Here we are, the end of the line. The last hurrah. The big bang. Alright, I’m finished. But seriously, Harry potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was the end of an era. I said before that I literally grew up with Harry Potter and reading the final novel was quite an emotional rollercoaster as I’m sure it was for many other readers. Now, like always, there will spoilers in this post. So, if you haven’t read the final novel yet, I would stop reading here.
The seventh novel does not take place primarily at Hogwarts like the previous six. Instead, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are having to travel all over to try and locate Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes (objects containing parts of his soul). As Voldemort is getting stronger and stronger, it is up to Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of their friends to put a stop to him.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is my favourite of the seven novels. I love how different it is from the others. Not just the fact that the setting is different, but we also see new sides of the characters. Each of the characters shows a much darker side and it becomes apparent the toll the fight against Voldemort has had on each of them. But I think this is good. It makes the story more believable to see that the characters aren’t invincible.
Probably one of the most memorable moments out of all the books is The Battle of Hogwarts. It is the final fight between good and evil and J.K. Rowling wrote a battle scene of epic proportions. As sad as I was about the series ending, there really couldn’t have been a better way for it to go out.
The novel ends with an epilogue that takes place nineteen years later. The epilogue had mixed reviews from some people, but I, personally, loved it. It gives you a chance to see what our heroes lives are after everything has returned to normal. We meet Harry and Ginny’s children: James Sirius, Albus Severus (he never stood a chance), and Lily Luna. We also meet Ron and Hermione’s children, Rose and Hugo. There is even mention of Bill and Fleur’s eldest daughter, Victoire, kissing Tonks and Lupin’s son, Teddy (who was born earlier in the book). The epilogue gives both characters and readers closure and I believe it was the perfect way to end the series.
Now, I can’t write a review of the final Harry Potter novel without paying tribute to the characters who died. Especially as both of my favourite characters were killed in The Battle of Hogwarts. While people were lost on both sides, I will only list a handful here: Mad-Eye Moody, Hedwig, Fred Weasley, Tonks, Lupin, Dobby the House Elf, Snape, Bellatrix Lestrange, and, of course, Voldemort himself. Whether good or bad, each of these characters offered something truly unique to the story and I know many readers were saddened by the deaths of many of these characters. When you read a book you become attached and we, as readers, had gotten to known many of these characters over several novels which made it especially hard.
J.K. Rowling did an amazing job with this entire novel, but I think one of the best parts was the final showdown between Harry and Voldemort. In Voldemort’s last moments, Harry calls him Tom Riddle and when Voldemort dies it is not in some magical, spectacular way. He just dies, completely human, and I think this is one of the best things J.K. Rowling did. She humanized the character that was feared for seven novels and I believe, for readers, that was an incredible moment of realization that even the scariest and worst things can end.
All in all, I think Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was the best of all the novels. It was the end of a long road, but it is one of those stories that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
What did you think of the final Harry Potter novel? Which book was your favourite?