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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Book 7 - J.K. Rowling
Member Name: dawnymarie
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Book 7 - J.K. Rowling
Date: 30/01/13, updated on 30/01/13 (128 review reads)
Advantages: A rollercoaster journey. Well crafted.
Disadvantages: End of the Harry Potter journey.
Why read this one?
This is the seventh and final instalment in this epic series. The journey to date has not disappointed and I was eager to dive into this one. As usual the cover depicts an exciting scene and the blurb intrigues me. There was no reason not to read this book.
This may be the seventh year of wizardry and witchcraft for Harry Potter but that doesn't necessarily mean that he will attend Hogwarts School this time. He has been instructed to do a job for Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster, and this will mean devoting all of his time to that task...he will not let Dumbledore down, even though doubts are beginning to form in his mind about him. His destiny is unfolding before his eyes, people are willing to sacrifice themselves for him and the Dark Lord hunts him...or does Potter hunt the Dark Lord?
There can be only one....
A brief and surprisingly touching scene at the Dursley's, Harry Potter's unloving relatives, was nice to see at the beginning of the prose. I knew it would be the last I heard from this colourful lot and savoured the time that Rowling allowed me with them. No sooner have they departed from the world of Harry Potter when the heat is turned right up and the dark side to this saga shows itself. I liked the urgency and fear that Rowling evoked in these early pages - you get the impression that this book is to be taken a little more seriously than the previous offerings. Once again I found the writing to be captivating for me as an adult, though certainly still suitable for the younger age group that it was intended for. Nothing overly graphic but you can work out for yourself what is taking place.
The pace slows down following the early explosion of drama. This was good as I got a bit of the comfort feeling and settled down with life at the Weasley's, all of whom are homely and likeable. All characters very well developed and familiar. Ron, Hermione and Harry are here for a while before more dark deeds force them into an early adventure that the three of them have been planning when out of earshot of Mrs Weasley. It is at this time that the pace of the book slows right down and after a while I did begin to get a little impatient and wonder how many more pages would be devoted to watching the trio sit in a tent discussing how they would find horcruxes (objects that hold part of the Dark Lords soul). It occurred to me, however, that what Rowling had done was portray exactly how the trio felt at that time. They were impatient and becoming irritable with each other. They wanted something to happen, somewhere to go, a definite plan and to achieve something. Emotions came through loud and clear and I could certainly empathise with them. It was a long wait but this was appropriate in order to show how these conditions affected each character. Ron became spiteful and food ruled his mind. Hermione became sullen and moody but less impatient than Ron. Harry became frustrated and hopeless, he didn't know what he was supposed to be doing and that made him resentful and doubtful. Even though I was eager for something to be happening I eventually came to appreciate what Rowling had done. It was clever actually.
I was surprised to see Ron leave Hermione and Harry when the going got tough. He was under the influence of the horcrux in their possession but even so his immature nature was evident at that time - it did fit his character but was a shame to witness. More quiet moments in the tent for Harry and Hermione and then finally the action set in. Once Rowling got going with the mystery and action it flowed nicely and the pace quickened again. I was now very happy and my interest was healthy.
The mystery element to the prose is handled well by Rowling and she is good at keeping you guessing and wanting to find out more. There are some disappointments for Harry and Hermione and once again the mood becomes sombre as they begin to see the task as unachievable. I was beginning to get impatient for something to happen again when Ron saved the day - quite literally. His return brought with it some emotion and much appreciated humour and at that point I noted again how Rowling had set a scene of utter disillusion for the reader to experience too.
This part of the prose gives way to action, action and a bit more action and this really did get the pages turning and I was captivated. The trio were not the only ones to be thankful for returning to Hogwarts and the company of others. Here they meet the regulars from the sides of both good and bad. Draco Malfoy and Severus Snape both featuring impressively and with a few surprises up their sleeves. I was particularly pleased to gain further knowledge about Severus Snape and what a complex character he is. The understanding that I now have of this man is a testament to Rowling's creativity and writing skill - absolute genius and very satisfying. Speaking of getting to know more about someone - I was empowered with the life story of Dumbledore and his handling of Harry Potter. This too was intricate and compelling to read and left me feeling as Harry must have done when he discovered the truth about a man that he had idolised. Harry had been kept alive for a purpose - for the greater good. Had Dumbledore betrayed him? Wow, I didn't see that coming.
The Dark Lord lurks around in the background and he is a typical bad guy - let everyone else do the dirty work and then take the glory. There is no doubting his pure evil intentions and he is unable to understand emotion. He has nil compassion and he oozes calculating coldness. Rowling has done a wonderful job with him. She presents him in a way that gives him a presence but never gets graphic, indeed some actions are only hinted at. Having said that she writes about him well enough for an adult to enjoy too.
There are war scenes that continue for pages at fast pace. This is not graphic though the emotion and horror are evident. There were some sad moments that I didn't expect but it kept the prose realistic.
After some terrific twists and turns and unexpected outcomes Harry will face his destiny. He will do what has been expected of him for all these years. This development surprised me. I was shocked and it was not the ending that I anticipated. Not the one I wanted and hoped for. Would Harry change his mind? Or will he do what is right for the greater good? I had to turn those pages and find out.
I found the finale to this saga a bit of a rollercoaster. There was quiet before the storm. And then there was the storm and no doubt about that. When that storm came it was exhilarating and welcome. The ending was highly satisfactory.
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It is undoubtedly yes. This one is a must if you have read the previous six books, how could you not read the finale? Rowling does a fine job in evoking emotion during a difficult time in isolation - initially I became impatient until I realised what the point of that was. She could have skipped over that period much quicker but we would have lost so much character development and the mood would have been missed. When the time for action comes Rowling provides it handsomely. Not overly graphic so that the book remains in line with the target reader but all the same it is fulfilling and exciting. Mystery and suspense sit nicely with the darkness and we learn much more about the Dark Lord. Betrayal is featured and it is felt deeply, whilst two character in particular will surprise. All questions are answered and all ends tied up well. The outcome is highly satisfying. I was impressed. The perfect ending for this epic saga and a pleasure to read. Very well crafted book.
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© dawnymarie 2013
Summary: An outstanding finale.