For those who know me in life or on Facebook, you probably know I’ve been trudging through the Harry Potter books over the last 3 and a half months. You’ll also know that I had a lot of fun with the first three books, due to their innocence, but also loved books 4, 5, and 6. Well, now that I’ve established this blog, I can give my full opinion about book 7, The Deathly Hollows. I’ll be using a jump to indicate where the spoilers start since a lot of people probably are waiting for the movie to come out next month.
First off, my favorite book was The Order of the Phoenix for two reasons. First, the D.A. was awesome, developing characters and adding to the already awesome cast. I also loved it because of the Order itself, and how they worked behind the ministry and such. It also introduced Tonks, one of my favorite characters, and brought a lot of life to my other favorite character, Ginny! The 6th book, although it had a lot of necessary story elements, felt like a filler to me, a way to get Harry to become “of age” and finally face Voldemort Maybe this is why I liked the 7th book so much, because it took a lot of the stories that were developed in the 5th book and fleshed them out.
Ginny, Tonks, and Lupin took on a much more important role (Ginny did so at the end of Book 6, but continued into this book) in the Deathly Hollows, and that could not have been a bad thing! The book had a lot of tragic moments and a lot of happy moments. It ended in a way that I both suspected and would have never thought, but most of all I couldn’t believe when….
SPOILERS START HERE!!
Tonks and Lupin died!!! I was so sad! For some reason, I expected a Weasley to die, so Fred wasn’t a big shock, but with Tonks and Lupin just having a child, I had to stop reading for a minute and just kinda shook my head! I don’t think it was bad writing at all, just unexpected. It really gave the sense of war, of dread, of evilness that needed to happen at the end of this book.
This is nothing to the scene with Dumbledore, in the end, it’s still a bit confusing, but I think that’s the point. Even though everything was explained, the connections between Harry and Voldemort, the Deathly Hollows, this scene showed that there was still a sense of unknown magic that existed in the world. One of the best lines, in the end, was when Dumbledore said something like Of course it’s in your head, but that doesn’t mean it’s not real. It explained the whole series in a nutshell, in many ways!
When Neville cut the snake, it showed how far his character had come (we saw him grow as much, if not more than Harry himself). This lead to the final battle that leads to Voldemort’s death. Harry finally understood everything (even if it wasn’t as clear to us), and Voldemort never understood anything, which was his one and only weakness. Although a popular theme of this series has been love, it was more than that, it was a classic battle of Yin and Yang, good and evil, light and dark.
Then, of course, the “Disney” style ending. The Epilogue. A little disappointing to me. I love that Ginny and Harry got together and had kids, that Hermione and Ron did the same, but it wasn’t enough. Some of the smaller questions were not answered, such as what profession did Harry choose? This was a small, but important, story arc in the 5th book that was never answered. Also, I would have loved for the Epilogue to have dealt with multiple points in time. Say right after Voldemort’s death, then maybe Ginny and Harry’s wedding, and then the scene it included. It felt rushed.
Even with the ending being not what I expected, I still loved the series. It’s sad to see it over, although my mind has been racing as to think what happened in their lives after. Talks of J. K. Rowling making more books within the same world makes me get a little excited, but it’ll never be the same.
The book had such a non-fiction background, just enough, that it felt it could happen. The world, being our world, felt real. The fact that these kids had to go to school, deal with tests and such, think about their futures, all made the characters rounded. The O.W.L.’s reminded me of standardized testing in High School, and all the deaths hurt.
There ya go, that’s it. My review of, essentially, the whole Harry Potter series. Let me know what you think, too!