Brahm’s review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)
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Jul 25, 2007 12:20PM
I completely agree with you regarding the Deathly Hallows(objects). Aside from being titular, I'm not sure they added anything to the book other than some level of human faultiness to Dumbledore and a cliched choice between saving others or saving himself for Harry, which he could have done without Hallows.
The loosening of the deathgrip on the formular (though not entirely gone), was also refreshing.
As for Star Wars, at least Rowling has publically stated she won't do any prequels!
Aug 01, 2007 06:06PM
I disagree about Voldermort being evil for evil's sake. Book six really shows us Tom Riddle's life and explains why he becomes Voldermort. Being abandoned by his parents for reasons unknown and having great power that allows him to to take out his feelings on others are what start him on the wrong path. But he becomes evil when he learns about his parents. He hates muggles because his father abandoned both he and his mother and he searches for immortality because he can't stand that his mother died even though she had magical powers. The rest is a quest for power, which is a common motive of a villain.
I also disagree about Rowling not taking the plot structure into mind until book 6. I think she put a massive amount of time into linking all the elements together and foreshadowing upcoming events and flashbacks. I can see how one might argue that the hallow objects could have been foreshadowed and explained more throughly, but seeing how those were highly related to Dummbledore's back story, I can see why she left them until this book as well.
Lastly, I think the epilogue might make her more like Dickens. Didn't Dickens write two endings to Great Expectations because it was what the fans wanted? I think most of the last chapter is to give the fans what they want. However, there is more to the ending than that. (Trying not to ruin anything here) A name and a short conversation show that a change has occurred, which isn't such fanfiction fluff.
Aug 02, 2007 12:48PM
I think though, that what you state about Tom Riddle is as much "being evil for evil's sake" as you get. He didn't have parents- therefore as a young boy he starts torturing animals and stealing things from other orphans? His favourite activities include torturing his own followers, his enemies, trying to take over the world, taunting his enemies when he should be killing them, and somehow being impervious to love. Its just so over the top and ridiculous- Voldemort is evil in about every single possible way, and his only motives are that of every other generic villain. He just seems so silly and out of place.
I think you're right in saying that Rowling had the Horcrux structure in mind for the series- there are clues about them throughout, from Tom Riddle's diary to Dumbledore's comment on Nagini: "The same- but in essence divided?" in Order of the Phoenix. But I still do believe that the Hallows only came into her mind as of this book- there is not a single hint throughout the preceding 3,000 pages concerning them or any important role they might possibly have. It seems very shoddy plotting to me.
And I also still maintain that the epilogue was unnecessary fluff- what do we learn from it? I think we all assumed that Harry and Ginny and Hermione and Ron would get married and have children- all we learned from the chapter is that they're really bad at naming their children and that a certain someone teaches at Hogwarts. It doesn't provide any closure, aside from a cheesy "and they all lived happily ever after and had many children" sort of way, and was just written in such a poor fashion that it might as well have been written by a fan fiction writer.
Leah- Hmm... Rowling says so now, but perhaps she will make a prequel showing young Voldemort's turn to the dark side, starring such hilarious characters as a clumsy merman who's been banished from his underwater home and a love interest in the Queen of England?
Aug 21, 2007 02:46PM
"Rowling loses complete control of the plot here."
Sep 03, 2007 06:07AM
Great review, finally someone who wasn't totally enamored with the book or ready to completely bash it. I gave it 4 stars because although there were some parts that I really didn't care for (the whole camping trip was a snooze) and I did feel you had to suspend belief in quite a few areas, overall it was really enjoyable and I think a pretty decent wrap up to the series. I really did miss the supporting characters in this book though, I think they added so much to the series that they should have had more of a role than the glossing over that they got.
Jun 07, 2008 03:04AM
Just a random note - I agree that the epilogue read like bad fanfiction, but not all fanfiction is bad. I've read a few out there that are really good. I have one that has taken Deathly Hallow's place as my conclusion to the series because I thought it wrapped it up a lot better. I like you're review though - a lot less critical than my own.
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