Harry Potter

Well, that’s over.

I finished three thousands nine hundreds and forty-two pages. It took a while, but I’ve done it. And I know the answers to a bunch of questions, for example :

  • Is Snape an asshole ?
  • Is He who must not be named dead ?
  • Is Harry dead ?
  • But who is dead ?
  • Will Harry and Hermione end up together ?
  • Who is Bathilda ? (No, she’s not Leon’s friend after getting cold.)
  • Will Ron ever have an idea ?

You may read the end of this article (link below), but then, you take your responsibilities : don’t complain if I tell you how it ends before you read it.
Still here ? Okay, if you’re not afraid of spoilers…

So, let’s start by answering the question you all wonder, you bunch of maniacs : is the seventh and last opus as good as the previous ones ?

Well… That’s a good question. Very good indeed.

It’s a bit different from the six first ones, for Ms. Rowling (hallowed be Thy name) is not trying to build a new story, but to end the running one. So it’s much less about surprises and invention, and much more about answers. In the end, we could state that, after having read the first 3,300 pages twice, the last 600 are rather not surprising. Nearly everything comes up as expected, or at least, as some expected.

Snape’s truth, the R.A.B. identity (no, that’s no movie starring Matt Damon), the whole story about horcruxes, who will marry who, who is the second Dumbledore, well, that kind of stuff was already supposed, partially or totally guessed and discussed about by many fans, and you may think that there’s in fact only one really new thing : the deathly hallows.

Meanwhile, this book is probably the most entertaining in the whole series. It is not the book in which you get lost in sideways stories concerning a Ravenclaw seeker or Hermione taking a brutal fancy over some elves’ sake. Here, what matters is what gets to the final meeting, the last fight, the end of the war, well, you know, that stuff about neither can live while the other survives ?

The idea of the deathly hallows joins some ideas heard here and there about «good horcruxes», but still, Joanne manages to slip a big surprise here : after all, let’s drop this idea and come back to the one we had before the big bearded died !

So, while it may look a bit disappointing if you like learning about the wizarding world, it’s maybe even more breathtaking than the previous ones. Sounds great, nope ?

Some may want to know who dies. Well. That’s the great innovation in this final opus : while we were pretty used to see one or two people die towards the end of the book (remember Cedric, Sirius or Albus ?), we get the first one just very near the beginning, and that goes on with a pretty harsh rythm. I don’t know wether Joanne read the whole Agatha Christies’ series before she wrote this one, but hey ! Except between pages 130 and 380, people just keep falling down mercilessly, the saddest probably being the last two lovable characters — I guess that’s the moment Joanne’s husband told her something like «No, you didn’t do that ?!!!» — leaving a howling thing to be raised by its lone grandma.

But finally, all ends up nicely with Bellatrix Lestrange trying something very bad for her life expectancy and Neville Longbottom showing at last he was not far from being the chosen one.

The only thing that got a bit on my nerves is the epilogue, which I felt was pretty badly done and gave no information about nothing, while it was supposed to make us know what happened to those who survived. Here, it’s just useless and a bit irritating.

Ah, and since I know you wonder : yes, Harry dies. But that’s not that simple.