As I posted a few weeks ago, I believe that the character of Harry "came" to Jo at a time when she was working through the impending loss of her mother who would very likely never see Jo grow up, never tell her that she was proud of the adult she came to be. I think that the book dealt perfectly with Harry's need for validation from his lost family and his longing to be whole again.
So no, I am not among the disappointed. OK, I know that Jo said this and that in her interviews over the years. Heh. I should know. But things change. I would like to remind people who seem to have read this book with a checklist that Jo told us that “I’ll probably leave some loose ends hanging.” And: “I've never, to my knowledge, lied when posed a question about the books. To my knowledge. You can imagine, I've now been asked hundreds of questions; it's perfectly possible at some point I misspoke or I gave a misleading answer unintentionally, or I may have answered truthfully at the time and then changed my mind in a subsequent book.”
Here are some of the commentaries that I have enjoyed reading this week:
- "Dumbledore in Deathly Hallows" by Travis Pinzi
- John Granger's "20 Questions"
- Makani's raw, funny yay-Malfoys stream-of-consciousness goodness on LiveJournal
- Eeyore's Reflections
- Emma Grant's chapter-by-chapter journal (LiveJournal)