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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Harry Potter of Course


Ok what else would I be reading during the frenzie but HP Deathly Hallows book???? I cannot wait to find out the news of where HP will be? I mean will JKrowling keep us in the dark or tell us that she intends to continue the series? I just took the HP quiz and I am definitly spending too much time reading HP..LOL..And the quiz on books 1 & 2 I need to refresh my memory a bit! But the author has a great talent of portraying HP and his friends. It fascinate's me how she continues the friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione and how well J.K. Rowling has captured the capriciousness of adolescents. These kids are constantly fiddling around where they shouldn’t — and getting busted for it repeatedly, which just makes me laugh. As "The Deathly Hallows" begins, Harry is about to turn 17 and would be starting his final year at Hogwarts, except that he has dropped out, along with best pals Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, to complete a mission left to them by Dumbledore.
Their secret mission is to destroy the four remaining Horcruxes hidden by Voldemort. A Horcrux is an object into which Voldemort has placed a portion of his soul. So long as even one Horcrux exists, Voldemort is immortal. Once all are destroyed, he can be killed like any mortal. Harry destroyed one in the second book, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets": the diary that Voldemort kept when he was a student at Hogwarts named Tom Riddle. And Dumbledore destroyed one, a ring, in the sixth book. They also need to find one of the rare can destroy a Horcrux, such as venom from a basilisk (a magical snakelike creature) or the Sword of Gryffindor, which is impregnated with the venom.
So, for much of "Deathly Hallows," the three friends are on the run, looking for the sword and the Horcruxes whose form and whereabouts are unknown, while the Ministry and Hogwarts are taken over by Voldemort loyalists, with Purebloods (the offspring of a witch and wizard) rounding up those pejoratively called Mudbloods (who have one or more Muggle, or nonmagical, parent) and "blood traitors" (wizarding folk who help Muggle-borns). Harry's official Ministry status is relegated to "Undesirable Number One" with a 10,000 Galleon price on his head. As usual, the three must use a combination of instinct, daring and knowledge to elude their hunters and accomplish their quest. (What other desperados would haul textbooks around with them on the lam?)
Ron and Hermione are willing to die for Harry, but occasionally they question whether he knows what he's doing. They fear his getting distracted by his desire to learn more about his parents (risking exposure by visiting the village where they died and are buried) and his obsession with a children's fairy tale that Dumbledore left them to ponder about, in which they learn about three objects, or "Hallows," believed to make whoever possesses them the master of death.
It turns out the tale contains clues to Harry's connection to Voldemort, as well as the key to how Harry can defeat him. He finally seizes his destiny, while accepting the help of the brave friends, schoolmates, parents and teachers who make a valiant stand against the Death Eaters, Dementors and dark creatures aligned with Voldemort in an apocalyptic battle at Hogwarts.
Readers -- and Harry himself -- have waited years to know everything, to fit all the pieces to the puzzle of Harry's life. And now it has been satisfyingly delivered, complete with an epilogue indicating what happens years later. I can't wait to continue and see what will untangle in this tale of all tales! Happy reading all you HP fans!

2 comments:

Busymom2girls said...

Oh my gosh...we truly have alot in common! I am a huge Harry Potter fan...read every book...heard every book on CD (Jim Dale is awesome)...and have seen every movie!! :-)
I finished book 7 in 2 days and loved it!!
I am soo sorry to that it ended and hope JK Rowling decides to write more stories as exciting as HP! Gina

Crochetoholic Debb said...

Yes we do have a lot in common...wow 2 days...you are a fast reader!!!! I have not tried the CD version I bet that is great!

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