My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As with all J.K. Rowling books, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was extremely well written. Rowling has a genuine flare with her writing. The description is always so elaborate, painting an intricate setting that is very easy to become enveloped by.
I particularly liked the opening of this book, with two undefined men walking towards Malfoy Manor. There is an immediate build up of suspense as we try to imagine who these men are and what they are doing here. When we discover that they are Snape and Yaxley, we’re very aware that we are about to find ourselves in the middle of a very dark and sinister scene with none other than Lord Voldermort himself. Rowling has us asking questions from the very first chapter, forcing us to continue reading.
Not that we would need to be forced, of course. With this book being the final instalment of an enthralling series, dedicated readers and crazed Harry Potter fans (Potterheads) like myself have no choice but to read on. J.K Rowling has created an addictive world and this final book is the perfect conclusion to it all.
The book had me on edge the whole way through. Questions that I had been asking myself since Book 1, such as who is Professor Snape and what is his real story? were answered in this book. And they were answered with such detail and precision that I couldn’t have asked for more. But not only were timeless questions answered, unexpected secrets were revealed. A clear point of interest in relation to this would be in Chapter 18, where we discover “The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore”. Shocking would be an understatement.
In addition to this, we see our three main characters really coming to test themselves in this book. Of course, Harry has already endured incredible amounts of pain and loss and his two best friends have experienced this pain vicariously through such close association with him. But in this book, limits are truly tested. Relationships are formed, ones that are much less high school and superficial than the ones we saw in the half blood prince for example – I am referring here to Ron’s relationship with Lavender Brown.
There is definitely a very dark tone to this book, as you would expect. The ultimate battle takes place here and there is loss on an incredible scale. Rowling weaves all the clues, inklings and secrets from previous books in a shower of puzzle piece revelations. It’s a turbulent read, but it’s also a spectacular ending to what I feel is the best fantasy series of all time.
Reviewed by: Tanya Marie