Every week, one of ANDPOP’s amazing team of writers will help fill our bookshelf as they tell us all about their favourite books. This week, Nadya Domingo tells us why Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling is one of her favourites.
My life will never be the same after reading J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Closing that book was like closing the final chapter of my own childhood. Now excuse me whilst I go sob uncontrollably in front of my Ron Weasley shrine.
Deathly Hallows is the long-anticipated final installment in the Harry Potter series. The book follows Harry in his final journey as he attempts to do some soul searching. Literally. The boy who lived is at last travelling across the vast expanse of the wizarding world to find seven pieces of Lord Voldemort’s soul. Apparently, someone (I’m looking at you, Dumbledore) forgot to tell Harry in the first five books that his arch-nemesis is literally an unstoppable, un-killable freak of nature who has split himself into seven pieces. It’s up to Harry and his (swoon-worthy) pals to end Voldy’s life and bring peace to the wizarding world at last. No pressure or anything.
Spoiler alert: not everybody dies in the book — just a few of the characters you have grown inhumanely attached to with every fiber of your being. Yeah, the book goes to that level of emotional ruin.
Although the premise of the book is to off with his head, Deathly Hallows is really just a collection of touching and heart-swelling moments. Yes, a lot of main characters die — but they simply had to. Rowling didn’t allow Hedwig or Lupin to live simply because that doesn’t reflect reality. The whole point of the series is to show that good and evil co-exist. So naturally, she decided to kill off Severus Snape, the most misunderstood character in the series (also secretly my love).
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the kind of book that will literally force you to build a cave out of blankets in live in it until the last page graces your unworthy eyes. Reading this book is an experience — it’s an emotional train wreck that’s crawled up from the underbelly of your childhood. It’s reading the description of Luna Lovegood’s beautiful ceiling and realizing what kind of a soul she is. It’s cheering on Hermione for finally romancing with Ron. It’s seeing the entire wizarding world come together against the power of just one. It’s saying goodbye to Harry.
This book was bittersweet. And it will be on my bookshelf until the very end.
RATING: 8.5 Headmaster Snape hair flips out of 10