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Review: Harry is now seventeen years old. Everything he has faced over the last six years–every battle with the Death Eaters, every close call at death’s door, every encounter with Voldemort–has led him to the moment where his destiny is to be fulfilled. As his friends battle insurmountable odds to protect those they love and the peace they treasure so dearly, Harry marches on through the Forbidden Forest to face his death head on. He has watched his friends fight and die along aside of him. He has lost his parents, his godfather, and his greatest mentor. But Harry knows even in the tragedy of the last six years, he has gained so much more. With the thoughts of his friends to comfort him, his parents, Dumbledore, Sirius and Lupin marching by him, Harry lifts his wand and prepares for his final battle not simply against Lord Voldemort but against anyone who chooses evil over good.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling brings a triumphant and brilliant end to the series that has defined a generation. She ties up every lose end and delivers an emotional rollercoaster ride fans of the series will not be disappointed by.
Rowling, ever so clever, builds up the suspense until the very last second of the final battle between Lord Voldemort and Harry. Every page is covered in twists and complications, in laughter, sorrow, and joy. Secrets being revealed as Harry, Hermonie, and Ron hunt down the horcruxes and hallows while evading being captured by the Death Eaters who are hunting them. Thankfully, Fred and George offer a great distraction from all the heartache and struggle through their wonderful humor.
As the epic battle draws to a close and the final chapter ends, I close the book with a heavy heart for I will miss my dear friends Harry, Ron, and Hermonie. Grateful, as all the fans of the Harry Potter Series, for having been taken on such a whirlwind adventure and coming through, maybe with a few more scars than intended, but with a heart even more full of love and life.
A glorious ending to one of the best stories ever told.
–Dudley admitting to Harry he doesn’t think Harry is a waste of time.
–Ron, Harry, and Hermonie visiting Luna’s rock shaped house. Such an odd house but really cool.
–Dobby helping Harry, Ron, and Hermonie escape Malfoy manor. Dobby giving up his life in the process.
–Neville becomes the leader of Dumbledore’s army while Harry’s been away.
–Hermonie punching Ron all over after he returns. Ron had left when he had a big fight with Harry. He was jealous of Harry and Hermonie’s close relationship and tired of running.
–The death of Lupin and later of Fred.
–Molly yelling “Not my daughter, YOU BITCH!” at Bellatrix Lestrange just before she kills her.
–The suits of armor from around Hogwarts waking up and jumping in to help protect the school.
–Harry finding out how much Snape really loved his mother.
–Snape asking Harry to look at him as he dies because he wants the last thing he looks at to be Lily’s eyes.
–James, Lily, Lupin, and Sirius walking with Harry through the Forbidden Forest, giving him words of love and encouragement as he heads to face Voldemort.
–Neville refusing to join Voldemort and declaring Dumbledore’s army!
“Death’s got an Invisibility Cloak?’ Harry interrupted again.
‘So he can sneak up on people,’ said Ron. “Sometimes he gets bored of running at them, flapping his arms and shrieking.”
“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.” ~Albus Dumbledore
“I’ll join you when Hell freezes over,” said Neville. “Dumbledore’s Army!” he shouted, and there was an answering cheer from the crowd, whom Voldemart’s Silencing Charms seemed unable to hold.”