Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
I'm not sure what I can say about this book. I'm sure it's already been discussed to death. I liked it, as I have liked all of the Harry Potter books. I should confess that I have never actually read a Harry Potter book. I listen to them on CD and I absolutely love listening to Jim Dale do all the voices. Here's what I liked most about this book: the focus on the friendship of Harry, Ron and Hermione. What great friends. I also like the other Hogwarts kids—Ginny, Nevile, and Luna. And I particularly enjoyed learning so much more about Dumbledore—he's one of my favorite characters. Rowling really made him into a complex person in this book. And Harry, almost in spite of himself, consistently chooses the honorable path that stems from his inborn sense of right and wrong. I like that he is so real and so good, but not in a preachy way. Now for things I didn't like. The story dragged a bit in the middle when they were living in the tent and didn't know what to do. I thought the ending with Snape was very predictable—I knew all along he was going to turn out to be good (or at least not evil). The part I really didn't like was the epilogue. It made Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Hermione seem so BORING! So they fought off evil and now they just raise kids and send them off to boarding school. I'd like to think they have more excitement in their lives than that. (It reminds me of how I felt reading the later Anne of Green Gables books—grown ups are just so dull!) In spite of my few criticisms, I really did enjoy the book and I'm looking forward to listening to the entire series again from start to finish.