This is the final evaluation of a Harry Potter book…but that’s not my fault. It’s the persons fault who stopped writing them 😉 Keep a look out, I may also be doing an evaluation of the James Potter series, by G. Norman Lippert, which is a continuation of the HP world told from Harry’s son, James’ POV.
For once, everything comes together in the Book 7, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. You get answers to questions you never knew you had, all the life lessons that Harry, Ron and Hermione have faced so far in the series, are put into practice. And yet, I find myself continually frustrated with Hermione in this book. I actually wanted to shake some sense into her for most of it. It just goes to show that just because you are book smart, it doesn’t mean you’re life smart. She’s very annoying and selfish in this book, continually convinced that she’s right and Harry’s wrong. What Hermione seems to have forgotten, is that the quest is Harry’s, not hers. She’s a sidekick to her hero, not the leader.
This is also where Kreacher really shines. He and Dobby have always been fabulous at easing a little of the tension of the previous books, and each being as devious as the next. But The Deathly Hallows is where they come into their own. It’s just a shame things have to turn out for them they way they do.
Finally, Harry gets to face his fate. He knows, instinctively where to go, what to do and how to do it. If he was on the journey alone, it might have been over quicker because he wouldn’t have had to argue his point to Hermione all the time. But also, he might have died, a few times. Godric’s Hollow, the Lovegood’s, the Malfoy’s, and in the lake, would all have been disastrous moments for Harry had he not had his friends with him.
The lessons of the Deathly Hallows are, basically, the lessons of Harry Potter. It might be tempting to have the most powerful wand, to be invincible to harm, but in the end, someone is always going to want what you have and go through you to get it. It doesn’t mean you can’t die. And it might be great to see your deceased loved ones again and get to talk with them but it can’t last forever. Nothing dead can ever come back to life. And maybe it’s fun and exhilarating to be invisible for a while, but do you want to spend your whole life alone, with no love or friendship in your life, because no-one can see you? Together the Deathly Hallows may be powerful, and they may keep Harry alive, but that’s only because he understands something He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named can’t. Something that the third brother understood. That you can’t run from death forever. One day, everyone must die. Harry knows and accepts this; he accepts that if his death will kill He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, then he is willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good of the entire world. Muggles and wizards alike.
Overall, Harry has no preconceptions about himself. He’s never grown up as the Boy Who Lived, and therefore, he thinks he’s nothing more than any other eleven year old when he arrives at Hogwarts. Because of this, and because he makes friends with real friends not those who would exploit his fame, he becomes a real man in the end. Not one obsessed with power and destruction and ownership. But a man who can love, who can feel, who can hurt and who understands the important things in life. Loyalty. Love. Friendship. Compassion. And he understands pain and loss and heartache just as well. Because Harry understands that no matter what your fate is, you have a choice in how it ends.