Friday, August 3, 2007

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

Ah yes, the moment I had been waiting for for 2 years came just 2 short weeks ago... the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book in J. K. Rowling's amazing series. This release was the biggest of my life--never have I anticipated a movie or book or video game or electronic device or ANYTHING like I anticipated this book. And if that makes me a dork, that's alright. The day I spent with this book probably makes me a bigger one. :)

I savored every moment of this book as I have each of the other six in the series. There is something about the way that Jo Rowling writes that isn't necessarily the most amazing prose ever written, but it draws you in to the story as though you are right there, perhaps as though you've gone into the pensieve (for those of you who have read any Harry Potter! if not, don't worry about it. :) ).

Deathly Hallows shows us a very grown up Harry Potter, a very determined and, ultimately, resolved young man who has found himself in a battle to the death with Evil. His friends Ron and Hermione are by his side in this battle, and the trio is a great symbol of how important friendship can be.

I don't have a lot of analysis of this book because I feel like that would be analyzing my friends' lives. Isn't that weird? Well, if you haven't read these books, that should tell you something. By the time you're done, your family will have grown. Not that I have an ill word to say about any of them... more than anything, it was brilliant to have so many loose ends wrapped up. I was very satisfied with the way the book ended, but I will admit I shed a few tears for a few of the deaths.

Seriously, go pick up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone if you haven't yet. You won't regret it. And if for some reason you've read the first six books but not this one yet, what are you waiting for?!

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