Before we all rush off to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows P2 (July 15th!!) let's take a moment to go over the exasperating annoyance that is Book 7.
1. All the best characters die, including my favorite twin. And yes, I have issues with the way they died as well. When Lupin and Tonks go, we the readers aren't even there! Bellatrix is done away with by Molly Weasley, but should have been done away with by Neville Longbottom, (that boy needed revenge! Yes, he got rid of Nigini, but he had no personal strife towards that snake.) Snape just kind of dies. I understand that Rowling needed to get rid of him and couldn't have him maliciously killed by Voldemort, and couldn't have a "good guy" kill him, but I would have appreciated it if Snape had been some sort of martyr. The biggest annoyance about Book 7 is that Harry Potter not only forgives Snape for his years of cruelty, but names his son Albus Severus Potter, just because Snape had the hots for his mom! (I like to imagine that Harry's first son was named James Sirius Potter, but we don't know James's middle name. But how does Snape get a kid named after him, and not Sirius?) So Snape liked your mom and promised Dumbledore to "watch after" you? Who cares? You know how many kids I'd have to name after guys if we all named our children after men who liked our moms? Come on!
2. The book has the words "Deathly Hallows" in the title, does it not? Yet, what good are the Deathly Hallows? It turns out, Voldemort's not even looking for the Deathly Hallows, he's only looking for the wand (which turns out, is technically Draco Malfoy's since Malfoy disarmed Dumbledore before Dumbledore died, then later Harry disarms Draco and takes his wand, which causes the Elder Wand [the Deathly Hallow] to go to Harry automatically... which is a really complicated and made-up way to make sure that Harry isn't killed at the end when Voldemort uses the wand against him [the wand won't kill its rightful master, blah, blah, blah].) It would have been cool if the Deathly Hallows actually came into the story. Couldn't Harry collect all Deathly Hallows (which, he does,) and use them to be mighty and conquer Voldemort, instead of letting Voldemort use the wand and killing himself? It's a lot of build up for an ending where Voldemort does himself in.
And... I'm gonna let the rest go for now. See you on the 15th.
And here's a poster for ya. You gotta love how seriously these movies take themselves.