I was awake from 8am Friday morning until 1:30am last (Saturday) night. Forty some odd hours awake, the last twenty-four of which was spent reading Deathly Hallows. Still, I didn't manage to finish it until about 8am this morning. I tried to finish the last few pages last night, but I was just too exhausted...
This is the first time that I've been online since Friday morning. I've been off, avoiding spoilers. And happily, history didn't repeat itself for me this time. Unlike with OotP and HBP, I managed to make it through this book without having the ending spoiled for me.
Now, for my rant/cries of sorrow...
JKR KILLED OFF LUPIN AND TONKS!!!!!!!!!!!
I've been saying for ages that I didn't care what happened, as long as those two lived. They're my favourite ones in the whole series. As I read the book, it seemed to be going great for them; they got married, then they had a son, and seemed to be really happy. Then, in the thick of the final battle, Lupin was mentioned as fighting against Antonin Dolohov. Later, Dolohov was mentioned again... battling someone else. I knew it was over when I read that line. Lupin wouldn't have let a Death Eater loose to battle a student. Still, I hoped I was wrong.
Then, the fatal line: Harry had a clear view of the bodies lying next to Fred: Remus [Lupin] and Tonks, pale and still and peaceful-looking, apparently asleep beneath the dark, enchanted ceiling. (pg. 661, DH, US edition).
Still, I hoped that maybe they were just unconcious... but then it again mentioned them, lying there 'dead'.
Needless to say, I'm a bit depressed about this. I was one of the (apparently) few who didn't cry about the death in Half-Blood Prince, but this time I did cry. Well, hopefully a decent painting or drawing will come out of this. Grief can be very inspirational sometimes, right?
What makes their deaths even worse is that they didn't even get a 'death scene'. Nothing really, past the two sentences that I mentioned. They were just dead. No explanation. It makes it more difficult. Most of the HP fandom seems to feel the same way. Two well-loved characters, struck down just when they seemed to have achieved happiness. It just doesn't seem right.
I dedicate my current icon to them.
Just so you know, Teddy Lupin is my new favourite character.
(I'll be okay.)