Series: Harry Potter #7
Publisher: Scholastic (2007)
Hardcover (759 pages)
Also by this author: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Also in this series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Reading Challenges: 2016 Backlist Books, 2016 Re-Reading, Read 2016
Harry is waiting in Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing - if they can. But what will Harry do then? How can he fulfil the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him?
First of all, can I just say that the synopsis via Goodreads (and the back of the book) absolutely sucks? Seriously. It does. Anyway, back to the review.
Every time I read this last book in the Harry Potter series, it makes me sad. Sure, I know there is The Cursed Child screenplay coming out, but I am leery of that. It could either be very, very good or very, very bad. To me, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will always be the last book in the series.
(I don’t like reading plays at all. I absolutely hated it when we had to read plays for homework in high school and college English. *shudders* I would usually find someone reading it since I hated reading them that much.)
Rereading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is like saying “good-bye” to old friends. It is hard to put the book down. It is had to say the series is over. It is hard to admit that I really do miss Harry, Hermoine, Ron, Ginny, Luna, Neville, and all the rest.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the book where it all comes together. All of the previous books lead up to this one. All of the little signs littered throughout the previous six books finally make sense all together. Connections are finally and answers are discovered. That itself is something amazing.
Finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for the first time just a day and a half after it was released was heartbreaking. Theses characters I had come to care so much about were suddenly out of my life. The story had ended and I, somehow, needed to move on.
Let me tell you a secret: It is hard to find another amazing book right on the heels of Harry Potter. Before I even knew the phrase “book hangover,” I had experienced it. It is hard to move on from a series that has gotten you through so much and a series that you have so much history with.
I reread the Harry Potter series quite often and, every time I do, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the hardest to reread. The entire time I am rereading, I am anticipating the end yet again. I am steeling myself to say “good-bye” again. I have to prepare myself to move on from the amazing world of Harry Potter. I have to let myself say that this is the end and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
(As a side note: I actually used the last few chapters of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for source material in my eschatology course [For those who weren’t theology majors in college, this is the study of the End Times.]. My professor wanted me to present it at a conference but the conference was during a time I was out-of-state. This is probably one of my favorite college papers and I do, oddly, reread it sometimes.)