Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
J.K. Rowling

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 installment of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling unveils in spectacular fashion the answers to the many questions that have been so eagerly awaited.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) book cover

If I’d felt let down by Half-Blood Prince, I positively hated Deathly Hallows on an initial read. I even read it a few months later, and though I enjoyed it more, I still held to my original attitude. It was a movie script in novel form.

Yet, having red it afresh, I find myself full of admiration for the style and tone, the completion of the series and the powerful threads of friendship and loyalty that run through the work. I honestly thoughd I’d be able to sit down and properly examine these books, to really get into my reactions to them. This worked for Philosopher’s Stone, but then each work pulled me further and further in so that I was captivated all over again and catapulted through them with all the voracity of someone new to them.

So I’ve loved it, but have been foiled in my attempt to sit down with the books on an equal, level playing field and truly think about them objectively, without getting swept up in them to the point where I just wanted the story.

When next, then? It’s been six and a half years since Deathly Hallows was published, and precisely 12 years, 2 weeks and 3 days since I first started on my journey into Harry Potter (and I came to the party four years late, too). I imagine that the next complete outing will be when my daughter is old enough to take them. We’re still under three and grasping with the concepts of pronouns. But in time, it’ll come and, unless I get an overwhelming Harry feeling before that I see my next outing of this magnificent series being in young company. Of course, they are now on Goodreads, which was also part of my intent when rereading them. If, and I can’t see why I wouldn’t be, I am still reading and reviewing here, I’ll add comments to my reviews as I reread. Thank you for your accompaniment on my Potter journey.

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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