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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Thursday, August 18, 2016


*WARNING - SPOILERS...IF YOU HAVEN'T READ OR SEEN HP 7...THEN MOVE ALONG...ALTHOUGH I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU HAVEN'T.*

August 18, 2016

"Neither can live while the other survives, and one of us is about to leave for good..." - (Harry Potter) J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Well, that's that. I have finished my Harry Potter marathon and I am feeling so many emotions right now. I haven't had the time to just sort of sit and vent my thoughts about the series as a whole. The seventh novel was absolutely incredible. Like the previous six, Deathly Hallows was a story about growing up and moving on. Not only does Harry become an adult, but the situations in which he is thrown into whether it was losing someone, seeing someone he loved injured, or realizing his true destiny, Potter was forced to become a man and in the end, he became the most famous and incredible wizard there was. All at the ripe ole age of seventeen.


Harry, Ron, and Hermione are off to destroy the Horcruxes and along the way the "Golden Trio" along with many others discover who they are and what side they are on. Meanwhile, Voldemort, is on ONE MISSION. Find the Elder Wand. Over the course of around a year. Voldemort is searching for the Hallows (Elder Wand, Invisibility Cloak, and Resurrection Stone) or rather, Hallow as he is only aware of the Elder Wand. I was quite intrigued when we were introduced to the idea of the Peverell boys and the three artifacts. I always thought that it was brilliant that J.K. Rowling was able to create even more myth and folklore in a story that is already a fable in itself. 

I think that Deathly Hallows hits me the hardest, not because of the deaths, but because over the past six books we have seen Harry grow up and change and defeat these Dark forces. We were there when he first encountered Voldemort, when he fought the Basilisk, saved Sirius, watched as the Dark Lord rise again, discovered the prophecy, witnessed the fall of a legend, and now, we are to watch him die....How in the world is that okay? I was so confused when I first read it. Obviously I had my suspicions about Harry being a Horcrux, but I never thought that he would have to die to defeat Voldemort. 

Speaking of which, let us take a turn down Riddle Road and re-discover what we have realized. In book 6 we see most of  Riddle's past and instead of just memories in the pensieve, they become real and Harry must use them in order to defeat the Dark Lord. Throw in a double agent Snape and a trio of Malicious Malfoys then we get sides of Death Eaters that have not been examined in the previous books. 

The lure of power is a major component in book 7 and how it can consume someone. My favourite example is the fight in the Room of Requirement between the Trio, Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle. In this scene Crabbe tries to get Malfoy to attack Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but Draco hesitates. He doesn't want to kill them and it is quite obvious. Yet, it is Crabbe that is so power hungry he doesn't care about them and tries to use the Killing Curse on Hermione. Over the previous books, Crabbe and Goyle were considered Malfoy's cronies and nothing else. I also think it shows major character development in all three of the main protagonists when they go back and manage to rescue Malfoy and Goyle after Crabbe has died.

When it comes to relationships, there is so much going on here. Not only is there Fleur and Bill's wedding, but Remus and Tonks are going to have a baby, Harry is still struggling with the loss of his relationship with Ginny and then of course, Hermione and Ron. I always knew Hermione and Ron would end up together. I am not sure how I knew it, but I did and I am so glad they did. I like that it was such a natural progression throughout the books rather than some tragedy bringing them together. I think that their relationship was so important and I was so satisfied on how it all came together in the end. I do wish there was more Ginny and Harry as it was the most interesting relationship in my opinion especially in Half-Blood Prince. 

I could go on forever about the relationships that did happen, but I would rather look at the one that didn't. I am talking about Severus Snape and Lily Evans. When Snape died and gave Harry the memories I think that just completed the entire series. There were so many unanswered questions in the novels and most of them were about Snape. I love Snape and if it was up to me I would have kept him alive, yet I knew why he had to die, I get it. His love for Lily and his hatred for James is why Snape acted so indifferent to Harry and why Harry could never figure out why Snape disliked him. Severus saw James in Harry, but at the same time he saw Lily, and that is why he could never physically harm him.

The most heart-breaking death for me was Fred Weasley. Now I don't know about you, but losing a twin seems like the most horrific thing in the world. I cried for Fred, but I balled for George. George lost apart of himself when his twin died and what's worse is that he died from a stupid explosion rather than fighting till the end. I also need to apologize to Weatherby...Er...sorry...Percy. He comes to his senses and rejoins his family and even I have to admit his reaction to Fred's death was harder to read than mosts.

Speaking of Death. The part in which Harry walks to the Forbidden Forest was brilliant. It not only showcased that the hero can do everything and always win, but it showed that Harry was willing to do the most heroic act he had ever had to do...he had to die. The scene in which he speaks with James, Lily, Lupin, and Sirius always gets me choked up. Especially when he asks Sirius if it hurts...if it hurts to die...ugh. 

The end scene was way better in the book than it was in the movie. For one, I like that they had an audience and they had a conversation before their last duel. I thought it was important that Voldemort understands why the Elder Wand still didn't work and my favourite would be when Harry tells Tom to feel remorse. Voldemort becomes outraged at even the thought and that plainly shows just how far gone he was and that it was now or never. 

I give this book 5/5 and the series 1000/5. Everything was just so perfect and I am filled with HAPPINESS. There were so many great moments in the book: Grimmauld Place, Malfoy Manner, Gringotts, Ministry of Magic, Snatcher's Scene, and Godric's Hollow and in the end...well to take a quote from the last chapter. "All was well."

RIP TO OUR FAVOURITE CHARACTERS (NAMES AND LAST MOMENTS)

Cedric Diggory "Wands out, d'you reckon?"

Sirius Black "Come on, you can do better than that!"

Albus Dumbledore "Severus... please..."

Hedwig Protecting Harry

Alastor Moody Trying to stop Mundungus Fletcher escaping from the battlefield

Dobby "Harry... Potter..."

Fred Weasley "You actually are joking, Perce... I don't think I've heard you joke since you were–"

Remus Lupin Unknown

Nymphadora Tonks Unknown

Severus Snape "Look...at...me"

Thank You.

Happy Reading.

- Haley






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