Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling is the 7th in the Series, and is the last story centering around Harry, Ron and Hermione in their teens. It was meant to be the last in the series, but in 2016 Rowling surprised fans again, with an “8th” book/screenplay – but that will be another review. As it is, this 7th book was so important, and was such a mammoth book, when converted to film, the producers decided on two movies.
But this book finishes it all. It wraps everything up, all the missing pieces are cleverly tied up in pretty paper…and then it ends. It is another wondrous tale…and then it ends. Hmmmm…
Okay, we left off with the death that rocked our world. The greatest wizard of all-time is gone. Yet, there are things that still need to be done. This book starts out with Harry being escorted to the Weasley’s under protection of others who use polyjuice potion to look like him. Even on this trip, we lose someone Harry loves, as well as one of his protectors.
A reading of Dumbledores’ Last Will and Testament astounds them when Ron is left his deluminator, Hermione his book “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”, and Harry the first snitch he caught in quidditch, along with the Sword of Godric Griffindor. Scrimgeour says the sword is missing. Strange bequests.
Meanwhile, Voldemort has called his followers and they are taking over the Ministry of Magic, which finally falls during Bill and Fleur’s wedding.
Harry, Ron and Hermione start on their quest to fulfill Dumbledores’ last request. Find the Horcrux’s, destroy them, and destroy Voldemort. Easier said than done. A lot of dark, sad days lay ahead, and at one point tensions rise to the point that Ron goes off on his own. But unknown to the three, they actually have help that they cannot see. When they finally destroy a horcrux, things start to come together. Eventually they end up back at Hogwarts, and meet up with the Order of the Phoenix, and an entire school filled with people ready to go head to head with Voldemort and his followers. A mighty battle follows. More lives will be lost.
But answers will be found, in unlikely places. Puzzle pieces will be put together and the surprising truth about an enemy will be revealed. Bravery and love can conquer all.
So the end is dark, but bright.
I am sad that the series is over, but hey, I can re-read them again, and again, and again…
Favorite Quotes from the Deathly Hallows:
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.”
“Not my daughter, you bitch!”
“I’m going to keep going until I succeed — or die. Don’t think I don’t know how this might end. I’ve known it for years.”
“After all this time?” “Always…”
The Deathly Hallows: The Invisibility Cloak, The Resurrection Stone and the Elder Wand
Re-Read: February 2016