Review of Deathly Hallows

I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows during my Fall Into Reading excursion, and I’ll offer my review, for what it’s worth. Yes, I know I’m way behind. Deathly Hallows came out in July. But I checked it out from my local library, and had to wait this long for my turn.

It was worth the wait! It took me two days to read all 26,000 pages, or however many there were, and I loved it. Deathly Hallows nicely wrapped up all the hanging plot points. The protagonist prevailed. The antagonist was brought down spectacularly. We even had a glimpse of the future. And I couldn’t quit turning pages: conflict and tension galore! Every time I thought it couldn’t possibly get worse, it did.

*Spoiler alert * (skip to the next paragraph if you haven’t read the book yet). This book truly tugs at your emotions. My heart sank when Harry was captured and taken to the Malfoy’s. I cried when Hermione was tortured. I cheered when Dobby freed them. Then I cried again when Dobby died. Moody’s death, his eye mounted on that office door, all those deaths at the end, Tonk’s and Lupine’s orphaned newborn, Harry’s spirit of sacrifice, Neville Longbottom’s bravery, the truth about Snape, Harry’s marriage and children, even the names he gave his little bairns… Wow! The entire book was a roller coaster of emotions.

I also learned more about the craft of writing by analyzing Rawling’s techniques. Despite the fact that she writes for a younger audience, and my audience is adult, I learn some fantastic plotting skills. Rawlings knows how to tell a story! She creates sympathetic characters, places them in a truly unforgettable setting, and then offers extraordinary conflicts to overcome.

I thoroughly enjoyed all the Harry Potter books, and this last one was just as spectacular as all the others. I recommend highly recommend them to anyone who enjoys a good story.

-Sonja

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