I finally did it! I read through all of the Harry Potter books without any hang-ups, and damned if I'll remember any more in a few months than I did two weeks ago. That's the downside of marathons like these: when you read them fast, everything blends together and by the time you get to the end you can't remember the beginning. Now I'm going to bore you all (both?) with some hopes/speculations/fears regarding Book Seven.
I had suspicions to the contrary before, but now it seems reasonably clear to me that Snape is not on our side. Previously I thought it could go either way, but was leaning toward him playing the other side and I had all sorts of crazy ideas. But reading the last book again, I really don't have high hopes for his being a good guy. I really think he serves Voldemort. Unless, of course, he's playing him in hopes of becoming the next Dark Lord himself. I wouldn't put it past him. I do think Draco's winnable. I've had this crazy desire for a while now to see him and Harry fighting side by side as allies, and I have no idea one way or another whether that will happen, but it would be cool.
There's also this Horcrux business. I am absolutely positive that one of them is (or was) at Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place, which Harry now owns. They seemed to come across it when cleaning out the place, and I can only hope that Kreacher kept it and that nobody threw it away, because that would be disastrous. The others, well, they'll be a little tougher to find. I wouldn't be surprised if one of them was at the orphanage where Voldemort was raised.
There's one more hopeful speculation I'm keeping to myself, just because I think I should.
As for the rumors people are flinging around that Harry is going to kick the bucket, I sincerely hope not. I have invested far too much emotion in many characters (as evidenced by the way I could hardly get through the end of book six because I kept crying and couldn't see the page) and would be most unhappy if any of them were to die. Aside from Harry himself, these characters include Ron, Lupin, Tonks, and all of the other Weasleys except for Percy. If Harry dies, I shall be very put out.
In other notes, What Not to Use as a Horcrux, item #1: A balloon.
Now I'll have to find something else to read.