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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
by J. K. Rowling
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A fitting end to the Harry Potter saga. Still a great series on the re-read.
The final part of this book is so intense I need to recover from it!
So I end this series as I remember doing in 2007 (you know I have no firm memory of originally reading this book.. which I would pre-ordered it and in 2007 I was 19, probably on summer break from University. I associate these books with being about 11-15, it's confusing to think I'd have been that old!).. Exhausted and relieved I don't have to put up with Harry Potter any longer! By which I mean the character.. not the books, because the books are fantastic!
I am sick and tired of Harry and his shit. My frustration with his idiocy and walking into obvious traps reaches boiling point in this book.. several times. Perhaps an accumulative effect from the last three books, but also because the stakes are SO much higher this time (People die! A lot!)! He's so inept.. he only survives because of his friends and a lot of dumb luck. He has to be told everything! One star off because I hate Harry! Booooo Harry!
Although to give JK credit.. the other characters (and very occasionally Harry) are all very much aware of his ridiculous flaws. And Dumbledore's. I also very much appreciated the chapter where Aberforth tries to lay out some cold hard truths about his brother's fondness for secrecy!
I could however happily read another 7 books about Hermione or Ginny or Luna or Neville or the further adventures of Minerva McGonagall! I think I have a lot more appreciation for what an awesome character Hermione as now, and Luna is just always delight. Unfortunately we're away from Hogwarts for most of this book so I did miss Neville and Ginny. Neville who finally reaches his true height of awesome! Ginny gets reduced to being the object of Harry's wistful longing rather than being allowed to be in the action much which is a shame. I still dislike the epilogue that sees her and Harry married. She could do so much better. I'm also not sure I buy Ron and Hermione as a couple long-term (again.. she could do a lot better) ... I'd rather know what jobs then ended up doing than who they married and what they named their kids.
As I said this book is intense. There are a lot of deaths.. some hit me harder than others. I think the bit where the house-elves all join the fight lead by Kreacher choked me up the most though! Bless Kreacher, he was so misunderstood.
I do like the arc that the Malfoys have, it's bizarre to end up having sympathy for Draco! And Snape.. oh Snape's story.. It's just perfect. It's also interesting to have Dumbledore more fleshed out than being this lily-white hero figure, although I still have trouble really believing in him as a character.. and honestly his whole plan was so complicated I don't understand how it could have worked out!
Still, these books are masterpieces.. when I take time to think about how JK Rowling wove together all this plot, over decades and so many different characters.. and made it immensely readable for children.. It's pretty amazing!
First sentence: The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane. For a second they stood quite still, wands directed at each other's chests; then, recognizing each other, they stowed their wands beneath their cloaks and started walking briskly in the same direction.
Premise/plot: Harry Potter is on his final quest(s) in this final fantasy novel starring Harry Potter and company. (In particular, Ron and Hermione are his companions for most of the novel.) He is preparing day and night (night and day) for that final battle, the big showdown. He's also trying to decipher (uncover, discover) the mysteries of Dumbledore. There's so much he doesn't know, and he's still grieving the loss of his mentor.
My thoughts: I thought I'd share my thoughts on the series as a whole. The seven books do need to stand together, work together. I would say the first few books are like waiting to watch water boil. Depending on how hungry you are, and how anxious you are for that water to boil so you can begin actually cooking your meal, you may or may not find them satisfying in and of themselves. I found the pace to be a bit slow. Or if not slow, a bit uneven. All the books do build up to a climax, of sorts, but never the BIG finale-style showdown you know is bound to be coming. The last two books, however, the pacing is much quicker; there isn't as much waiting around for the sake of waiting around. Everything seems to be happening quickly and "now." There's action, action, more action. (Or perhaps my analogy is wrong. Maybe the series isn't like boiling water...maybe it's making homemade bread and the slow pacing is like waiting for the bread to rise (in cycles) and occasionally you get to punch it down and have some fun kneading). The last two novels are, by far, my favorite in terms of pace and action.
Did I enjoy the series? Yes. No. Maybe. It is not one that I see myself reading again and again and again. I am VERY glad I read through them once. I am glad I've met the characters. But I can't see myself become obsessed with the series, with the characters, with the story and actually needing to revisit it again and again. I can't see myself getting caught up in it, going all fangirl.
I do think it is unfortunate that the series isn't allowed to just be a series. That you've got two VERY rigid extremes. One side being Harry Potter must be canceled because J.K. Rowling is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad person. She has thoughts. She has opinions. We don't like her thoughts and opinions. We can't allow ourselves to enjoy Harry Potter BECAUSE we don't like the author's thoughts and opinions. Never mind that the book never once goes there and voices anything remotely about the 'controversial' subject. Rowling has been deemed bad, all must unite to agree that Rowling is bad. The other side being Harry Potter must be canceled because of witchcraft, wizards, and magic, oh my. This is by far, the longest held "canceling" position. And my thoughts about both are you do you. It's this need to make every other person agree with you, to feel what you feel, to be as outraged as you, etc. It would have been interesting how things would have unfolded [for the series] if there hadn't been such an uproar, outrage, strong reaction to the initial book being published. If it hadn't been made such a LINE IN THE SAND HAS BEEN DRAWN phenomenon. Depending on where you lived, I suppose, it was very defining--are you the type of Christian who WILL or WON'T read the books. There was a LOT of judgment. And I'm *all* for discernment. I am. I really am. I think every single person should have control over what they personally read (or watch or listen to).
The shallowness of Rowling’s enterprise is revealed in the vapid little epilogue that seems inspired less by great fiction than B-list Hollywood scripts. Where the cataclysmic showdown in The Lord of the Rings leaves the Hobbits and Middle-earth irrevocably altered even in victory, the wizarding world merely returns to business as usual, restoring its most famous citizens to a life of middle-class comfort. At the end of this overly long saga, the reader leaves with the impression that what Harry was fighting for all along was his right–and now that of his children–to play Quidditch, cast cool spells and shop for the right wand. Or what George Bush would call “our way of life.”
All great writers are wizards. Considering the mass Harrysteria of the last few days, who would have been surprised if they had logged on to YouTube at 12.01 a.m. Saturday and seen J.K. Rowling pronounce a curse -- "Mutatio libri!" -- that would magically change the final pages of her book and foil the overeager reviewers and Web spoilsports who revealed its surprise ending?
Potter fans, relax—this review packs no spoilers. Instead, we’re taking advantage of our public platform to praise Rowling for the excellence of her plotting. We can’t think of anyone else who has sustained such an intricate, endlessly inventive plot over seven thick volumes and so constantly surprised us with twists, well-laid traps and Purloined Letter–style tricks. Hallows continues the tradition, both with sly feats of legerdemain and with several altogether new, unexpected elements. Perhaps some of the surprises in Hallows don’t have quite the punch as those of earlier books, but that may be because of the thoroughness and consistency with which Rowling has created her magical universe, and because we’ve so raptly absorbed its rules.
Everyone knows that the Harry Potter books have been getting darker. With an introductory epigraph from Aeschylus's The Libation Bearers ("Oh, the torment bred in the race/the grinding scream of death") there is no doubt that the seventh and last volume in the sequence will face us with darkness visible.
We all know what's going to happen in this book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, supposedly the final episode in the Harry Potter series. This is the long-awaited final showdown between Harry Potter and his arch-enemy, the Dark Lord, You-Know-Who, Voldemort.
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The Deathly Hallows Lectures: The Hogwarts Professor Explains the Final Harry Potter Adventure by John Granger
Repotting Harry Potter: A Professor's Book-by-Book Guide for the Serious Re-Reader by James W. Thomas
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Unauthorized Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows News: Harry Potter Book Seven and Half-Blood Prince Analysis by W. Frederick Zimmerman
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Burdened with the dark, dangerous, and seemingly impossible task of locating and destroying Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes, Harry, feeling alone and uncertain about his future, struggles to find the inner strength he needs to follow the path set out before him.
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L'autrice poteva ridurre di un quarto il numero delle pagine tagliando la prima parte, che è inutilmente prolissa e che provoca lo sfilacciarsi della tensione accumulatasi nella parte finale del volume precedente.
Non il mio romanzo di Harry Potter preferito.
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