I didn’t really sit with a clock nor I checked it for statistical reasons..5 sittings – about 9 hours and in about 4 days, from start to finish – that’s what it took me to read “The Deathly Hallows”.
**Spoiler Alert****Please don’t read further if you don’t want to know what happens to Harry***
There are authors who write books, who create characters that are fictional yet you live with them while you read them and who keep you involved the whole time. Some of the characters end up being talked about for a very long time. Most don’t. But there are some authors like J.K. Rowling who not only create characters but also create a whole new world, coining terms that sound giddy or asinine when you read the first time but grow over a period of time and almost become real and most importantly give the characters more than just life.
So did Harry really die? Yes and No. Of course, the story ends with a grown up Harry leading a happy family life, with 3 kids and Ginny. Ron and Hermione continue to provide the friendship that Rowling so strongly painted throughout the book and they too have kids that are ready to go to Hogwarts. So all was well for Harry and his immediate friends, after all. But throughout the book, Rowling makes the reader believe that Death is a definite possibility for Harry. And even when Harry accepts it and walks to his own death, he does so, defenseless and unprotected – right into the hands of Voldermot. And here is where, Rowling proves that she is a master story teller..Depending on how the reader interprets what happens at the “King’s Cross”, right after Voldermot “kills” Harry, what follows in chapter thirty four is simply story telling at its best. I won’t go into the details of what happens at the penseive – but enough it is to say that Dumbledore clarifies almost everything and yet leaving that little bit for the reader’s own interpretation.
So am I happy that Harry is alive? yes – Indeed I am. Deaths and Tragedies are not always fun..but there were quite a few good characters that died in the deathly hallows. Must have been difficult for Rowling to kill them. Still, Harry, Ron and Hermione prevailed in the end over you-know-who – so that made it up.
All was well with the Potter family.