Either way, someone in another lj said that this was the Slytherin book, and as (I'd like to think I am) a Gryffindor, even the tone of the first chapters set me on edge. This one just seemed, from the beginning, to be a different read than the other installments of HP, and when I slammed it down that morning and remembered to breathe, I realized I was correct in my assumptions on a number of levels.
I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, so I'll just hold myself and rock back and forth
Mostly I'm just shocked. Well, sort of. I don't know. I'll just call it disappointment for now.