Friday, 6 November 2009
Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [Audio]
Narrated by: Jim Dale
Category: Young Adult Fantasy
Synopsis: In the final book of the Harry Potter series the three friends choose not to return to Hogwarts but instead set off around the country in search of the mysterious and dangerous Horcruxes. The most evil of magical items must be destroyed in order for the evil Lord Voldemort to be defeated. The journey is both exciting and frightening.
My Thoughts: I have mixed feelings about this final book. It can drag at times, but at the same time I think that this shows the journey the friends take. The constant movement from place to place and the dreary conditions and the frustrations that this causes amongst the protagonists is mirrored in the readers wish for something, anything to happen. I think that if I was not invested in the story of Harry and his friends I would have given up on this book before the end, it was to depressing and it dragged. However, the part of me that almost incescently needs to know what happens next to characters I like was quite happy with the book. Even the sad aspects seem to fit with the book and the mirroring of real life. In real life sometimes even the "good die young".
I am not sure I need the epilogue. I think the end of the story was fine as it was without it. I can see why some people might need it but I didn't. To me it felt forced. But that is just me.
My favourite part of the book is probably when Snape dies. Him needing to see Lily's eyes one last time really hit home to me how much he loved her. I thought it was beautiful.
Despite some of my misgivings with this book and my previous problems with the audio version (I won't rehash it again but you can find them here and here) I would still recommend this book to others and especially if you have read the others.