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[Longhorn Review] Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Material Type: All, Books — Tags: bilsdungsroman, fantasy. young adult, magic, wizardry — Posted on May 2, 2011, 3:36 pm

By: J.K. Rowling

After years of anticipation, the final piece to the Harry Potter puzzle has been
placed and fortunately, it fills the gap perfectly. Avid fans have been awaiting the
release of this book for years and it is safe to say that they will not be
disappointed. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final book to
the internationally acclaimed Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. The series
revolves around a trio of best friends– Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, and Hermione
Granger– who together fight the Dark Arts in efforts to destroy the evil Lord
Voldemort. It is a bildungsroman novel. Rowling wraps up the series in this last
book, answering many questions and yet still leaving some up to the viewer’s
imagination. She does this seamlessly and many will be left with a sense of
resolution that they’ve been expecting after such an epic storyline.

Each book
throughout the series grows increasingly darker. Not only does the plot move away
from the detailed depictions of life at Hogwarts that were present in the first few
books in the series, but vivid details of Harry’s journey with his best friends
become directed towards violence and mortality. No longer is Harry competing for
approval from his fellow schoolmates nor is he battling to win the Qudditch Cup for
his House. In The Deathly Hallows, Harry, along with Ron and Hermione, battle Lord
Voldemort’s regime that has surreptitiously infiltrated the Ministry of Magic. He
also bravely takes on Dumbledore’s previous task of finding and destroying
Voldemort’s Horcruxes. Throughout the book, Harry endures a sequence of struggles
that no seventeen-year-old wizard should ever have to undergo. The weight of the
burden of his destiny with Voldemort slowly deteriorates Harry’s impetus and cloaks
him a cloud of doubt; however, he never gives up, and ultimately his unwavering
determination leads him to triumph.

Rowling does an impressive job of tying all the
loose ends that were left in The Half Blood Prince. Readers learn more about the
story behind the valuable locket from the previous book as well as learn about
Dumbledore’s dark past that was previously hidden from the audience. We see the
development in Ron and Hermione’s relationship. We discover the truth behind Snape
and his motives as well as his childhood. Several characters die and many have
matured into unexpected characters. There are plenty of duels and many scenes filled
with tragedy. Fortunately for readers, Rowling leaves an epilogue that will leave
many very happy.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows exceeds all expectation, and
possibly is the best one in the series. The book leaves readers transfixed and the
plot is filled with exciting twists and surprises. There is a reason as to why the
Harry Potter series has become a cultural phenomenon. The series may have ended, but
the adulation and enchantment that comes from reading the books will forever live
on.

Reviewer: Vy Nguyen

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