First off, I want to sincerely apologize for the amount of time it took me to push out this review. And I’ll admit, this is quite a bit shorter than the reviews I had published recently, while for this one I wanted to focus on my opinion and not a summary of content. And therefore, from the first word I write, I will spoil the entire book, so I suggest reading ahead with caution. Click “Continue Reading” to read the full review.
This was the perfect ending to my favorite book series to date. I had a lot of “Of course!”, “Aha!”, “Oh my gosh!” and “No!!” moments while reading this.
Of course, Dumbledore’s wand ended up in Voldemort’s hand. Of course, the last Horcrux is Harry himself. Of course, Snape was…. oh, Snape.
The final addition to the Harry Potter series was a true knot-tier. I was finally able to finish the puzzle, metaphorically. You were given an ending that made you satisfied- not on the edge of your seat. And, I suppose, that is a good thing after 6 books of constant cliff-hanger. The Horcruxes all made sense, though it did take a few rereads to figure out why Harry turned out be a Horcrux in the first place… weren’t there only 7?
No, the ending was not what I expected. I came to a realization that after Harry received a dose of killing spell, there were still quite a few pages left. Dumbledore, one of my favorite Harry Potter characters, provided several excellent quotes and also explained quite a bit more about why Harry needed to be killed to er, kill Voldemort.
I mean, I’ll accept the idea of Harry Potter returning from the dead. It did, of course, give the reader hope once again while also finishing the series the way it should have, in my opinion. And the true ending, 19 years in the future, was exactly what I expected, but needed, after going through 7 books of torture on Harry that truly tore me apart.
Let me back up to where I ended my last review. Harry knew that he had to break into the Ministry to retrieve a necklace from Dolores Umbridge (I knew she’d reappear at some point!) And of course, (I had to laugh), Umbridge was to be found as soon as the doors to the elevator opened.
Like I said, I’m not going to summarize content. I’ll focus on parts that stood out to me or that I want to comment on. The break-in to Gringotts, for example. I get why it needed to happen, but it seemed to drag on. It was still exceptionally written, however. And even so, the series of events that followed sparked light-bulb after light-bulb. When Voldemort realized that Harry was hunting Horcruxes, that cleared things up a lot for me (but still… those were the 7 horcruxes!)
I loved when Harry arrived at Hogwarts and was greeted by Dumbledore’s army- it was heartwarming. And so started a roller coaster of events that formed my favorite part of the story.
One of my favorite things about Harry Potter was that each character got to have their own powerful moment in the story, even Voldemort. Snape had his when he was headmaster (by the way- excellent portrait of him at the beginning of the movie) and during the assembly when he received word of Harry’s arrival. McGonagall- another favorite of mine – had hers during the same event as well, and when she secured the school (one of my favorite scenes from the movie. I know, Gabe- the book!) Voldemort, while he tortured Harry in the Final Battle. Harry- well, he had too many to count.
The Final Battle was so intense- and I loved it. But before it, a monumental part of the book. Snape. This part, honestly, had me in tears. The reader finally understands the reason behind everything- Snape’s affection towards Lily, his motivation for protecting Harry. But of course, Harry only finds this out after Snape has died, following years of resentment. That crushed me.
But then seeing Harry leave Ron and Hermione to greet his death… even more crushing. And then Hagrid, I mean, kudos to J.K. Rowling, you feel so bad for each character! And I also want to praise that Neville was given another chance to show his worth, by killing Nagini and standing up for Harry- in front of Voldemort!
And at last, Voldemort diminished under Harry Potter, showing once again that good can outlast evil. However, evil certainly had left its mark at Hogwarts. With every death, Lupin and Tonks for instance, the reader questions: was it all worth it?
And was it? Well, reading Harry Potter was more than worth it for me. Harry Potter was beautifully written… heartbreaking, yet fulfilling of every reader’s hopes.
As Dumbledore once said, “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” And words are the magic J.K. Rowling used to create a world that, while much different from the one we know well, would influence us and relate to us, one that would inspire children and adults generation after generation. Thank you so much for reading.