Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I finished the book today. Gotta love the community. There will be spoilers ahead, you’ve been warned.

First off… it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I thought it did a pretty admirable job of closing the series pretty well and tying up some of the loose ends, but it did had its weak parts, like the Deathly Hallows concept that got introduced in this book, which I pretty much felt rather under-utilized, but it had some brilliant parts to it, I’ll admit.

Next, as expected, the death count was pretty high, and some people I would have wished to stay alive died. Poor Mad-Eye died valiantly, as did Fred Weasley, and most sadly of all, Remus and Tonks, who just had their first and only child. None of the main trio died, but there wouldn’t be a tear coming from me if Ron conked, XD. Many others died as well, but remain mostly as statistics rather.

On to the procession of the plot, like all HP books, Deathly Hallows suffers from a rather slow and long-winded start, compounded more in this book by the fact that the initial half of the book has Harry and co. spending a lot of time in hiding and trying to find the Horcruxes, of which, oh-so-admirable Dumbledore didn’t leave any clues for them at all. There were some highlights, like the Ministry of Magic break-in and the later Gringotts one, which was pretty dramatic and probably would be a legend in the Potter-verse for the subsequent generations of wizards and witches to hear about.

It all does build up to an exciting final showdown staged at none other than Hogwarts, and once this book receives the movie treatment, I’m pretty sure this would be pretty flashy SF-charged part. Here, Rowling ties up many major plot lines and reveals that Snape was in love with Potter’s mom and the fact Dumbledore intended for Harry to die because he is the last Horcrux. Pretty sure some of the more speculative fans have already predicted it, but it was a nice twist IMO on how it was revealed.

The last face-off with Voldemort was a downer actually, and he went down pretty quickly instead of having an all-out battle. On the other hand, it was brilliant in the way he went down as it was done by the machinations of Dumbledore. But I salute Neville Longbottom for dealing one of the final blows to Voldemort. The way he did it was no less impressive than awesome.

Anyways, the book finally ends with a 19 year time jump and with the second generation of the main characters in play, there is many a possibility of spinoffs and sequels involving them. Knowing that in this world of commercialization, it would be pretty criminal of JK Rowling not to revisit the series again. I’m still rather sad that “scar” wasn’t the last word in the book, but well, it was pretty close I guess.

And thus ends a 10 year journey and fascination of the world with one of the literary world’s most famous character in recent times. While the HP series has had it’s up and downs, it was, no less, a fun ride and generated many a nice conversation topic when it was convenient. I applaud J.K. Rowling for all the effort she has put in and wish her the best in any of her future ventures, literary or not.

15 Comments

  1. Syaoran Li Said,

    July 22, 2007 @ 12:11 am

    Is over now… 5 years later in my case ^_^

  2. RedMaigo Said,

    July 22, 2007 @ 12:37 am

    Yes it was a fun ride while it lasted. I just finished the book off myself and I have to say it was a lot more exciting than the last couple of books.

    When Harry Potter’s owl was killed in the first couple of chapters, I new the death count was going to be pretty bad. I mean Snape was a given but Colin Creevey?

    I’ll agree that the running around looking for Horcruxes did get old after the ‘Heroic Trio’ was no longer able to back to Grimwauld. But the Gringott’s heist and the stomp at Hogwarts was awesome and more than made up for it!

    Well, it’s all over now. I can finally move on….

  3. bj0rN Said,

    July 22, 2007 @ 3:25 am

    If you ask me.. There are like… anime references to it. LOL

  4. Karry Said,

    July 22, 2007 @ 3:50 am

    It ends as average as it began, the best books were 2 through 5.

    And anyway, wtf, fiendfyre ??? Didnt she steal this from Wheel of Time ?

  5. kurotsuki Said,

    July 22, 2007 @ 6:59 am

    poor Snape , he was just a pawn of Dumbledore in all this .
    He died a hero , but people will remember him as the traitor that killed Dumbledore :(

  6. Fat Cat Lim Said,

    July 22, 2007 @ 2:01 pm

    Well Harry did reveal to the school that Snape was actually loyal to Dumbledore all this time during the showdown.

    But beside the rather tedious camping trip through the forest, I thought the rest of the book was okay. Thankfully Rowling minimalized the lovey-dovey scenes between Harry and Ginny (she can’t write romance for shit) and concentrated on the action.

  7. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    July 22, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

    >>Thankfully Rowling minimalized the lovey-dovey scenes between Harry and Ginny (she can’t write romance for shit) and concentrated on the action.

    Oh god yes. I second this. J.K. Rowling has a pretty good mind for details and such, but she can’t write romance for shit. The most boring parts of the franchise are no doubt Potter’s love life.

    And I actually kinda pity Snape after all that. At the least he has a clear name. Loved on how Harry named his second son, “Albus Severus” and acknowledged Snape’s sacrifices in the end.

  8. Mona Said,

    July 22, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

    I thought the epilogue was pretty disappointing. There were still a lot of things that were left unresolved, like what kinds of jobs they have, or what happened to Draco’s family immediately after? Also, who did Draco marry, and what happened with Hermione’s parents? Also, who raised Ted Tonks and what happened to the rest of the death eaters? Also, what happened Neville and Luna? Who are the new Heads of Houses, the new Headmaster, and the new Minister?

    Still, I knew that Snape was a good guy, and I like the way his story played out, except for him dying of course.

  9. maglor Said,

    July 23, 2007 @ 12:17 am

    Question: Why read the book when you can pretty much get 70% of the whole story from Wikipedia?. I know I just don’t have the time to read the whole thing, now.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter_and_the_Deathly_Hallows

  10. arcanes Said,

    July 23, 2007 @ 5:58 am

    As perfect as it could have been. I was worried that she will not be able fit all the story in just 607 pages(British edition), but it was better than what I thought it would be. I said it was perfect, not as a single book, but as an ending to this great series. it surly had a couple of not so great moments(mainly the whole tent journey), but if you think about the whole quest, even these moments seem to fit in. the mission Harry had to do wasn’t a walk in the park. it was though. did you think it could have a better book if all the things in his journey went smooth? I don’t think so. when you read it, you realize how difficult his task was. and that makes his quest seem hard and impossible even at times. which of course made his victory much more enjoyable. and the great moments were surly the best of the series. the early broom fight, the Ministry of Magic breaking, Gringotts and finally how harry put all the things together at last and his realization that he must die in the end and course how he didn’t. the last thing I have got to say is that he was truly the master of death. if you didn’t notice. even tough he didn’t want or need them anymore, all three of deathly hallows was his in the end of the book.

    Seeing the series as a whole, it was the best story I have read in my whole life and probably the best I will ever read.

  11. Emily Said,

    July 23, 2007 @ 5:59 pm

    hmm i dunno, for what the task held for Harry i didnt actually sence much tention as say -GoF its action packed in parts but i agree that the begining was a bit slow to start, but ive always found theres so much information to tell its just backstory and JK always pulls through in the end wrapping it all up nicely, she didnt fail to do so for this book either. However, some things i was disappointed about. Tonks and Lupins death for example, im guessing that these where to two characters in which JK did not intend to die but did. The other deaths all had pretty good page time, even a muggle studies teacher we have never been introduced to before wove in and out of the entire first chapter yet,Tonks and Lupins death seemed as though they were fighting DE’s somewhere one minute then lying in the dead in the hall the next, no dramatic blow by blow we got with say, Dumbledore or Sirius yet these were nessesary deaths for Harry to learn unlike Tonks and Lupin who seem to be KIA because they were in a war. I expected to be a lot more upset than i actually was and the death that touched me most was Dobbys. Im glad the trio didnt die although if Ron was real id give a good kick in the … for being sooo stupid. lol

  12. Chan Said,

    July 28, 2007 @ 7:07 pm

    Personally, I think that there were two scenes in the book that were pretty much ‘cop outs’; The scene where Harry Disarms Malfoy, and the final battle against Voldemort. Maybe it’s because it’s a kids book, but Harry never has to ‘get his hands dirty’. I was assuming that he would most likely have to kill one, or both of them, and that Ron or Hermoine would not survive to the finale.

    I would’ve done something like this, for the final battle; Instead of having Voldemort’s Death spell rebound on him (C’mon, three times? What are the odds?) have the spell simply…fail…And let Harry Disarm him. Then, flashback to Book 5: “Self-righteousness isn’t enough (To use an Unforgiveable Curse). You have to really mean it…”

    So, close in on Harry. He weighs the factors, makes a decision- And coldly, calmly, kills Voldemort with the Avada Kedava curse. It’s the only real choice, after all.

    Also, don’t forget the 19 years time jump. That was really, really rushed, and seemed to be a desperate attempt to give the book a happy ending. A more realistic, or perhaps more cyclic one, would have Harry become the eventual Headmaster at Hogwarts- You could have Ron and Hermoine’s kids being greeted by Hagrid, brought to the Great Hall…And have Headmaster Harry give the opening speech. While it’s just me, that would’ve fit in much better than the spliced-on ending…

  13. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    July 28, 2007 @ 8:31 pm

    True… Voldemort’s death was so anticlimatic. Well, wasn’t as bad as Harry ressurecting from being killed anyways, but still… that was just… meh. Personally I felt it had echoes of the Da Vinci Code on that, with the wand flying up in the air then landing back in Harry’s hands.

    As for the ending, apparently J.K’s going to write an extra book detailing all the characters of Harry Potter based on her own notes. Well, that was a quicker return to the series than I expected but I guess it’s a given since the epilogue was truly… “limited”.

    From an interview, apparently Harry and Ron are now the top Auror’s of the MoM, with Harry the head of the Auror division. Hermione’s in the Magical Law section while Neville and Luna ended up together. The rest are supposed to be in the encyclopedia.

  14. Asrialys Said,

    July 29, 2007 @ 12:20 am

    Dobby needs more mention! As with Emily above, Dobby’s death impacted me the most. It was just so unexpected. It was probably the only part of the book that made me cry. I didn’t care much for him in the past books, but I always thought he was cool. But then his final moments and death were just incredible.

    As for the final battle, I don’t think there could have been any other way it could have been done if it were to be by Harry’s hand. Seriously, Harry’s magical skill only seemed impressive when he used the Patronus Charm. A held out battle would have been pointless since the Elder Wand meant him no true harm. Although, who knows if he actually would have truly died if hit by the Killing Curse again. As for using the Killing Curse himself, I doubt Harry would have. The whole ripping-the-soul thing sounds a bit unfavorable. And I doubt Dumbledore or anyone else would have approved.

  15. orangee Said,

    July 30, 2007 @ 9:15 pm

    I agree on the romance part of the book; she should have scrapped the HarryxGinny parts for something much more worthwhile. The final duel and the epilogue was a let down, and there were still some loose ends. Hope she gets to answer the questions that were left unanswered.

    Overall though, I felt that the series did a very good job of conveying a world different from ours, and yet truly like ours. Same problems and thoughts and fears, just a whole different environment.

    And it’s kinda hard to imagine my growing up years without Harry Potter, and I feel truly blessed to have lived in a time where there was ardent anticipation for each release.

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