“Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows” Book Review
Hey, Frayed Wire readers! This is a review Josh made on his old site, but is now being moved here!
And yes, it’s *SPOILER FREE*
A lot was expected from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the book responsible for massive hype unlike anything the world has ever seen. For the most part, the book delivers what was expected – which was a lot of greatness. There’s more action and plot surprises in this book than there are in any of the other ones. And this is also the most dark and violent book in the entire series.
So, with the most good action and plot out of all the Harry Potter books, you’d expect this to be named the greatest one yet, right? Well, I don’t quite know about that. To me, the title of “Best Harry Potter Book Ever” is split between Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows, mainly because of the ending.
Now as I was in the process of reading book 7, I kept thinking to myself “This is awesome.” And it’s true, no book will suck you in quite like this one. But when I read the ending and the epilogue, I don’t know – it kind of left a sour taste on my mouth, so to speak. Some parts are incredibly confusing, and you have to sit and reread a passage over and over before it finally half makes sense. And the epilogue leaves more questions than answers. It focuses only on a few characters, so we don’t even get to see what has happened to most of the people. Another problem was that it hints that two characters are married, but it never actually says that they are. Thankfully J.K. Rowling confirmed in an interview the answer to whether or not they are married (or at least Wikipedia says so). Be ready to use the internet after you finish, so you can find explanations to those tough parts. Luckily though, it’s confusing only near the end.
Ending aside, this is definitely a great book and it does the Harry Potter name proud. It deals with dark and heavy themes like (wizard-style) racism, brutal death, and the feeling that the entire world is against Harry. It is deep and thought-provoking. Most of the book is a desparate search for the remaining Horcruxes and a way to destroy them, and J.K. Rowling keeps things realistic and leaves Harry and his gang (not to mention the reader) without a clue of where those objects are. Whenever they do figure out where one of them is, the characters take a action-packed and highly entertaining trip to the location, getting into all sorts of trouble on the way.
The climax of Deathly Hallows is by far the most intense and awesome of all the books. At one point in the story you reach a part that would seem to be the climax, but then you look and see that you have 200 or so pages left. In fact, there are so many different moments that are climax material, I can’t choose what the actual one was. J.K. Rowling is so good at writing that some of the most intense and shocking moments don’t even involve fighting or a character getting killed at all.
This kind of content would be perfect for a movie, and I think Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will either be the best Harry Potter movie, or it will be horribly disappointing. You see, the HP film directors love to cut things out of book when they make the movies, but with Deathly Hallows they’re going to have a tough time.
So much happens in this book, and most of it is very important. The movie will have to be 3 hours long or more. You can’t just cut out the existence of a couple of Horcruxes. If it ends up in the movie that Harry just finds one in the middle of the street, no one’s going to believe the plot and the movie will ruin itself. But I’m confident that as long as the movie stays VERY true to the book, it will be considered the best one (although it would be nice if the ending scenes were made a bit clearer).
So, I am pleased with Harry Potter 7. It’s not perfect, but then again, not a whole lot of things are. The ending could have been better, but so what? The book isn’t about just the ending, it’s about the whole story. People who flip to the back and see some major plot spoiler aren’t going to have true knowledge of how it ends (although they’ll claim they do). They’ll know just a tiny part of a grand story, and that’s one of the best things about Harry Potter 7: the many big spoilers and plot twists aren’t all revealed at the same time. They’re spread out along all of this wonderful story, and it’ll keep your attention for a long, long, time, even after you’ve finished the book.
Final Score: 9.7 out of 10