Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by J. K. Rowling

❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎

Series: Harry Potter (7)
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction
Published By: Scholastic in 2007
Format: Hardcover (784 pages)

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It’s no longer safe for Harry at Hogwarts, so he and his best friends, Ron and Hermione, are on the run. Professor Dumbledore has given them clues about what they need to do to defeat the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, once and for all, but it’s up to them to figure out what these hints and suggestions really mean.

Their cross-country odyssey has them searching desperately for the answers, while evading capture or death at every turn. At the same time, their friendship, fortitude, and sense of right and wrong are tested in ways they never could have imagined.

Review

What is there to say about a book which speaks for itself?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a very different adventure than the rest of the books in the series – as it should be. Times have changed, and so has Harry. It is important for the reader to know that going into the book. This is not just an adventure through a mysterious hidden chamber beneath the halls of Hogwarts – this book bears several heavy themes. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is not exclusively a children’s book – it is more.

Rowling doesn’t disappoint. I don’t think she could if she tried. She is right on mark with her details, as always, and her characters continue to grow and change. Perhaps the greatest and most remarkably change we see is in the character of Neville Longbottom, who has finally found his voice. We always knew he was in Gryffindor for a reason… and Rowling finally reveals that it is for reasons greater than standing up to his friends.

I have read discussions about the relationship between characters, and how Dumbledore’s childhood friendship was not about a quest, but more personal in note. While I see where these presumptions may have been drawn. I do not think that was Rowling’s intent at all, and it saddens me to think that people have chosen to look for scandal in the book, rather than experience the magic that is already there.

In short, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows presents everything avid readers of the book could have wanted, and then some. Yes, the ending may be “disappointingly happy and cliche,” as I have also read in various places, but in that, I believe Rowling has left us another piece of advice – our futures are what we make of them. We can choose to see the world in its corrupted state and pity our existence in it, or else we can see the beauty between the lines, and revel in it.

TL;DR

A good ending to the series – and very final.  Overall very different from the rest of the series, so be prepped for a change of pace.


Source

Puh-lease.  This book was pre-ordered the day it became available to do so.  Like a fool, I pre-ordered it from Amazon and it came a day later than bookstore releases!  This is a forever-book on my shelf.


First Sentence

“The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane.”


Some of My Favorite Quotes

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

“We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”

“Death’s got an Invisibility Cloak?” Harry interrupted again.

“So he can sneak up on people,” said Ron. “Sometimes he gets bored of running at them, flapping his arms and shrieking…”

“How do you feel, Georgie?” whispered Mrs. Weasley.

George’s fingers groped for the side of his head.

“Saintlike,” he murmured.

“What’s wrong with him?” croaked Fred, looking terrified. “Is his mind affected?”

“Saintlike,” repeated George, opening his eyes and looking up at his brother. “You see…I’m HOLEY, Fred, geddit?”

“Not my daughter, you bitch!”


Alternate Covers


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Amazon / Barnes & Noble / IndieBound

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