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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Book 7 - J.K. Rowling
Member Name: madmum71
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Book 7 - J.K. Rowling
Advantages: Ties up all loose ends
Disadvantages: It's the end
I am going to now own up and embarrass myself; I couldn’t wait for the release of this book. Yes I know that I am a 35-year-old woman and usually I don’t go in for anything that has a lot of hype surrounding it but for this book I did succumb.
I started reading the Harry Potter series to my son when he was 5 years old and started with the first book The Philosophers Stone, I read him about 10 pages when he decided to fall asleep and I spent the rest of the night reading the rest until I had finished it! I then read the rest of the series and it became tradition that when each book was released we would pre-order and fight over who would read it first! This fight now includes the other half, both my boys of 10 and 8 and little old me. I always lost because the books were always delivered on a Saturday and I am always at work.
So this time was no exception but with a small difference I was prepared in-between work I went to my local Tescos and picked up my own precious copy! So I finally had it and after finishing my shift I raced home to an empty house because I had by luck managed to get rid of them all and missed the book fight! So all alone and ready to start reading but for some reason I kept putting it off. I then realised that as much as I wanted to find out the end it felt like a family tradition was now over and I felt that by prolonging it I could keep the mystery alive.
Why this temporary insanity?
Basically because of the way the story is told, JK writes in such a way that young or old become involved in the story. You find yourself wanting Harry to succeed and stay safe, the characters are alive and at times as flawed as most of us even with all that magic! Her description and detail was amazing and you really start to believe that all the things she writes about are real. The books have got darker as Harry as aged and gone from a entertaining children’s story to a more serious tale as the series neared the end. I also felt it was in some ways a classic good versus evil but also helping children understand that there are such things as sacrifices and consequences.
Also to be honest my 8 year old is the most stubborn little bugger there is and flatly refused to learn to read until he became interested in these books, I made him a deal that if he learnt to read then I would let him read them and to my amazement he did, so I owe JK a huge amount as this series has kept him captivated and interested in reading.
So was it worth the wait?
In a word YES!
I finally opened the book about 4pm that evening and decided I would read a bit and then get on with my ironing and housework, well that was the plan but once I started that was it until 2AM when I finally finished! The book had been in the bath with me, made numerous cups of coffee, and seen my boys to bed and the other half off to the pub and back home at closing time!
Usually the books start slowly and then build up but this one has action from the beginning, as usual it starts at Harry’s aunt and uncle’s house the dreaded Dursley’s. But instead of the usual slow start and bullying this one goes more or less straight into the action with a fantastically described aerial fight and yes Sirius Blacks bike does make a return!
If you read the last one then you will know that Harry has to destroy the remaining horcruxes to then be able to kill Voldermort and that does take up the majority of the story but there is an added twist in the deathly hallows.
And that is about as much of the plot as I can give you without spoiling it for everyone, I will tell you this though all questions are answered I have racked my brains to think of one thing that was left unanswered and I can’t find anything. You will find all the riddles and questions all tied up by the end, the book is certainly a page turner with surprises and action most of the way, there are so many confrontations, twists and turns that sometimes you think you have guessed the end when every thing changes again. Also you have a perception of who is good and evil but that also changes for some of the characters, which may also surprise you.
You also get to know a bit more surprising things about some key people that are pivotal to the plot and actually once they are out in the open make perfect sense. And also some relationships change and even through all the action there is some time for a little romance.
I must admit the only part I found a bit slow was in the middle but in a way this was a good thing as I could at least catch my breath!
We were promised a fantastic ending and I was worried that it may be a let down but I can safely say that JK surpassed herself with this one and has wrote a fantastic and gripping journey that will keep fans gripped and drawn into the whole adventure. This is by far the best of the whole series and it actually feels that JK really enjoyed writing this one.
There is a sort of second ending to this book that fast forwards 19 years to give a small insight into the characters that are left and to be honest this was the bit that I felt was a let down as I really would of liked a bit more but it could be that now the end was final I wanted more.
So who dies?
Well all through most of the story we are told that for one to live the other must die and I will not spoil it for you but yes some people do die, there has been a lot of speculation on will Harry die or not to the point where my youngest announced that if Harry died he wasn’t going to read the last book as he felt that Harry had been through all that just to end up dead! (He is currently reading the book and is begging me to tell him the answer!)
The deaths that happen are surprising and don’t just happen at the end, you will be saying a tearful farewell to a few characters good and bad from the beginning. But it is written in such a way that you start to understand that life is a part of death and for the good to win then sacrifices have to be made. The message of this is a little deep and may go right over some children’s heads but on asking my oldest who has read the book what he thought the message was. He basically said that not everyone is born evil and you have to make that choice to become that way!
So is this really the end?
Yes I think so and to be honest I would actually be disappointed if JK did decide to write another one as I feel it would be stretching it a bit, I will miss the book fight and I feel that no matter what JK writes from now on she will never be able to top this series of books. If you do not like these books and have not read them you must at least admire JK for getting children around the world back into reading especially in this day and age when computer and console games have overtaken reading.
So that’s it then by now most people will have read the book and said their farewell to muggles, magic and Hogwarts but I must admit I will at sometime go back and read them all again and remind myself of the time I succumbed to the hype and thoroughly enjoyed it!!
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Summary: The last and long awaited book in the series