Hmm. Time to rant.
Half-Blood Prince. This book frustrates me to the hair-ripping point because:
1. LENGTH. Jo- we LIKE to read what you write! It was too rushed!
2. HARRY AND HERMIONE. Yes, I'm a shipper, but she just blatantly seemed to rip them apart- I think she got tired of people guessing "Harry or Ron" and just comepletely destroyed their relationship. I don't know about everyone else, but the eye-rolling-scathing-Lavander-gut-hating-typical-horrible-NOT Hermione was not present in the first five books.
3. KING'S CROSS. It's a little thing, but it bugged me that she just cut it off at Dumbledore's funeral.
4. HARRY. Does anyone know what he was thinking? Besides having totally-random-out-of-no-where-I-love-her Ginny daydreams? Can we say, "huh?"
UPDATE: Guys, I'm back!
The innocence Iíve lost
The blood it's cost
Leaves unhealed scars within.
But I will not abate,
I will employ the hate
That has been planted deep inside.
I will not falter
Valor will not tire,
And I will survive
This trial by fire.
Many things are different now. Potions class is the least of the trio's worries. Battling dragons would be a welcome alternative to what it is they're attempting to battle now. The Order of the Phoenix is hallow without its leading member. And when someone close to Harry is stolen, Dumbledore's rhetoric of love, hope, and faith is challenged. Harry's strength and resolve are pushed to their limits. Loyalties are tested and new leaders emerge while Harry and Hermione struggle to balance new emotions and uncharted territory. Yet while this time after sixth year proves to be drastically unlike anything Harry's ever experienced, some truths remain, and some affections stand solid.
A novel-type story that explores the engimas of Snape, Horcruxes, war, and above all, the puzzle of love. HBP compliant. HHr.
Summary: ONE-SHOT. Minor fluff warning.
There was just no way around it. Whether it was necessary or not, heroic or not, there was simply no escaping the fact of his actions. He had killed.
And he made me just like himÖ Harry thought miserably.