Thursday, March 13, 2014

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
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From Goodreads:
'His hand closed automatically around the fake Horcrux, but in spite of everything, in spite of the dark and twisting path he saw stretching ahead for himself, in spite of the final meeting with Voldemort he knew must come, whether in a month, in a year, or in ten, he felt his heart lift at the thought that there was still one last golden day of peace left to enjoy with Ron and Hermione.' With these words "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" draws to a close. And here, in this seventh and final book, Harry discovers what fate truly has in store for him as he inexorably makes his way to that final meeting with Voldemort. In this thrilling climax to the phenomenally bestselling series, J.K. Rowling will reveal all to her eagerly waiting readers.

My Review:
This is going to be long so you have been warned.

The List

  • Lily is older than James by a couple months.
  • There are 80+ characters names in the first 250 pages (I stopped counting after that)
  • Causaliteies - Hedwig, Mad-Eye Moody (body not recovered), Ted Tonks, Dirk Cresswell, Gornuk (goblin), Bathilda Bagshot, Dobby, Fred, Remus, Tonks, Colin Creevey you can find a complete list here because I stopped counting 
  • Tonks and Remus got married on the low and Tonks is pregnant
  • Tonks dad is a muggle and mother is sister to Narcissa and Bellatrix
  • Dudley had become accustomed to having Harry around (I think he thought of him as a brother)
  • This list can go on forever so here's the review
  • Harry and the Weasleys are distantly related
This is the last book of the series. :( Though it has been years, it is still sad to know that we will longer have any more adventures in Harry Potter land. For seven books, we have read about this ordinary boy forced into the extraordinary role of the-boy-who-lived. 

In the Deathly Hallows, the trio has dropped out of school to search for horcruxes. They don't, however, know where any of them are. At the beginning of there journey there are at Bill's and Fleur's wedding when the ministry falls. Thanks to Hermonine they end up in a diner where Death Eaters end of finding them. With no other place to go they return to Grimmauld place. It is there that they find out who R.A.B. is. Kreacher tells them what they need to know about the locket.

During retrieval of the locket Hermonine inadvertly takes a Death Eater to Grimmauld place. They end up in the woods. From that point on the story starts to pick up...a bit. They have the locket but unable to destroy it. Each take a turn wearing it (to keep track of it) as it intensify any negative feeling of the wearer. While wearing the locket Ron argues with Harry and leaves. But I'm not going to summarize the whole book. This is towards the beginning.

What we learn during this book is that Harry has a sense of wanting to know the truth. He was unable to understand that people were not always who they grew into being. It is a very black and white view. He learns that what you see is not always what is going on. We also learn the biggie. Snape had always had Dumbledore's back. He did not kill Dumbledore. He carried out his last wish. Snape had always loved Lily and that love made it impossible for him to betray the promise he made to Dumbledore years ago.

Harry finds out that was always suppose to subject himself to the killing curse, it just doesn't end the way he thinks. During he visit with Dumbledore while he (Harry) was in the "in-between" he get the answers he was seeking. Once he returns to his physical body (unbeknownst to anyone other than Narcissa) Voldemort has Hagrid carry Harry to the castle thinking that this will be the end of the resistance. However, the fight continue. Neville, the boy who many wonder why he was in Gryffindor, killed the snake Negini. Mrs. Weasley kills Bellatrix, showing that is stronger witch than some many have ever thought.

In the end, Harry and Voldemort square off. Harry tries to give Voldemort an out explaining to him the magic he doesn't understand. We all know, however, that Voldemort would have never taken the out. His ego wouldn't allow the possibility that he could be defeated by anyone especially a kid. Voldemort is a warning to value those things we think are small or even insignificant. It is those things that usually have the most impact in the grand scheme of things. Really it has been the thread throughout the series. Something that was mention in one book could come along 2 books later as being part of a big deal.

Well that is it isn't? The end of the Harry Potter series. sad. Alas, there is always rereads and the movies. I must confess I like the movies but only love the first two and maybe the third one but the rest were just to different from the book to have love status. Anyway, it's been such a ride. Speaking of ride. Universal studios is yet another way we can continue to get our Harry Potter fix. I will say this. I think the Hogwarts castle ride was a mistake. Qudditch would have made an excellent ride. The castle would have made an excellent and unique hotel experience. Who wouldn't want to stay there. The Great Hall could've have been the hotel restaurant. First floor classes could have been interactive perhaps with classes or other hands on experience. The castle along with Hogsmeade would have given those who don't want or unable to go on the ride to have a full Harry Potter experience. Regardless, it's definitely on my to do list. Well I guess there's only one think left to say is...mischief managed.

The List of Question Unanswered
  • What did Harry end up doing for a living
  • Did the trio go back to school to finish especially Hermonine
  • Did George keep Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes going
  • What happened to Teddy Lupin cause he's not enroll in Hogwarts
  • What's going on with the Weasley now that Fred is gone especially with George

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