Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Destined to Wage a Frenzy

On July 21, 2007, the ultimate piece of J.K.Rowling’s enthralling seven-book epic was, at last, released amid fervid cravings and the acute anticipation of readers. After ten years of build-up and an accumulating readership, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was destined to wage a frenzy of reading across the globe. The piece features the final clash between Harry Potter, the boy who lived, and Voldemort, the Dark Lord. It also details the culminating transformations of miscellaneous characters, personal sacrifice for the protection of the world, and the profound prejudice between wizards and witches with numerous additional magical creatures.

Harry, the sole wizard who escaped under Voldemort’s lethal spell, and his staunch friends embark on the quest of defeating the malignant Voldemort, extricating the world from the Dark Lord’s savage reign. Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville, and various other characters emerge into fully-fledged grown-ups who can independently manage adult issues. Prudent leadership is shown throughout their adventures. Like any heroes, Harry and his friends exhibit numerous shortcomings, but they also possess some of the most admirable characteristics: courage, loyalty, selflessness, and magnanimity, to name a few. 

Deathly Hallows is an undoubtedly satisfying conclusion to the series; the book is drenched in nostalgia. Unlike other pieces of the series, we are no longer exploring new places but are instead revisiting locations we are well acquainted with: from the return to the Burrow and Number 12 Grimmauld Place to the Ministry of Magic and Gringotts. In general, Rowling wisely incorporates components of the other six installments; for instance, almost every character reappears in this book, and the majority complete their personal arcs. Thus, the Hallows undeniably qualifies as a pragmatic ending to the entire series. 

Minor characters are relatively static in the previous six books. Nevertheless, in this last installment, we have insight into more solid characters: they are not merely good or downright evil, but instead, encompass both characteristics. For instance, Draco and his family give us the impression of being malicious, egocentric, mercenary Death Eaters. However, in Hallows, we read that they have unearthed their tenderness in caring for families and friends. As Rowling (2007) writes, “Narcissa knew that the only way she would be permitted to enter Hogwarts and find her son, was as part of the conquering army. She no longer cared whether Voldemort won.” (pg. 726) We have acquired more detailed descriptions of the characters’ inner values. Other characters show sides not previously seen to readers or even Harry, such as Dumbledore’s blemished past and Wormtail’s trace of guilt. Similarly, these traits make the fictional characters resemble actual Muggles. There are often no clear lines between good and evil, as even the most execrable murderers possess some virtue buried deep in their polluted hearts, and only saints can evade immorality.

As one of the best series of fantasy, the Harry Potter books feature numerous themes. However, Rowling heavily emphasizes sacrifices. Throughout the book, Harry is plagued by losses. Challenging us to understand the correlation of Lily’s self-sacrifice at the beginning of the saga and Harry’s venture to give up life to save the remaining people in the end. For example, “You won’t be able to kill any of them ever again. Don’t you get it? I was ready to die to stop you from hurting these people!” (p. 738) With the confirmation of these events and countless others—virtually half of the school is risking their lives endeavoring to save Harry. Malfoy’s undertaking to rescue his unloyal friends—the importance of sacrifice is incontrovertible. As Rowling stated in the book: “Sometimes you’ve got to think about more than your own safety! Sometimes you’ve got to think about the greater good!” (p. 568) Much like the wizarding world, there are copious sacrifices in our “Muggle” world. Sacrificing, especially for strangers, has long been regarded as the most heroic act. 

Although J. K. Rowling uses modest words in illustrating the keen discrimination between wand-carriers and other magical creatures, it is one of the most pivotal themes in the book. Readers can easily trace the abuse toward other life forms through the conversations among house-elves, goblins, and Muggle-born wizards. Some of the mistreatment and prejudices are rightly seen as unjust by most wand-carriers. “As the Dark Lord becomes ever more powerful, your race is set still more firmly above mine! Gringotts falls under Wizarding rule, house-elves are slaughtered.” (p. 489) The significant change of attitude of Kreacher, the house-elf, disproves the notion that even “lesser” beings have feelings regarding their master’s receptions. Furthermore, many supposed pureblood wizarding families, including Voldemort himself, who is not actually pureblood, hold a cavernous revulsion regarding Muggle-borns and mixed-bloods, despite many talented “Mudblood” wizards. As Rowling describes in the fifth book, published in 2003:

“A group of golden statues, larger than life-size, stood in the middle of a circular pool. Tallest of them all was a noble-looking wizard with his wand pointing straight up in the air. Grouped around him were a beautiful witch, a centaur, a goblin, and a house-elf. The last three were all looking adoringly up at the witch and wizard. ” (p. 127)

The Harry Potter series’ house-elves have a real-world parallel: slaves, who were forced to endure inhumane labor and abuse. Throughout human history, slavery has darkened our past, yet it is still not outlawed in about half of all nations and continues to have a considerable impact on the world.

To conclude, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an intriguing novel that serves as a worthwhile conclusion to the Harry Potter series. We discover the duality of the characters that was not previously exposed to readers. In addition, it focuses on two very powerful themes: sacrifice and discrimination. This book is a worthwhile read not only for kids, but also for adults.