Yeay! i just finished too!
And i too agree that the book seemed to b written differently, but i couldn;t put my finger on what it was. (btw did anyone notice how many times people were saying 'oho', it seemed to be all the time or was that just me?)
As for the initials the first name that i thought of was regulas too, but i don't think we're told his middle name anywhere to confirm if its an A or not...
And then there's the whole death thing,...i agree that it felt slightly rushed(infact i thought the whole book ended slightly abrubtly) but, and this will make me sond bad lol, i was more upset that it was snape who killed him than the fact that he died. Because i like snape, and i actually quite like malfoy too (yes i know, how?) so them being the baddies i didn't really like, but i have a feeling that they are actually good as there was the whole malfoy and myrtle thing where malfoy seemed upset about having to do it, and snape had to do it due to the vow but then again i could just be wishful thinking....
Hmmm...i'm sure there were more things i wanted to point out
oh and i like the tonks lupin thing too! so sweet! (but yes i think there was a little too much 'couply' stuff in the book but it looked at the end like ron and hermione might finally....yeay!)
Or perhhaps by Harry's parent's grave! Maybe Snape was forced to kill DD becuase Draco couldn't do it; thus the Unbreakable Vow made him do it.
Dumbledore asked for Snape at first and then called him pleadingly so maybe (I don't believe it for a second though) Dumbledore wanted Snape to kill him as was suggested in a spoiler I thought was wrong in a different thread but turned out to be horribly right!
NOooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Not dumbeldore!!!!!!!! he can't dieeeeeee ! Im still reading it! but I never thought she'd kill himm !!! NOOOOOOOOOO !
On a side note, was anyone else not too keen on the garish-ness of the cover?
are there any differences in content between the adult version and the childrens version? like language and stuff or is it just the cover that is different?
I don't want to believe that Snape is truly that evil...it's just not the vibe I get off him. Cruel, yes. Malicious, yes. Evil? Not really.
I also didn't like Slugworth much, and at first, he really reminded me of Gilderoy Lockhart. It was interesting to see that the DADA position really is jinxed (or that's how it seems). And there'll be another new teacher next book, as Snape's off. I'm wondering if Hogwarts really will close...what will all the kids do?
I absolutely hated the ending. And yeah, I cried. The death, and...it was so much worse because of who did it. I'd always liked and trusted him. I wasn't expecting the Half-Blood Prince either, but I guess it makes sense in retrospect. As much as I wish it weren't true.
its deliberately short with little dialogue so its ambiguous about whether Snape is good, bad or fits into neither category
My only real problem with it is (as I think with all the books) is that the ending is a bit too rushed. Although all my beliefs about Snape being some sort of 'noble' guy at heart at least seem to have been trashed.
My friend and I have a whole snape is good really theory and he had no choice.
And I've never loved snape but I'm actually starting to think that he could be more noble and less of a **** than I once thought.