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My review of The Deathly Hallows

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This post has been a week overdue.. never found the time to pen down my thoughts about the finale to the HP series. (If I had, this post would have been twice as long :D)

On the outset I can say that the book was very predictable. The first six books imparted this feeling of suspense and uncertainty but that was all laid to rest with the last book. There was a constant feeling of loose ends being tied which was in a way comforting but also carried this over-hanging feeling of the end of the story coming near :P And somehow Harry's seems to be riding on more luck than usual (that's what I felt everytime he missed the killing curse or missed being caught). But again hey, this is a children's book. Which is again proved in the climax of the story, the great war that takes place at Hogwarts. That was when I was starkly reminded that this is a children's book and could imagine the kids jumping up and down each time their fav characters entered into the Room of requirement one by one.

The blotches in Snape's and Dumbledore's lives were neatly filled. Frankly I appreciated how Dumbledore was not as perfect as we thought he was. It was more human - everybody-has-their-story types. And Snape deserved the tribute he got in the end for all the hatred that was directed at him all through.

The confrontations with the Dark Lord were truly disappointing because of how everything seemed to be going in Harry's favor. It was a little unrealistic even for the magical world. Am sure if Ron could find Harry during the latter's 'exile', then definitely even Voldemort could! (Yeah, yeah, I know its just a story..) Too many things fell into place for Harry just when he needed it.

Parts I think could have been better/more believable:
* How Hedwig dies - it was more like getting her out of the way
* How Harry comes out unscathed when stricken with the killing curse.
* How easily things fall into Harry's lap - the black stone(one of the hallows) and especially how lucky he got with the Elder wand

But there were lots of feel good factors that made it a truly enjoyable read like the PottersWatch, DA. Though it was slow paced in the middle, the story picked up in the second half. I hadn't realised how much I missed Hogwarts and its teachers until they went to Hogwarts to fight the war.

Parts I liked:
* Prince's tale
* Kreacher and R.A.B's story - totally rivetting
* Harry reproaching Lupin for abandoning his baby - strong social message sent out
* Harry's bravery when he goes to face Voldemort and is ready to die - when he realises how he has to leave everything and everyone behind and walks alone without looking back..
* Hermione's loyalty and intelligence
* Humour brought in by Ron and the twins

My questions:
* Why did Harry promise to return the sword to the goblin instead of requesting to hold on to it till he finished his work with it?
* How did Neville catch hold of the sword in the end?
* I thought more members of the Order of phoenix had the invisible cloak?
* Who was the repulsive baby-like creature at King's cross? was it Grindelwald?
* why didn't Harry think of using the Deathly Hallows(to defeat death) when he already possessed two of the three? In fact, it wasn't considered as an option at all

My favorite book of the series still remains as the sixth one because of the anticipation it built. And Deathly Hallows has everything in it to make it a perfect ending to the series.

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theju
Jul. 31st, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)
WOW! you really finished it when it is still fresh? That too when you are busy with everything else happening around you!! Good - but i did not read your review as i haven't read the book yet:-(
fiveonehalf
Jul. 31st, 2007 07:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, I took about five days to finish it though :P
chandrahasa
Jul. 31st, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
Why did Harry promise to return the sword to the goblin instead of requesting to hold on to it till he finished his work with it?

He hoped to double cross the goblin at least at that moment... The goblin was just much more greedy :P

How did Neville catch hold of the sword in the end?

Dumbeldore had said in book 2 that the sword appears to a true Griffndor at the time of his deepest need... Thats why Neville got it.

I thought more members of the Order of phoenix had the invisible cloak?

Not sure of this... I think they used Harry's cloak in book 5

Who was the repulsive baby-like creature at King's cross? was it Grindelwald?

That was Voldermort! It was the final horcrux that was within Harry... Harry had a choice of carrying on and killing himself and Voldermort but decided to come back and fight him

why didn't Harry think of using the Deathly Hallows(to defeat death) when he already possessed two of the three? In fact, it wasn't considered as an option at all

He did!!! Thats how he got the choice of coming back... He possesed the 3 Hallows when Voldermort killed him. He already had the elder wand(after beating Draco) and the cloak(from papa potter). The only missing one was the stone and he got that just moments before he faced Voldermort!
fiveonehalf
Jul. 31st, 2007 07:09 am (UTC)
He hoped to double cross the goblin at least at that moment... The goblin was just much more greedy :P
Yeah, but instead of taking that risk, he could have explained that he needed the sword for a little while longer and it was needed to defeat Voldemort. After all the goblin decided to help Harry in the first place only because he was interested in up-throwing Voldemort.

He did!!! Thats how he got the choice of coming back... He possesed the 3 Hallows when Voldermort killed him. He already had the elder wand(after beating Draco) and the cloak(from papa potter). The only missing one was the stone and he got that just moments before he faced Voldermort!
Oh ok.. I didn't realise that the wand already belonged to him at that point!!

Thanks for clearing up all those things!
ebony_nivory
Aug. 1st, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
Why did Harry promise to return the sword to the goblin instead of requesting to hold on to it till he finished his work with it?

Maybe Harry thought he could not reason with a goblin :D

How did Neville catch hold of the sword in the end?

"Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it" is what Dumbledore had once said to harry, and that is how Harry got the Sword from the Hat, when he wore it and asked for help.

This time again Neville got it from the sword when he stood loyal to Hogwarts and Dumbledore and asked for help!

I thought more members of the Order of phoenix had the invisible cloak?

As Mr.LoveGood says there are many other cloaks with Disillusionment Charm or Bedazzling Hex, "which will hide one initially but fade with the years until it turns opaque.", But Harry cloak was a genuine one!

Who was the repulsive baby-like creature at King's cross? was it Grindelwald?

It was the Voldemort that within him as Haas says.

why didn't Harry think of using the Deathly Hallows(to defeat death) when he already possessed two of the three? In fact, it wasn't considered as an option at all

I disagree with Haas. It was not the Hallows that saved him. The Elder wand, though Harry was the true owner, was still on voldemort's possession, Harry had dropped the Resurrection stone. It was not the Hallows that saved but his mother's enchantment!

"He took your blood believing it would strengthen him. He took into his body
a tiny part of the enchantment your mother laid upon you when she died for
you. His body keeps her sacrifice alive, and while that enchantment survives,
so do you and so does Voldemort’s one last hope for himself."

The only thing that voldemort managed to kill with his killing curse was his own Horcrux. Harry lived even in Voldemort's blood.Harry could not die 'cause of his mistake of taking Harry's blood as the blood of a foe. Reading King Cross makes things clearer.


fiveonehalf
Aug. 1st, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)
It was not the Hallows that saved but his mother's enchantment!
I thought so too.. then, if that was the case, the deathly hallows were never put to test right?
ebony_nivory
Aug. 1st, 2007 09:26 am (UTC)
The hollows seperately were put to use but not all the three together, I don't believe Harry was the "Master of Death". By the time he had obtained the wand from Voldemort he had lost the ressurection stone!
ebony_nivory
Aug. 1st, 2007 09:31 am (UTC)
oops i meant Hallows* :D
chandrahasa
Aug. 3rd, 2007 07:10 am (UTC)
The concept of possession is very different in the Wizarding world... You dont need to hold an object to possess it! Thats why even though Harry dropped the stone and did not hold the wand he still possessed the 3 hallows, hence was the master of death
chandrahasa
Aug. 3rd, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
Explains a lot of things -> http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20035573/

The Sword is also explained in there... I feel that Dumbeldore said that "help in Hogwards" thing for Fawkels appearing rather than the sword! Thats why I said it appears for a true Griffndor...

Am still searching for the support to my Deathly Hallows argument(that they helped Harry come back) :P
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