Thursday, December 23, 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
This book is the darkest and most suspenseful book in the Harry Potter series. Evil walks the streets and many of the scenes in this book feel as if they come from a horror movie. As her previous book proved, Rowling isn’t afraid to kill off major characters, a quality that I both love and loathe, but one which made this book extremely painful to read. At the same time, Rowling offers more light-hearted, humorous, and romantic moments to help strike a balance within the book. It may be cliché, but the term “roller coaster of emotions” is an apt description of the author's ability to take full control of your feelings and yank them around with ferocity.
My favorite aspect of this book is that, as the story unfolds, heroes emerge that have long stood in the background, to fight alongside Harry as he wages war with the Dark Lord. I love, love, loved the parts that they played, and it was wonderful to see true intentions revealed, and to watch so many people take their place in the spotlight. Ultimately, the final book in one of the world’s most popular fantasy series comes down to a gigantic magical death match, full of astonishing twists and unexpected casualties, as J.K. Rowling skillfully weaves a compelling plot, fascinating characters, and long forgotten detail into a seamless and spectacular conclusion. I am so sad it’s over.
(Disclaimer) At this point, JK Rowling can do no wrong in my eyes -- and, let's be honest, I hit that point about four books ago. Wait! Let me qualify that. If she writes another book and decides to impregnate Hermione with a sparkly baby named Ronnesme, I’m going to have to ditch the whole series and start a hate mail campaign. Other than that lingering fear, I’m too far gone to see any flaws that aren’t glaringly obvious. Deal with it.
My Rating: 5 Stars (more if I could) For the sensitive reader: This book probably contains more swearing (biblical and otherwise) than the last several books combined. There is liberal application of the word “effing” (no, literally, that’s what they say) which might be offensive to some, given its most likely meaning. I wasn’t bothered by it, but did notice the increase in profanity.
Sum it up: A complex and compelling masterpiece of fantasy fiction and the perfect way to end this stunning series!