Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Chapter 29

Chapter 29: The Lost Diadem

This is going to be quick, because we’re kind of excited to get to the next chapter. So, impressions…

First of all: Neville Longbottom? Bad-ass. It’s awesome to see the DA re-assembled, and it’s very gratifying to see Neville more or less in charge. The new, improved Room of Requirement hideout sounds like something out of Peter Pan.

Second: I am really squicked out by the torturing of children. Maybe I’m just a weak-kneed liberal about these things, but the idea that the Cruciatus Curse is being used as a punishment at Hogwarts is revolting. Does no one in the outside world think this is beyond the pale? Or is the idea supposed to be that fear of Voldemort even stops parents from protecting their children? And how are McGonagall, Slughorn, Sprout, and Flitwick dealing?

Third: Why is Harry so insistent on keeping their mission a secret? I know Dumbledore told him not to tell anyone, but I assume that was to make sure that Voldemort didn’t find out what they were doing. But Voldemort knows what they’re doing now. There’s no reason not to get the whole DA on the case.

Fourth: Ginny? Awesome. No, Cho’s not going to take Harry up to the common room.

Prediction: the last Horcrux is the lost diadem of Ravenclaw, but it’s not in the Chamber of Secrets. It’s in the Room of Requirement, on a bust of an ugly old warlock, on top of a cupboard in which is hidden the Half-Blood Prince’s copy of Advanced Potion Making.

No spoilers for later chapters in the comments! I’m sorry if my prediction turns out to be true and is, therefore, a spoiler.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Chapter 29

0 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Chapter 29

  1. I was totally touched when Neville said his grandmother said he was his parents’ son. He’s come such a long way, little Neville. I still think of him as a 12-year-old.

    I have a feeling we’re going to be glad the DA learned all the things they did in Book 5.

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  2. As for parents protecting their children, keep in mind that attendance at Hogwarts is mandatory, so parents were choosing between to very bad alternatives.

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