Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Posted September 13th, 2012 by MaryElizabeth
A Book Review by Mary Elizabeth
in a library, most likely.
Fictional books are usually meant just to merely pass the time in this long and boring life on Earth, but the Harry Potter series is so much more than that. Hogwarts is a place to escape from all of the things in reality (I sometimes feel quite sad that I'll never be able to go to Hogwarts).
There are many reasons why this series is so gripping and real: the deep characters, the humor, and the portrayal of humans' fear of death.
These characters don't have the same characteristics as when their journey first began. Harry grows so much throughout the series, just as '90s kids did when they grew up with him. Hermione is not just a bossy, bookish girl, she is now a clever, courageous, and loving woman; Ron was just a goofy little redhead when you first meet him, but he develops into a caring and loyal friend; Harry has avenged his family and all of his friends by the end of this book. This kind of character development is actually very rare, in my eyes.
Rowling has obviously created a very dark story, but she always has had an amazing sense of humor. You can't read very far without noticing it.
Lastly, and most important, is the dark undertone of the plot. Death surrounds Harry and his friends. Hundreds of people die throughout the series. The Dark Lord's worst fear is death, and that is why he seeks the Deathly Hallows.
Rowling explained in an interview that the death of her mother six months after she began the first book greatly affected the story. Harry has always been aware of the toll death takes on people--(highlight the white text to see the spoiler)SPOILERSand even faces death in this book.SPOILERS. It is thrown in his face many times in the story. Dumbledore explains to him in his brilliant way that "death is just life's next great adventure".
I could go on about my sadness that the series is now over, but it'd waste your time.
If you're suffering from Post-Potter Depression, find a therapist, and watch these videos:
"Harry Potter-Marching On"
"Harry Potter-The War"
"Harry Potter-Through the Pensieve"
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