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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (edition 2007)

by J. K. Rowling (Author)

Series: Harry Potter (7)

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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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Title:Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Authors:J. K. Rowling (Author)
Info:Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic (2007), Edition: 1st, 607 pages
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

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And so it ends.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has some of the most powerful moments in the entire series. There are a number of powerful deaths, made all the worse by how we've grown to know and love (or at least know) these characters over the years. We finally get the last few pieces of how everything fits together--why Dumbledore trusts Snape for example; and more backstory on Voldemort. All of that would make for probably outright the best book in the series.

And then we get the Hallows. Magical MacGuffins and quest pieces of the worst sort--although to be fair, I guess they are functional. We've never heard about them before this book (even the Horcruxes were vaguely hinted about in the second and expanded upon in the sixth) yet they're somehow key to the story all of a sudden? Even if it's not true, it unfortunately feels like Rowling found herself short on story and needed something to add. Combine with that the fact that the first large chunk of the book has our heroes wondering semi-aimlessly through the countryside and you have something of a weaker book than one would otherwise hope.

Overall, it's a solid end to the series and, by itself, could have stood as an outright excellent book. So far as I'm concerned, it only pales in comparison to the six books which came before it--and even then it's far better than the Order of the Phoenix. At this point, you'll either finish the series or you won't and at the very least, you'll be glad that/if you do.

A few random thoughts:

- After Cursed Child came out, it appears that Voldemort and Bellatrix had something of a relationship. It's interesting reading the first chapter of the Deathly Hallows with that in mind. Perhaps Rowling actually did plan it all along.

- What exactly is stopping Voldemort from hiring some goons to firebomb Privet Drive? Do Harry's magical protections somehow prevent that as well?

- When flying on the dragon out of Gringots, why can't they just disapparate off once they're outside again?

- I maintain that the whole idea of the Slytherins being all (or even just mostly) evil is lazy writing / kind of stupid, although I guess it works slightly better in a kids book. But the fact that not even one would be willing to defend Hogwarts? Seriously?

- Ron speaking snake is weird. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

I've read this series so many times I've lost count. This book is a really great ending that wraps things up so nicely. I will be moving on to read The Cursed Child for the first time ever. I really hope it doesn't completely ruin the series ending for me. I would be very upset if it ruins it for me. This fear is the reason why I haven't already read it. Oh well, here goes. ( )
  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
A well written ending to the series. Despite Voldemort's terrible shortcomings as a villain, Harry, Hermione and Ron and the rest of those on the good side of things make up for it by being fully developed characters in harrowing circumstances. ( )
  smallerdemon | Jul 5, 2021 |
Blir bedre for hver gang jeg leser den. ( )
  lattermild | Jun 20, 2021 |
I'm not disappointed, but I'm also not satisfied. I thought it was a weird to introduce something as significant as the Deathly Hallows so late since they are so significant to defeating Voldemort. The wand ownership confuses me. So very little actually happens in this book, as well. Very little horcrux hunting despite how significant those are. The Hogwarts parts were forgettable. The stakes are very, very low in this book. Honestly, Draco Malfoy was the only character who I felt afraid for and wondered what was going to happen to them. He was forced into an impossible situation, and it was frankly fascinating.

IMHO, Harry's character arc wasn't actualized. He's introduced in book 1 as an abused orphan who longs for his parent's love, and this book never really addresses how Harry has changed from that lonely boy. His assumptions about his father from book 5 are never even addressed. It's a coming of age story, he's literally legally an adult in this book, but I don't personally think that aspect of Harry was addressed and so his story feels incomplete. I would have liked it if Harry wanted to defeat Voldemort because he is the murder of his parents. His motivation walking into that battle is of course for the greater justice, but also Harry just cannot deny how personal and visceral it is to defeat Voldemort. It's not only about the wizarding world, but something deeply personal. His life was ruined because of Voldemort, and by defeating him, not only can Harry move on into a brighter future with a more peaceful wizarding world, but the conflicts within himself because of being a lonely, abused orphan are also concluded by exacting revenge on the person who forced that life on him. Perhaps connecting back to the Mirror or Erised. ( )
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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.
added by stephmo | editThe Guardian, John Mullan (Jul 21, 2007)
 
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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Epigraph
Oh the torment bred in the race,
the grinding scream of death,
and the stroke that hits the vein,
the hemorrhage none can staunch, the grief,
the curse no man can bear.
But there is a cure in the house,
and not outside it, no,
not from others but from them,
their bloody strife. We sing to you,
dark gods beneath the earth.
Now hear, you blissful powers underground —
answer the call, send help.
Bless the children, give them triumph now.

– Aeschylus, The Libation Bearers
Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. For they must needs be present, that love and live in what is omnipresent. In this divine glass, they see face to face; and their converse is free, as well as pure. This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present because immortal.

– William Penn, More Fruits of Solitude
Dedication
The dedication of this book is split seven ways: To Neil, to Jessica, to David, to Kenzie, to Di, to Anne, and to you, if you have stuck with Harry until the very end.
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The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane.
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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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Harry Potter cannot escape his fate. He and the Dark Lord Voldemort are destined to face each other in a duel – a duel that only one of them will survive. To even stand a chance, Harry must seek out and destroy Voldemort’s four remaining Horcruxes: the fragments of his soul that bind him to the mortal world. Professor Dumbledore, however, is gone, and in his place lies a myriad of rumours and unanswered questions. Unable to rely on anyone but Ron and Hermione, Harry embarks upon a journey that will push his courage, trust and magic skills to their limits in hopes of winning the duel.

AR Level 6.9, 34 pts.
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