Harry knows how to defeat Voldemort. It is a secret known only to him and to his two closest friends, Ron and Hermione. But finding the three remaining Horcruxes that will spell the dark lord's demise is hard when Harry's a fugitive. Return to Hogwarts is impossible now that Voldemort has succesfully staged a complete takeover of the wizarding world. Harry is public enemy number one, and the stress of living on the run and being separated from family takes a toll on his friends—and, consequently, their friendship. As the battle for the wizarding world rages on, the trio races to find the Horcruxes amidst pain, death, torture, and heartbreak. But what does the legend of the Deathly Hallows have to do with Voldemort's quest for power? The fate of the world is in the balance, and everything is leading to Harry's final confrontation with Voldemort.
The deeper and darker themes of Rowling's earlier novels become the main focus in this seventh book. Gone are the structured and secure days of Hogwarts; Harry, Ron, and Hermione are on their own, fighting for their lives. And in the final battle of Hogwarts, the body count piles high as many people (and quite a few beloved characters) give their lives to rid the world of Voldemort. But the book is about more than just death and pain. It's full of small moments of hope in the midst of immense suffering. And it's about standing up to evil no matter the cost—even when that cost is your own life. Harry struggles with his destiny, and with the fact that many people are willing to die for him even though he considers himself to be ordinary. But he comes to realize that, because these people have loved him and died for him, he is able to have the strength to do the same for others. In the end, the most powerful man is not Voldemort, who spent his life fighting death, but Harry, who was able to embrace death because he knew that there were things more important than living. And thus the final battle between the two is not an intense fantasy duel between two superhumans with equally matched powers. By the time Harry faces the Dark Lord, Voldemort's power is already broken, and thus his doom has been sealed.
The setting is an alternate magical England; the characters are wizards; but the age-old message is the same—good triumphs over evil, light overcomes the darkness, and ultimately, love wins.
Review by Lauren Shearer
Lauren Shearer writes words for fun and profit. She also makes films, but everyone knows you can't make a profit doing that. Her other hobby is consistently volunteering way too much of her time. You can read more of her reviews here.
Review by Lauren Shearer
Lauren Shearer writes words for fun and profit. She also makes films, but everyone knows you can't make a profit doing that. Her other hobby is consistently volunteering way too much of her time. You can read more of her reviews here
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