06 April, 2012

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Author: J.K Rowling
Series: Harry Potter
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Children/ Young Adult
Format: Book - Personal Collection

From Goodreads: Harry has been burdened with a dark, dangerous and seemingly impossible task: that of locating and destroying Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes. Never has Harry felt so alone, or faced a future so full of shadows. But Harry must somehow find within himself the strength to complete the task he has been given. He must leave the warmth, safety and companionship of The Burrow and follow without fear or hesitation the inexorable path laid out for him... 
What I thought: The book that ended it all - and did it so well! From the first death in this you knew it would be darker, more serious than the rest of the books put together. The task facing Harry, Ron and Hermoine looks insurmountable and I felt their frustration as they spent the first half of the book seeming to wander aimlessly around with no real plan. I agreed with Harry's anger at Dumbledore's passing and leaving Harry with little to go on.
And then the second half of the book takes off. Discoveries are made, advances made and old enemies faced. Once the battle at Hogwart's started there was no putting the book down until the end. And every single time I cry when Fred, Lupin and Tonks die. Every. Single. Time!
For me the Potter series managed something not may series of this length manages. Every book was good. Not only that, every book upped the anti just a little, until the last one which upped it a lot! The characters grew with the reader. K.J. Rowling created a world and people that I think will live forever. It will be a long time before the likes of the Harry Potter series is seen again.