Because there are two movies, I tend to think about this book in two parts. So I am splitting my review into two parts corresponding with the break in movies. Part 1 covers pages 1-502 of the hardcover edition.
Title: Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic 2007
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: HP
How I Got It: Own it! (in pretty hardcover no less)
This one is a reread for me. It’s been awhile since I read the series. I remember reading the first couple of books out loud to the boys when they were infants. SO that’s what, eight years ago? I read the last few books as they came out, but overall it’s been awhile.
Instead of doing a traditional review, I thought I would just give you some of my reread thoughts. Things I noticed, things I loved, quotes I like, etc. And then I will have a mini review of movie vs. book.
- Goodbye scene with the Dursleys — It’s bittersweet. You want to hate the Dursleys for how they treated Harry and yet I love how Dudley finally says something. And I screamed at Petunia to say something comforting…
- Bill and Fleur’s wedding — I love the descriptions and seeing all the Weasley’s together (expect for Percy of course).
- Bathilda Bagshot and Godric’s Hollow — I know what’s coming but this scene still scares the crap out of me. Maybe it’s the dead body, maybe it’s the snake. All I know is it is extra extra creepy.
- Kreacher — Bet you weren’t expecting that one… I really love how he begrudgingly but finally accepts Harry as his master. Plus his sneakiness comes in handy when they are trying to find the locket.
- Ron — He leaves, he’s a git, but he redeems himself by destroying the Horcrux and trying to get on Hermione’s good side throughout most of the book.
Other odds and ends:
- I cried over Hedwig and downright bawled over Dobby. I cried for them more than I did when Dumbledore died. Plus I got a bit verklempt with George’s injury.
- I detest Scrimgeour with a passion. Ugh! So not sorry when he dies.
- I love the description of Luna’s bedroom with the painting of her friends. She is always one of my favorite characters.
“He looked away, trying not to betray the resentment he felt. There is was again: Choose what to believe. He wanted the truth. Why was everybody so determined that he should not get it?” (pg. 185) — When Harry learns of Rita Skeeter’s book. He has to get over these selfish thoughts to see the truth later on…
- Big chase scene with the 7 Harrys — It’s different than the book but with the same adrenaline rush and danger.
- Bathilda Bagshot and Godric’s Hollow — Creepiest scene ever. I jumped in the theater when Nagini is revealed. I jumped again in my home when I knew exactly how it was going to happen. Creepy creepy!
- Favorite hands-down: The Tale of the Three Brothers — I loved loved loved the animation and the creepy shadow figures. It fits perfectly with the story and set-up.
- More Lupin and Tonks. The movie cryptically alludes to Tonks’ pregnancy, but it’s mostly left out. Pretty big deal in the books.
- Something with Dumbledore and his family. I like that side story in the books and yet no mention in the movies.
- Wormtail death. Stunning him in the cell just seems to let him off easily. I would have felt more complete with his death.
- I liked the change in opening to Rufus Scrimgeour’s statement about the Ministry. While it is untrue, I like the foreshadowing and foreboding it creates. The same is true for Hermione, Ron, and Harry’s saying goodbye to their “homes.”
- Fleur’s dress is just gorgeous. I really wanted to see more of it.
- I like how they folded visions from Voldemort into some backstory for those nonrabid fans.