Finally I can say I have read the Harry Potter series! – This is an achievement that after having achieved it feels much more like a loss.
I think I am not alone when I say that reading Harry Potter is a commitment. We all love Hogwarts and Dumbledore but we also, as bookworms, also love to read a variety of books and whilst I was reading HP I did sometimes wish I could just throw it aside and pick up something standalone, a world I could read and then say goodbye to. But now, after having said goodbye to Harry, I do feel a bit of book shame – how could I have ever wanted this to not last forever?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was something entirely different and yet at the same time the familiar story we had all been reading for six books already. The wizarding world, in a way in which it had not previously, seemed to swell and grow so that Rowling left us with a fuller picture of what it meant to be a wizard who had left Hogwarts in England. I think in order to fully understand the merit of Deathly Hallows its important to think about loose ends and happy endings. The authoress comfortably stitches together past characters like Dobby with more unfamiliar ones like Bellatrix and in doing so creates confrontations that feel shocking but also inevitable. In Order of the Phoenix Rowling showed us that shouldn’t was afraid of axing central characters so it feels only