Simon's Bookcase

Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: J.K. Rowing, July 13—26, 2016

My rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallowsRight. This is it. The final book in what is probably one of the greatest series ever written. Rowling, you’ve got your work cut out – and boy does she deliver.

Harry is on his mission from the late (sniff!) Dumbledore to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes so that Voldemort can be offed, by the Boy Who Lived no less. Voldemort is on a similarly urgent mission to change Harry’s title to something quite different.

Much less action takes place at Hogwarts than that to which we are accustomed, but the Potter-on-tour approach gives us ample opportunity to revisit key places, seen and unseen, from Godric’s Hollow to Gingotts Bank and Diagon Alley. There’s plenty of hats tipped to the series, from Ollivander to Krum and back again, with cameos galore. Anyone who’s stuck with the series will be rewarded.

While there are many strong and exciting scenes, for me the Battle of Hogwarts will go down as one of the best sequences of the whole series. Beginning with a showdown between McGonnagal and Snape and ending with a full on fight with the Death Eaters, it’s jaw-dropping.

Dumbledore and Snape are both given a reputational battering. Dumbledore was, until now, a surrogate father to Harry and beyond reproach, but how well did Harry know him? How much of what Dumbledore did was simply using the boy wizard? Meanwhile, the eternally ambiguous Snape has to pin his flag to somebody’s mast, but whose side has he really been on?

As backstories are told, secrets revealed and questions answered, this is an immensely satisfying instalment. Far from random, it’s plain to see the clues that have been dropped throughout the seven books once they’re so neatly and perfectly drawn together. Expect to be emotionally assaulted.

And on that subject, Rowling is brutal. Utterly brutal. A slurp of whatever George R.R. Martin has for breakfast was ingested because the Grim Reaper has his work cut out. The deaths are thick and fast and bloody difficult to handle.

The Deathly Hallows is the most beautifully written, carefully planned and perfectly executed series finale I’ve ever read. This world is our home and these people are our friends; Rowling does them proud.


One comment on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  1. Pingback: LIVE BLOG: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | Simon's Bookcase

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on July 26, 2016 by in 5 star, Harry Potter and tagged .

Author Cloud

@Queen_UK Adolf Hitler agatha christie Alan Clements Alastair Campbell Aldous Huxley Aleksandr Orlov Alex Shaffer Andrew Neiderman Anthony Burgess Arthur Miller Bateman Ben Brooks Ben Elton Bram Stoker Bret Easton Ellis C.J. Cherryh Carolyn Jess-Cooke Charles Dickens Chuck Palahniuk Dan Brown Dante Alighieri dashiell hammett david baldacci David Brin David Glattauer David Kirkpatrick David Line David Tennant David Wolstencroft Dylan Jones E.L. James Edgar Allen Poe Emilia Fox Eoin Colfer Erica Spindler Frank Peretti Gabrielle Lord Gareth Roberts Geoff Ryman George Orwell George R. R. Martin George W. Bush Gillian Flynn Gillian Slovo Graham Greene Guy Piran Harper Lee Harriet Lane Herman Koch Ian Rankin J.K. Rowling Jack Thorne Jacqueline Rayner James Herbert James Patterson Jasper Fforde Jeff Green Jeff Kinney Jeffrey Archer Jem Lester Jenny Robson Jeremy Clarkson Jerry B. Jenkins Jim Thompson John Crowther John Green John Grisham John Tiffany John Verdon Jonas Jonasson Judith Kerr Juliana Foster Justin Richards Kaci Hill Karen Levine Keeley Bolger Louis Walsh malorie blackman Marissa Meyer Mark Haddon Mark Z. Danielewski Martin Sixsmith Mary Higgins Clark Mary McNamara Matt Haig Matthew Ravden Michael Berry Michael Connelly Michael Morpurgo Michael Quirke Miguel de Cervantes Mike Lancaster Morris Gleitzman Morton Rhue Neil Sinclair Nick Hornby Nick Page Patricia Cornwell Patricia Stotley Patrick Ness Paula Hawkins Paul Johnston Peter James Phil Allcock R.J. Palacio Rachelle Dekker Raymond Chandler Richard Bachman Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Ludlum Robin Cook Robin Kirkpatrick sandra brown Sebastian Beaumont Sharon Osbourne Stella Rimmington Stephen Cole Stephen King Steve Lookner Steve Lyons Stuart MacBride Sue Townsend Suzanne Collins ted dekker Terry Pratchett Tim LaHaye Tim Randall Todd Strasser Tom Avery Tom Bower Tom Cain Tom Hoyle tony blair William Golding William P. Young William Shakespeare