Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Review)

November 18, 2010

Book cover for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by J.K. Rowling.Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Author: J.K. Rowling

Publication Year: 2007

Pages: 761

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: Anniversary gift from Zaid

From the cover:

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 out for him… In this final, seventh instalment of the Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling unveils in spectacular fashion the answers to the many questions that have been so eagerly awaited. The spellbinding, richly woven narrative, which plunges, twists and turns at a breathtaking pace, confirms the author as a mistress of storytelling, whose books will be read, reread and read again.

(This is the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series, after The Philosopher’s StoneThe Chamber of SecretsThe Prisoner of AzkabanThe Goblet of FireThe Order of the Phoenix, and The Half-Blood Prince.)

I feel like I keep saying this every time I read the next book in the series, but I liked Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows even more than the previous ones!

I’m going to keep it short and sweet, though, because otherwise it will give too much away for anyone who (like me until recently) hasn’t read the series. I liked the departure from the Hogwarts-based locale of the story, and the maturity and darkness of the plot as compared to earlier books. I loved the connections between the characters, and the individual growth of each character as well – particularly Ron.

Even more than with the previous books, I had a hard time putting down Deathly Hallows – up until the last third of it. Then, I didn’t want to finish quite so fast … I wanted to savour it. I didn’t cry at the “sad parts”, but I definitely felt more of an emotional connection during this volume than before.

Not sure how I felt about the prologue, but I guess I don’t feel like it made the book “worse”, just that it might not have been necessary.

All of this aside – I’m really glad that I finally decided to read the series. I enjoyed it far more than I had expected! And at some point, I’ll be picking up copies of the earlier books for my own collection. It’s definitely something that I can see myself re-reading later on.

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2 Comments

  • Iris November 21, 2010 at 3:59 am

    I have a thing against that epilogue, it makes me go off on long rambly comments, I will not bother you with that.

    I remember that the first time I read this book it felt rushed, so many details! But when I reread it I started to acknowledge that I might have been the one who rushed through most of the book, because I was so eager to find out what would happen. Like you, I tried to savour the last part. And unlike you, I cried a whole lot 🙂

    • Carina November 29, 2010 at 9:59 am

      I think I’m going to go for a re-read in a year or so, see if my feelings are still the same. 🙂

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