Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the last book in the Harry Potter series. And there’s absolutely no excuses for anyone to get upset if I don’t warn you about spoilers, seeing as how between the book and the two movies made of it; everyone should be aware of the plot by now.
Anyway, for most of the book; it seems like that Rowling has totally lost interest in writing the series. For the first 500 pages, it was like she was just ticking off all the plot points in a very “this happened and then this happened and then this happened…” sort of fashion.
I say the first 500 pages, because once Harry gets back to Hogwarts; it’s like her writing has suddenly become reignited. The Battle of Hogwarts looks like what Rowling had wanted to be writing for the last two books, and now she got the chance to do it.
Snape’s background was revealed in this book in a bit of detail. This has lead to him gaining a cult following in certain Potterhead circles, of course, with some of the more diehard fans claiming that dear old Severus Snape was more deserving of Lily than James was.
But think about it for a moment. Snape’s the kind of person who will befriend people who think torture is fun. He’ll knowingly turn damaging information about you to a man who’s going to kill you, your husband and your child if he can get away with it. After that, he’s going to turn to your most trusted ally for forgiveness.
He’s changed to an extent by the time Harry gets to school, of course. But he still treats Harry like shit because of what his father and his friends did to him while they were teenagers decades prior. If he were a real person; you would say without hesitation that Snape is a pathetic, bitter, petty man.
However, Snape isn’t the only character to gain a partial redemption in the book. Just prior to the Battle of the Seven Potters; Dudley says that he doesn’t think Harry is a waste of space—as pointed out by Harry, this is like him declaring his love for someone.
Even Draco got a partial redemption. It can be assumed by him begging a Death Eater that they were on the same side can be taken to mean that he had switched sides in the battle.
I have to wonder, though, why do all these characters need a certain amount of redemption? Draco I can partially understand because even though he was a bully, I don’t think he would have become a Death Eater if it wasn’t for the influence of his parents.
Even Snape I can understand to a degree, because there had to be some sort of explanation for why he had hated Harry beyond “your father was a prick to me”. Also, it was hinted at during The Order of the Phoenix that Snape had a liking for Lily.
However, I’m not entirely sure why they felt the need to redeem Dudley. Even though Harry had saved him from Dementors; there was no reason for Dudley to have believed that Harry had been telling the truth to Vernon and Petunia. Muggles can’t see Dementors, of course.
There is one other thing that bothered me: for the first half of the book; the story moved at almost a snail’s pace. Certainly, things happened, but quite often they felt like just moments of filler between the major plot points.
While The Deathly Hallows did tie up the loose ends and leave enough space for sequels; it wasn’t as well-written as it could have been. However, the last 100 pages were worth it, if you make it that far.