Ok, finally finished reading.... this thread! The book was the easy part
(ok, this thread isn't nearly as long as it's going to be, I'm sure.)
Overall, I loved the book. Every time I had to put it down, I walked around anxious, with a pit in my stomach. I do think there were some holes in it, though: a lot of those holes were already mentioned here.
First thing... FRED!
Tonks and Remus!
But, then, Molly
I *knew* she was going to have a role to play. Honestly, I was kind of surprised it was as small a role as it was, though I was totally cheering for her. It's been mentioned that she's a formidable witch in previous books. It was mentioned that she goes on missions for the Order. And it was obvious that she was a mama bear extrordinaire. I knew she'd be a firebrand at some point, I was kind of surprised it took that long for her to show her mettle. Though, arguably, the fact that she survived the battle that long (as did most of her children) probably speaks to her skill.
So, when Dobby showed up to help them in Malfoy's basement, why hadn't Harry thought to summon Kreacher to help?
We never did learn what happened at Godric's Hollow: how did everyone know exactly what happened? How did Voldemort's wand wind up rescued such that he got it back eventually? How could DD and Hagrid know where to go to rescue Harry if they didn't know Pettigrew was the Secret Keeper? I thought those questions were going to be answered!
What became of the Dursleys after all was said and done? I was disappointed that we never knew the outcome of a lot of people (Luna and her dad, George, many others), but the Dursleys, we don't even know if they successfully survived. Did Harry ever have any reconciliation with them, or Dudley at least? Speaking of Dudley, what *did* he experience with the Dementors?
Exit from the Chamber of Secrets: I thought Fawkes rescued them in CoS because they were injured, and had to travel back out through all the traps that had been laid. I wouldn't assume the chamber was normally un-leaveable because Riddle came and went from there readily back in his day. But, the Parseltongue thing... that was a little shaky there. Why didn't they take Harry with them? When he was told they were going to "a bathroom", why didn't he assume that one? That was *my* first thought - either they thought Myrtle had some valuable information, or they were going into the Chamber.
I agreed with the PP who said, why *did* they feel the need to wear the Horcrux? They could have kept it in either Harry's neck pouch or Hermione's nifty bag. Or even in a pocket.
How on earth did the members of Harry's Quidditch team get alerted to arrive??? Ok, I wasn't surprised to see Angelina Johnson - she seemed to have something going on with Fred all along. But, Oliver Wood? I thought he was busy playing Quidditch for a pro team. I never would have suspected that he would wind up connected to any members of the order. Even his longest standing Quidditch companions only seemed to know rumors of him after he left school, he didn't really seem to keep in touch with anyone.
Was Lavender Brown killed or just contaminated when Greyback attacked her?