A novel by J.K. Rowling (2007,
Harry Potter, book 7
While Valdemort's power
grows, Harry and his friends try to find the objects he's used to hide
part of his soul, which can make him immortal.
Read December 16th,
2016 to January 4th, 2017
A chilling conclusion to the
Harry Potter series, with as much depth as any of the previous books,
and so much more than the movies.
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the
Deathly Hallows movies, but I can tell that they barely touched the
surface of what goes on in this book. It could have been a mini-series,
for all the information and plot given here.
The book opens with
more explanation than the movie, with the Dursleys leaving their home,
Hermione casting the memory loss spell on her parents (temporary, we’re
told), and the Order of the Phoenix turning themselves into Harry’s so
that the Death-Eaters would have multiple targets when they inevitably
I thought Hedwig’s death was a cheat to get the owl out
of the way for the rest of the book, but I guess it would have been a
hindrance to what he needed to do. I didn’t remember Mad-Eye Moody’s
death, and it struck a chord.
The whole mystery of Harry’s wand,
and Valdemort’s inability to destroy Harry, is a major plot point here,
which I found interesting. Their flight into the wilderness was better
represented in the book than the movie, in which I found it to be
boring. And their visit to Luna’s father’s house was more bizarre than
There is also a lot more made out about Dumbledore’s
family, and his attitudes toward Muggles and how it changed. The way his
sister died had a lot to do with it, though there is much scandal in the
wizarding world when Rita Skeeter’s unauthorized biography comes out. I
wondered that she never cared anymore that Hermione’s threat of exposing
her as a changeling (from Goblet of Fire)
didn’t bother her anymore.
Also interesting is the way
Dumbledore gained the elder wand, defeating his old friend Grindewald in
a duel. Considering that Grindewald and Dumbledore planned to take over
the world together, it's amazing how Dumbledore's attitudes changed
(which leads me to wonder why), that he would kill his best friend
because of it.
The Deathly Hallows play a very interesting part
here inside Harry’s mind. He wants to go after the three Hallows, but
also the Hoarcruxes. Eventually he realizes that he can’t do both. If he
goes after the Hallows, Valdemort will know that he’s still connected,
and that will make him realize that Harry is after the hoarcruxes. So
it’s a hard decision to make when Harry allows Valdemort to gain the
It’s also interesting that Dumbledore was going to
die regardless of whether or not Snape or Malefoy killed him. After
trying to destroy the hoarcrux ring, Dumbledore released a spell that
would consume him within a year anyway.
Malefoy’s story was a
little confusing. It’s obvious that his parents are disillusioned about
Valdemort this time, especially after they are humiliated so often. But
Draco still wants to prove himself worthy, so he tries to sabotage
Harry, but Harry saves him anyway, in the fire. When all is done,
Draco’s mother spirits him away, just like in the movie. I thought it
needed more resolution.
Nonetheless, the book was a good
conclusion to the series.