Weee I finished this book last night, and I'm sooo thrilled with it! Rowling has an unbelievable imagination, and is a master at keeping you on your toes.
I don't think a relationship with Hermione and Harry will happen, and I don't think it happened in this book either. Cho was jealous of the friendship between Hermione and Harry, and I think Rowling did an absolutely wonderful job of portraying how young adults (15 years old) are still rather immature and unknowledgable in the ways of 'relationships'.
Honestly, I think that Ron and Hermione have a possiblitiy of developing something between them. At least I think that Ron is a bit jealous of Hermione and Viktor. Everytime Viktor and Hermione are mentioned around Ron he makes a smart comment. It makes me grin so.
I, also, love Fred and George. The fashion in which they leave Hogwarts was absolutely stunning. Sticking up for Dumbledore and caushing Umbridge such havoc. It was so much fun. I do hope that we hear more about them in the future, and see more pranks. Perhaps take a trip through their new joke shop.
I was a bit surprised about that it was the blood of his Aunt Petunia that was protecting him. I did keep wondering why he was forced to go back to #4 Privet Drive during the summers when they didn't want him, and he didn't want to be there. I'm very happy this was explained.
Sirius dying broke my heart. Although, he couldn't have died in a more honorable fashion. Fighting to save Harry and the rest of D.A. while also personally fighting off his own Death Eater cousin Bellatrix. I do hope his name gets cleared up, for Sirius is a great man.
I was actually happy to see Snape's memory of James Potter, Remus Lupin, and Sirius Black. James had always been portrayed as such a saint to Harry and I think it is vital to him in growing up and maturing to realize that everyone no matter how wonderful they are or were has faults and are NOT perfect.
The unsung hero Neville Longbottom has to be one of my favorite characters HANDS down. His bravery has grown so, and his determination to stand up for friends, family, and himself makes me swell with pride for him. I do believe from the bottom of my heart that Neville has a very important role in the near future. What a wonderful character he is.
As much as she was disliked, Umbridge was well written. Rowling has such a knack for making you dislike the characters SHE wants you to dislike.
Can't wait to see what happens to Grawp, and I'm curious about Firenze and Trelawny. Will they both teach divination ? We shall see!!
McGonagall is a wonderful character and I love how she stands up to Umbridge and sticks up for Harry! Declaring her help to him to become an Auror if it's the LAST thing she does. I can't wait to find out how many O.W.Ls they all get!
I have to say that one of my favorite parts was when the Order stood up for Harry to the Dursley's. Rowling sure does know how to make you close a book with a big ole grin on your face doesn't she? I can't WAIT for the new book!!!