Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Author: J. K. Rowling
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (2009)
My Rating: 4/5
I tweeted earlier this week that finishing Deathly Hallows left me with the sense that I’ve lost touch with an old friend. After starting Sorcerer’s Stone with much skepticism, I have spent the last several months getting to know Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny, and all the rest. I’ve come to have much more affection for the group than I had planned.
Now, coming to the end has left me unexpectedly sad. J. K. Rowling marvelously crafted a seven-book plot arc, developing her characters over the course of the series, rather than rushing their growth in any one book. So now, at the end of it all, I have to say goodbye to the boys and girls who have grown up in front of my eyes.
Deathly Hallows is enormous at 784 pages in length, but it does not take long to read. Loyal readers of the series surely find themselves here, at the conclusion, flying through the pages to uncover every last plot twist. There is less humor in this final book than in the rest, and in it Rowling focuses more on fighting than on her characters. Rowling packs these pages with battles, adventures, and surprises; all of which speed the reader along their quest for the finish.
I felt that this seventh book nicely wrapped up the series, and it had a couple powerfully emotional moments as characters turned out to be less or more than we thought. Rowling’s imposition of a few life-after-death scenes, however, only served to reinforce my belief that Harry Potter is alone, that there is no supernatural help, no God, in the Harry Potter universe. All help comes from within or from those around you, and human love remains the greatest power in Rowling’s world. This final title was a fitting conclusion to the Potter series, and I thought it superbly wrapped up the various plot threads that have been running through the last six books. If you’ve made it through the series, this final book certainly shall not disappoint.