- Release Date:2007-07-21
- In-universe Date:1997
- Series:Harry Potter
As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin – Harry must stand and face his enemy …
As the climax of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows delves into new territory for J. K. Rowling. Unlike its predecessors, the book does not take place primarily at Hogwarts but is instead driven by a linear narrative, similar to many other fantasy novels. In some areas, it appears a bit slow, but since this is J. K. Rowling’s first attempt at writing in this style it is understandable.
Voldemort has come to full power, has infiltrated the Ministry of Magic as well as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, making it almost impossible for Harry and his closest friends to show their faces in public. Therefore, Harry is on the run, continuing his search to find the remaining Horcruxes, fragments of Voldemort’s soul and destroy them.
It will not be easy, however. Together with his friends Ron and Hermione, Harry will have to pass wave after wave of dark enchantments in order to get his hands on the Horcruxes. In addition, he is being hunted by Voldemort’s Death Eaters. Plus, he is again having visions of Voldemort, and he cannot ignore the constant pain in his lightning scar.
As I stated above, this style of writing is new to J. K. Rowling, however, this does not degrade the essentials that we have come to love from Harry Potter. The characters are generally the same identifiably unique individuals. The writing is simplistic and enjoyable.
The entire series has been leading up to a huge showdown between Harry and Voldemort, not to mention the battle between the forces of good and evil. All I can say is – WOW – no complaints here! The end is a culmination of everything we have read so far and is an extremely satisfying ending. Everyone and everything comes together in the explosive finale. Also the question of Professor Snape’s loyalties is finally answered.
Everything comes together in a fitting end to a series that has dazzled children and adults alike. All questions are answered and everything we ever wanted to see happen – happens. I personally, greatly enjoyed the last book and would recommend the series to all who have not read it.