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Harry Potter 7

Okay, I've read through Book 7. Another weekend I'll never get back.

You can all post spoilers now.

Why on Earth do people pre-order a book, and then stand in line for it?



22nd Jul, 2007 19:14 (UTC)
I liked it mostly, except for one huge fault: why didn't they call for Kreacher when they inadvertently led the death eaters to Harry's house? I mean, he could have gotten them food while they were camping out, cooked it a lot better than Harry or Hermione and done some major scouting. Not to mention keeping them in touch with the order of the phoenix.

But even smart Hermione never even thought about it. And this really, really bugged me enough to distract me for several pages.
23rd Jul, 2007 01:01 (UTC)
Either you missed that bit or I imagined it, but I don't think I imagined it: they decided not to summon Kreacher because they didn't know whether the Ministry could track house-elf powers and follow Kreacher to their hiding place. The mention was very brief, blink-and-you-miss it, though.
23rd Jul, 2007 18:58 (UTC)
I must've blinked again, then. I reread that part this evening and other than the gang missing Kreacher's cooking, I could find no mention of him.
24th Jul, 2007 06:58 (UTC)
I had another look, and it's not precisely where I expected it to be. In my edition, it's Chapter 14, bottom of the eleventh page:

He and Hermione had already decided against trying to summon him; what if someone from the Ministry came too? They could not count on elfish Apparition being free from the same flaw that had taken Yaxley to Grimmauld Place on the hem of Hermione's sleeve.

So I wasn't entirely correct; the concern was about someone coming with Kreacher rather than someone tracking him, but at least they thought about it.
24th Jul, 2007 09:39 (UTC)
On page 229 in my copy.
24th Jul, 2007 19:07 (UTC)
You're absolutely right, found it right there.

I think my main reason for being ticked off was that I was worried about Kreacher, too, and because I missed this, I thought Harry hadn't given it a second thought. Glad to know I was wrong. And they were wrong, too, Kreacher apparently left the house safely, or he wouldn't have been able to lead the Hogwarts' house-elves charge at the end.