First Full-Length Trailer for Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
Keep scrolling for my mini-review of HP7 (book) — *** spoiler alert*** — cross-posted at Lunch.com: Cafe Libre.
After years of preparing ourselves for the fate of boy-wizard Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the series’ final installment, offers enough suspense and surprise to keep us as entertained as its six predecessors. Dumbledore is dead, Death Eaters have overtaken the wizarding world, and Harry leaves number four, Privet Drive for the last time in a dangerous escape that costs the first of many lives. To make matters worse, the loathsome journalist Rita Skeeter is reveling in her newest publication: a biography of Dumbledore that reveals disturbing information about the beloved headmaster’s past and leaves Harry more full of doubt than ever before. Death runs heavily throughout Hallows, though no loss of life strikes as deeply as did the murders in The Goblet of Fire and The Half-Blood Prince. The darker tone and themes of Hallows allow the series to extend far beyond a fanciful children’s tale, though this comes with a price. A world fraught with terror has little room for jokes and games, and, unfortunately, Harry’s story concludes without some of Rowling’s most imaginative inventions. Quidditch and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans are absent from the pages; even Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry does not appear until over halfway through the novel. Ginny, Neville, and Draco command disappointingly few scenes, though each boy has his own role to play in the last confrontation with Voldemort. Hallows, though not the best of the series, is not without suspense, emotional involvement, and a few twists. The novel’s largest letdown is its painfully predictable epilogue, though it does provide closure to Harry’s epic story. Moments not to miss include Harry’s trip into the Pensieve, the battle of Hogwarts, and Molly Weasley’s duel with Bellatrix Lestrange. Though not perfect, there is no doubt true fans will soon be reading all 759 pages again.