Right. Here goes. Let's get the major question out of the way first, shall we?
Is Snape really evil? Dunno. Have read so many different posts about it that I'm beginning not to care. We shall see in Book Seven. Personally, I don't really think so. But then I read an interview with JKR on the Leaky Cauldron, where when asked if Snape was evil or not, she basically replied, "Won't tell, because I wouldnt want anyone to stop hoping." Well. Perhaps it is my pessimistic self, but her saying that she thinks its cool how hopeful we are about Snape basically tells me that he's probably damn evil. Whatever. I've already gone on about this far too much. Next.
When Draco confronts Dumbledore at the end of the book, Dumbledore tells him-and again I paraphrase, if you are looking for exact quotes you have found the wrong journal-"We can stage a realistic-looking death for you and your family, one so believable that no one will think twice about it. Simply join us." My question is: Why bring this into the plot now, when the series is almost over? One thing I will say about JKR, she recycles. Polyjuice was used in second year for Harry to see if Malfoy was the Heir of Slytherin, and it's brought back in the fourth book with Barty C, Jr., and in the sixth with good ol Crabbe and Goyle(and o, how that amuses me...). Also in second year was Tom Riddle's journal which she brings back in the sixth book as a piece of Voldemort's soul, and I'm sure that there are other examples, but hell if I remember them. Point is, that if there was a way to hide someone so completely that no one would ever think to look for them, why haven't they done that before? Or have they? I would love for this question to be answered in Book Seven. Oh, and for the record, I am *not* trying to say that Dumbledore is still alive; I believe that he is truly dead. Let's press on.
A question that you'll see quite a bit if you are cruising journals with spoilers for HBP is "Who is R.A.B.?" JKR said herself that this was an excellent question, and the popular theory is that R.A.B. is Regulus Black. I'm not so bothered by this question, myself, as I figure we'll find out soon enough once the seventh book is released. No, my questions are Was R.A.B. acting alone in his quest to find and destroy the Horcrux, and if he was, how was he able to get at the Horcrux alone when Dumbledore needed Harry with him, and even with the two of them almost didn't make it? Doesn't Dumbledore tell Harry that it was lucky that the younger wizard was there with him, otherwise he wouldn't have made it? Yes he does. (Hee, I'm just so sure of myself, aren't I?) This leads me to believe that either R.A.B. had help and didn't want his helper to get in trouble with Voldy, or he acted alone and had some knowledge of how to complete the drinking task without help.
Those questions put aside for now (as I'm sure I'll keep worrying them like a sore tooth over the next few weeks, and adding others as I reread HBP), I will say that I absolutely adore this book. It made me rediscover my love for the Trio and Dumbledore, and the trips into memory lane through the Pensieve were wonderful. Yes, there were some new questions that arose throughout the book, but there were finally some answers to old ones. There was fodder for all those R/Hr, H/G, and rather surprisingly Remus/Tonks shippers, as well as H/D shippers(I admit it, when I read the line where Harry is becoming more and more obsessed with Malfoy, I snorted and muttered, "*becoming* obsessed, sure thing, Harry...", just like a good little fangurl). There was the appearance of 3D Draco, who I was happy to discover I love just as much as his 2D self. There was the portrayal of "Cissy"(snicker) Malfoy as a concerned parent, which clashed horribly with the image of her in GoF but was nevertheless wonderful to see. (Take that, all you 'Poor widdle Dwacokins who was beaten and ignored his whole life' angst whores!) And at the end, when Ron and Hermione tell Harry that they are going with him on his quest to find the remaining Horcruxes and destroy them whether Harry likes it or not, I cried, I admit it. Again.
Yes, there were things that made me grind my teeth-such as Dumbledore's talking about how wonderful he was every five seconds. Yes, we get it, dear, you are great and wise and powerful, now could you shut the hell up and get to something important?-the book on the whole was amazing, and I believe that it has most likely become my favorite(Relax, Holly, PoA is a veeeery close second :D).
Since I mentioned it anyway(and I feel in a rantyish mood and wanna get this over with while it lasts), WTF was up with Dumbledore's 'I'm so great' act? I mean, I did get the impression that he was a bit full of himself in the first book, when he told Harry that using the Mirror of Erised to get the SS was one of his more brilliant ideas, "And between you and me, that is saying something.", but I couldnt believe how in love with himself he seemed this book. It was all, "Im so smart, I'm so wise, I know everything, I flatter myself that I understand more than you do...yadda yadda yadda" And why did he finally decide to tell the Dursley's off for their treatment of Harry now, and why oh why did he give Snape the DADA position, when he'd refused so many times before? And why did Snape look like he was in pain when Harry called him a coward? And why was he lecturing Harry on how to keep his curses from being blocked when he could have just knocked him out and run for it? And why was he so damn skippy about being a 'Halfblood' anything? Harry was wrong, wrong, wrong, that wasnt "just like Voldemort". Voldemort was ashamed of being a halfblood; he tries desperately to hide it and pretend that he is a pureblood. Snape wrote it out on the inside cover of his Potions book, for goodness' sake, where anyone could see it. Why? Whyyy?
Right. So perhaps there were rather more questions than I said at first. All I know for sure is that I don't wanna wait for the next book, but JKR has already said that she probably wont even start writing it till next year sometime, and who knows when it'll be finished? *pouts*
ETA: And okay, I admit it, that damn "Please, Severus..." thing at the end still bugs me. I do not believe that Dumbledore was asking Snape to kill him; it seems to obvious, and JKR tends to prefer subtlety. But I doubt very much that he was begging Snape not to kill him, either. It's just not Dumbledore's style. I keep trying to let it go, and I keep coming back to it, and it's really starting to annoy me. Oh, yesss.