It was a very, very good book, obviously. I mean, it's Harry Potter. I do like how Harry got out of his angst about Sirius just by kind of forcing himself out of it. That's something I need to work on, as I've been getting myself angry about things that don't really affect me anyway.
Dumbledore was totally awesome in this book. He usually is totally awesome (although less-so in Order of the Phoenix, until the end with the fight against Voldemort), but he was in this one more. And I liked hearing about Tom Riddle. I kind of have a tiny little crush on Tom Riddle, which started when I found out that he was dubbed into Japanese by Akira Ishida, which is kind of funny, because I think I started liking Ishida-san more for that same reason. I'm not sure what that means.
It's kind of interesting reading some characters, because I want to imagine Ishida-san's voice for Tom Riddle and Kazuhiko Inoue (Hatori in Fruits Basket) for Lupin. (The Mabu-dachi Trio always reminded us of James, Sirius, and Lupin, except that I'm not sure how much like James Ayame is...) But it's really hard to imagine Japanese voice actors speaking English (especially because I've learned that people's voices change when speaking other languages), so it's more like imagining the quality of their voices as kind of an underscore to the words. It's hard to explain, but Athena read what I typed and agrees.
I agree with all the theories about Snape still being good. I was in total denial about Dumbledore, and I was convinced for a while that Fawkes would bring him back to life or something, and of course Snape would have known about Fawkes being able to bring Dumbledore to life, and that would make him able to bring himself to do it. But then I realized it had to happen (and I realized it before Harry did, which I feel the need to say so that I can sound smarter. It's true though), but I still think that Snape is good. Dumbledore's death kind of reminds us of Obi-Wan Kenobi's. He may be dead, but we haven't seen the last of him.
Lupin and Tonks are an adorable couple!
People have already mentioned they think that R.A.B. is Regulus Black, and I agree with that theory. I feel like I'm just jumping on the bandwagon, but I also feel like I'm being a know-it-all if I say I came up with it before I finished reading the book. I wonder if the reason it takes me so long to read is that I'm trying to speculate at the same time.
And it seems kind of strange to me that they don't teach Latin at Hogwarts. I mean really. All the spells are in Latin, and if Harry'd known anything about Latin, he'd have known that sectumsempra couldn't mean anything good. Although you'd also have thought that levicorpus was pretty obvious, too. And now I'm being a know-it-all again. Oh well.
And now that we're both done reading it (parting is such sweet sorrow), we can get back to our normal lives. Although it is the weekend. We'll see what happens.