Chapter review below the fold:
Chapter 8: The Wedding
This chapter seemed like it would be a light one when it started out, didn’t it? A wedding. Fun times.
I know we’re supposed to be shocked and horrified, like Harry is, about the stories of Dumbledore’s family history, but I can’t really get too worked up about it. The man was a million years old; it’s not surprising that there are dark patches in his past. I hope that the scandal involving his sister turns out to be relevant to the plot against Voldemort, and not just another iteration of Harry discovering that of one of his heroes is flawed.
It’s intriguing to see Grindelwald’s name resurface: why is Luna’s father wearing his symbol? And why is Voldemort collecting wand makers? (Or is it just the obvious, that he wants to know why Harry’s wand keeps kicking his ass?)
I am interested to learn that the Dumbledores lived in Godric’s Hollow, too. And, in the middle of reading this chapter, Rachel looked up and me and said: “Wait, how long did it take me to put this together? Godric’s Hollow, Godric Gryffindor.” So it should be interesting when Harry finally gets there.
The whole chapter, though, is rather overshadowed by the last paragraph. I don’t know what it means, practically, that the Ministry has fallen: does it just mean the loss of some protections? Or does it mean that the Death Eaters now have their hands on the levers of power? That’s some good cliffhanger, right there.
(Oh: Ginny is short for Ginevra? Ginevra?! Gimme a break.)
No spoilers for later chapters in the comments! We like our cliffhangers.