I took the book on the day it was released, much awaited “21st July” and finished reading it by 22nd July, 8am. J.K.Rowling has definitely met reader’s expectations with her seventh and the last book “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. It is awesome. Cool plot. Deep storyline. Harry has been fantastic and mind blowing, as always. Ron and Hermione showed their bravery and it matches to that of Harry. So many characters died, disappointing many fans. But as Dumbledore would have said “It was all for the greater good”. There are many twists and surprises many which you couldn’t have imagined. The final duel between Voldemort and Harry was short. But it is ok. There are some 50 pages in between where Harry doesn’t know what to do and you might feel little bored and frustrated just like Ron.
All this time we had been thinking that the Harry Potter series is about Harry. Well, is it? Not exactly. I feel it wasn’t Harry’s game, it was Dumbledore’s game. Right from the beginning till the end, he was the wizard knowing everything, knowing all the details. He knew when exactly what was going to happen. It seems that JKR has written the series on Dumbledore’s command. He is the real narrator of the series.
As expected by many of us, Severus Snape turned out to be on Harry’s side. The Prince’s Tale is the best chapter in the whole book. An eye opener, for those who doubted Snape, and thus Dumbledore. It almost made me cry. Snape had been figured as a negative character in the series and here we come to know the real Snape, who loved Lily more than anything. His love for her was so great that he was ready to sacrifice his life for James’ son. The same James whom he hated a lot, but his love for Lily was much more than his hatred for James . The most touching lines were on page 553 when Nigellus calls Hermoine as Mudblood and snape tells not to use this word. The same Snape ,who was shown hating so-called Mudbloods in the other books of the series.
I think the Half Blood Prince is a true masterpiece, and the Deathly Hallows comes close to it. I would give the book 8/10
Spoilers: (Read at your own risk)
I have a few doubts and all the Potter fans are welcomed to clear these .
1.Hermione said that she obliviated her parents(page 84) and then when they are in the muggle restaurant with the Death Eaters(Page 139) she says that she only knows the theory and has never practiced it.
2. Ron suddenly speaks parseltongue and opens the chamber. (Page 501)