OH man, the end of an era. I had only read this one once before, when it first came out – sadly, I hardly remembered ANYTHING. Remember the big debate at the end of book 6? Is Snape a goodie or a baddie? I couldn’t even remember! So as you see, I desperately needed to re-read this book.
To sum up: Harry, Ron, and Hermione are not going back to Hogwarts, they’re on a quest to find the remaining Horcruxes (which are, in case you can’t remember: the ring, the locket, the diary, the goblet, Nagini, the tiara, and *gasp but so obvious* Harry). People are crazy terrified, now that the greatest wizard ever, and the only one that Voldemort was afraid of, is gone.
I forgot so much about this book – it goes by really fast because there’s a lot of action and a lot of detail. Rowling did a really good job of showing just how scary the wizarding world was getting – Hermione has to erase her parents memories and send them away, Ron pretends to be deathly sick, and even Harry’s horrible relatives the Dursley’s have to be hidden, because no one is safe. The Death Eaters come up with some pretty good methods of looking for Harry and for keeping everyone else terrified and obedient. Hogwarts’s new headmaster is Snape, with a couple of Death Eaters as teachers. Scary stuff.
The mystery of the Deathly Hallows was really interesting – showing the importance of fairy tales and that there’s often truth in legends, it was one of my favorite parts of the book (and the coolest part of the new movie out). And the Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone, and Cloak fit so well and explain so much.
I also loved that there are some major redemption stories here. Dudley is actually nice to Harry. No, really. It was a total “aww” moment for me, I wish that Rowling had mentioned in the epilogue whether Dudley and Harry ever met again. Kreacher ends up doing a total 180, luckily for everyone involved. I actually felt affectionate towards the gross little guy. Snape of course is probably the biggest redemption story of all – we find out exactly why Dumbledore had so much faith in him, and it turns out it’s the same reason that Voldy is really a weaker wizard – the power of love. How hippie, but I love it. Pettigrew redeems himself, really without meaning too, and demonstrates the power of showing mercy to your enemies. Even the Malfoys seem to eventually come around, though they’re still slimy.
Also, a lot of characters had great kick-ass moments. Neville’s probably my favorite. Hermione saves everyone so many times I lost count. And Dobby is a big hero.
Okay, so I think I can stop gushing for a minute to mention the couple things that bothered me just a little. One, was that there was SO much action that I sometimes missed the millions of little details. Seriously, re-reading was a good idea. Also, Harry for the first half of the book gets all doubtful and angsty, but eventually he mans up and stops moping. And of course the deaths :o( In the general order that they happen *seriously, SPOILERS*, Hedwig, Mad-Eye Moody, Dobby, Fred, Lupin, and Tonks. I cried a little bit for each and every one. I know Rowling couldn’t save them all, but it doesn’t diminish the sucky-ness of it.
ANYWAYS, this is one of my favorite of the series, even though it’s the last. I love this series. And now, I’m going to try out The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which I haven’t read before :o)
Sarah Says: 5 stars and mygodilovethisseries