Saturday, October 9, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Review.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
by J.K Rowling.
Published in 2007.
Page count: 607

Harry continues his quest and burden to hunt and destroy the remaining Horcruxes to thwart Lord Voldemort’s dark plans. Along the way, Harry tackles many hurdles such as: hardship, death, exile, more death, overcoming fear, lots more death, and choosing between "what is right and what is easy." Somehow, Harry must find within himself the strength to complete the final task that has been thrust upon him. By the end, Harry along with his Hogwarts mates and the remaining Order of the Phoenix duel the Dark Lord and Death-eaters in a magnificent battle of magic and wizardry.
In this finale, J.K. Rowling unveils in spectacular fashion the answers to the remaining questions that have eluded and enlivened fans throughout the Harry Potter series; and she ends it in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ BRILLIANTLY. While the end of this beloved book series is bittersweet, the magic will always be encapsulated in the reader’s imagination. After all just like Harry, we may ask the same question, “Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?” …and Dumbledore’s answer would apply just as soundly, “Of course it is happening inside your head, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

Important Characters
Harry Potter: The eleven-year-old protagonist of the story, loyal and kind hearted and is known in the wizarding world as 'The Boy Who Lived'. He has black, ruffled hair that remains permanently untidy, just like his father's. He wears glasses, is thin, and has his mother's green eyes peering out from beneath rounded glasses.
Albus Dumbledore: He is the wise headmaster of Hogwarts, though he is considered mad by some.
Hagrid: A half-giant who is gamekeeper at Hogwarts. He is one of Harry's good friends at school, and owns a giant dog named Fang. He is fond of dangerous creatures, regarding them usually as pets.
Ron Wesley: With red hair, freckles, and a number of siblings, Ron is one of Harry's best and most loyal friends at Hogwarts.
Hermoine Granger: A smart muggle-born witch who becomes friends with Harry after he and Ron save her life. She has bushy brown hair, brown eyes, and somewhat large front teeth.
Draco Malfoy: He is a first year Slytherin who has a very unfriendly disposition; he is strongly disliked by Harry, Ron and Hermione. He is thin with sleek blond hair.
Severus Snape: He is Head of Slytherin House and Potions teacher at Hogwarts. He loathes Harry because he's like his father. He has greasy black hair, a hooked nose, and cold black eyes. Most people dislike him, except for the Slytherin House.
Professor McGonagall: She is Head of Gryffindor House and Transfiguration teacher at Hogwarts. She takes the place of Headmistress whenever Dumbledore is required to leave the castle.
Argus Filtch: He is the sneaky caretaker of Hogwarts, who can never be found anywhere without his cat, Mrs. Norris. He enjoys getting students into trouble.
Lord Voldemort: Lord Voldemort was the greatest dark wizard in Harry's time; he attempted to kill Harry as an infant and was only able to leave a scar.
Dolores Umbridge: A very unpleasant Ministry official that was a cruel Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher in Harry's 5th year. She is said to look toad-like and is a great fan of pink and kittens.
Fenrir Greyback: A ruthless werewolf who works for Lord Voldemort with the interest of turning as many people into werewolves as possible.
Kingsley Shacklebolt: A member of the Order of the Phoenix. He is assigned to protect the muggle Prime Minister.
Remus Lupin: Werewolf. He is Harry's former Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and he and Harry are good friends. He is an active member of the Order of the Phoenix.
Arthur Weasley: Ron's father. He works for the Ministry of Magic in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts office; he has a fondness for muggles and encourages acceptance towards them.
Molly Weasley: Ron's mother, who is very protective of all her children. She is described as a rather chubby, red haired woman.
Fred and George Weasley: Twins who own Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes, a very successful joke shop.
Ginny Weasley: Ron's bold younger sister, and a good friend to the trio.
Tonks: An active member of the Order of the Pheonix, with a relationship with Remus Lupin.
Aberforth Dumbledore: Albus's less talented brother.
Kreacher: He is a bitter and old house elf who belonged to the Black family.
Dobby: He is a rather unique house elf who was originally owned by the Malfoy family before being freed by Harry.
Luna Lovegood: Harry, Ron, and Hermione's unusual friend. Often called "Loony" Lovegood, mainly because she has a way of saying the truth but making people uncomfortable when she does. However, she does believe creatures like Nargles and Crumple-Horned Snorkacks, which, even in the wizarding world, do not exist.
Sirius Black: He was Harry's godfather who was his dad's best friend. He is deceased since the end of the fifth book. He was wrongly convicted of the murder of thirteen Muggle bystanders and a former friend, Peter Pettigrew.
Belletrix Lestrange: One of Voldemort's most loyal Death Eaters; she is a very dangerous and very powerful witch. Sister of Narcissa Malfoy and Andromeda Tonks, and killer of Sirius Black. She also tortured Frank and Alice Longbottom into insanity.
Teddy Lupin: Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks' son, raised by Tonks' mother, Andromeda.
Wormtail: One of the four Marauders' Mapmakers, and a former friend to James Potter, Remus Lupin, and Sirius Black. Has gone to Voldemort's side, as his own life is his highest priority.

Gryffindor: One of the four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, founded by Godric Gryffindor. Its emblematic animal is the lion and its colours are scarlet and gold. Minerva McGonagall is the most recent Head of House. Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, also known as "Nearly Headless Nick" is the house ghost. The particular characteristics of students Sorted into Gryffindor are courage and chivalry, of which the lion is the symbol.
Slytherin: One of the four Houses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and is traditionally home to students who exhibit such traits as cunning and ambition. Its emblematic animal is the snake and its colours are green and silver. Founded by Salazar Slytherin, the house is comprised mostly of pure-blood students, due to its founder's mistrust of Muggle-born witches and wizards. The house has a negative reputation, with many claiming that it is the source of most Dark Wizards in Britain, notably Tom Marvolo Riddle, a.k.a. Lord Voldemort, as well as many of his Death Eaters.
Ravenclaw: One of the four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, founded by Rowena Ravenclaw. Members of this house are characterised by their intelligence and cleverness. Its house colours are blue and bronze, and its symbol is the eagle. The house ghost, who in life was the daughter of the house's founder Rowena Ravenclaw, is the Grey Lady. Many great wizards and witches have come from this house, including Filius Flitwick and Luna Lovegood.
Hufflepuff: One of the four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Its founder was the Medieval witch Helga Hufflepuff. The Head of Hufflepuff is Pomona Sprout. The Fat Friar is the House's patron ghost. Hufflepuff is the most inclusive among the four houses, valuing hard work, patience, friendship and fair play rather than a particular aptitude in its members. Its emblematic animal is the badger, and yellow and black are its colours.
Dumbledore's Army: Dumbledore's Army is a student organization that is founded by Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in book 5 in order to stand up against the regime of Hogwarts High Inquisitor Dolores Umbridge, as well as to learn practical Defence Against the Dark Arts
Death Eaters: The sworn followers of Lord Voldemort; some notable Death Eaters are Bellatrix Lestrange and Lucius Malfoy.

My Thoughts
This book is amazing. It really did finish the Harry Potter series perfectly. Some really unexpected stuff happened in it, stuff that shocked me and made me shed a tear. That's the magic of it. J.K Rowling really is a hero. So I just want to say thanks to her, thank's for changing my life with the boy who lived under the stairs. It's really sad that this is the last book in the series, I wish the story just went on and on.


1 comment:

  1. This book is fantastic, amazing. I cried so hard at the end of it - and I was even reading it on public transportation :-)