Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Author: J. K. Rowling
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic, Inc.)
Time taken to read: Forever and always
Goodreads synopsis: Harry is waiting in Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing – if they can. But what will Harry do then? How can he fulfill the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him?
I remember reading this book as soon as it came out when I was in seventh grade. I think I tore through it in two days, and since then I have read it six times. The fourth time I read it, I was in line at the theater in Universal Studios in Florida to see part 2 of the movie at midnight on the night it came out. I was sobbing, and people were taking pictures of me. After the movie was over, we were let into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where I laid down on the ground and stared at Hogwarts, clutching my book, my tear ducts completely empty, until a security guard made me get up. I f*cking love Harry Potter.
The seventh book is probably my favorite, and if I could only read one book for the rest of my life, it would most likely be this one. There is no other book in the world that makes me feel so much, although, after six times, I don’t really cry when I read it anymore. Dobby’s death still hits me the hardest, though. He’s always been my favorite. The enormous amount of bravery and loyalty that comes from such a tiny body is really inspiring to me. He really means a lot to me because of the way he just cares so much and the way he’ll do anything to protect Harry, even if his methods aren’t always the most well thought out. I really like Kreacher as well, and in the Battle of Hogwarts when the House Elves come pouring out to fight with Kreacher leading them, I get really emotional. Just the way that everything ties together in the end, the way that every little detail means something so big, makes this series something incredibly special.
When I studied abroad in London last year, I wrote a research paper on the Harry Potter series that was basically a defense of children’s literature as a respectable and important genre, with Harry Potter as the example. I enjoyed looking at the books from a more academic standpoint, but mostly Harry Potter just makes me feel at home, makes me feel safe. I read the books to escape, to comfort myself, to relax, to remind myself who I am and what’s important to me. Every time I get to the end of the series, I think back to Harry as a boy, Harry in his most innocent form, and then I think of myself at that age and how sometimes I wish I could go back to a time when I had fewer responsibilities and less awareness of the difficulties of life. But the idea of being a Gryffindor, being brave and doing the right thing, is what keeps me moving forward. Thank you J. K. Rowling for this life-changing story.
Side note: I have officially been writing book reviews for one year, as of December 6th, 2015! It has been a wonderful year of reading, and I am excited to see what books I will discover in the upcoming year. My reading has slowed down this month because I finished my Goodreads challenge and because I’m working more often now, but it should pick up again soon. Thanks for reading my reviews, everyone!