Thursday, September 3, 2015

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

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

This series has been on my reading bucket list for a LONG time.  I read the first three books when they were released, books 4 and 5 in 2010, and book 6 in 2012.  I planned on reading book 7 as part of my "bookish goals" for the past two years, but I never get around to it.  Thanks to the COYER scavenger hunt I had to read the oldest book on my TBR list, so Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows finally made it to the top of the list.

I don't think I need to provide a lengthy description of this book since I am probably the last person on the planet to read it.  Voldomort is controlling the wizarding world and he is on a quest to track down and kill Harry.  Prior to Dumbeldore's death, he gave Harry one final mission.  He must find and destroy all of the Horcruxes.  (Horcruxes are magical objects containing a portion of Voldemort's soul.  He can't be killed as long as the Hurcruxes exist.)  As part of his will, Dumbledore left a couple of items to Harry and something for both Ron and Hermione.  None of them could understand why the gifts were left to them, but they eventually discover their meaning.  We also learn what the Deathly Hallows are and why the are important.

My favorite part of this book was the final 100 pages.  I really enjoyed seeing some of Snape's memories and discovering how the relationship between Dumbledore and Snape evolved.  I was just as shocked as Harry by some of the conversations and events we were able to observe.  There is far more to Snape than I ever gave him credit for.  On the other hand, Dumbledore and his intentions were not always as noble as I had thought.

As the stakes and violence increase, so do the number of deaths on both sides.  I managed to avoid spoilers all of these years and couldn't believe some of the characters that J.K. Rowling killed off throughout this book.  As if Harry hadn't experience enough loss in his 17 years, everything culminates in at EPIC battle at Hogwarts.

To soften the ending, Rowling added a nice epilogue set nineteen years in the future.

I have only watched the first four movies in this series, but I plan on watching all of them from the beginning now that I have completed the series.

I also can't wait to go to the Harry Potter park in Orlando over spring break this year.  I've been wanting to go for years, but I refused to go before completing the series.  This actually worked to my advantage since my son is now reading the series and is old enough to appreciate the experience as well.

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