Excavating the Deathly Hallows

*Spoilers for this one may prove fatal 😉 *

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Harry Potter and the deathly hallows.jpgWoohoo, I’ve made it to the end! Before I get started, I have to make some serious confessions: I used to not like Deathly Hallows… I didn’t hate it, but I had a number of issues with it and after years of anticipation I was pretty disappointed. I mean, as much as I’d enjoyed figuring some of the plotlines out between books, I felt like some of them were resolved fairly quickly and I’d hoped for something slightly different.

I’ve also mentioned a few times that I wasn’t crazy on how the later books treated evil. And, while I’m not going to repeat my arguments about Voldy’s origins, I did still have some issues with how it invoked the Holocaust. For one thing, this comes back to my whole “it wasn’t dark enough” problem. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have any issue with books that symbolically represent Nazi Germany, I just thought that if it was going to draw such parallels, it could have been a bit more extreme than a few broken wands and Snatchers. And at the risk of opening a can of worms, if we are doing comparisons between historical monsters, Voldemort reminds me more of Charles Manson than Hitler, so I’m not convinced that the comparison completely works anyway.

HOWEVER, this time round I wasn’t so interested in seeing such a grim presentation of reality. In fact, my teen self would curse me for being so forgiving. Nonetheless sometimes opinions change with age, like a well brewed potion, and that isn’t such a bad thing 😉 . I did of course have some sticking points, but what would be the charm of these reviews without them? 😉

What was especially cool is that I haven’t reread Harry Potter 7 *ahem* as much as the others. So I didn’t remember nearly as many of the details for this one and enjoyed them as if they were fresh– like Hermione modifying her parents’ memories and the ghoul in pyjamas. Not only was the new addition of the Tales of Beedle the Bard fascinating, but there were also elements hinted at from book 1- which is quite a feat- like robbing Gringotts that gave the whole book a fantastic sense of payoff. And who doesn’t love the fact that they flew a dragon out of there as well? All of these were such wonderful editions and as usual the experience of reading Rowling’s work was entirely immersive. Meaning, as usual, I didn’t take as many notes as I should have and there’s so much more to this book than I have included in this post. So I apologise in advance for that- my only excuse is that I was way too busy enjoying myself!

I have to admit by the end of book 7, I didn’t like Dumbledore very much. It’s not that he kept things back- I get why he kept things to himself here- it’s that his shudder inducing fight for the fascistic “greater good” is realllly creepy when you think about it. Oh I know he told himself he’d be a benevolent ruler, but YIKES! In the interest of being honest, I’m a bit repulsed by his power hungry side and how far down that road he actually went. I freely admit that everyone has faults and all that Wizard Rock, yet I can’t help that I’m put off by people who think they know what’s best for everyone else and seek to control them. This isn’t a criticism of the book by the way or of how the character is written– I think it’s perfect for the book and works very well in every sense. Only I can’t see Dumby as a cuddly old man after this.

But to talk more about characters I did like, I have to say the Snape twist is *brilliant*. I never saw it coming when I first read it and don’t think I’d have ever figured that out on my own- even though it’s threaded through the entire narrative. Also it delivers such an intense emotional blow– I sobbed from the death scene through all the pensieve memories.

Unfortunately, I don’t think some of the other character deaths are given enough space. I still wish that we’d had a chance to see Lupin’s last moments. He was a great character and deserved more than just ending up on a slab (I get that you can’t see everyone fall, but even a second-hand account would have been better than nothing).

That said, all the other side characters are given their chance to shine in this. So many stand out to me! I absolutely *love* McGonagall and Molly “not my daughter you bitch” Weasley’s roles in the final battle. But more than importantly, can I just hear a *Go, go! Gryffindor go, go!* for Neville?! I’ve read other people saying he’s the real hero of Harry Potter and I think they’ve got a point- he’s not cool early on, but he resists peer pressure anyway, always makes the right choices, and puts his neck on the line despite missing out on being the chosen one. I think I seriously undervalued this character before.

I do appreciate Harry’s sacrifice though. While I originally wasn’t keen on the Narnia resurrection tacked on to the ending, I’ve changed my tune on that as well. Returning to King’s Cross makes the narrative feel like it’s entering the eye of the storm. I don’t know how it works, because pausing the story here should detract from all the thunderous excitement, but somehow it feels like a natural lull and builds the sense of the ending. Somehow it fills the reader in without ruining the tension of the climax– I swear there must be some magic at play here 😉 It’s also a trippy, but quotable experience. And despite my reservations about Dumbledore, I’m glad he came back for this moment.

And now for the grand finale! First of all, I’m gonna come out and say it: the death scene/finale is *so much better* in the book than in the movie. Yes, there’s fewer explosions and dramatic posing, but the words exchanged are so powerful. The “try for some remorse” part hit me like a killing curse, showing Rowling giving Voldy a choice and the chance for redemption (which correlates rather nicely with the whole Malfoy sort-of-redemption arc). I also admire the moment when Harry strips Tom of his silly title, once and for all. While I will always find the “love conquers all” message a bit cheesy, I think it’s fantastic that Harry gets to wind Voldy up that he has another weapon at his disposal (eat slugs Voldy!) And yes, the fact that Tom “hit the floor with a mundane finality” shows that Rowling doesn’t have much love for her main villain (perhaps why I was not as compelled by him) yet what hits the perfect note is that he’s killed by his own rebounding curse, showing that his own hubris brought him down.

Now the epilogue can be quite hit and miss with people. I have a rather funny story about how my brother read only the last few pages and told my sister, who told me the last word while I was reading it, then tried to insist the last sentence was “Harry fell down a well” (this is what happens with siblings *sigh*)… Anyway, the point is, aside from taking a massive amount of tension out the story, I’ve always been a bit cranky about that last word and is part of the reason I’m on the fence about this part. On the plus side, I do really like how it gives closure (no need for any plays 😉 ) and is really sweet. Still, I’m not all that sure it fits with the series or that I’m not (objectively or subjectively) that fond of the last sentence.

So I won’t say that I was dead wrong to be let down the first time round, but what I can say is that it’s really grown on me this time round and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this reread. I think I’ve finally outgrown the growing pains I had with this seriesAll was well (hey, if JK can use that as a sign off, I certainly can 😉 )

Rating:  4½/5 bananas

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So what do you think about Harry Potter’s finale? Agree or disagree with anything I’ve said here? Let me know in the comments!

87 thoughts on “Excavating the Deathly Hallows

  1. Your criticisms of Dumbledore echo mine about super heroes – I just don’t trust anyone who believes they know best, even if they’re supposed to be “good guys”, it always rubs me wrong.

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      1. The thing I dislike about them most is that these characters never really *own* that stance. They tend to keep pushing their pawns into situations where there is an obvious ‘Good’ choice (save everyone) and a ‘Bad’ choice (don’t) and then pretend that it’s totally up to their pawn to make ‘The Right Choice’.
        No, just admit that these people are mere tools in your scheme and treat them with the respect of persuading them to help you properly with that knowledge. Have that honesty. Grow up and admit your controlling tendencies to yourself and those around you, for heavens’ sake!

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  2. The “hit the floor with a mundane finality” line is one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to changes the movies made. The movies tried to make his death so much more dramatic and it felt very contrary to the point. He spent his whole life chasing immortality and power; in the end he died just like any other man. There was nothing special about it, and that fact felt important to the narrative.

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  3. Great Review! I really need to re-read the HP books! There was so much I’d forgot (like the dragon!) I think that one of the brilliant things of Rowling is her ability to right such in depth characters. Dumbledore seems good but has a power hungry side, while Snape seems bad but is actually good! You can’t take anyone at face value and she doesn’t just tell you things about them she shows you through their actions and a lot of times its so subtle you don’t notice for a long time!

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    1. I’ve never been convinced we can really label Snape “good,” honestly. He did everything he did out of a sense of love for Lily Potter; it never felt like his moral compass actually shifted in any meaningful way. It was all about Lily for him, not about realizing he was on the wrong side. He sought out protection for her from Voldemort and wasn’t at all worried about her family until Dumbledore essentially shamed him into including them in his request. And after James and Lily died, again, he was pushed and prodded into looking after Harry.
      Snape is one of my favorite characters, but he is very, very morally grey.

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  4. I didn’t enjoy this particular installment in the Harry Potter series all that much the first time I read it, either, but I think I’ll like it more if I re-read it now, as well. The plot twist with Snape was definitely genius, and I remember how shocked I was (alongside Harry!!) to find out that Dumbledore’s completely different from what we’d previously thought.

    Great review! 🙂

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  5. I love these reviews and that you’re coming back to the series after years of being apart from the stories. I actually read HP backwards for the first time (starting with 7, then 6, 5… etc.) and while I would not recommend doing that, it helped me to really appreciate everything that JK was planning from the beginning, because it’s so obvious when you go backwards and can pick out those little details. She is a great writer. I also haven’t read 7 as much as the others (I’ve reread POA like twelve times) but I remember on my last reading being pleasantly amused and surprised by the fresh-feeling bits as well. I think Hermione’s beaded bag was my favorite. Anyway, long-winded comment, but great wrap-up 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much!! Oh wow that’s an interesting way to do it- but that makes a lot of sense about how you can pick up all the little details that way! She definitely is! Oh yes I loved Hermione’s bag as well. haha no worries- I enjoyed it! Thank you!! 😀

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      1. I wouldn’t recommend doing it as your first time ever reading HP (that’s how I started it, when DH leaked… I was a bad kid) but it really does help you see the detail. (I’ve since read HP in order the right way, many times. haha)

        This kinda makes me want to rewatch the movies too…

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  6. You are so funny. I love your analysis, i never thought of Dumbledore they way you described (he he) . I always thought of him as a benevolent character in half moon glasses. Certainly a good food for thought !!!. I want to re-read the entire series too, before the end of the year , something i have been saying to myself since last year .

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  7. I can echo your sentiments almost exactly – however, I’ve read Deathly Hallows for the first time already as an adult and did enjoy the last book quite a lot. Much more than the previous two, to be honest :). It was really well thought through, giving a sense of closure, and I appreciated Dumbledore not being such a sterling character. He had his chance at redemption and used it for what it was worth – in a great juxtaposition to both Voldemort and Grindelwald. But like you, I’m actually not that fond of the epilogue: I get why JK did what she did, but for me it was kind of letdown after everything that happened 😉

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  8. I was a late bloomer and just finished reading the series this year actually, and I love to see reviews from people rereading the series or reading it for the first time as an adult. Don’t get me wrong I love the series but think, reading it as an adult, I see more flaws in the characters than some of my friends who read it when they were 15 and seem to think of it as perfect. Great review 🙂

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  9. Agree! 🙂 I re-read the series multiple times, and each time I find something great that I’ve forgotten, and find something new I dislike. In my last re-read this past winter I was more annoyed by Dumbledore than usual, and I cried my eyes out on the Kreacher’s Tale chapter. I’ve completely forgotten it, and built up a lot of hate toward him up until that chapter, and then I just broke down. 😦 And I’ve also come to appreciate Neville more now than in my teenage years. 🙂 Awesome review, as always!

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  10. Well it makes me want to read it all again! Something that I’ll probably do. I wonder if I will see it with changed eyes though. And yes Lupin’s death should have been given more room as he was a great character!

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  11. Maybe the Snape twist is unexpected, but I will always always always hate that man. He uses his power to be a bully, so even if he was on the “right side” he never outgrew his petty evil-ish ways. Like you said, Neville is the real hero of the story, and his greatest fear in the ENTIRE WORLD isn’t the people who tortured his parents, it’s Snape. Enough said. *end rant*

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    1. haha fair enough- a few people have said that. I do agree with you in a lot of ways- I don’t see him as a totally good guy and he does bully kids (including Harry, often bringing his dead father into it) which is all shades of wrong. Neville is seriously incredible!! haha love your rant!

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  12. Imagine if Harry had gone through all of that then died falling down a well! I can’t help but think that would have been a pretty good ending. Imagine the uproar from the fandom! Glad you enjoyed your re-read! ♥♥♥

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  13. This is so interesting! I used to reread this series all the time as a kid, but I haven’t had time in years *dramatic gasp*. I wonder what it’ll be like if I reread this book now. You made some great points and I loved reading this!

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  14. I 110% agree about Dumbledore. I could never look at him the same way again after this book. And like you said, it has nothing to do with how he was written, frankly, I think it was quite beautiful what she did with his character. It made a seamlessly untouchable character, human.
    I also have mixed feelings about the epilogue, While I think most people enjoy it’s closure (like you said, absolutely no need for a play, or spin off), I could never actually “enjoy” it because it didn’t feel like a genuine part of the series to me.
    Wow, I actually feel exactly the same as you for almost all your points (the exception being Snape- I could never get behind his obsession with Lily, and felt that his ending, while distressingly tragic, especially when watching it on screen, did not feel like such a HUGE loss to me- DON”T HURT ME!

    Gosh, I can’t believe its over. Thank you so much for going into detail and sharing your thoughts on this :]

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    1. I’m glad you agree! And yes I do totally get that- I like how he was written, especially reading it as an adult.
      But yes, I really get what you mean about the closure element, but it doesn’t feel like the same book for me too.
      And thank you! hehe that’s fair enough. I do completely understand why people don’t like Snape and can’t get behind him. I think he’s a very flawed character (and one of those teachers that abuses his position of power) BUT I’m also one of those people who loves a good redemption arc- it doesn’t mean I forgive them for everything they’ve done, but it’s something that will never cease to move me. Hope that makes sense.
      Thank you so much for reading!!

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  15. I would go as far as to say that Voldemort is the weakest part of the series. I always found his posturing a bit pathetic in a way. My understanding is that he fears death, and this motivates him and his actions. But in a world where immortality is a proven fact (Flamel and the Philosopher’s stone) Voldemort behaves like a complete moron. I mean, why even try and steal the stone. Why not just make your own philosopher’s stone? Or try and buy it from Flamel, who by all accounts was ready to die?

    No, the Voldemort we get is 14 years old, seething, and writing heart rending poetry in black ink on black paper. He uses anagrams as though it’s some unbreakable code, and mooches around the place like a sulky shaved monkey, all petulance. He has tantrums and hisses a lot, but the net effect is that he is more needy and insecure, than to be feared.

    The real villain is Umbridge, and o a lesser extent Fudge. Both of them demonstrate more accurately what evil can look like, be it sanctimonious cruelty or servile incompetence. Voldemort and his gang are like a biker gang in comparison, dangerous yes, but not terribly subtle or effective. If they can’t kill it or threaten it, they’re stuck. Don’t get me wrong, I love the books and reread them religiously, but Voldemort is the McGuffin. He is a plot device for the story about love, rather than a real person.

    And also, why does any Death Eater ever use anything but the Killing Curse? It’s like having a machine gun, but deciding to use karate in a gun battle…

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    1. Yeah I definitely get what you mean about Voldy. heheheh that is so so true about the philosopher’s stone- I mean if he wasn’t so lazy he could have conquered death the sensible way.

      pahahaha I love your description of voldy!!

      You make such a great point about the real villains as well.

      I definitely have always wondered about the killing curse- especially since I think a machine gun would *literally* be more use. They can only throw up one shield, so the second bullet would get through… or at least that’s my understanding. Either way, if I’d been a muggle born in Harry Potter I’d have tried my luck with a gun if Voldy came after me.

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      1. Just having been inspired to reopen book 7 ( for the umpteenth time) and in that very first scene, there is a sort of emptiness to Voldy that is unintentional. When he is mocking the Malfoys about being related to Lupin and all the death eaters are laughing and then Voldy gets all serious and the table falls silent. It reads like the movie script cold open, like Rowling wasn’t convinced, but put it in anyway, because she was thinking about stage direction, rather than the writing.

        And this is interesting, because while I appreciate that to some the “power of Love’ theme is a bit eye rolling. But Rowling writes at her absolute best when describing love, loss and yearning. When Cedric’s ‘ghost’ in GOF says, “Hold on Harry,” it is somehow framed in this incredibly heartwarming way.

        When Lily Potter’s resurrected ghost looks at Harry hungrily, it never fails to make me wet eyed at least. JK cares about love so much, that the writing shines.

        When she has to write about anger, evil and hate however, she struggles, because she has no affinity or real interest in it, except to contrast and emphasize the nature of loss and love. And in my mind that’s why Voldy falls flat. He is not interesting, because he cannot love, and Rowling made the mistake of giving him that trait. He doesn’t even love himself – destroying his cold good looks into a mutilated shape. A character bereft of any form of love (which can be a negative trait as well, ask any stalker) is a character bereft of interest or dimension.

        And that’s why Voldemort sucks.

        Just my 2 cents!

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        1. Ah that’s a very interesting insight- thank you for sharing!

          I do agree about how moving Rowling is when writing love and loss in general as well. I think that in general it works and makes me very emotional too. And I think you’re completely right about how that’s where the flaw is with Voldemort- what an excellent analysis!

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  16. I was disappointed by this book but it has grown on me over the last few years. Some characters I agree are not given the space they need, such as Lupin, to really give them depth. Lupin seems really under used after the third book. But I’m glad Neville became a strong character. I’m reading the book before this one, and I’m starting to think I really don’t like Dumbledore very much. Some of his decisions, and the like, are strange. The epilogue I think just paved the way for fan fiction.

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    1. I feel the exact same way about it. I definitely agree about Lupin- it’s such a shame he was underused after that point. But I do like Neville’s character development. hehe I so get what you mean about Dumbledore! And yes I really agree with you about the whole paving the way for fanfiction (especially cos it literally did that)

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  17. I was shocked by the dark past of Dumbledore at first — but after finding that out, it *does* add this intense amount of dimension to the character that, for example, Gandalf will never have. And I love Gandalf, but I thought the way Rowling wrote the all-wise mentor as such an arrogant, flawed youth was BRILLIANT. In terms of storytelling. Truly agree with you on that, and on the Snape twist!

    NEVILLE!!! He was so amazing! I wanted to see him become Headmaster after that! 😀

    I thought the fact Harry never actually died — meaning the Resurrection Stone isn’t used in its strictest. most classic/religious sense — but he rather goes to a sort of Limbo, which is for him King’s Cross, is excellent. And I have never been more floored by an unexpected hero in this series than the role *Narcissa Malfoy* plays by assuring Voldemort, “Yes, he’s dead.” To me, that was even more spectacular than Snape, and Molly Weasley being the one to defeat Bellatrix. I felt the actors carried Harry’s “death” off fantastically in the film, too.

    While I was slightly let down with some of the finale (like not seeing what actually happened to Lupin and Tonks), overall I don’t have enough issues with it for it to rankle me. I did like the epilogue for the most part — though I have to agree that the last sentences feel…almost a tad weak, for such a phenom of a series. However, I don’t consider it *that* much of a problem, weighed against my enjoyment of the whole thing. 😉

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    1. I do really get what you mean about how shocking it is. And yes that does make sense (although I’ll defend Gandalf till I die- especially since he’s basically an angel and so symbolic anyway… see what I mean about defending him 😉 ) But yes it really was a brilliant twist! As was Snape 😀

      He really was!!! Definitely future headmaster material!

      Ah yes that is a good point- it’s kind of like a half death. The King’s cross element is great and I loved Narcissa’s role. Yeah I do agree there (though I’m not as fond of the films).

      That’s fair enough. And yes I do agree there. Totally get that!! 😀

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  18. I do agree about Dumbledore – actually, both points you make – he is no chuckling Santa, in reality. But that is also good for the book. Characters that basically ARE just one personality trait, are one-dimensional. Characters who seem to be something they’re actually not – that’s good writing.

    And I am also a fan of Neville. What’s also ironic, cute and adorable is the way the guy who played Neville grew up 😀 did you see the pics? Like, OMG. He was so unattractive as a kid, but when he grows up? 😀 LOL… really fits with the whole Neville story ARC, I should say.

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    1. Yeah for sure- I’m glad you agree. I do think that it makes him so much more three dimensional. And that’s very true!

      I totally agree with you! And yes I really get what you mean about the actor too!! LOL! haha it definitely does!

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  19. So, I’m coming back to reread this after a couple of days, and damn you, Librarian, you’ve done it again! The whole Charles Manson Vs Hitler analogy shall henceforth be the best and most perfect way I will ever find to describe my issues with Voldemort once he’s resurrected. He’s supposed to have basically crippled the whole country the last time he was around, but then he comes back and he never really *does* anything!
    The man’s running himself a nice scary cult full of serial killers and that had the potential to be perfectly scary enough, by building him up like this and then nothing really happening, it always felt more like a let down.

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    1. hahaha thanks! Yeah I know right- it’s so confusing cos he didn’t even have power the first time round (and let’s be honest, Hitler was *slightly* more destructive- not that I want to start a competition between rabid dictators). But like you said, he doesn’t *do* anything. I was always disappointed by that too

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      1. Yeah, like Voldemort the first time around sounds like he’d have been more like a terrorist cell, spreading terror and lies and death, but never in power. Hitler actually having control of his own government had rather different resources available (also not wishing to start a competition for worst human ever or anything)

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  20. This has been such an enjoyable series of reviews!
    I generally have mixed feelings about this one but I do agree about Dumbledore and it was so nice that Neville got his due, morally grey or not there was real closure with Snape and I think it helped Harry make peace with his parents deaths in a way. Anyway enjoyed your articles 🙂

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  21. Yeah, Dumbledore does a good job of showing that good guys can be bad guys, too. I don’t think that was the intent (if it was, then it was way too subtle for a children’s series) but that’s what I got out of it as an adult re-reading the series a few years ago.

    I also agree that you can’t say “this is like Nazis” and then not be dark. That was a horrible time in history. If you’re going to compare something to it, it needs to be dark.* But I also agree that it’s still a children’s series, and maybe it shouldn’t be as dark as I wanted it to be upon my first reading of it, either. As an adult reading it, the evil seems dumbed-down. I’d be curious to see what a kid reading it thought.

    *Side note: I mean this for fiction. Looking at current events and worrying that things are similar to how they were when the Nazis came to power is not quite the same thing, nor what I am referencing here.

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    1. Yeah absolutely! I have no idea about the intent, but it’s definitely what I got from it too.

      And yes, I really agree there. And yes for sure. And yes, for sure. Honestly, I can say that as a kid I was frustrated with the lack of darkness and didn’t like being talked down to and told “it’s just for kids”. But I think the difference is as an adult, I have a different perspective and can read other books to fill that quota 😉

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      1. Okay, so you know what it’s like to read it from different age groups. That’s an interesting difference! I do know that with other books I liked being shown the darkness… it made the “evil” feel real. I guess it would be the same with the Potter books.

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  22. I enjoyed DH a lot, even the first time I read it when it came out! I do envy you for being able to rediscover the series all over again 😃 I re-read all the books so frequently that nothing na is new anymore! I understand your feelings about Dumbledore- there are a lot of people in the fandom community who are rather critical of his motives. I, however feel that although he was rather vain in his youth, he got over that after the tragedy with Ariana. The Dumbledore we knew from the first 6 books IS the real Dumbledore- kind, mischievous, humorous and exceptionally intelligent. Oh and I was rather shocked by Lupin’s death too- he deserved a better farewell. But I am grateful to JKR for not killing off Hagrid or Ron! 😃

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  23. I’m glad you enjoyed this book a lot more this time around than the first time you read it. I guess this is both one of the series that improves with age and one that isn’t as bad as you remember it being. I haven’t read Harry Potter 7 as much as the earlier books so I can’t remember a lot of the finer details (why I need to re-read the series too) but I do remember being a little disillusioned by the last chapter. I guess I was just one of the people the epilogue didn’t sit well with because for me it didn’t seem to fit well with the rest of the series you know? There was all the tension and the happy ending years in the future felt tacked on.
    Great review for this book though, and I really am glad you enjoyed it. 🙂 ❤

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  24. I agree with it all. Dumbledor was just a constant source of annoyance. Why couldn’t he have written it all down and given that to Harry in his will? It would have been much more helpful than the resurrection stone. Snape, yeah ok he was a brilliantly written and complex character and I went through a phase of him being a good guy, but he was still a huge bully, especially to Neville. On that subject, Neville was completely underappreciated. From being constantly bullied all through school, his parents in saint Mungos and being raised by his Grandma his life was horrible. I feel his story could have been in the book so much more but I also think his story was told beautifully so it wasn’t dumped on us, it was very natural and of course, he would have been worried telling people. He was already bullied enough! Thank you for a blog post that made me think. Beautiful work!

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  25. I’ve only read DH once, unlike the other HP books so my memories aren’t as strong. However, I think I had similar issues with it for that first (and only) read. I did expect Voldemort to be, well, more evil? Not that I want to see pain and suffering, but we spent four books working up to his return and everyone was terrified and then it was almost anticlimatic because he didn’t seem to be doing much.

    I also wasn’t sure how I felt about the ending. I always wanted Harry to die. I thought it would be a powerful ending. But I also knew that wasn’t likely to happen in a children’s series. It’s too gutsy. People would be upset. Then he almost sort of died but didn’t and I felt conflicted, like Rowling wanted it both ways.

    I agree, too, that the moving ending is less than stellar. :/

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  26. I agree with pretty much all of your points, especially about Dumbledore and Voldy. I haven’t yet reread the final book (which is a little strange, I’ve reread the first four SO many times, and five and six a couple, I just never seem to get to 7). I remember when I first read it, I wanted so much for half of the focus to be on the silver trio, Ginny Luna and Neville taking names and kicking butt at Hogwarts. I still do, lol.

    It may be nitpicky, I’m not sure, but a lot of where I didn’t really love the epilogue was in the kid’s names lol. Naming one of your sons after two of the “bravest” men you ever knew… well sure but I just think SO MUCH was left out of that conversation. It’s much more like “two of the most complicated, manipulative, conflicting, integral to my surviving to adulthood but with a LOT of baggage men I ever knew” lol. I also just wishwishwish he had named one of his kids after Rubeus Hagrid. I just, gosh, I just sob internally at thinking of Hagrid getting to hold newborn “Ruby Luna” and him sobbing because, even though he could be frustratingly thick when it came to secrets and monsters, Hagrid has the biggest heart and was really Harry’s first true father figure/friend in the wizarding world and I think he deserved that.

    I def will reread the series someday and it will be fun for me to see how I feel about Snape’s arc then 🙂 Thanks so much for these posts. It was super fun to read your thoughts.

    Also lol having Voldy disintegrate in the film was such a bad idea, like, ew, someone might have breathed that as it floated away on the breeze!!

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  27. Ikr? I was so disappointed by the lack of weight given to some of these character deaths like Lupin’s. And same, this book is still a major hit or miss for me (because I’m pretty stubborn about my opinions) in regards to the epilogue, Voldy’s death (I like your analysis of his demise though), and Dumbledore (I was so disillusioned by this character here, which made me dislike this book all the more lol).

    Strangely enough, I don’t love Snape (because he’s a major dick haha), so I didn’t cry at all at the Pensive revelations, but I absolutely agree the twist was a huge shocker and he’s such a well written character. Awesome review! I really enjoyed all your HP breakdowns; it’s a great treat for a Potterhead like me to see other people’s takes on this series. 😉

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    1. Yes I so agree with you there! And yeah I really get what you mean. And totally agree- I was originally disillusioned by it, but prefer it now to when I first read it.

      And fair enough lol- he’s really not an out and out good guy!! Thank you so much!! 😀

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  28. Agreed on Lupin deserving a better death, but he was always enigmatic so in that sense so if he’s going to die, his death was portrayed in a way that seemed more… I guess, him? And Tonks dying alongside him is like Tonks going to find him and reassure him like she did in life. Symbolic in a way. Like Fred dying with a laugh etched on his face. Snape by a snake (double agent). Alright, I could go on but I’ll leave it there.
    The film battle between Harry and Voldy was one of the dumbest and overly theatrical scenes I’ve ever seen. They could have used that time better considering the book version of their battle was so suspenseful. The film version of it was just sheer stupidity. And don’t get me started on Ron and Hermione’s kiss in the films… out of nowhere. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

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  29. Been a long time since I’ve read this book. JKR did an excellent job on foreshadowing and weaving elements together. I think what I liked best is she didn’t info dump. Part of the continuing interest in her stories are the questions she left unanswered. What I remember the most is some of the characters deaths didn’t receive the weight they deserved. Lupin stands out for me. Great review as usual!

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