Sunday, July 22, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Let me first start off by saying that the so-called "leaks" are just codswallop. Just goes to show that you cannot fully trust what you read, especially if the source is questionable.

The Deathly Hallows refers to three objects mentioned a children's tale called "The Tale of Three Brothers." The tale mentions three objects - The Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and The Cloak of Invisibility. It's believed that whoever possesses all three objects will be the true master of Death.

So Harry was left with the task of obtaining all the Horcruxes. Naturally, Ron and Hermione helped him out. From the very start, the book was jammed packed with action. JK Rowling wasn't shy in killing off characters:

  • Hedwig
  • Mad Eye Moody
  • Professor Burbage
  • Fred
  • Remus
  • Tonks
  • Colin Creevey
  • Dobby
  • Snape

Personally, I had tears in my eyes when Hedwig and Dobby died. I wept when Snape was murdered by Voldemort.

Theories about Snape being Dumbledore's trusted spy and not a traitor have been proven in the book. Dumbledore's death was planned all along. In fact, he was already dying because of the cursed Slytherin ring in book 6. As Dumbledore said in the book, he would rather die by the hands of Snape than die in a painful and humiliating way.

The Dumbledore and Grindelwald story comes into play as well regarding the Deathly Hallows. It shows a flawed and ambitious Dumbledore who only cared about himself rather than his own family. He believed he was responsible for his own sister's death. His brother, Aberforth, also appears in this book as the grumpy barman of Hog's Head and was instrumental in the final battle at Hogwarts.

Kreacher becomes a loyal house elf to Harry. It was sweet how it came to be.

Lily and Snape's past plays an integral part as to why Snape deflected from Voldemort and decided to become a spy for Dumbledore. My theory about why Snape hated James Potter so much was proven by this which I found fantastic. A silver doe patronus?

The last chapter was a nice touch in my opinion. "All is well".

I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can't wait to have kids myself and get them into the magic of Harry Potter. I am sure that the next generation will benefit from the wonderful messages it brings: friendship, bravery, loyalty, and love.

5 out of 5 stars.