chance to read the books (even before the last movie comes out). I am actually looking forward for the release of a box set with all the movies.