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Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Author:  J.K. Rowling
Published date:  July 2007
Publisher:  Arthur A. Levine Books
Pages:  784
Genre:  Children’s/YA Fantasy
Source:  Personal copy

 

Several months ago I made the decision to reread the entire Harry Potter series even though I’d already read most of the books at least three times.  I was having a bad day, I think, and I just felt like Harry, Hermione, and Ron would be able to cheer me up – and who can read one book in this series without reading them all at some point?  I know I certainly can’t.  So here we are, upon my completion of book 7, and this really isn’t a review, more like my thoughts on the final book in the series.  Stay away if for some reason you haven’t read the series, because I will definitely have minor spoilers.

I was most excited to reread Deathly Hallows because I’d only read it once before this time around, and the first time I read it I was reading so frantically towards the end that I was sure I missed some crucial aspects of the plot.  I was also a little hesitant to read it because finishing the series this time around means I won’t pick it up again for a long time.  So it was a bittersweet read for me, definitely.

But – I loved the book so much.  I loved it the first time, but this time I was able to read slowly, to savor every word and every interaction in the book.  I was able to concentrate on all that was revealed to me within the pages, and really think about how everything was finally coming together and starting to make complete sense.

I have to admit that I was SO THRILLED when Harry finally got to see what the real deal is with Snape, through the Pensieve.  I only vaguely remembered this scene from my first reading of Deathly Hallows and when I was reading it, my jaw literally dropped.  I was like… beyond shocked.  I mean, I was hoping all along that things would turn out this way, but really – I couldn’t believe it.  And it made me squeal, I was so happy.

There was lots of action Deathly Hallows, which I loved, but there were also some truly sweet moments (especially between Ron and Hermione) that almost brought me to tears.  It was definitely bittersweet, because it felt to me, like just when these teenagers are finally finding themselves and becoming confident and understanding their world we don’t get to read about them anymore.  It was just hard to read this book knowing that once it’s over, it’s OVER.  And these characters who I’ve fallen in love with are no more.  But the epilogue definitely helped with that.  It helped me to have closure on the whole situation, and just knowing where their lives took them really helped me to finalize the series.

That’s it.  I love these books.  This is by far my favorite series I’ve ever read, and I will continue to reread them in years to come.

Are you a Harry Potter fan?  What did you think of Deathly Hallows?