Book Reviews

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J. K. Rowling (2007).

Harry Potter’s has been one of great adventure, bravery, and daring, and it is with more than a little sadness that I review the final novel in this great series authored by J. K. Rowling. We meet Harry for the final time in the confines of Privet Drive in the company of a very stressed aunt and uncle whom have been his parental guardians for the last 17 years. It is the last time which Harry is ever required to say goodbye, and it ends up being one of the strangest partings he has ever endured with the Dursley’s. His cousin Dudley is even aware that there is great danger and with great difficulty thanked Harry for saving his life the previous year, and even showing something similar to concern for Harry’s well being.

It isn’t long after this departure that things become dark and dangerous very quickly, and along with Ron and Hermoine, Harry begins the dangerous endeavour of destroying Horcrux’s. The last mission that Dumbledore had left Harry before he died. We watch as these amazing characters find the strength to go on fighting, while they know their friends and family are possibly being tortured or killed. Even though Ron leaves, for just a short period of time, it gives readers an insight into just how close and strong their friendship is, and because of this they find things more difficult without the third party to the trio. Readers are engrossed especially during this time as we watch Ron admit his feelings towards Hermoine, and Harry explain that his relationship with her has always ever been plutonic and nothing more. We also watch as Ron and Hermoine finally get their act together and kiss!

For the longest time readers believe Severus Snape is evil, and has been working against Harry Potter the entire time. But it is in this novel that Snape’s true nature is exposed, and we learn that he is not the malignant character we had always believed. In fact he turns out to be one of the bravest most intelligent characters. Obviously he has done his fair share of evil and is not in any way innocent by a long shot. But it is nice to know in the end that he wasn’t as bad as we thought he was, and makes the epilogue a total tear jerker! (Yes I was teary in Harry Potter!)

Dumbledore also makes a final appearance towards the end of the novel. Although Harry’s loyalty has been tested and his knowledge of the great wizard tainted with things he had no knowledge of, Harry still manages to find love and respect for the man who had always been so important in his life.

One of my favourite parts of the book would have to be the way Kreacher evolves into something close to a loveable creature. Once he is gifted with something making peace with Harry without being freed with clothes, he begins to help him becoming a formidable ally. My favourite scene (which yes brought a tear to my eye although I have read this book a number of times!), is when Kreacher leads the rest of Hogwarts house elves into war on the second advance against Voldemort during the battle at the school. In my minds eye I can picture all of these elves brandishing kitchen tools and attacking any ankle of Voldemorts army visible! Then with the attack of the other magical creatures, it really can be quite breath taking and joyful. J. K. Rowling really out does herself with the final battle scenes. It is fuelled with raw emotion and imagination from the reader and its not a wonder so many have fallen in love with this series.

I can not praise this book or series enough and it is something that sticks with you for a life time. I have to admit I feel privileged to have read the first novel in school as a kid and have been able to follow his life ever since. It has been an amazing journey and one that I can do over and over again without ever being bored. I recommend this book to anyone with even a sliver of imagination and give it the obvious rating of 10/10 stars.

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