Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I finished reading ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ a little more than an hour back! πŸ˜€
Spoiler Alert: Please don’t read the rest of the post if you are one of those Potter fans who haven’t read the book yet and don’t want to know what happened in the book before reading it!

Some random musings on the book and the Harry Potter series:

If you call someone your best friend, then, they have got to be like Ron and Hermione. That’s what you will feel after reading 7 books of Harry Potter. πŸ™‚ Without them, would have Harry achieved whatever he had?

Though I found the book to be a bit dragging initially what with new characters (or should I say old since they were all dead long back?) being introduced and Harry, Ron and Hermione shifting from one place to another with not much action involved, later the story seemed to proceed a lot more faster than it was in the first 200 pages or so. I am happy with the way the Harry Potter series has ended with neither Harry nor Ron and Hermione ending up dead. πŸ™‚ (I don’t like sad endings.)

Reading a Harry Potter book that didn’t have Harry, Ron or Hermione going to Hogwarts, chatting at the Gryffindor common room, attending classes was very different! From the moment the three of them stepped on to the Room of Requirement, it was like the good old days when they were still at Hogwarts. πŸ™‚ It was good to see Professor McGonagall take charge of the situation immediately and efficiently too. And who would have imagined Neville to perform such great acts back when he was in the first year at Hogwarts?! πŸ™‚

It was nice seeing Harry being named the Godfather of Lupin’s son. But, then, the baby, like Harry, had to lose both its parents while they were fighting against the death-eaters. 😦 And why did poor Fred have to die? 😦 The parts involving Fred and George have always been the ones that everyone would have enjoyed the most. πŸ™‚

It’s so easy for dead people to speak with the living ones in the Wizarding World, isn’t it? πŸ˜‰ Dumbledore’s no more. Never mind, he still comes and speaks with Harry explaining the situation clearly to him! Snape’s dead. But then, the pensive comes in handy in showing Harry clearly what all happened in the past! πŸ˜‰

The great wizard, Dumbledore, after all, didn’t seem to have had such great intentions at some point of time in his life. But, the story involving his past was repeated too many times in the book, each time the story being said/written by a different person.

I found the last part of the book, the scene nineteen years later, a bit too lengthy. Imagining Harry and Ginny having so many kids was so funny.

There are going to be no more Harry potter books! 😦 Seven books filled with adventures, lots of exciting moments, plenty of moments in school like a student not answering questions in class, being punished for it, the students playing quidditch as a team, the war between the houses, moments of friendship, little fights between friends, etc., etc. which are not so different from what happens in any muggle school, all these are what made Harry Potter a very good read.

J.K.Rowling’s creativity in creating a whole new world involving ‘different’ kind of people, creatures with strange names, a whole lot of potions having ingredients that are unthinkable and her wonderful description of Hogwarts, Diagon Alley and all the places that she had visualized in her mind should all be appreciated.

I can’t fight sleep anymore, as it has been a very busy day for me reading Harry Potter all day. πŸ˜‰ Wishing you all a great Sunday! πŸ™‚

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19 Comments

  1. C*H*i*l*l said,

    July 22, 2007 at 1:56 am

    //I can’t fight sleep anymore, as it has been a very busy day for me reading Harry Potter all day. πŸ˜‰ Wishing you all a great Sunday! //

    Adada… Enna oru uthamamaana velai… πŸ™‚

  2. Sathej said,

    July 22, 2007 at 7:50 am

    Wish you the same Aparna πŸ™‚ a great Sunday!
    Sathej

  3. Girish said,

    July 22, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    hmmm..but did it answer all those ques unanswered in the previous books??? Me just started it..

  4. Aparna said,

    July 22, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    Girish,
    As far as I remember, I think all the questions have been answered in this book. Read it and let me know if you find any unanswered questions. I am anyway planning to read all the 7 books once again soon.

  5. Sathej said,

    July 22, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    All the seven! Once again! Well, good…
    Sathej

  6. Rukesh said,

    July 22, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    Hi Aparna,

    Hope you are eager to watch Ooh la la…I really miss it as i am in office….
    Waiting for ur post on the same…scribble more abt the show and express ur comments.

    Regards,
    Rukesh D.

  7. Girish said,

    July 22, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Wats this show ‘Ooh la la…’ ? New musical show? Where is it?

  8. Rukesh said,

    July 22, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Girish,

    It is a talent-hunt show by ARR..screened on SunTV.

  9. Aravind said,

    July 23, 2007 at 3:51 am

    thats pretty fast …i have read one HP .but not a HP fanatic which i think u are. nethikay my cuz sent me the pdf .but padika thonala..neways looks like u relished ur HP readin experience..

  10. Aparna said,

    July 23, 2007 at 7:27 am

    Rukesh,
    I am seeing your comment only now. I totally forgot about the show!! 😦

    Aravind,
    Yes I enjoyed the HP series a lot. Hope you do read the book….

  11. sangs said,

    July 23, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    Just finished the book.And I wish the last chapter had NOT been there :-(harry should always be little harry potter .Otherwise,it was a good read,better than the half-blood prince.I dunno why but Dobby;s death was verry touching to me and the chapter when Harry finally realises all the truth and accepts it ,was strangely lump-in-throat kind .And,Snape,I always knew,I always knew the man was at a much higher level :-D..love that guy ,man πŸ˜‰

  12. Ravi said,

    July 23, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Just saw ur comment, thanks! And yeah, once they got back to Good Old Hogwarts, reading was great pleasure.

  13. Aparna said,

    July 23, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    Sangs,
    Till now I haven’t heard anyone say they liked the last chapter.
    Even I found Dobby’s death very touching. And, I loved the part where Harry reads his mother’s letter πŸ™‚
    Even I never doubted that Snape wasn’t a bad man. I would have been shocked if it had turned out to be otherwise.

    Ravi,
    Welcome to my blog πŸ™‚

  14. Ravi said,

    July 23, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you Aparna!

    And I did like the last chapter. It did seem like an afterthought, but the names of the children were funtastic. Draco’s son is Scorpius and Harry has a son by name Albus Severus! I liked it!

  15. Rukesh said,

    July 23, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    Aparna,

    Poor Girl !! Hope you will catch it on YouTube.

    Rgds,
    Rukesh.

  16. Jennifer said,

    July 24, 2007 at 5:02 am

    I’m very disappointed that Rowling chose to make the Harry Potter series into a “fairy tale” with a “happily ever after” ending. I don’t think having only minor characters die fits a “grisly ending”. Not only does Rowling save all the major characters she adds a “19 years later” that makes the ending even more of a “fairy tale”.

  17. SK said,

    July 24, 2007 at 5:07 am

    Yes! Absolutely loved the book, great post, summing up most of it. :–)) No more HP waaaaah!

  18. Aparna said,

    July 24, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Ravi,
    Albus Severus was the only thing I liked in the epilogue πŸ™‚

    Rukesh,
    I saw it on Youtube yday πŸ™‚

    Jennifer,
    Welcome to my blog! Hmmm. 19 yrs later was the only thing I didn’t like. I felt the rest of it were fine.

    SK,
    Thanks πŸ™‚

  19. Wallace said,

    July 26, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    Who decides which books get press (Harry Potter) and which get censored? After all, censorship is becoming America’s favorite past-time. The US gov’t (and their corporate friends), already detain protesters, ban books like “America Deceived” from Amazon and Wikipedia, shut down Imus and fire 21-year tenured, BYU physics professor Steven Jones because he proved explosives, thermite in particular, took down the WTC buildings. Free Speech forever (especially for books).
    Last link (before Google Books caves to pressure and drops the title):
    http://www.iuniverse.com/bookstore/book_detail.asp?&isbn=0-595-38523-0


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