Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
by J. K. Rowling
I finally finished the Harry Potter series. I’m so sad is over because I loved the books and the characters and their world. I’m very sad to have left it, though I’m already looking forward to reading them all again! 😉 I have to say, in my opinion, The Deathly Hallows was the dark book and the difficult one to read. The other books had dark parts, but this final book finally got to the “dark” I had heard about and had been anticipating. That being said, I absolutely loved the ending and the “19 years later” bit. I get why Harry Potter is so addicting and popular . . .it truly lives up to its reputation.
Lots of spoilers: Harry has decided not to return to Hogwarts for his final year, but instead decides to hunt for the remaining horcruxes. He has to return to his aunt and uncle’s though in order to be protected until he turns 17. On his birthday, his friends and the remaining Order of the Phoenix arrive to help him leave, to prevent Voldemort from killing Harry. They all drink a polyjuice potion to look like Harry and then set off only to run straight into Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Most of them make it back to the Burrow, but Moody and Hedwig die, and George loses an ear. They go straight from battle to wedding planning as Fleur and Bill are soon to be married. The wedding goes off smoothly (Harry even learning that Dumbledore lived in the same place as his parents), until they get surrounded and attacked by Death Eaters. Hermione is prepared for this though. She has everything Harry, Ron, and she need in a magical fathomless bag, so they gather together and disapparate. (Side note, Harry and Ginny are crazy for each other, but break up to keep Ginny safe and allow Harry to finish his quest. Understandable, but so sad, as I was so happy when they finally got together!) The trio is back together and ready to finish off Voldemort. They start off by apparating to a cafe in London where they run into Death Eaters. After stunning them and modifying their memory, the three friends go to Sirius’ house to make plans. There they learn from Kreacher that Prof. Umbridge has the next horcrux: the necklace, so they decide to use pollyjuice potion to get into the ministry of magic and get it from her. In the end, they get the horcrux and help set some half-bloods free, but get caught as they disapparate. Hermione is able to leave their captor at Sirius’ house, but because of that, they are forced to leave Sirius’ house for good and end up on the run. Ron gets seriously injured from splinching, so they set up camp with many protective spells and try to regroup. They have no way of destroying the horcrux so they take turns wearing it while Ron recovers and they rack their brains to figure out what to do next. The horcrux makes the wearer grumpy and mean and starts to pull apart the group, coming to a head when Ron gets angry at their lack of a plan and leaves in a huff. Hermione is devastated, but sticks by Harry. They continue to move camp every few days, even though Hermione is heartbroken over Ron. They decide to go to Godric’s Hollow to see if the sword of Gryffindor is there and to see Harry’s patents’ graves. They find Bathilda Bagshot and go to her house hoping to learn more about Dumbledore in order to find out what do to next. It all falls apart as Bathilda is under Voldemort’s spell and it turns into a trap. Harry and Hermione barely escape, and their one casualty is Harry’s wand . . .it broke in two during their escape. Demoralized and feeling hopeless with uncertainty, they still have no plan. Then, one frosty night Harry sees a doe patronus and follows it to an icy pond where he sees the sword of Gryffindor lying at the bottom. He realizes the only way to get it is to dive in, so he does. He reaches the sword only to begin to be drowned by the horcrux he’s wearing. He is about to give into fate when Ron dives in to save him. They get out of the pond and Harry lets Ron destroy the horcrux before they return to Hermione who is furious with Ron (though happy inside). They are now ready to find the next horcrux when they get captured by snatchers who bring them to Bellatrix at the Malfoy’s house. There, Harry and Ron get thrown into the dungeon, while Hermione gets tortured. Ron is beside himself, but they have to press on with trying to escape. Harry is able to call to Dobby who comes to the rescue. In the dungeon are also Luna, Gregorovitch, and a goblin. Dobby takes them to Fleur and Bill’s house (remote and safe), while Harry and Ron trick their guards and run to Hermione’s aide. Dobby returns and in the end they escape with Bellatrix and Malfoy’s wands, but Dobby gets stabbed right before they disapparate and dies. They have a proper burial (while I sobbed my eyes out), but are short on time. Harry talks to Gregovoritch and learns that the Deathly Hallows (explained earlier on their quest by Luna’s father as the three objects that make the owner immune to death: an unbeatable wand, a stone to bring back the dead, and an invisible cloak) are indeed real. He has the cloak and Voldemort has learned where the wand is (in Dumbledore’s tomb) and will get it before Harry can. It’s now even more important that they find the remaining horcruxes. They decide to strike a risky deal with the goblin: he gets them into Gringotts to Bellatrix’s vault (where they hope to find the next horcrux: a goblet), they give him the sword of Gryffindor. Their plan (including using pollyjuice to disguise Hermione as Bellatrix and Ron as a Death Eater, leaving Harry and the goblin to hide under the invisibility cloak) works, even getting them past a dragon, until they reach the vault. There they find the goblet, but by then they are discovered and only manage to escape by releasing the dragon and riding it out. After their escape they realize they need to return to Hogwarts to find the next horcrux: Ravenclaw’s diadem. They return and find that they have a huge support group and a ton of help. They set off as a battle begins between Voldemort and his Death Eaters, and the wizards and witches of Hogwarts! Ron and Hermione run to the chamber of secrets where they use a basilisk tooth to destroy the cup horcrux. They meet up with Harry and rush to the room of requirement where they find the diadem. They’re followed by Draco, Goyle, and Crabbe, whom they battle until Crabbe creates fiendfire, which destroys the horcrux and takes Crabbe’s life. They escape and set out to find Nagini, Voldemort’s snake. They find them with Snape at the Shrieking Shack. Voldemort believes that in order to have full command of his unbeatable wand that he has to kill us last owner, whom he believes is Snape, so he kills him and then leaves. Harry rushes to Snape where he gets a valuable memory: Snape knew Harry’s mom from childhood and has always been in love with her. Even though he was a Death Eater, he was ultimately always faithful to Lily and therefore Dumbledore, etc. He was living as a double agent of sorts, working for Voldemort, but reporting back to Dumbledore. Dumbledore was slowly dying from a curse from a horcrux and asked Sirius to be the one to kill him in the end, which of course he did. Through the same memory Harry learns that he is one of the horcruxes and needs to die in order for Voldemort to be defeated. He leaves Hermione and Ron with instructions to kill Nagini, but doesn’t tell them what he’s about to do . . .in fact, he tells no one, but leaves to do what he’s finally ready to do. On his way, Harry figures out how to open the golden snitch that Dumbledore left him. He places it in his mouth and it opens to reveal the Deathly Hallows stone, which he uses to bring back his parents and Sirius who support him and go with him to his death. Harry wakes to find himself is a beautiful, quiet place with Dumbledore. They discuss a few things, including that Harry isn’t really dead if he doesn’t want to be. Harry decides to return and wakes to hear Voldemort and the Death Eaters discussing if Harry is actually dead. Draco’s mother comes to Harry and asks if Draco is alive. Harry says, yes, and she announces that Harry is dead. A mourning Hagrid carries Harry back to Hogwarts where Harry springs to life. Rapidly, Neville kills Nagini and Harry kills Voldemort. Much damage is already done though, including the deaths of Fred, Lupin, and Tonks. Soon things are returned to order and then fast forward 19 years. Ron and Hermione are sending their daughter and Harry and Ginny are sending their son to their first year at Hogwarts. Harry’s son, Albus Severous, is nervous about being sorted, to which Harry reassures him that the two men he’s named after were from two different houses and were two of the bravest men he knew, but in the end the hat will let you choose, so he has nothing to worry about. It is such a sweet, beautiful ending. I was so happy!
Summing it up: it was a fitting, sad yet wonderful end to the series. I love it and all the other books and highly recommended them (with caution for the last one to younger readers)!
All the best, Abbey