I think my thoughts on this book are going to be a little different, because now I knew that Harry was no longer just a boy. He had matured into a young man, full of potential and promise. He had gone through grief and had come out on the other side of it, stronger than before and a little more disillusioned than he was.
Here, he understood that Dumbledore could not protect him from everything and that some battles need to be fought only on your own. Without any help from the outside. The revelations in this book were quite new too. As everything crescendoed into a final battle of good vs evil.
Many side characters got their turn in the spotlight and they were able to shine just as bright - if not more- than the main characters.
A few quotes stuck to my mind and they've had so much sway over me.
Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.
Youth can not know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.
We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on.
These showed me a loss of innocence which is extremely clear and can not be mistaken. IT made me grieve for the young boy whose spectacles kept falling down his nose. Harry had finally matured and I wasn't ready to accept his new phase of life. Maybe I was way too old fashioned a person for that.
The narrative of the book is strong and it propels the story ahead into a beautiful yet terribly sad ending. Everything that happens in the Ministry of Magic is mind numbingly intelligent. Rowling is a skilled writer and she makes it abundantly clear in this book. I cannot wait for more!