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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) (edition 2007)

by J.K. Rowling

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 (Harry Potter, #7)
Authors:J.K. Rowling
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I have so many emotions going through me right now that coherent sentences may not be possible. I have loved Harry Potter since I was eight years old. Now, I am 21 and still in love. I love everything about that world. I love the wands, I love the magic, I love the house-elves, the goblins, Diagon Alley, Quiddittch, Fang, Buckbeak, Sirius, Hagrid, Dumbledore, Hogwarts, the Weasleys, Ron, Harry, Hermione, hell I even love the Dursleys and Voldemort because there would be no story without them. This end, is brilliant, epic, all good things combined. No book, or ending of a series, has ever (and probably will ever) bring on this much satisfaction. I cried, I laughed, I cheered, I screamed, I had to put the book down just to breathe, and I was in it, right there the whole time with Harry, Ron and Hermione. No characters have ever made me care this much in my entire life. Fictional as they may be, they are my best friends. I am aware that I can easily crack open one of my many duct tape clad books, or pop in a dvd, and there they all will be, the world all still there. That makes me happy, but at the same time, the feeling will never be the same as it is right now. After tomorrow (my midnight ticket has been purchased for weeks now) it will truly be over in that, this will be it. I started these books when I was 8. The first movie came out when I was 11 (along with Harry, Ron and Hermione) and now the end is coming at a time where I am truly grown up. Its over for Harry, and its over for me. Its bittersweet in the weirdest way. And honestly, I have no idea what I will feel after seeing the final film and having it truly be over. Just now, as I finished the final book, I still am unsure of my feelings. Happy, excited, satisfied, but sad. Sad that the journey is finally over, sad that I won't wait for days, weeks, months for the next Harry Potter book, only to fight over who gets to read it first with my sister. Try to steel it if she gets first pick when she makes the horrible mistake of setting it down to go to the bathroom, stay up until 3 am reading and then bawling when I find out Sirius is dead; looking online eagerly for new photos of the cast, new interviews, waiting in line for the midnight showing, the anticipation as the lights finally dim and everyone silences instantly. It will finally be over. I saw J.K. Rowling speak at the london premiere (on youtube I'm not cool enough to actually get to go to london) and she said "wether you come by page or by screen, Hogwarts will always be there for you to welcome you home." Somehow hearing that, makes it easier, but the little 11 year old girl, who sat in the theater with her Harry Potter diary, and a homemade wand in her lap will never read, or see it in the same way, and thats the part that is sad. Thats why its bittersweet. It truly is the end of an era, and the end of my childhood. J.K. Rowling, MADE my childhood, she made me love to read, she made me love her characters fiercely, she gave me an imagination that could go anywhere, and for that.....I have no words other than "thank you" because it has truly been the experience of a lifetime. ( )
  banrions | Dec 7, 2021 |
Mr. Dursley, a well-off Englishman, notices strange happenings on his way to work one day. That night, Albus Dumbledore, the head of a wizardry academy called Hogwarts, meets Professor McGonagall, who also teaches at Hogwarts, and a giant named Hagrid outside the Dursley home. Dumbledore tells McGonagall that someone named Voldemort has killed a Mr. and Mrs. Potter and tried unsuccessfully to kill their baby son, Harry. Dumbledore leaves Harry with an explanatory note in a basket in front of the Dursley home.
  Rgreenland | Dec 6, 2021 |
Finished HP7 last night! (stayed up a little late ;))

When I first read HP7, in a fevered rush to figureoutwhathappenedimmediately, I thought that it was just a touch of a let down. At the time, I agreed a little w/ the people who said Rowling spent too much time in the wilderness, and made too much of an effort to track the school year.

Now that I'm re-reading and have not just waited TWO YEARS for the final conclusion, I have a slightly different perspective. The book is, actually, quite brilliant. It does the series justice, it ends well.

The "wilderness portions" were actually smart because they force the reader to slow down and truly understand the frustrations that the trio was experiencing, the timeline that they were forced to endure, the uncertainty and lack of knowledge, the disheartening truth of a quest too big for them (or so they felt). But there's also enough in there. It is interesting, it is well-paced, it is wonderful.

The last few hundred pages were, of course, fantastic. I think I held the book in a vice-like grip for all final several hundred pages until I was done.

It's such a complete ending. It does justice to the very-much-larger-than-life characters that Rowling created over the series. It does justice to the grand mythology she has created. It does justice to the emotional ties her readers have created with the characters. It doesn't just take the easy way out (all heroes live; all villains die); it is grander than that.

And the "epilogue"? Loved it too. Again, when I first read it, I was frustrated to not know more. But to read it now as a book, a 7th novel completing a series, I understand and appreciated the subtlety of what she did, not quite giving her readers everything they wanted, but giving us enough.

An easy 5-star book.
Sigh, now I can get to re-watching the entire series on dvd... ;) ( )
  avanders | Nov 28, 2021 |
Harri për pak sa s'e lëshoi Topthin nga habia dhe emocioni. Hermiona kishte të drejtë. Gdhendur në sipërfaqen e lëmuar e të praruar, shiheshin katër fjalë të shkruara me një shkrim të imët dhe të pjerrët që Harri e njohu se ishte shkrimi i Urtimorit.Unë hapem kur mbyllem.Sapo i lexoi fjalët, kur ato u zhdukën përsëri."Unë hapem kur mbyllem... Ç'kuptim mund të ketë vallë?" Fragment nga libri
  BibliotekaFeniks | Oct 31, 2021 |
Ah. Perfect. What a perfect way to end. Thirty-six chapters and Harry ends up right where he belongs: Hogwarts. Sure, it might have been nice to know a bit about what happens to Harry in the future, but really, it isn't necessary--Harry deserves some rest.

What?

Okay, fine, I didn't read the last chapter. Satisfied? Because I am--much more than I would have been otherwise.

Wow. 2007. Ten years ago. I was seventeen, the same age as Harry, and how perfect was that? I'd just gotten back from a youth group trip and I may have sort of broken the law in order to pick up this copy of my book right at midnight. There was a long line outside Barnes & Noble, plenty of people dressed up, and some smart-alecks were yelling out "spoilers" ("Dumbledore dies!"). On the stroke of midnight the doors opened and cheering people of all ages rushed in. It was such chaos inside that I didn't even bother with the line, just sat down and puzzled over the first 500-ish words of Finnegan's Wake until the efficient B&N staff had sent pretty much everyone on their merry ways and I was able to get my copy without much fuss.

It was the end of an era, buoyed up a little bit by the ongoing films--but for the most part, this was it.

And now? Now it feels fitting--without that last chapter, of course.

My chief complaints about the sixth book were gone here. Finally everyone is taking everything seriously, emotions run both deep and high, and this book is as serious as the situation deserves. I was amazed how much is packed in these 745 pages (shut up)--how many settings and characters, how much lore and world-building, how much action and and excitement alongside the crushing frustration and boredom. Rowling does it all--after the awkward sixth book, this felt like the true culmination of her world.

Yeah, yeah, I know it's not, and I'm delighted that the world is still growing...but for me, it is over, and every bit that Rowling produces is just a happy parallel world. I haven't joined and don't intend to join Pottermore. I'm not horribly fussed about seeing all the movies coming out or the play. I'm not particularly concerned with who marries who or who has which kid, and especially not some of what Rowling has put forward. I'm happy to imagine that it will all work out, eventually, in the end. Harry Potter's generation at Hogwarts will grow up and make their world, their school, and their government a better place than it was when an older generation of adults--including Fudge, Umbridge, Crouch, and Scrimgour--was in charge.

Which, incidentally, is kind of a dream that I hold for my generation right now.

And that's a bit how the end feels: dreamlike. After everything, after "Expelliarmus!", it's over so quickly. That was such an important detail that never made it into the movie: that, to the end, Harry never aimed to do more damage than necessary. He wasn't always very good at avoiding it (the Ministry and Gringotts are prime examples), but he did his best. And that's the final message delivered at the end of chapter thirty-six, when all Harry's thinking of is a rest in his old school bed, at home, at Hogwarts. Damage done. Mischief managed. I imagine Harry would probably want a quiet life with ordinary adventures like being a godfather, finding a house, raising a family. Probably wouldn't get it, of course, not now that he'll be more famous than ever. But maybe eventually.

You know, there's not nearly as much to say as I thought there would be. I still hate Snape--perhaps even more now that I've reread his memories. I'm still convinced that I'm right about Slytherins, that they couldn't all have been all evil, and that their traits are not inherently evil, either (and I've even written about it before). I'm still not entirely sure what to think of Dumbledore, though I'm with Aberforth that he wasn't nearly as responsible as he should have been or appeared to be. I don't understand how Harry could overcome all the frustration he felt with Dumbledore when he met him in the interim (as I'll call it). Just because everything did work out doesn't really justify all the emotional suffering that Dumbledore put him through leading up to the revelation about how he would have to defeat Voldemort. I think Harry deserved to be angry about that.

And speaking of angry...it's hard for me to think back to Rowling's revelation that he she had always meant for Dumbledore to be gay. I'd kind of justified it to myself as, "well, the world was different then"--and maybe so, but Massachusetts had been recognizing marriages since 2004, three years earlier. Three years. This day so much happens in that amount of time. But not even Rita Skeeter dared suggest that Dumbledore may have had a crush on Gindelwald, even though she could mention that Aberforth "fiddled around with goats" and that Harry had an "unhealthy, even sinister" relationship with Dumbledore. Though it would certainly have caused consternation from the readers who later applauded her post-publication announcement, surely Rowling could have used Rita Skeeter for a more direct hint than what we got? I'd never presume to say that I'm up to date on LGBT issues now, but even back then I felt as though there was something missing from that relationship between Dumbledore and Gindelwald. Somehow the wizard that I understood to be a metaphor for Hitler just didn't seem like the kind of person to withhold information from Voldemort on his deathbed because he felt remorse for his actions. But for a personal, slightly selfish reason? perhaps.

On another matter of diversity, I know I mentioned last time that I was really struggling to imagine Harry as half-Indian, though imagining Hermione as black was easier. Though I don't think I read HP6 more than HP7, for whatever reason it was much easier for me to visualize them the way I wanted to see them in HP7. I had to try to ignore the chapter-opening illustrations quite a bit--much as I love Marie Grandpre's art, I disliked that she drew more main characters as the books went on, since it got in the way of me imagining how they looked for myself.

I want to end with something I touched on earlier, that hope that Harry's generation can make things better. We see in the Battle of Hogwarts that it's not all on him anymore--as Hermione says in the Room of Requirement, he doesn't have to do everything alone. The DA are eager to help; Neville proves himself every bit the threat that Voldemort never thought, from the time he was a baby, that he could be; and he, Ginny, and Luna, unlikely and often overshadowed heroes, become leaders of the resistance among the future magical world (which is part of why I can't actually see Ginny staying with Harry, who consistently denied her the agency to choose whether to stand with him). It's not Harry's defeat of Voldemort, it's their belief in themselves and a better world that makes me believe that this fictional world might just achieve it.

And that's a lesson that I think we desperately need in real world right now.


Chronological Comments / Quote Roundup

Not good. I've already forgotten why I flagged my first two notes.

105) Another almost painfully cinematic moment, like Harry asleep against the glass in the third chapter of the last book.

185) There it was again: Choose what to believe. He wanted the truth. Why was everyone so determined that he should not get it?
I'm completely with Harry on this one, though the vehemence with which I believe it is absolutely a result of our current "post-truth" era. I was shocked that Hermione, of all people, took this tack. She'd have been better to stick to her point about how much Rita Skeeter warped in her stories about Harry.

287) Harry's decision and Hermione's acquiescence to wearing the friggin' Horcrux is just nuts. "Sure, let's take turns carrying around a bit of Voldy's soul! No harm came to Ginny, right? What could possibly go wrong!" I don't get why they didn't at least try to carry it in either Hermione's bag or Harry's, to put another layer between themselves and the Horcrux. This just seemed like one of the dumbest moments in the whole book, though obviously it was important.

321) It was in Godric's Hollow that, but for Voldemort, he would have grown up and spent every school holiday. He could have invited friends to his house . . . He might even had had brothers and sisters . . . It would have been his mother who had made his seventeenth birthday cake. The life he had lost had hardly ever seemed so real to him as at this moment, when he knew he was about to see the place where it had been taken from him.
Wow--that's not something I've really given much thought to, either, especially as to whether Harry might have had siblings. Quite likely, I think, but really weird to imagine after all this time. Though Harry has, in the past, said that he doesn't exactly miss his parents because he doesn't remember them, I still found this moment poignant almost for its sudden appearance: maybe I never thought about it, but maybe this is the first time Harry has thought about what might have been, too.

521) I have come to the conclusion that all wizarding socks are mini TARDISs. How else do you explain the fact that Harry fit Riddle's diary in his sock and Hermione hid her whole purse in hers? Need to get me a pair of those, along with the mismatched broomstick/snitch pair Dobby made Harry for Christmas in HP4.

610) Professor McGonagall: "You [a Slytherin] will leave the Hall first with Mr. Filch. If the rest of your House could follow."
I'll stick up for the Slytherins that don't get to show up in Harry Potter--the quiet ones who try to avoid everyone else, because just because they're clever and determined doesn't mean they're evil, just perpetually lying low--until my dying day. And this, here, is McGonagall dismissing all the Slytherins, undoing her comment a moment before that anyone of age can stay to fight by implying that they're all the same. "The rest of your house..." Never mind the readers who've pointed out that so many kids might want to leave to avoid having to kill or be killed by their parents--right here their help is dismissed because of one person's actions. If anything would reinforce the fact that they're not welcome at the school, this would. And I'll take this moment to remind anyone who's read this far that Slytherins, "us[ing] any means to achieve there ends," were partially responsible for Voldy's downfall: It was Narcissa Malfoy's love for her son that led her to betray Voldemort.

679) Snape promises to protect Lily's son--which he does by emotionally abusing the boy for years and failing to help him avoid Voldemort--as long as Dumbledore promises not to reveal "the best of him"--which is that he gave up his best friend for genocidal maniacs (possibly in part because she did not return his crush), only regretted it when she was in danger (I'm with you, Dumbledore (677)), and held his grudge against Harry's father as a higher priority than protecting the son of the woman he supposedly loved.

682) "And if [Hogwarts] does fall into his [Voldemort's] grasp...I have your word that you will do all in your power to protect the students at Hogwarts?" Snape gave a stiff nod.
And later did so by allowing Death Eaters to torture students, even when he might have pointed out, "hey, we might not want to teach anti-Voldy people how to do curses, anyway" or "you know, I joined up with the Death Eaters because they were the only ones who were nice to me, maybe we should take that approach". Snape's clever, he's in Slytherin--surely he could have thought up *something* to keep his promise to keep students safe.

687) Snape's indignant that Dumbledore has raised Harry to only to die, because Snape put such hard work into protecting Harry. I'm indignant because the only time Snape protected Harry was the Quidditch match in the first book--the rest of the time he was treating Harry in a way that would have made Lily find him and curse him to smithereens had she been alive to do so.

A non-quote aside...
I really missed Hagrid throughout this book. I mentioned before that he was becoming a favorite character, and I do feel that he got a bit short-shrifted. A little more remorse on Harry's part for Hagrid's tears in the last chapter would have been appreciated (though he obviously had other things on his mind).

And, finally, Rowling goes super-meta on us in a quote with which it seems only fitting to end this epic reread:
723) "Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?" ( )
  books-n-pickles | Oct 29, 2021 |
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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
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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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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. The ultimate battle between good and evil that closes out this final chapter of the epic series takes place where Harry's Wizarding life began: at Hogwarts. The satisfying conclusion offers shocking last-minute twists, incredible acts of courage, powerful new forms of magic, and the resolution of many mysteries. Above all, this intense, cathartic book serves as a clear statement of the message at the heart of the Harry Potter series: that choice matters much more than destiny, and that love will always triumph over death.
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