Book: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

Author: J.K.Rowling

Rating: 2.5/5

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows-J K Rowling

In an increasingly treacherous world, Harry Potter must set off for his most dangerous adventure ever: the complete and permanent downfall of his arch-enemy Lord Voldemort. With Albus Dumbledore dead, there is no one in the whole wizarding world who can have a hope of standing up to the Dark Lord. However Harry must set off and complete the task bequeathed him by Dumbledore, one that will unravel the mysteries of the Dark Lord's powers and perhaps show a way that can destroy him forever. Harry, Ron and Hermione must set off into the world, away from the shelter of hearth and home, into the darkest places of the world where they must probe the deadly origins of Voldemort's power. They must overcome the danger without and the doubts within to find a way to save all that they care for before it is too late. However, the Dark Lord is engaged on a quest of his own, in the final stages of a search that will culminate in sealing his power for all eternity...

Social/Historical context:

Harry Potter is regarded as the bestselling book of modern times with a wildly diverse fan base across many languages, cultures and countries.

Writing Style:

The narrative is in the third person, from the point of view of the titular character. The language used is simple, contemporary English in a crisp, flowing style. The neutrality of the narrative and descriptions makes it suitable for both young and old alike. Numerous classical and contemporary literary references pepper the series throughout. These make it enjoyable even from the perspective of readers who enjoy more of an intellectual challenge.

My Thoughts:

An extremely disappointing conclusion to the series. The much-awaited showdown between Harry and Voldermort is fizzled into a disappointing anti-climax. A typical Harry Potter book in that the entire plotline is held up, as is usual, by Deaux Ex Machina: the appearance of a character or a fact most conveniently at a crisis point, thereby providing a speedy and effective resolution. This, as well as the continual success of mediocrity over intelligent creativity and the 'underdog' seem too conveniently engineered for mass consumption. It will always remain a popular work and unfortunately nothing beyond that.

Book Reviewed By Sayan Mukherjee

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