Deathly Hallows

Note: You can read this, it’s spoiler free, the few hints at the plot are as vague I can make them.

I had ordered the book online this time, so didn’t go to my favorite shop early morning to pick it up. It got delivered at 5pm—I am sure I behaved horribly yesterday till then. I started reading immediately, and finished at 3am, taking it nice and slow.

I am in awe. J. K. Rowling has delivered a great book, and I didn’t think anyone could cope with the pressures she was under, deal the level of expectation that the series engendered.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the most action-packed book of the series (of course). Rowling has broken many of her patterns, so the book felt a bit strange at first. I am thankful that this did not turn out (quite) like another Frodo’s quest to Mount Doom. I was dreading that, to be honest.

Some characters finally did ‘grow up’, if I may say so—I cheered for them. The Deathly Hallows are something nobody speculated about—Rowling is great at pulling off stunts like this, like what she did with the Half-Blood Prince. There is a lot of new information on Dumbledore—something that was required as he’s the one who engineered the whole thing. But the new stuff that she’s introduced fits in very nicely with what had been revealed so far—I am itching to re-read the whole series in light of some of the revelations here.

And the epilogue was nice. Will say no more, except it gave me a good sense of closure. No chance of any sequels, I say!

Harry Potter has always held a special place for me. Having read quite a few books when I was young, I stopped reading somewhere in my teens. I think my parents had stopped buying books for me, I think, and I with all the naïvity of a youth who thought he knew everything, hadn’t realized yet that I could go and buy books I want myself (quite embarrassing). Then I read Chamber of Secrets sometime after the first movie got out (borrowed it from a friend, thanks for that Akshay) and it seems I haven’t stopped reading since. So I’m quite unabashedly impartial to these books.

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