The final Harry Potter book was released on July 7th, and Jan purchased a copy for me that day. Unfortunately, I was reading David Weber’s Hell’s Gate at the time. And then, Hell’s Gate decided to end with a cliffhanger, so I was forced to read Hell Hath No Fury immediately following. Not that book 6 of the Harry Potter series didn’t end in a cliffhanger, but I’d been on the edge for a year and a half, what was one more month, give or take.
At any rate, I finally got to Book 7 (Deathly Hallows) a couple of weeks ago. While the page count is high, the number of words on a page is small, and the book was a quick read. Certainly a single sit down for many people on a lazy Saturday.
As became typical with most of the latter half of the series, JK Rowling managed to say little for about half the book. At times she seems incapable of writing, “…and the next 3 months went on much the same”, but instead forces the day to day humdrum down our throats.
Alas, the book gets to the point, and Harry Potter’s plight is revealed. I’m not going to bother with any spoilers, in case there are those among you that have yet to read the book, but still plan to. Instead, I’ll say that I’m happy with the result. As a fan, it’s a pretty satisfying conclusion to the series, and makes the brutality of the Half-Blood Prince major cliffhanger ending worth the wait.
In Deathly Hallows I particularly like the treatment given the Snape. While you can’t possibly like Snape, you do always wonder, who’s side is he on, anyway? Even at the end of Half-Blood Prince I still wasn’t sure, while I’m sure most were fairly convinced.
Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows should make excellent movies, but I think Deathly Hallows has the best shot at being a superb movie, because it will be easier to edit the content to feature film length. I even wonder if the emotion that Deathly Hallows can offer on screen will be even stronger than JK Rowling was able to provide on the page. At times, I think she glossed over some of the most emotional sequences, which I don’t see happening in the movie.