Okay, so the final page of The Order of the Phoenix read (and I’m quoting directly here) “GO! GO! GO! THIS IS WHAT WE’VE TRAINED FOR! WE’RE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, PEOPLE!” Said Dumbledore. “SHIT’S ABOUT TO GET REAL!!!!!”
The opening sentence of Half-Blood Prince reads: “When we last left Harry and his friends, shit was about to get real. But before that happens, let’s embark on the origin of Voldemort.”
Fair enough. That doesn’t exactly break with literary tradition, and I can see the point of getting it out of the way before what I assume (and hope) will be a book-length fight scene. What I don’t understand is why the two-hundred page origin story was scattered liberally throughout a six hundred page book. The story of Harry, Hermione and their pet ginger fighting evil wizards is actually engaging – why does it need to be padded and spread out over enough pages to lose all impact?
Sigh. One more to go…