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27 July 2007 @ 05:11 pm
Deathly Hallows (two pics and some "thoughts") Spoilers.  
I'll post everything behind the cut.

So the thing that I loved the most about the book was Dumbledore's story. Dude, JKR totally pulled a Keyser Soze on us!! How cool is that? :D It's my favorite part of the book by far. Loved that he was friends with Grindelwald and that the one that had it right all along was Aberforth. And his parents and Ariana's story was so sad. :(((

So here's a pic of Dumbledore and Grindelwald plotting to conquer the world and laughing at some evil joke. :P

And because DD lost his Santa Claus halo I can post this picture without laughing myself silly. Well, sort of. It's very hard to think of the guy as the Gandalf figure from book 1 now.

Right. So, all in all? I did like the book. At least I liked some parts and really nice little moments here and there.

I remember after finishing HBP talking to a friend about it and thinking that if JKR was indeed going to open up the game so much for book 7 (leaving the Hogwarts structure, searching for Horcruxes and fighting a full on war), it would take more than just one book to tell the story so that it'd make sense. And this is my main problem with the book; I got the feeling I was reading the Cliff Notes for a 2000 (or more) pages book. A lot of things felt rather rushed and glossed over and others dragged on forever.

So I'm no expert in books or how to tell stories but I had a really hard time with all the exposition going on. It totally killed me.
Every time Harry got filled in on what was going on "outside the tent" I wanted to "see" that rather than be told about it. It reminded me when you go to a party/dinner and you sit in a big table and everybody is laughing and having a good time at the opposite end of where you're sitting. :(

I think I read the book during the wrong time of the month that's why I'm a bit disappointed. :D

About the deaths, I think I'll post about them later on because this is way too long. But, except for Dobby and Mad-Eye's they all made go: "Sucks to be a secondary character in this series, eh?" and that was that. Actually, Remus and Tonks also made me go a little WTF, but that was soon to be forgotten by the Epilogue of Doom. :) Yeah, what can I say? I'm all for happy endings but that was a bit too much for me. *shrugs*

But, well, Dumbledore's backstory sort of compensates for the rest. Oh, yeah, and because out of the millions and millions of HP fans out there, probably around fifty cared about this: Yay! Scrimgeour was not a complete jerk! . Sorry, I had to say it. XD

And this are some of the characters/scenes that I really liked:

Snape: I'm glad I never found the whale to hit him with it. :) I really liked his backstory. Not particularly big on him doing everything because of Lily but it made sense. Loved when he was a little kid. Poor thing. :(

Molly and Narcissa: How cool were they?

Aberforth: So much love for him!! Totally my new favorite character. *hearts*

The Deathly Hallows: Loved "Beetle the Bard" and the Deathly Hallows story soooooo much. It was awesome and it made want to know more about the Peverell brothers.

Neville and Gran: They ruled so hard.

Voldy: He sucks mightily, but having his name jinxed was inspired. I'm still LOLing over that one.

The Ministry: Loved when the Trio got in there, particularly Ron's story when he had to fix the DE's office. And it was a nice touch when Harry got Mad-Eye's eye. Dude, why is Umbridge still around? :((

Dobby: That was the only death that actually got to me. So. Very. Sad. *weeps*

And there were other little things that I loved too but I'll stop now. This is the longest that I've typed in like forever!

Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: Hot Fuss (The Killers)
evy_blackevy_black on July 27th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
OMG! Dumbledore is actually HOT!?!?!?!
Lovely art :)
guad: NevillePlantguad on July 27th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
I've always said that Dumbles is the hotness (around 80 years ago or so, lol)
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cobweb_diamondcobweb_diamond on July 27th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
Heh, Grindelwald looks a little fangy there. Yum.
caladan_ddcaladan_dd on July 28th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
Yay! You saw the fangs. :) And thank you!
Earthearthphoenix on July 27th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
*forever adores Dumbles* (even without his halo) >:)
caladan_ddcaladan_dd on July 28th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
I so agree! I actually like him better without the halo :D
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thelamppost on July 27th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
Love the art, especially the first. The second one is wonderful though, it's good to see a more human DD xD
caladan_ddcaladan_dd on July 28th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad that you like the pictures. :)
The Extra OddNarioddnari on July 27th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
Yummmm. But why does Gellert have Dracula fangses?

Yummmmm again!
caladan_ddcaladan_dd on July 28th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
But why does Gellert have Dracula fangses?

Heh, because I've been into too much manga/anime lately and I love how they make everybody look like they've got vampire fangs. :)

And, as always, thank you!
Sea Isle Witch: Creatures - Dragonseaislewitch on July 27th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
Wow! These are fantastic! Grindlewald's and Dumbledore's expressions, posture and attire (wow!) are just inspired. The second picture - Dumbledore rocks! What a wonderful treat to see this tonight. Please do more art! Molly vs Bella?

caladan_ddcaladan_dd on July 28th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
Hi there! I'll try to do some other stuff but not very soon, I'm afraid. :( And as always, thank you!
guad: BambiSnapeguad on July 27th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
I love the pics.

And I agree on many points with you, well, the epilogue (nice names *cough*)

Neville: The best

About Snape, well I thought he might be on the good side, but honestly...Bambi?

Dobby: I cried my eyes out on that one. I was wearing two different coloured socks and started sobbing when looking at my feet. :(
yam: skull fairyhsifyppah on July 28th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
OMG, that's the best icon ever. :)
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magnolia_mama on July 27th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
Damn. Who knew Albus was such a hottie? :-)
caladan_ddcaladan_dd on July 28th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
Hehe, thank you! I'm glad that you like the way I drew him. And, as always, thank you for all your comments. :)
sleepingfingers on July 27th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
*_* I think I am in love with both of them after seeing these. I especially love the first one - young Dumbledore and Grindelwald are wonderful. :)
guad: NevillePlantguad on July 28th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
Errm I thought that Scrimgeours death was touching. That he wasn't on the same political line than the Order or Harry or Dumbledore doesn't make him a bad person. I never thought he was.

I was not amused about Tonks and Remus dying. I loved these characters and they just dropped dead without reaction. That sucked. :(
is it wrong to wish on space hardware?greenapricot on July 28th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
Dumbledore and Grindelwald! Your Grindelwald looks exactly like I pictured him in my head. I love it, love it, love it, and looking at this makes all excited all over again about how awesome Dumbledore's backstory is. It's one of my favorite parts of the book too. It makes me so so happy that he's not the perfect person that Harry thought he was. Heroes are SO much better flawed. And then the whole friends who became enemies story line. Man, I LOVE that stuff. And I love this.
guad: Grawpguad on July 28th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
And errm, yeah sorry for spamming (lol) I love the pics, specially Gellart. He really looks that slightly naughty joking person with an evil touch I have in mind. :)
secretsolitairesecretsolitaire on July 28th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
Oooh, fabulous art! You really capture two different aspects of Dumbledore's character.
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Corgi, Hound of the Internet: Clan MacMillansff_corgi on July 28th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
No such thing as too many half-dressed redheads.
(Anonymous) on August 18th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
I was gonna say 'here here!' in agreeing, but in the spirit of Harry Potter 7!...'Ear 'Ear!!
Tashiro: Voodoo Dollytashiro on July 28th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
Awesome Art
As always, your art rocks. :)
A lot of people comment on Tonks and Remus, but I took that to be the example of 'sometimes, death doesn't make sense'.

Yeah, Dobby dying was a bit of a downer. Though Kreature rocked.
katelestrade: The Partykatelestrade on July 28th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
Haha I said the same thing about Aberforth. Again love your artwork.

Dumbledores story was also my favourite. Check out my representation of the scene where Ariana dies ---> http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/60715914/

I love how Aberforth's patronus is a goat. XD You should draw Aberforth!
mrsquizzicalmrsquizzical on July 28th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
totally loved the dumbledore.

and yours is the best! i keep telling people he was hot.

i'm also convinced he and doge were lovers and that he and grindelwald had a scorching hot affair and broke doge's heart.

also - yeah for scrimgeour being an arsehat but not a 'bad man'.

thanks so much for your art.
Lady of Grace Adieu: fry & laurieilovedragons on July 28th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
Heh, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that about Dumbledore and Grindelwald! :P
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ura_hdura_hd on July 28th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
Love it love it love it!

I hoped that someone would draw that!

gijane7702: DHEpiloguegijane7702 on July 28th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
God, you're Dumbledore is SO HAWT!! And your Gindy's kinda creepy!

As always, I *love* your work. Please, some Deathly Hallows art!

I thought of you when they said Scrimgeour died and didn't give up Harry =) I knew he wasn't a total ass.

Any plans for some Lupin family art? I'd love to see your take on Baby Teddy and a married Remus and Tonks. If only I could afford a commission...
tycho: HP; OoTP - not the weak onetychoelite on July 28th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
dude, I would totally JUMP your Dumbledore ;)
strained, half-stranded: DAWLISH! XDscytheandroses on July 28th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
Rufus just rules like that. >.> And because he is something of an ass, with his own sense of purpose, and if Harry cant see that (ahaha... if), than the little bitch can STFU, because Scrimgeour died for more than just Harry's sake, damnit. Not to say that you've implied anything of the sort so much as to bitch about Harry, as am a fan of doing.

Mucho yay for the piccies. :) Hadn't given much thought to younger Dumbledore until the seventh book, and looking at the pictures... Yeah. Especially in that first one, just kinda goes BAM, this is the look. Melikes; just seems appropraite, aye.

*still amused by the fact that the elder Longbottom pwned Dawlish* Also, aye on wanting to know more about the Peverells. Fun thoughts, but curses for the questions raised. Hrmmm.
Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....: Culthp5freak on July 28th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)

Just such fantastic art as usual!!!!

I, too, loved DD's backstory. It gave us more a feel for who he was and where he came from. :D
Li Pingdan_lian on July 28th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
I just discovered your work, and I will admit to being totally stunned, floored, and absolutely in love.
I am inferring from your profile page that you're closed for commissions right now, but I totally intend to one day beg you for one. Keep up the fantastic work!
Also--I'd like to friend you so I can keep track of your work. Please let me know if you're OK with that? :)
Li Pingdan_lian on July 28th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
By the way-yes, I know your LJ profile page says 'go ahead', but I still like to check.
(And I'm also curious as to your native tongue...)
Barszczow A. N.orpheus_samhain on July 28th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
Great drawings! I sooo love Grindelwald :D And finally JKR admitted that DD was evil *snorts*