Series: Harry Potter, #7
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books, July 2007
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Harry is waiting in Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing - if they can. But what will Harry do then? How can he fulfil the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him?
The magical world has fallen. Despite the best efforts of the Order of the Phoenix, Voldemort has regained power and the world is falling into chaos. It’s up to Harry, Ron, and Hermione to finish the task Dumbledore left them: find and destroy the Deathly Hallows.
Out of the Harry Potter books, Deathly Hallows is by far the hardest book to read. It’s bittersweet, really. Rowling makes good on her promises and brings the ultimate battle of good and evil to life, but it’s still hard to say goodbye to a world I’ve grown up with.
Harry’s evolution from a teenager to a man is especially symbolic in the beginning. His flight from Privet Drive is the last moment of his childhood, torn away from him rather abruptly View Spoiler »by the Death Eaters lying in ambush « Hide Spoiler. It’s a startling rip, an abrupt jolt into adulthood that leaves me surprised even when I know it’s coming.
I loved how Rowling tampers down the dark nature of The Deathly Hallows with light moments, especially with Ron and Hermione’s relationship. FINALLY! I loved the tension, the brief romantic moments that offset the terror that thrives throughout the book. The other highlight is Luna Lovegood, a character that’s quickly become one of my favorites. Her determinedly positive outlook on life brings light into the narrative.
The long-awaited final battle of good and evil was everything Rowling foretold. The battle of Hogwarts gives me goosebumps each time I read it, from McGonagall’s courage to the bravery of the students who join Harry to fight. It’s more than a great fight scene though – it’s the final battle of love versus hate, love versus obsession, love versus everything. Love is seen in every action the defenders of Hogwarts take, from Molly Weasley to (surprisingly) Narcissa Malfoy.
From the inside look to Dumbledore’s life to the evolution of the true natures of much-loved characters, The Deathly Hallows is a winner, through and through. As hard as it is to leave Harry’s world, it makes me excited to start his story all over again.