Book Review//Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Since starting my re-read of the Harry Potter series, the author (who I am not naming) has expressed certain views which I do not share. I am separating her views from reviewing these books. Her opinions are being held separately from my re-reading and reviewing of these books. I will never support anything else this author publishes, and I refuse to buy any Harry Potter products again — I am not going to give this author more money. This author doesn’t deserve any royalties from any Harry Potter licensed product or book. Now onto the review!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Book cover of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Canadian first edition

Goodreads Synopsis:

Harry Potter is leaving Privet Drive for the last time. But as he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and they take to the skies, he knows Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters will not be far behind.

The protective charm that has kept him safe until now is broken. But the Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything he loves. And he knows he can’t keep hiding.

To stop Voldemort, Harry knows he must find the remaining Horcruxes and destroy them.

He will have to face his enemy in one final battle.

My Thoughts

Girl with blonde highlights reading in a tan chair with one leg over the arm of the chair.
Reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in Ottawa, ON.

As I mentioned in my review for Half-Blood Prince! I have a story about how I came to buy this book. For the last three books in this series, my dad never bought them on the day they were released, he waited a few days and then went to buy them for me – from either the pharmacy close to me or from Chapters (now Indigo here in Canada). Since Deathly Hallows was released in July 2007, my family took a vacation to Montreal/Ottawa the week of the release in mid-July. 

We were in Ottawa when we saw a bookstore (Chapters I think) that had a huge drawing one staff member did of Voldemort on the glass windows. My dad and sister didn’t know the book was released, but me, being the huge Potterhead nerd I was at 13/14 knew. So we went back the next day and my dad dropped $45 and bought me the last book. Needless to say I finished it in a day and half… My family barely saw me leave the chair in our hotel room – I left it grudgingly for food and to explore more of Ottawa. I have a lot of good memories surrounding this book, mostly from the first time I read it; I subsequently forgot about my other re-reads of this book. For example I wrote and underlined about 5 pages when Hermione reads about the Three Brothers… Yeah I don’t remember doing that, but it’s my handwriting. 

This novel brings a lot of nostalgia and feelings – but it ends perfectly I’m not counting the epilogue) and everything was wrapped up in a nice bow. I believe that the author should have ended Harry’s story in Dumbledore’s study after defeating Voldemort, the 19 years later epilogue was unnecessary and I’m not a huge fan of reading it. I didn’t like it when I read it as a teenager/pre-teen and I don’t like it now as an adult. 

I don’t remember getting emotional when I read this book the first few times where Harry uses the Resurrection Stone, but this time I sobbed. I think it’s because as I’ve matured as an adult, I’ve faced some pretty rough moments in my life since my last re-read so that loss and grief Harry experienced just gutted me. 

I honestly could have done without the Dumbeldore side plot (I’m not a fan of him if you couldn’t tell from my previous reviews). I understand why it was important to have in the overall plot – to better understand why he wanted Harry to figure out the Hallows on his own so he won’t be tempted by them. Which was clever of him to do, but I felt like it dragged on and took over in some parts. The whole “Horcrux or Hallows” debate and choosing which one was more important set those Harry and Dumbledore apart and the author did a good job in having those characters be opposites or at least parallel each other in that aspect. 

And now we get to the part where I discuss Snape’s redemption… Which is a big fat NOPE for me. The more I read that chapter the more frustrated I became; I was even texting my friend my thoughts of the chapter. Snape was a bully and mean to Lily’s sister (granted she wasn’t that nice to Lily but she was jealous that her sister was a witch, and got to go to Hogwarts!) I totally understand where Petunia was coming from with her jealousy – if I found out my older sister was a witch, go to attend Hogwarts for a year I would be insanely jealous and probably resent her – especially if she was friends with a boy who made fun of me and laughed when I got hurt… 

I’m not saying James Potter and his friends were any better – but they were kids, immature teens. They do some dumb stuff but you know what… James and his friends grew out of it and MATURED. You know what Snape did? Not mature. He was still a bitter person. He outed Lupin as a werewolf because he wanted Sirius to go to Azkaban even though he found out he was innocent – he wanted the glory of it and when that didn’t happen, let’s out his best friend. URGH. I could probably go off about how much I hated this redemption, but I think that this will suffice. 

This book was jammed packed with action, romance, comedy, tragedy, and everything in between. There’s a bittersweet feeling to finishing this series, but this series will always be there to help me through difficult moments in my life. I cherish all the memories I have with this series, and it has led me to volunteer with MuggleNet.com, which I am grateful for as I love working with the site and working alongside some amazing people from all over the world (I’m now on their website to see my picture under the Content team!).

Now.. What do I do with myself? I feel like I need this month to just process that I finished this series a year later.

Cups of Tea: ☕☕☕☕

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