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Cannonball Read #36: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

04/13/2010

The final installment in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, deviates from the formula of the previous novels in that it is not primarily set at Hogwarts. Harry, Ron and Hermione have dropped out of the wizarding school to set off on their quest to finish off Voldemort.

The three main characters must find and destroy the last three items called Horcruxes in which Voldemort has placed pieces of his soul. Once these pieces are destroyed, Voldemort will die and the wizarding world will be rid of him.

During their quest, we learn about wizarding history, folklore and the history of Dumbledore as well. Many characters that we’ve come to know and love during the series take part in the final battle against Voldemort. Some come into their own, and unfortunately, some are lost.

Harry does get to meet up with Dumbledore again at the end, and in a Matrix-like white room, he explains his motives and thinking behind his actions. In the epilogue which takes place 19 years later, we find that Voldemort is truly gone and the wizarding world is still safe.

This was the 2nd or 3rd time I’ve read this installment. I remember thinking during one of the earlier readings that Harry’s quest was taking too long, but in this final reading it seemed to fit well.

My co-reader, eldest daughter, says this was her favorite novel. All of the secrets are revealed, and of course there is the final, momentous battle. Even with the epilogue, she wonders about what happened to certain characters that aren’t mentioned. She’s certainly been bitten by the Harry Potter bug – she’s even going to participate in a Harry Potter session at her camp this summer. I just hope she’s not sorted into Slytherin!

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