EDIT: Looking back at this review a couple months later, and I gotta say, it’s awful. I could barely get through it, I write like I’m a whiny 10 year old! I honestly want to go dig for my notes and re-write this, it’s so bad. I must have been in a poor state of mind. Or drunk.
So, before the actual review starts, let me just say that the following are still true.
- Deathly Hallows felt like a let down after Half-Blood Prince.
- Deaths in this book were handled far worse than in other books. They had far less impact, and I only remember a few.
- A lot of things that were built up fell flat.
The biggest reason, I think, that this review is so angry and pouty, is because I think I felt betrayed by Rowling. The Half-Blood Prince was so polished promising, and in comparison, Deathly Hallows felt rushed, and shallow. The writing quality dropped back down to that of books four and five, and so my hopes were dashed.
Hopefully I find time to come back and fix this in the future, to be more fair. Until then, here’s a rather rude rant-review. Sorry if it offends, but it even offends me, the writer of it.
I would like to start this (long awaited) review with this.
Your in-depth results are:
Gryffindor – 15
Ravenclaw – 11
Slytherin – 10
Hufflepuff – 9
To be honest, I fancied myself a Slytherin or a Hufflepuff. I guess Gryffindor is in between, eh? Anyway, I didn’t take the official test on Pottermore because I refuse to make an account.
Everybody agrees that Deathly Hallows part I, the movie, was one of the worst in the series. Well, the first 2/3 of the novel was very boring as well. Even when it bothered to get interesting, it would quickly get boring again. The whole horcrux thing was a great idea, but it was played off really poorly.
No deaths in the entire Harry Potter series was handled perfectly. Sirius was handled pretty well, but he was quickly forgotten, as if he had never existed. Dumbledore was the same way, but I will admit it was done much better.
In Deathly Hallows the people who died were so forgettable that I don’t even remember them while writing this review! I could go look it up, but if they were so minor I can’t remember them then… why bother mentioning them in a review? Oh! There was Moody. Right. The guy who was super interesting and clever until he got replaced by his real self. right. See my point?
The Hunt for Horcruxes
Look, the horcux thing was cool. Harry finally had a mission. But… this should have come about way back in book two or three, or four. Not six. And then IT’S THROWN ASIDE HALFWAY THROUGH??
The Deathly Hallows
What was the point of the Hallows? They could have never been mentioned. Actually, no it’s a motivation for Voldemort. he’s finding the wand throughout the entire book, so we need that at least. Well then what about horcruxes? It seems like, if Rowling had bothered to ever write a second draft of anything, which I doubt she ever did, then she would have found and remedied this redundancy.
Redundancy is a huge issue with Harry Potter.
The horcruxes really did serve no purpose whatsoever because it never mattered. It was a useless obstacle for two reasons.
- Voldemort is only really encountered when all of the horcruxes are destroyed already.
- Harry never fights Voldemort head on while he has the horcrux safety net.
The only thing that really mattered here was the Hallows. Horcruxes should never have come into the story.
Voldemort is an Awful Villain
This goes without saying. Why? Because he’s evil because he’s evil. There’s no reason for him to be bad, he just is. Nothing happened to him, he doesn’t really have a selfishness that makes people go bad, he just likes causing misery.
We can never get an answer to that question because there isn’t one.
The Ending was not Memorable
I don’t remember how this ended, except for Harry and Volde coming out of the trees and confronting a line of wizards, then Neville killing the snake. After that it’s a blur. I also remember the short, pointless epilogue.
Why wasn’t the ending memorable? Well, it’s because
All the Build Up Went Nowhere.
Remember Grawp? Hagrid went through a whole lot of trouble and abuse to get him. He even had a connection to the half-giant, it’s his brother! What did Grawp, for all his trouble, do? Shove Hagrid through a window and that’s it.
Remember the Deathly Hallows? Well we had one already, the other we also had. The wand Voldemort found, and then what? Not much really. Pointless.
How about Dumbledore’s army! No, wait, Harry disbanded that in book six. Or the Order of the Pheonix? Well, after Harry went off with his two friends to do nothing for a few hundred pages they faded into the background and did @#$% all for the rest of the book.
Lupin had a whole book. Moody sort of had a whole book. Sirius… nevermind. But there were a lot of huge HUGE characters in the series that did nothing in the final fight. Why? Remember all the trouble Harry and Dumbledore went through to recruit Slughorn last book? Well Rowling didn’t.
The Payoffs that did Land Fell Flat
Horcruxes? Yeah, we had to destroy those! Three down by this book. And then… there was no payoff. Nagini died and that was it, it didn’t feel like a victory. That slog, torturing Dumbledore, and at the end of it all we feel unfulfilled.
Then Snape actually did something good for once. We all knew that deep down he was a great character, just misunderstood! I awaited the moment when he would get over himself and start helping out the main cast. Instead, after becoming Harry’s friend, he died. Sirius all over again! No deep attachment was made yet, but bam! Gone!
Defeating Voldemort though, that must have been great, after seven books of buildup, right? Well, no, not at all. He’s floating somewhere ethereal right now, like purgatory or something. He’s a crying child which, by the way, makes no sense. Like, he was a vile trickster even in his orphanage. What’s he crying about? Who cares?
I Don’t Know what to Do Now.
See, Harry Potter is beloved by so many, and while I don’t really hate it, I also can’t recommend it. I watched three of the movies, but there’s no rewatch/reread value whatsoever for me aside from maybe seeing what Luna looks like as an actor.
The worst thing about the whole series is that it’s not even a bad story, it’s just delivered poorly, and in bad prose.
It’s as if Rowling never learned how to be a writer, and just decided to write a series regardless. Oh wait…
JK Rowling ignored the advice that was given in rejection letters. Advice to take a course, or otherwise improve her writing. She just kept submitting, and got turned down more than fifteen times. By refusing to improve, she not only let’s down Harry Potter, but also her fans.
Harry Potter and the Nothing Happens is a book about just that. It felt kind of Hallow to be honest. I didn’t feel Deathly, or even let down. I didn’t feel much of anything, which isn’t a good sign. I just didn’t.
54/100, not memorable. I honestly hope Rowling tries to improve her writing in the future so that her next series is a masterpiece that people love far above Harry Potter.
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