Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Kind Of Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: July 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover ($23.76 CDN)
Age Group: Young Adult
Copy: Purchased by me at a midnight release party!

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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 with? Harry has been burdened with a dark, dangerous and seemingly impossible task: that of locating and destroying Voldemort''s remaining Horcruxes. Never has Harry felt so alone, or faced a future so full of shadows. But Harry must somehow find within himself the strength to complete the task he has been given. He must leave the warmth, safety and companionship of The Burrow and follow without fear or hesitation the inexorable path laid out for him ... In this final, seventh instalment of the Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling unveils in spectacular fashion the answers to the many questions that have been so eagerly awaited. The spellbinding, richly woven narrative, which plunges, twists and turns at a breathtaking pace, confirms the author as a mistress of storytelling, whose books will be read, reread and read again.

My Review:

Last week I finished HPDH for the fourth time and I loved it as much as I did the first time I read it in July of 2007. Has it really been almost three years since us HP fanatics waited in line at midnight dressed up in our witch and wizard finery for our very own copy of Deathly Hallows? I will never forget the excitement of that night and how awesome I thought it was to see fans young and old dressed up and discussing what they thought would become of our beloved friends and there equally lovable family.

While I always aim to do spoiler free reviews if you have not read the novel but are as eager as I am to see the movie this Friday then please stop reading here.  I say this somehow believing maybe just maybe you don't know what happened. Is that even possible?!?

The book is to epic to do a review that won't take you ten minutes to read so instead of analyzing this novel piece by piece I will tell you what I loved the most and what brought me to tears on more then one occasion. Opening each novel is like a long awaited reunion with some of my best friends and even knowing what was about to happen I turned the pages as rapidly as I could read them, eagerly soaking up the vivid descriptions and dialogue.

The amount of times I cried in this novel is ridiculous. I realize its a battle of epic proportion however did so many beloved characters have to die? Dobby.....Hedwig.....Fred....the wizarding world will never be the same. I think what I love most about this series beyond my attraction to all things magical and the whole concept of Hogwarts is the bonds of friendship that develop so early on in the series and become such an important part of the final novel.

I really can't wait to see how they portray Dumbledore in the movie. While I lost a little faith in him along the way I never doubted that he had a good heart. I loved that someone we looked up to so much in the first few novels was exposed in DH as a flawed and human individual who made choices both good and bad that shaped the wonderful man he became. In one of the final scenes where Harry is talking to the portrait of Dumbledore and tears are running down past his half moon spectacles.....well lets just say I was crying along with him.  

Never has there been a series that has captured my heart more then this one. I realize that at times my love of this series borders on an unhealthy obsession but are not all of us book bloggers and bookacholics just a little bit obsessed with all of our favorite characters? I mean its not going to far if I only dress up as a Hogwarts student once or twice a year right?

Clearly this isn't a typical review for me and I have done nothing more then for the hundredth time express to you how much I love this series but with HPDH part 1 set to come out in just a few short days how could I not pre-gush about HP?

I can't wait to see the movie and be enthralled once again with the magical world that Rowling created well over a decade ago. What a journey it has been!

Good night all! Happy Reading!

My Rating: (Like you even have to ask!) 10000 x infinity/5