POTTERTHON DAY #7 !
I open at the close.
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joanne Kathleen Rowling ( pen names-J.K Rowling, Robert Galbraith) is a British author who was born on 31 July, 1965 in Gloucestershire, England. Besides being an author, she is also well known as a philanthropist, producer and screenwriter. She is best known for the Harry Potter series which having sold more than 500 million copies, is the best selling book series in history. Her life as both an author and an individual is an inspiration and continues to be a beacon of hope for all. She is undoubtedly, my favourite author of all time.
Fantasy fiction, young adult fiction, drama, mystery, thriller, bildungsroman. [Courtesy of Google]
( According to Wikipedia, Bildungsroman is a literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood in which character change is important.)
MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK
So, Potterthon has finally come to an end. It was a great experience and I look forward to doing more ‘thons’ (don’t worry, I promise you, no more ridiculous names). As for ‘Harry potter and the Cursed Child’, I will review it soon but not as a part of Potterthon.
Today’s review will be of the final Harry Potter book. Given below are the links to the first six books’ reviews! It’s been a big little journey!!
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Book 1)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
- Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix (Book 5)
- Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince (Book 6)
Here are a few traits common to the first 7 books:
➡Highly imaginative and vivid descriptions.
➡Sarcastic and casual language.
➡Suspenseful and captivating read.
➡In depth descriptions of each and every character.
➡Wise quotes and values making every book fit for adults and children.
➡ Every character is super sassy in their own way(or audacious, if you prefer a more formal word).
He can run faster than Severus Snape confronted with shampoo.
So, the final book begins with the Dursleys being moved to a safe house and Harry being transported to another safe house(the Weasleys) under some serious protection. So, members of the order come up with a genius plan to move Harry under disguise(which includes the Polyjuice Potion) but they still run into Voldemort and the group sustains 2 deaths and one injured. In view of the dangerous and serious atmosphere, J.K Rowling has still managed to keep up a slight sarcasm with the twins.
This is different, pretending to be me -‘
‘Well, none of us really fancy it, Harry,’ said Fred earnestly. ‘Imagine if something went wrong and we were stuck as specky, scrawny gits forever.’
We don’t meet many new characters but watch previous characters grow tremendously. Ollivander, the wandmaker plays a pivotal role in this book both for Harry and Voldemort. Grindelwald makes a brief apperance and we meet Griphook, a goblin who showed Harry to his vault when he was 11 years old. Griphook ends up a great help and traitor as he used to work at Gringotts Bank (Yes, the wizarding world has their very own bank).
“The last words Albus Dumbledore spoke to the pair of us?’
“Harry is the best hope we have. Trust him.”
The story kickstarts from the Weasleys with a happy occassion; Bill and Fleur’s wedding which ends abruptly. Soon, we realise that the Ministry has been compromised as well. Soon after, the basic plot is of the trio hunting for Horcruxes and the trials they face at every turn. We also learn that Tonks gets married to Lupin. Here too, we see a major falling out betweeen Harry and Lupin. Lupin’s fear of having passed on his condition to his unborn child has been expressed so heartbreakingly beautifully. Later on, we meet Teddy Lupin, their son, who is more like Tonks, and godson to Harry. Harry, Hermione and Ron drop out of Hogwarts with Ron and Hermione taking drastic measures to ensure that the Ministry is convinced by the false reasons they have provided. We also meet Elphias Doge, an old acquaintant of Dumbledore. And we learn that Rita Skeeter is on the verge of publishing a book on Dumbledore’s life.
The idea of a teenage Dumbledore was simply odd, like trying to imagine a stupid Hermione or a friendly Blast-Ended Skrewt.
This book is radically different from its predecessors because of the general atmosphere. So now, Muggles are being killed randomly, Muggle-borns are being arrested and tortured because of their blood line and the trio are wanted criminals. We also learn a lot more about Harry’s relationship with Voldemort and the ending sheds light on Snape’s history and provides answers to the questions we asked over a course of 6 books. Apart from all this, we learn a great deal more about Dumbledore and get to see Harry questioning Dumbledore’s intentions and honesty over the years he had known him.
Power was my weakness and my temptation.
The book is basically the trio camping in various places where they hope they can find a horcrux. Through this journey, they infiltrate the Ministry and obtain a horcrux from the annoying pink lady (really, you should be able to guess by now. She wears pink and loves cats and is hated more than Voldemort) they break into Gringotts, they get captured and tortured at the Malfoy Manor, and ultimately ends with their return to Hogwarts where the final (material) horcrux is hidden.
Hermione was screaming again: the sound went through Harry like physical pain.
Through the course of this journey, we see yet another falling out with Ron, his subsequent departure and return, a creepy meeting with Bathilda Bagshot (author of the textbook ‘A History of Magic’) and Harry questioning Dumbledore’s honesty and nature at every turn. Unlike the previous books, Harry does not have a safe place to stay at or teachers to seek guidance from. the world outside has changed tremendously and the trio are wanted criminals. Hermione is a muggleborn and that puts her in more serious danger.
He must have known I’d want to leave you.”
“No, he must have known you would always want to come back.”
J.K Rowling has flawlessly managed to merge the concept of ‘The Deathly Hallows’ (3 objects that supposedly make its owner the master of death) and seamlessly keeps it up throughout the entire story, providing a glimpse into Harry’s ancestral family at the same time. Harry’s and Hermione’s research into the so called ‘Deathly Hallows’ while they search for Horcruxes and the famous question ‘Hallows or Horcruxes?’ paves the path for a detailed and captivating read. This is also where Luna’s father, Xenophilius Lovegood plays a considerably important role.
We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.
Towards the end of the book, the trio returns to Hogwarts to find and destroy the last material horcrux. But Voldemort is notified of Harry’s presence at Hogwarts and this soon turns into a full fledged war between Hogwarts and Voldemort’s fray. Members of the order and supporters of Dumbledore start coming into Hogwarts from everywhere. The author has dropped every hint of sarcasm here and it is clearly evident to the reader that the characters are in terrrible danger, caught in a life/death situation. Apart from a few Slytherins and young students, most of the students stay back to join the fight while others are sent to safe places.
Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.
I’m not going to give away anything here but I’ll say, this book is where the most number of deaths happen. It’s a terribly heartbreaking book that can reduce any Potterhead to tears. We lose friends we watched grow over a span of six years. But unlike the previous books, this one ends with good triumphing over evil and Voldemort being vanquished once and for all.
And then he greeted Death as an old friend, and went with him gladly, and, equals, they departed this life.
The death-eater teachers are dealt with and Snape is forced to flee by Professor McGonagall. It is during this battle, aptly termed ‘The Battle of Hogwarts’ that we lose some of our beloved characters. Dumbledore’s Army, the house elves and centaurs join the fray while Harry searches and ultimately destroys the last material horcrux. Over the time that follows, Harry witnesses a teacher’s death and soon comes to realise where Snape’s loyalty lay. We learn of Snape’s past, his relation to Harry and why he chose to remain faithful to Dumbledore. This book is a huge twist that proves most of our assumptions wrong. Ultimately, all the Horcruxes are destroyed and Voldemort is finally defeated by Harry.
If you have to ask, you’ll never know. If you know, you need only ask.
J.K Rowling has masterfully expressed regret and sorrow in a moving and heartfelt manner. Again, the question of death and Voldemort’s quest for immortality have taken the fore but these are aspects that make the book, the epic story it is today. Especially, the moment when Harry meets Dumbledore and his parents are such wonderfully written moments that one feels the need to reread it over and over. Harry’s anger and confusion at Dumbledore’s lack of honesty has been portrayed so beautifully that we begin to doubt Dumbledore more than Harry does. To the reflective reader, it is also almost evident what Dumbledore would have seen in The Mirror of Erised in the first book. We come to ponder upon the similarities between Harry and Dumbledore and come to respect Snape for his brave and courageous deeds. The trio’s friendship is also put into question when Ron storms off after quite a serious fight. Hermione’s reaction at his return is sarcastic but the air of importance is still maintained.
“Will you stay with me?”
“Until the very end.”
The story ends with an epilogue set 19 years after this battle, where we see Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermione, Malfoy and his wife sending their children away to Hogwarts by the Hogwarts Express. We also learn that Neville is now a Herbology professor at Hogwarts. Harry’s youngest son, Albus’ and Malfoy’s son, Scorpio’s friendship form the core of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.’
Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.
This book is a fitting end to a journey that spanned 7 years in our head but 10 years in real life (with the first book and the last book being published in 1997 and 2007 respectively). As always, it is written in a captivating and breathtaking manner with every character’s emotions having been portrayed perfectly. Even though we lost characters that we grew to love over the years, the reader soon realises that life after all ‘is not fair.’
DUMBLEDORE’S ARMY, STILL RECRUITING.
After all this time?”