Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I finished reading the latest Harry Potter book last evening, and I have to say, I liked it, though I lament Jo Rowling's choices of who to kill. Spoilers ahead.

Of all the characters to kill, why did she have to kill Dobby? Mad-Eye Moody, I can understand, he'd have wanted it that way, but Dobby? And why Fred? He was my favorite Weasley twin. She should have killed Percy, that would have been so much better.

The book is long, half past seven hundred pages. There was alot to get through, so I can understand it, but there were times when I just wished the filler would get over. Weeks and months in the book's time line where nothing of note really happened got boring. I will say that the action scenes were worth it though, and the complexity of the plot definitely held my interest.

And why did she have to kill Snape, who risked his life to protect Harry for years. I can see why a happily ever after wouldn't have worked for Snape, he wasn't very lovable.

The way the book was woven throughout with hints, shadows, and call backs was quite interesting. I think it was a fitting way to end the series. In the end, it was Voldemort's own doing with the help of Snape that brought his life finally to a conclusion. The book speaks so much of love, and it was Harry's love of the others that protected them after Harry's apparent death.

I especially liked the way that Rowling brought Dumbledore back. Toward the middle of the book, I began to realize that Dumbledore was either controlling things from beyond the grave, or had properly set things in motion before he died. The reader, just as Harry, was led to doubt Dumbledore, but he put things in perspective in the end.

Overall, I highly recommend this book. Of course, I do not believe witchcraft has any power, so that part of the story is of no account to me. And the morals of the story are sufficiently acceptable, good wins, love conquers, evil never prospers, that fluff. The story is entertaining, and contains enough trivia to keep you interested in the whole series. I have always enjoyed fictional universes.

Back to the real universe.

1 comment:

The Clarks said...

I was going to be pissed if this was a typical "christian" bashing of the Harry Potter series, b/c I love it. Bravo!