Monday, December 12, 2016

My Thoughts: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
(Harry Potter #7)
by J.K. Rowling
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Publication Date: August 27th 2013
(first published July 21st 2007)
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 759
ISBN: 9780545583008 (15th Anniversary Edition)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Source: Own

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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. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

Every year for the past few years I've set a goal to read the Harry Potter books and actually finish the series, and every year that I've tried to do it, I've failed. There were always other books that needed to be read. This year I set the goal again, not knowing that I'd actually finish it, BUT I DID! I just recently finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and now I can finally say that I've read all the Harry Potter books, and watched all the movies. Finally! (This excludes Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which I'll be reading soon!)

I've said it on all my posts for the previous books, but I just have to say it one more time -- I love the relationship between Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Watching the bond between these three characters grow throughout the series has been amazing, and if you have a friendship like this in your life, consider yourself lucky. I am going to miss these characters so much, and the secondary characters as well, some of which I love just as much as the main characters.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was a great ending to the series. While I was left with a few questions once I closed the pages, I was definitely satisfied with the ending. I really expected myself to get bored with the storyline for this series, considering that it was so long and I have the attention span of a gnat, but I never got bored as I read these books. There was never a dull moment, and I always looked forward to reading more. That is another thing that really makes this series stand out from the rest, and it's not a series I will soon forget.

I may not have grown up with these characters like most of my fellow readers have, but they will always have a special place in my heart, and will always be in my thoughts. And while I'm super excited that I finally read all the books, I'm sad as well to be finished with them. I really enjoyed re-reading the first five books in the series that I had already read before, and I enjoyed reading the last two as well, which I had never had a chance to read before. And I really enjoyed watching the movies as well. I plan to make reading this series a yearly thing!

Overall;  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was a great ending to a wonderful series. I really do hate to see it end. I want nothing more right now than to see more books with these characters, as it's really going to be hard to move on after this series. At least I still have Harry Potter and the Cursed Child left to read, and I still need to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them and read the screenplay as well, so there is that!  If you haven't yet read the Harry Potter series, I implore you to do so, and soon!

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