edited stuff out because I'd forgotten how the chamber and the archway worked together when I first posted this...of course, I was finishing the book today in between getting drinks, refereeing arguments and the like, so it's certainly possible that I missed some things.
I think both Dumbledore and Harry bear "responsibility", if you will, for Sirius' death. Ultimately, Bellatrix bears responsibility, and Sirius certainly made the choice to go there.
I thought it would be Remus who died. I guess *hoped* is a better word, although I had been told by a friend that it was someone important to Harry. I really didn't think she'd kill Sirius off, and I would have been sad for Remus as well, but less sad for Harry in the end.
Poor Severus (don't you love all her words?! I love looking at the roots--like the Mirror of Erised, that just cracks me up!), I was so sickened by his worst memory, so grossed out by James, I think particularly because there are sooooo many people like that! I think it is up to Harry to make the first move toward a conciliation between the two of them now, it was so invasive to dive into the pensieve (although I'd have done it too)...he really owes him an apology, and might want to throw in a "sorry my dad was such a dick in school" while he's at it.
this was such a rich book, the best one yet I think. And I wasn't taken back by Harry's attitude at all. I guess I really identify with all that teen-age angst. Who wasn't a raging ball of hormonal anger at some point during puberty? And isn't her daughter about that age right now? :LOL
Well, back to my book of the month book....and then back to the rest of the series.