Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publication Year: 2007
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 Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, The 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.