Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

July 30, 2013 Review 0 ★★★★★

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. RowlingHarry Potter And The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #7
Published by Scholastic Inc. on 2007 July 21
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 784
Format: Hardbound
Source: Purchased
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It's no longer safe for Harry at Hogwarts, so he and his best friends, Ron and Hermione, are on the run. Professor Dumbledore has given them clues about what they need to do to defeat the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, once and for all, but it's up to them to figure out what these hints and suggestions really mean.

Their cross-country odyssey has them searching desperately for the answers, while evading capture or death at every turn. At the same time, their friendship, fortitude, and sense of right and wrong are tested in ways they never could have imagined.

The ultimate battle between good and evil that closes out this final chapter of the epic series takes place where Harry's Wizarding life began: at Hogwarts. The satisfying conclusion offers shocking last-minute twists, incredible acts of courage, powerful new forms of magic, and the resolution of many mysteries.

Above all, this intense, cathartic book serves as a clear statement of the message at the heart of the Harry Potter series: that choice matters much more than destiny, and that love will always triumph over death.

Intro

After those agonizing years of waiting, the 7th installment is finally unveiled. Okay, I might be cheating on this one because I’ve finished reading the book four or five years ago. But I can still remember the exhilarating feeling that engulfed my whole being upon seeing the 7th book on my hands. People might scoff at me for saying this but HP would always be my number one for all time. And six years might already have passed after it was published but it doesn’t stop me from making a review for HP has been an important part of my bookish life. As I have mentioned in passing, HP was the reason why I got hooked into books and saved me from a more destructive addiction which is playing MMORPG.

Gist

After the nightmarish events in the Half-Blood prince, seventeen year old Harry is facing a more grueling task as he, Ron and Hermione raced against time to gather all Voldemort’s Horcruxes and destroy them before the latter realizes what they’re trying to do.

Meanwhile, the Wizarding world is rocked with campaigns for Pureblood supremacy and efforts to capture the Boy Who Lived which stretched the odds for the trio to outwit the Darkest wizard of all times. And Harry, who was almost on the verge of giving up, finds help from unexpected places and mysterious identities. Amidst all these, he discovers the Deathly Hallows which might be his last chance to finally defeat Lord Voldemort.

My Review

My first word for this book? It was NOTHING! As in Nothing. I am ultimately astounded, speechless with how this book was delivered. It was larger-than-life, an epic finale to an amazing series that have captured the hearts of the millions. Where should I start my review? I am at a loss. Should I start with the plot or with characters or with the pacing or with the ending or with the interactions?

I know that you might have stopped reading this review at this very moment for talking about the biggest overstatement of the year. Fortunately, yes. Book 7 contains all the things that would make me happy for the rest of my life. Yeah, I know, another exaggeration but it is. I couldn’t count how many times I’ve reread the book (not counting the 3rd book) this year because I have a relapse on my HP addiction. And right-o, it literally takes the pressure of the everyday life.

The TDH mesmerizing plot feels like a salve after my frustrating escapades in other Y/A books that everything seems to light up after reading a page or two of TDH. The thrilling hunt for the Horcruxes, the menacing campaigns for Pureblood Supremacy, the trio’s flight, the absorbing quest for the Hallows, the skirmish, the fight between Ron and Harry, Dobby’s dramatic demise, Kreacher’s heart tugging story, the mysterious doe, Dumbledore’s controversial life, and Snape’s true allegiance were positively overwhelming. Elements that blended perfectly—harmonious, balanced—to give life to this obra maestra.

TDH’s characterization was beyond perfect. There were a lot of characters but no one was left out, everyone has an important role to play no matter how short it is. Even the villains were menacing as ever. Significant character developments were greatly noticed with Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville, Kreacher, and Dobby. The emotional depth exhibited by these characters was raw and moving.

The dialogues and interactions were a perfect mix of wit, sarcasm, and drama that it was irresistible and worth reliving. Even more so were the nerve-wracking revelations at the end of the book that you just have to make a pause and take all the truth in, otherwise, it will overwhelm and make you weep. Yeah, it’s one hell of an emotional rollercoaster, pals.

And the ending was a poignant piece of work. It was unexpectedly ambitious but I couldn’t imagine for Ms Rowling to settle for anything less. Everything was nicely wrapped up at the end even giving us that very charming glimpse of Harry’s future.

Once again, J.K. Rowling successfully brought us into Harry’s world where heroic actions, compassion, the need to resist evil, to stay true and kind are more important than feats of magical mastery. The Deathly Hallows is a flawless conclusion of Harry’s magical adventure, unrivalled and definitely a classic in the making.

Are you also as crazy like me when it comes to Harry Potter? Or you haven’t heard of it?

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