So, I started to write this review for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and quickly realised it was going to be the most uninformative ramble I’ve ever uploaded because everything I wanted to say about this instalment I’ve already said in previous book reviews for this series.
So, instead of reviewing the Harry Potter finale, today I’m going to do a sort of whole series review/summary where I compare my expectations of the series to the reality and give you a few brief thoughts on the series as a whole.
So let’s get started, shall we?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
I didn’t really enjoy the start of this series. I felt like, since I’d seen the movie when I was younger (long before I had any intention of ever reading the books), I was just replaying the movie over in my head. After finishing it, I was scared that the whole series was going to follow this pattern and that I was going to get really bored really fast, so I took a break… for a year.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
It was a long time after finishing the Philosophers Stone that I finally felt ready to try it again, and I’m so glad I did.
I know this is a bit of a filler novel that’s making way for the action in later instalments, but it’s still one of my favourite books in the series. Although this instalment is still glued to its movie arc, I didn’t feel like my brain was replaying the movie very slowly in my head, it felt like a totally different experience from my times watching the movie. Plus, the Basilisk and Tom Riddle are two of my favourite villains in the whole series so you can imagine why I liked this one so much.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
This is my absolute favourite book in the whole series.
I love Sirius and Lupin, and by this stage in the series Rowling’s writing has really hit its stride, the world has been really well established and the characters are nicely fleshed out so it flows really beautifully.
I always say to people that if you try the series at all, you should endeavour to make it to book 3, by that point things have really hit their stride and you’ll get a better sense of what is to come.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
This is another one of my favourites, this series definitely peaked in the middle.
I loved the Tri-Wizard Tournament, especially because scenes at Hogwarts have always been my favourite part of the series. However, this is the book where the character death trends begin and the whole thing darkens quickly. Luckily it starts off slow and with little emotional heartache, but it’s still the beginning of a rough couple of novels.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Probably my second-to-least favourite novel in the series… but it’s still rated 4/5 stars!
This instalment was just a bit random in my mind and, like I said, I love all the scenes at Hogwarts, but they’re becoming fewer and fewer as the series goes on.
This is, however, the book where Harry really started to annoy me, it’s all his teen angst, it’s too much for me! Luckily it all tones down a little as the series nears its end, but this instalment was a bad time for me.
Despite the fact that this wasn’t my favourite book in the series, it was still a good book by any normal standard – Rowling just set the bar too high for herself!
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
This is another filler book in my mind that gives us a last hoorah at Hogwarts and prepares us for the stuff to come in Deathly Hallows. In fact, this is my friend’s favourite book, but I wouldn’t even put it in my top 3 – shows how bookish opinions can differ I guess.
Although this instalment is well written and, as I said in Order of the Phoenix, good by normal standard, it just didn’t give me the same level of enjoyment or excitement that some of the previous books gave me.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Overall, I’d say Deathly Hallows was a good conclusion to the series, however, I didn’t like the neatness of the romances in this series and it manifests the worst in Deathly Hallows. The whole Harry/Ginny Ron/Hermione pairings were just too perfect, in fact, the only real pairing I can get behind in this series is Lupin/Tonks… and even they’re far from my OTP.
This book could have been really amazing, but the first half really drags while the second half is absolutely amazing – it’s a tricky balance and it made rating it really hard.
Overall, I’m just so proud of myself… I’m so proud that I finally finished this series, I even bought myself the box set as a reward for finally conquering it.
Am I a die-hard Potter fan? No, no I’m not. However, I do love the world and the characters that Rowling has created here and I’m so glad that I finally got to experience it for myself.
Let me know in the comments which of the books was your favourite, did you make it to the end of the series? Or have you even tried them yet? I want to hear from you, see you in the comments!