Monday, July 23, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling

Warning .... spoilers ahead.

I jumped on the Harry Potter wagon late...February of this year. Once I started, though, I was hooked. I loved the world Rowling created and her characters became beloved friends. I, like so many others, was really looking forward to the last book in the series....and I was not disappointed. This book is much more action packed than the others, yet still deals with the depth of emotions that Harry is facing. This includes his facing of death itself. As Dumbledore says, "Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, and, above all, those who live without love."

Harry makes mistakes (don't we all), but he learns to trust others, stand for truth, and courageously put his friends ahead of himself. He selflessly lays his life down to save the world as he knows it. What a role model, not just for kids, but for adults, as well.

And Snape, poor Snape. I love the quote from the last chapter, " were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew." We finally get to learn the truth about Snape, and he wasn't at all what he seemed.

This book was an excellent ending to a great series. I feel a little sad that my travels with Harry have come to an end. But, I will probably revisit him in the future.

First line, "The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane."

Last line, "All was well."


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