Sunday, August 30

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Author: J.K Rowling

Pages: 607

Summary: Harry has been burdened with a dark, dangerous, and seemingly impossible task: that of locating and destroying Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes. Never has Harry felt so alone, or faced a future so full of shadows. But Harry must somehow find within himself the strength to complete the task he has been given. He must leave the warmth, safety and companionship of The Burrow and follow without fear or hesitation the inexorable path laid for him.

My Rating: 9/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Okay, so this will contain spoilers, I hate to do it, but the things that irked me the most, well it will be a spoiler if you haven’t read the book. So if you haven’t read the book, and don’t wish to be spoiled, you’ve been warned.

Alas, the end of Harry Potter’s tale comes to an end in the final instalment of the series. And, even after the third or fourth read, I still can’t get enough of this book. It’s tied to be the second favourite of the series for me, even though a lot of things in the book really ticked me off; overall I really liked the story. I did find, like many others, it took a long time for it to get going, there was a lot of redundant conversations, theories and walking around foresters etc. So there is on aspect that bugged me. But the story was still that magical one Rowling tells, and so much is answered that you questioned before, and Harry, Hermione and Ron do grow a lot as characters during this journey and with their friendship. And its filled with the same characters you’ve fallen in love with, since the first time they’ve appeared on the pages, to the last time.

I was not at all pleased with who died, Tonks, Lupin, Snape, Fred thanks for killing off almost ALL my favourite characters. And what irked me even more was how Lupin and Tonk’s deaths were handled. It seemed like it was just an after thought, telling the readers their beloved characters were dead. I’m so mad these characters died. I wouldn’t have cared if Harry had died, but not those ones! Sigh!

Okay, so a real issue I had with the book was I found some characters, to be out of their character in this book. Such as Lupin. Some of the stuff he did and said just didn’t add up to what we’ve seen of him before. So there was some plot holes in that department. Also, although I liked the idea of the Deathly Hallows, it seemed to come out of no where, and just didn’t mix well with other information we’ve been given in the Harry Potter world. I think one word to sum this up, is that maybe the book as a whole, felt rushed in how it was written. It was almost like Rowling rushed her way to finish the book to please the fans, then to finish the story to create the ending of it.

With that being said some death scenes were full of powerful emotion, it’s sure to have you near or in tears. Even Dobby, a character who I hated and at one point, hoped Lucius would blast into next year, was so sad. When she wrote the death scenes, they were well done, and she captured the emotions of the family and friends beautifully. In fact all the emotional scenes, funny scenes, happy scenes etc, were usually handled well. The characters, when displaying their emotions and feelings was portrayed so that at times, these characters seemed to come alive off the pages.

The battle and adventure scenes are also sure to have you on the edge of the seat, while reading it and wondering what will happen, who will survive and what will happen next. It’s the darkest of the books, and I loved how Rowling portrayed a community losing hope, and a small group of supporters who were fighting for a cause, no matter the danger. Overall, even with the issues I had with the book (you find them more with multiple reads), it was a fantastic book, and a great way to end a series, that is so easy to fall in love with. There’s so much more I loved, but you’d be here for days. (Molly Weasley vs Bellatrix for one!), so drop me a line if you want to chat more about it!

Would I recommend it to read: I loved the entire series, so of course I’d recommend the book. It does move a little slowly and I know that was one of the biggest problems others had with the book, but it’s still such a fun read, all the amazing characters from the past are here, and it’s a worth while read. Also, bring the tissues, you’ll need them.

What to read next: The Hobbit, His Dark Materials Trilogy, The Giver, Wrinkle in Time.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, August Reading Challenge, RYOB Challenge,
Summer Lovin Challenge, YA Challenge


5 comments:

  1. I agree about the way our favorite characters' deaths were handled in the end. It did seem strange, out of the blue. And I remember thinking Lupin's relationship with Tonks had changed his perspective quite a bit, but I thought it was explainable. But I didn't think the Deathly Hallows part felt unexpected; new, yes--but I thought it worked very well.

    Argh. I really need to read this whole series again.

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  2. I thought that this book dragged quite a bit in the middle, but I liked how she wrapped up all the loose ends. And the deaths! I was so heartbroken when Dobby died.

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  3. I'm with you 100% on this one. The deaths of Tonks and Lupin just came out of the blue, with no ceremony. I understand why she did it, but it was still a bit of a shocker, and not enough credit was given to them. I do know they weren't originally meant to die, but then they had to when Rowling couldn't kill Mr. Weasley in #5. Also, the Deathly Hallows did come out of nowhere, and i would have preferred a book that developed naturally from earlier books, rather than having a ton of new plotlines thrown on us last minute - deathly hallows, Lupin's personality change, Dumbledore's shifty past, etc. It was too much.

    What really struck me about this book was the contrast. It contained my favorite chapter of the whole series (The Prince's Tale), my least favorite (King's Cross), and the creepiest (Bathilda's Secret). I hated, hated, HATED King's Cross. The "it was all a dream" plot device is so hackneyed. I wish Rowling had taken 6 more months writing to figure out how to explain Harry not dying without a dream dumbledore giving a massload dump of exposition. So irritating! If it weren't for the chapters I loved so much, that would put this book at the very bottom for me. Instead, it ranks right dead center. I like #3, 5, and 6 more, but like #1, 2, and 4 less.

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  4. Out of all the books in this series, I felt that this was one of the best. I really didn't like the deaths of some of my favorite characters, but I thought the book was really well written and emotionally complex. Glad you enjoyed it so much too.

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  5. One of the biggest complaints I here from people in this book is how it dragged, the King Cross Chapter and it being all a dream, and the deaths of the favourite characters.

    Also I find a lot weren't happy with how parts seemed rushed.

    Prince's tale is also one of my favourite chapters, as is Malfoy Manner, poor Malfoy's they really just completely hit rock bottom.

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