J.K. Rowling Does it Again
By Eric Armstrong on Jul 23, 2007
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows starts with several major mysteries left over from the first six books. As it goes on, she piles on more and more. She's unbelievably good mystery writer, leaving a trail of clues as the book goes on--even if you have no idea what to make of them. But in the end, she wraps everything up deftly, in a completely logical way that (you think) you might have been able to foresee--but in reality, there was no way. It took years for Rowling to put this tour de force together, and it would have taken you years to figure out, if you ever did.
Her characters are complex, and the book is filled with clever little tidbits and jocular moments that make you laugh. It also has heart-wrenching moments. But what keeps you turning the pages is the mystery, and wanting to find out what comes next.
If that were all the book was, it would be worth reading. But it's not. It's much, much more. It's an engrossing, entertaining mystery that teaches important life lessons to children of all ages--lessons that are vital for a successful life, and for a healthy society.
But the books don't hit you over the head with the lessons. It doesn't spell them out. Instead, it shows them by example. Courage, loyalty, the willingness to embrace differences, empathy, compassion, honor. These are just some of the many lessons embodied in the books' pages.
The series is an unbelievable read, and book 7 is the best of the lot. This is a series to cherish and re-read. It's one to pass down to your children and grandchildren. They should get the first book in the series on their eleventh birthday, and get another one every 3 to 6 months after that. (It would just be cruel to make them wait a whole year. It was sure hard for me.)