And so it ends…there is so much that happens I can’t begin to explain my feelings about the end of this series. As with most of my posts on this re-read, this post is not so much a review as a regurgitation of my thoughts and emotions of the books. So, please accept my apologies ahead of time.
For those of you considering a re-read I encourage you to check out the Harry Potter Read Along over at The Lost Generation Reader from September to December. If I hadn’t just finished I would seriously consider it again. I’m already considering another re-read this time next year Re-reading this series provided me with a much-needed relaxation and break from my various challenges and I’m definitely glad I took the time to do it.
When I first read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I was at a major transition in my life. I had just graduated from undergrad, I was spending my final summer as a camp counselor and I was in the process of moving to the United Kingdom for graduate school—needless to say it was an intense time period for me and this book really signified the ending of my childhood. What I remember most is that I speed read the novel because I was at camp I HAD to finish it before the campers did because if I didn’t someone would spill the beans about what happens.
I didn’t start reading the books when the first ones were published (I started in the summer of 2000 just before the publication of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), but I still followed this series and it’s add ons for the better part of a decade. Before the publication of each novel I would meticulously re-read every one of the preceding novels to the complete bafflement of my friends and family. I can’t even explain it now, nor do I want to.
Overall, I enjoyed this final installment of the series. I felt that it wrapped up most everything that Rowling set out to do from the start. There are a few little things that have always left me wondering and it’s about minor characters because those are the ones I believe really make the novels I read great (and so does Tom for these in particular). I honestly believe Rowling won’t go back to the magical world of Harry Potter, unless she squanders her money and desperately needs more, but I’d still like to know how things ended up.
When I frist read the ‘nineteen years later’ epilogue I was really mad that she did it, but now looking back I’m glad she gave that bit of insight. I would still like to know what happened to Dudley (did him and Harry become friends?), what happened to Kreecher (do the Potter’s now live in Grimmauld place?) and what about all of the other characters we’ve grown to love like Luna and the rest of the Weasleys and the other professors?
If there is one part that I didn’t like about the novel that I didn’t like is that the action was all packed within clumps of pages. For example the opening 65 pages are pretty action packed, the last 100 pages are beyond action packed and there are about 40 pages in the middle that are absolutely action packed and everything else is just sort of waffling and filler. I understand why she did this, but you’d think the action would’ve been spread out a bit more throughout the book. I found myself, as I was re-reading, this time unable to put the book down again at certain points. Twice I found myself awake well after 1:00am saying ’10 more pages’ or ‘one more chapter,’ and this was due to the action packed parts of the book which even though I’d read it before made it incredibly difficult to put the book down.
Recommendation: Read it, of course! It’s a great finale to the end of an amazing series.
Opening Line: “The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane.”
Closing Line: “The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.” (Whited out.)