Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Before this seventh and last book of the Potter series, I made it a point to re-read Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. Why not the others? Well, for one, I have already read most these books a few times, and it is Order, Half-Blood and Death Hallows that represent the final chapter in this magnificent series. Since most of the official reviews out there come packed with spoilers – or, even worse, the book’s entire plot – I figured I’d do you slower readers a favor and give some spoiler-free impressions.
Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Let me start by saying that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows went far beyond my wildest expectations. Easily my favorite book in the series, if not my favorite book ever, Deathly Hallows had a lot to accomplish; and that’s putting it lightly. Since every plotline, even ones started in the first installment, is coming to an end, JK Rowling changed her writing style up a bit.
Deathly Hallows is strictly an adventure story that involves quests, loss and multiple periods of discovery. Because of this change in venue, the story continues on at a reckless pace. The first third of the book begins with a familiar formula, although one will appreciate the quick jump into the action. Once Potter, Hermione and Ron go out on their own, however, the book changes gears so fast that it becomes jolting. I’m not complaining, however, as these quick changes of pace help to keep readers on their feet while reminding them that danger is around every corner.
Thanks to the sudden changes of pace, and the book’s 150-page grand finale, Deathly Hallows easily ranks as the most exciting of the seven books. Though I figured JK Rowling would not want to open up any new plotlines or topics, I have to admire her appreciation for ‘Wand Lore.’ Yes, folks, though six books were coming to an end in this seventh installment, Rowling never acts as if she is rushed. Never once does an important discovery feel forced. As a matter of fact, all new clues take an unusually long time to discover. Each chapter seems to cover a single clue, and it takes about eight of these clues to get anywhere. Rowling’s up to her old tricks, so pay attention!
If you have read all the books, prepare for an emotional roller coaster. Deathly Hallows comes packed with more than a handful of plot twists, surprises and deaths. She still finds moments to make us laugh, but get ready to spend a fair share of time weeping. In short, don’t read this in front of your non-Potter friends, or they might find it humorous that you’d shed a tear over what is still being called a ‘kids story.’ I’m not going to say who, but some of these characters turn into great literary tragedies by the time the final page turns. Brilliant.
Rowling finishes the book with an epilogue that not only guarantees that there won’t be a sequel, but finds a way to make the reader shed even more tears than before. I highly suggest you read this part alone.
As Dumbledore reminds us, the biggest strength in magic is love. Sure, but it is also the biggest strength behind these Potter books. You will love the characters, the friendship, the families. You feel each character’s loss, and, like them, deal with it accordingly. You will also celebrate each character's triumphs, all of whom seem to evolve as this story progresses.
My sister is reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for her first time. After that she will move onto Deathly Hallows. I am envious.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is available now.