Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

"You may know more about the characters than about your best friends."


Where were you at midnight on July 20th [a couple years ago]? If you were in line for the seventh and final Harry Potter book, then you were in the right place. I have never seen so many people at Barnes and Noble in my life. Mobs of Harry Potter fans lined up with their lightning bolt tattoos waiting to see who will not “live while the other survives.” They were frantic to get their hands on the 759 pages of writing contained in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which held the answer to so many mysteries. A lot of Harry Potter fans locked themselves up in their rooms until they finished reading or just cut themselves off from the rest of the world so that no one could spoil the ending. Everyone knew that the battle between light and dark would be finished in the last book. The question was, would Harry Potter, also known as the “Boy Who Lived,” and “The Chosen One” die? Or would Lord Voldemort, the evil, twisted, wizard die? J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, made sure to answer these questions and put an end to the war of dark wizards versus good wizards once and for all.

Throughout the final novel, Harry Potter and his two best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, set out to destroy Lord Voldemort. They are forced into hiding in many places in London in fear that they will be brought to Lord Voldemort before they are ready. Thanks to Harry’s omniscient mentor, the three intelligent 17 year-olds know more about Lord Voldemort than he thinks they know, giving them an advantage. They are determined to destroy the horcruxes, parts of Voldemort’s soul. Once they do, Lord Voldemort will be mortal. On their journey to destroy the horcruxes, they discover many secrets about the deathly hallows, the pasts of Voldemort and Dumbledore, and their own families.

The brilliant author, J.K. Rowling, allows the reader to really know the characters. After reading the previous six books, you may know more about the main characters than you know about some of your best friends. This insight to the characters really helps to imagine what is going on in the story and feel the emotions that the characters are feeling. It also allows you to feel excitement, grief, embarrassment, triumph, anxiety, and even fear for the characters. When one of the characters dies on page 637. Rowling describes the death as “[His] eyes stared without seeing, the ghost of his last laugh still etched upon his face.” J.K. Rowling’s writing has an effect on people not being able to put the book down. The transition from paragraph to paragraph, page to page, and chapter to chapter, is phenomenally done. It is nearly impossible to read the end of a chapter and stop reading without at least peeking on to the first paragraph of the next chapter.

Besides using effective writing techniques, Rowling incorporates a captivating plot into the series. She leads the readers one way, and then surprises everyone in the final book with the outcome. One of the greatest mysteries throughout the book is Severus Snape. Even though Rowling has led us to believe that he is loyal to the Dark Lord, Dumbledore has always trusted him. The book reveals where his true loyalty lies.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was undoubtedly the best of the series, bringing out more emotion than any of the others. I would strongly recommend this book if you have read the others in the series. If you haven’t read those, I recommend that you pick up the first book immediately and work your way up to the Deathly Hallows.

    - Ashley P.