Sunday, October 27, 2013
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I adored this series, and really liked this ending (though I would’ve like to know what happened to George and some of the others). Even though this was the last book in the series it was not go go go. In fact there was a portion of the book where very little got done other than arguing. Once Harry, Ron, and Hermione find the Sword of Gryffindor the story picks up and they find the remaining Horcuxes soon after and the final battle commences. By the way there will probably be some spoilers in this review.
One thing I liked about the Horcruxes was that Harry wasn’t the only one to destroy them. Hermione destroys the cup, Ron destroys the locket, and Neville destroys Nagini. I was so happy that Neville killed the snake, because it showed how far he had come from the first-year that couldn’t do anything right.
In this book you learn more about Dumbledore’s past and how he wasn’t always the wise headmaster he was when he died. You also meet Dumbledore’s brother Aberforth who has held a grudge against Albus since their younger sister died. Despite this, Aberforth helps sneak kids into Hogwarts through the Hog’s Head to the Room of Requirement.
Another interesting part of this book was the introduction of the Deathly Hallows: a perfect Invisibility Cloak, the Resurrection Stone, and the unbeatable Elder Wand. The Invisibility Cloak was already in Harry’s possession as it had been passed down his family line from Ignotus Peverell, the original owner. Once Harry learns of the Hallows he wants to find them and use them to defeat Voldemort but realizes that Dumbledore set the tasks of destroying the Horcruxes for a reason, and temporarily abandons his search for the Hallows.
I loved that Harry is able to see his parents’s ghosts, as well as the ghosts of Sirius and Remus. He was able to speak to them briefly and gained the courage to face his destiny. Harry also is able to speak with Dumbledore again, where everything is finally revealed to him. Harry learns of the nature of the Hallows, Dumbledore’s friendship, the death of his sister and many other things.
With the death of Snape, his true loyalty is revealed to Harry. Harry learns why Snape hated him, why Snape changed sides at the beginning of the First Wizarding War, and why Snape killed Dumbledore. When I read this part it made me really happy because I wanted to trust Snape since Dumbledore trusted him so much, but I couldn’t forgive him for killing Dumbledore. Now I can. The only part of the ending that I was unsatisfied with was that you don’t find out what happens to the Weasleys besides Ron and Ginny. I wanted to know if George was okay, if Molly and Arthur were mad at Harry or blamed him for the death of (not telling). I can assume that everything worked out, but I would’ve liked it in writing.
“We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”
-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows