HPDH contrary to general perception is not really a predictable book;
on the other hand there are surprises that are thrown at the reader at
different points in the story making the tale more gripping and
interesting. The fact that Harry must eventually win is kind of
obvious in keeping with the universal theory of victory of good over
evil but how this victory comes about and what all must be sacrificed,
including Harry himself, for the greater good is something that the
book illustrates with great penchant.
It is very well framed novel with full justice done to every
character. Rowling has also emphasised on the characters of the lesser
creatures like house elves and goblins and their role in the
resistance against the dark lord’s regime. One can say that Hagrid’s
role has reduced quite a bit but the ending makes up for it all. The
book also marks the coming of age of the three core characters Harry,
Ron and Hermione. This has been beautifully portrayed. The character
ofVoldemort has been discussed in great detail, following from the
sixth part where Dumbledore gives an idea of the teenaged Voldemort.
In this part Voldemort’s fickle pride and insecurities are brought
into focus which eventually leads to his downfall. Also, as mentioned
before Dumbledore has been discussed a great deal, one might say that
it doesn’t do a lot for the plot of the book however discussion of his
life brings forth the glaring contrast between his and Harry’s nature
and the reason as to why Harry could succeed where he failed.
The remarkable ease with which the book has been connected to the
earlier parts and the way in which all the mysteries are
systematically revealed and the loose ends tied is very commendable.
Another very exciting feature of the book is that it is highly visual
creating a strong imagery. One can almost imagine the landscapes and
the seasons described. The adventures almost appear to be real.
The most fulfilling and exciting part of the book is its climax. The
twists introduced and the revelations that come into picture and the
ingenious way in which they have been incorporated as well as the
participation of numerous characters and their role as a unified
resistance against evil makes for a very contented read. This is also
the time when Ron and Hermione’s relationship takes a decisive turn
after much anticipation. Also, the dialogue that takes place between
Harry and Voldemort when they finally duel face to face is remarkable.
One of the drawbacks of the book is that it cannot be enjoyed much as
an individual read. It is completely connected to the earlier parts
and there should at least be a certain degree of knowledge regarding
the world of Harry Potter before one understands HPDH. Rowling’s
magical theories and philosophies make things a bit complex at the end
however; it is not really a big deal.
The book definitely sends out a strong message to the readers. It is
not only about evil dying and goodness triumphing but majorly concerns
itself with the power of love and virtues of courage and selflessness.
Harry Potter is an epitome of all this. The climax of the book very
beautifully brings out these messages. Rowling emphasises on the fact
that the reason Harry was special wasn’t because of any hidden magical
power (there was none as it turns out) but because of the love and
sacrifice of his mother who died protecting him. This is precisely
what he does when he sets out to fight the dark lord for the sake of
others. The power of love and friendship plus the courage and will to
fight against wrong is something that book talks about in great
detail. All this makes the book very special and is a must read for all.