Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the story of the final confrontation between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort, the leader of Death Eaters. It has taken 10 years for J K Rowling to complete the epic and the roots of the story can be easily spotted in the Star Wars, Dickens, Greek myths and to top it all, it has a big screen closure (just what you expect in huge epics). The confrontation itself is bone chilling and heart racing, though the race toward the finish line has its own fair share of bumps. At the same time it must be said, the way the characters of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows have concluded their journey has a convincing inevitability towards it.
The Series Is Getting Darker Than Ever
With every part of the series, the Harry Potter series has become darker than ever, but the author J K Rowling still creates the sarcasm of Ron and philosophical gravity of Harry Potter effortlessly. Overall, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be remembered for the initiation of Harry Potter into the complexity and sadness of the adult world.
The Burden of Leadership
Right from the days when his education started at Hogwarts, Harry has shouldered the burden of being a leader, coping with all the duties beautifully, though he still nurtures a wish to be an ordinary teenager. The parents of Harry Potter are already dead, apart from his godfather Sirius and Professor Dumbledore. About half a dozen more important characters die, and the losses for Harry are increasing with unfailing regularity. Other important people in Harry’s life are either wounded or are being tortured. Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic have been infiltrated by the followers of Voldemort, and everyone in the population is now forced to take sides.
Overwhelmed and Disillusioned
J K Rowling makes it only natural that Harry feels overwhelmed and disillusioned at times. Controlling his temper is a struggle for him, as he sets about the search for Horcruxes, magical objects in which parts of the soul of Voldemort are stashed. He enters a dark wood, where he has to fight the Death Eaters as well as his own despair and prejudices.
The Psychic Connection Grows Stronger
The psychic connection that Harry has with Voldemort has also grown stronger with time; as a result he keeps getting clues about the actions of Voldemort and also gets lured towards the dark side. The turning point of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, however, is the decision by Harry whether to continue on the mission assigned to him by Dumbledore or should he go after Hallows, which will make him the master of death. Whatever decision he takes, the final showdown is inevitable. He will also have to come to terms with his own weaknesses and others’, and the equation between free will and fate.
By : Prasoon Kumar