Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book review

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
book review

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

In this last book of the saga, the boy who lived needs to pursue his destiny or die. Check out if he will be up to Dumbledore’s assignments!

 

The Book

As Harry Potter becomes an adult, the overlapping of the saga with the internal book plots is nearly complete, and the distinctions between them are very subtle.

Full of battles and struggles, the 7th book of the series is a major climatic novel. For this reason, it also has the longest internal climax.

It is here also the all lose ends are tied up, and we learn all main characters motivations and closures. The kids finally become adults, and their lives continue in a new modified world, free from the threatening shadow of Voldemort.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Book Cover Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harru Potter Saga, book 7
J.K. Rowling
Fantasy, Juvnile
Arthur A. Levine Books
July 1, 2009
paperback, kindle, audible, library binding
784
15 and up, but suitable for any mature kid.


 The Review

The seventh tome in the Harry Potter series is a complex action-packed novel so full of comes and goes that, for the screen adaptation, producers decided to convert it into two movies, so many were the possibilities of plot points.

We tried to analyze the main plot of the book from its internal point of view.

Pay attention that at this point of their lives, adventure is part of the Ordinary World and mere struggles are not enough to catapult their already messy lives into something even more fantastic (Act 2).

 

Dramatic Structure
Act 1

Voldemort is getting organized. Wanting to kill Harry Potter and establish his supremacy, the villain plots with the Death Eaters against Moody's plans to evacuating the boy from his suburban home.

While preparing to leave Privet Drive, Harry, reads ambiguous news about Dumbledore.

He convinces his family to run away.

The Order of the Phoenix arrives with a plan to sneak Harry away.

Six people, including some of Harry's friends, take Polyjuice Potion and, protected by Order members, become decoys. Harry leaves with Hagrid.

An attack happens. Voldemort tries to kill Harry, whose wand acts on its own and shoots back a.

Harry and Hagrid lure him out and arrive at Tonks' home. They use a Portkey to the Burrow.

In battle, George was injured, Hedwig and Moody got killed.

Harry has a vision of Voldemort questioning Ollivander about why Harry's wand acted as it did.

Preparations for Bill's wedding are going on at The Burrow.

Hermione, Ron, and Harry discuss plans to find and destroy Voldemort's Horcruxes, as Dumbledore had instructed.

Potter dreams of Voldemort searching for someone known as "Gregorovitch."

Ginny Weasley kisses Harry as something to remember her.

Scrimgeour, arrives to execute Dumbledore's will:

  • To Ron, the Deluminator.
  • To Hermione, the fairy tale book, "The Tales of Beedle, the Bard".
  • Harry is granted with Godric Gryffindor's Sword, and the first Golden Snitch he had ever caught in Quidditch match. The sword, however, is missing.

 

Trigger

At the wedding party, Harry learns more unpleasant details from Dumbledore's past.

A warning comes with information that the Ministry of Magic has fallen under the power of Voldemort. The Death Eaters are on their way. Chaos breaks loose.

 

Act 2

Harry, Ron, and Hermione disapparate away from the wedding.

In a café, while trying to decide their actions, two Death Eaters attack.

They defeat the Death Eaters and flee to Sirius Black's home.

Harry realizes that "R.A.B." is Regulus Arcturus Black, from the Horcrux replica inscription he had found with Dumbledore.

The Black family's house-elf, Kreacher, tells them that Mundungus stole the real locket, and they send Kreacher to find him.

Remus arrives and explains that the "Voldemort-Ministry" is searching for Harry and persecuting Muggle-born wizards.

After Remus leaves, Kreacher brings Mundungus in. He gave the locket to Dolores Umbridge as a bribe.

The trio infiltrates the Ministry to retrieve the Horcrux from Umbridge.

They witness the Muggle-Born Registration Commission, set up to convict Muggle-borns.

Harry stuns Umbridge. Hermione steals the Horcrux, and they apparate to the countryside for random hiding.

Another vision shows Voldemort interrogating Gregorovitch for something he stole.

The three discover that the Gryffindor's sword inside Lestrange's Vault is a copy, missing and was last used by Dumbledore on another Horcrux, Marvolo Gaunt's ring.

Hermione realizes that the basilisk venom made the sword powerful enough to destroy Horcruxes.

Ron bickers with Harry and angrily leaves Hermione and Harry to continue without him.

They go to Godric's Hollow to look for the sword.

Voldemort's snake ambushes Harry. whose wand cracks.

They flee, and Harry's envisages how Voldemort killed the Potters.

Reading Rita Skeeter's book, Harry becomes more disappointed with his former mentor.

A silver doe Patronus appears for Harry and drives him away to a frozen lake with Gryffindor's Sword in the bottom.

Harry starts to drown after attempting to restore the sword and is saved by Ron

Harry tells him to destroy the Horcrux.

They awake Hermione to tell her the news.

Ron explains his journey back, running into foes, from which he stole a wand.

He explains that the "talented" Deluminator revealed him the way back to his friends.

In her tale-book, Hermione, realizes they need to speak to Xenophilius Lovegood and ask about Grindelwald symbol.

At the Lovegood's they learn about the Deathly Hallows.

  • the Elder Wand
  • the Resurrection Stone
  • and the Invisibility Cloak, owned by Harry

Whoever rules all three artifacts will be the "Master of Death."

Lovegood betrays them to bargain for Luna's freedom.

The young trio barely escapes.

Harry is obsessed with finding the relics and becomes erratic.

A group of Snatchers finds the three.

Hermione's makes Harry's face, unrecognizable.

The Snatchers get suspicious and take them to the Malfoys where the kids struggle with Bellatrix Lestrange about the sword.

spoilers for Part1 of the movies

Dobby appears and helps the three, along with Dean, Griphook, Ollivander, and Luna to escape, but gets attacked by Bellatrix.

They Apparate to Shell Cottage, Bill and Fleur's house.

Harry sees that Bellatrix's knife has hit Dobby that sadly dies in his arms.

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Remembering Bellatrix's reaction, they question Griphook about how to break her vault in Gringotts for another Horcrux.

Harry then asks Ollivander about the Elder Wand.

Ollivander tells him that when a wizard disarms, kills, or defeats another, they can master that wizard's wand.

Harry "sees" Voldemort successfully stealing the Elder Wand from the tomb of Dumbledore.

Griphook suspiciously agrees to help the trio in exchange for Gryffindor's sword.

Lupin asks Harry to be the godfather of his just-born son with Tonks and goes back home.

The three reach Gringotts to obtain the Horcrux.

Hemione and Ron, using a "polyjuice-disguise" as Bellatrix and a lackey lead Griphook and Harry, that hide under the Invisibility cloak, into the Ministry.

They lure the employees into reaching the vault and find Helga Hufflepuff's Cup, one of the Horcruxes.

Griphook double-crosses them and flees with the sword.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione escape the premises on the back of a captive dragon.

Shortly after their escape, Harry dreams that the last Horcrux, a relic related to Rowena Ravenclaw, is inside Hogwarts Castle.

They go to Hogsmeade and Dumbledore's younger brother calls Neville to help them sneak through a secret tunnel into the castle.

The trio learns that Neville, Ginny, and Luna had reunited Dumbledore's Army to resist against Voldemort's rule over the school.

The only known relic is long lost Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem.

After some struggle, Harry searches the castle.

Snape is run out of the premises.

Feeling endangered, Voldemort gathers his army to assault the school and kill Harry.

The Order raises its own army consisting of teachers, students, the D.A, and enchanted castle figures. The Battle of Hogwarts begins.

Harry locates the diadem in the Room of Requirement.

Ron and Hermione gather some basilisk fangs to use and destroy the remaining Horcruxes.

After saving Malfoy, Harry manages to destroy the diadem in a fire.

An explosion kills Fred during combat.

There is only one Horcrux left to kill, Voldemort's snake, Nagini.

They save Draco Malfoy again during the confusion of combat.

Voldemort can't make the Elder Wand work properly and he coldly tells his snake to kill Snape. He believed that Snape was the wand's master after having killed Dumbledore.

Snape gives his memories to Harry.

Voldemort makes an ultimatum:

If Harry Potter doesn't surrender in an hour, everyone will be destroyed.

All is at the edge of being lost.

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Mid-Point
Harry goes to Dumbledore's office to view Snape's memories in the pensive.

He learns several surprising secrets:

  • Severus and Lily were close friends as children and through school.
  • One day, in an argument, Snape called Lily a "mudblood" after being bullied by James and Sirius.
  • Despite his total regret, she doesn't reconcile with him and that leads him to join the Death Eaters.
  • When Voldemort kills Lily, Snape becomes a trustworthy double agent working for Dumbledore to help protect Harry and fight against Voldemort.
  • Dumbledore had put on the Horcrux-ring and fell victim to a curse that would kill him within a year.
  • Dumbledore then tells Snape to protect Draco. Snape must also kill Dumbledore in place of Draco.
  • Dumbledore explains that when Voldemort's body was destroyed, a piece of his soul latched onto the baby-Harry since he was closest living thing and he became one other Horcrux.
  • Harry must be killed by Voldemort to have that part of his soul detached from his body.
  • Snape's Patronus is the same as Lilly's and it was Snape who led Harry to the Sword of Gryffindor in the lake.

After emerging from Snape's memories, Harry knows he must die to destroy Voldemort forever.

He tells Neville to kill Nagini at all cost.

He opens the Golden Snitch that reveals the Resurrection Stone.

He uses it to summon the spirits of his parents, of Sirius, and Lupin, who provide emotional support as Harry walks to his death.

He Meets Voldemort who kills him with the Killing Curse.

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Act 3

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However, Harry finds himself in a limbo state where he meets Dumbledore.

His deceased mentor explains that he, Harry, cannot be killed by Voldemort while Voldemort lives.

He also discovers that the attempted murder has separated the part of Voldemort's soul he had had inside himself.

Only Harry is now worthy of possessing the Hallows.

Dumbledore tells him he can choose to stay dead or go back to stop Voldemort.

Harry decides to return to life and fight back.

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Climax

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Voldemort orders Narcissa Malfoy to check on the inert Harry and she tells everyone that the boy is dead.

Voldemort challenges Hogwarts to surrender but is faced down by Neville. Voldemort tortures him.

Harry gets up and escapes.

At that moment, Hogwarts reinforcements appear near the school.

Gryffindor's sword appears to Neville.

Harry hides under the Invisibility Cloak.

Neville kills Nagini, the last Horcrux, using Gryffindor's sword.

The battle continues. All the Death Eaters are defeated.

Harry has to confront Voldemort who carries the Elder Wand.

All seems desperate, but Harry tells Voldemort that he is wrong and according to the circumstances that led to that point, he, Harry, is the genuine master of the Elder Wand.

Voldemort does not believe him and ends up killing himself after his attack ricochets. Harry's theory was correct — the Elder Wand did not kill its genuine master.

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Act 4

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After the fight, major changes begin to occur bringing the Wizarding World back to normal.

Harry explains everything to Ron and Hermione.

Harry, now master of all three Deathly Hallows, wants to neutralize the power of the Resurrection Stone and the Elder Wand as well. Dumbledore's portrait applauds.

Nineteen years later, their families and old schoolmates meet at King's Cross, all preparing to send their children to Hogwarts.

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Archetype Distribution

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Main Character = Harry Potter

Impact Character = Dumbledore, Voldemort, Snape

 

Protagonist = Voldermort

Antagonist = Harry Potter

 

Guardian = Hermione, Dobby

Co-Antagonist = Death Eaters.

 

Sidekick = Ron, Hermione, The Order.

Skeptic = Skeptic is a bit weak in this book. Ron is the most notable to me.

 

Emotion = Ron, Ginny

Reason = Hermione

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