Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)
Author: J.K. Rowling
Summary from Goodreads:
Readers beware. The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling’s spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart–such revelations, battles, and betrayals await in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that no fan will make it to the end unscathed. Luckily, Rowling has prepped loyal readers for the end of her series by doling out increasingly dark and dangerous tales of magic and mystery, shot through with lessons about honor and contempt, love and loss, and right and wrong. Fear not, you will find no spoilers in our review–to tell the plot would ruin the journey, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling’s fans have not yet seen, and are not likely to forget. But we would be remiss if we did not offer one small suggestion before you embark on your final adventure with Harry–bring plenty of tissues.
The heart of Book 7 is a hero’s mission–not just in Harry’s quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man–and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. Attentive readers would do well to remember Dumbledore’s warning about making the choice between “what is right and what is easy,” and know that Rowling applies the same difficult principle to the conclusion of her series. While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Dumbledore, Snape, and you-know-who, it is a testament to Rowling’s skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise.
When I did this re-read, I did it on audiobook. I had not seen the movie yet and I wanted to re-read the book before I watched it. And I am so glad that I did. I loved this series and this book the first time I read it, but I hadn’t read this book since the night it came out. I had forgotten so many of the details, including who died and who lived.
Now let me preface all this by telling you a bit about the Harry Potter fan that I am. I absolutely despise the character of Harry Potter. I was one of those who wished the character’s death in the final book and yes, I own a book called Harry Potter Should Have Died. I wasn’t necessarily pro-Voldemort… I just wanted to see them die together. That would have been the ultimate ending for me.
Ronald Weasley is my second least favorite character. I find him annoying and disloyal (if you have read the final book, you know what incident I am talking about). My favorite character is Severus Snape, hands down. I also love Dumbledore. And Dobby. And Hermione. And Ginny. And Draco. What? Yes, I did just say that I like Draco Malfoy. I pity him. He is a victim of birth. He was created into who he was, but you can see his struggle with that in several circumstances. And when I am honest with myself, if I was raised in the home and with the values he was raised with, I would have probably turned out like him. And when others are truthful with themselves, I think they can admit to that as well.
Ah, but I am so far off topic and where I am meant to be in reviewing this book. It is hard, if not impossible, to review this book without spoilers. Let me just say this, the deaths in the book absolutely crushed me and made me cry. I live in denial about some of the deaths… in my head, some of the people who died didn’t really die.
But re-reading this book as an adult, or at least a few years older, I have had a bit of change in perspective. I can appreciate some of the things that made me mad in the past. I can look over many of the things that drove me insane the first time. I don’t agree with it all, but I did enjoy this a whole lot better this time around.
Any of you re-read this book lately? Who are your favorite characters in this book? Let me know what you think!