Thursday, December 23, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling

Summary:  Readers beware. The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling's spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart--such revelations, battles, and betrayals await...that no fan will make it to the end unscathed....The heart of Book 7 is a hero's mission--not just in Harry's quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man--and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself.  (Image and summary from amazon.com)

My Review:  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows picks up where Half-Blood Prince leaves off – with Harry immersed in the search for Voldemort’s mysterious Horcruxes. As the Chosen One, Harry is determined to go it alone and Hermione and Ron are just as determined to come along. The ministry has been infiltrated. People are being cursed, kidnapped, tortured, and killed, left, right and center, and things are finally heating up between Ron and Hermione. As Harry, Ron, and Hermione set out to find and destroy the Horcruxes, they discover more than they ever thought possible about their mission, Albus Dumbledore's secret past, and the legend of the Deathly Hallows.

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 clich√©, 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!

3 comments:

Tribute Books Mama said...

Thanks! for sharing

The Lovely Getaway said...

Ronnesme... Haaaaa! I love reading your reviews... You crack me up :)

Diana

MindySue said...

I'm glad you liked it...I was particularly proud of that line ;).

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