Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Review

Okay, so I guess it is time to finally review Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7), J. K. Rowling’s final entry in the Harry Potter series, and a very satisfying ending it was. Let’s touch on a few highlights (Rot13 encoded to keep spoilers away from those who haven’t read the book yet (just copy/paste from here into the Rot13 site)):

Fancr jnf vaqrrq n tbbq thl nsgre nyy naq sbe gur ernfbaf V fnvq orsber, uvf ybir sbe Yvyyl. Guvf vf bs pbhefr gur zbfg vzcbegnag cneg bs gur obbx. Fnen jnfa’g unccl jvgu gur snpg gung Uneel qvqa’g yrnea gur gehgu nobhg Fancr hagvy nsgre uvf qrngu, ubjrire V qba’g unir fhpu ceboyrzf jvgu vg. Vaqrrq va zl sna svpgvba gung V nz jvggvat Uneel jvyy frr naq gnyx gb Fancr va gur cnvagvat jurer gurl jvyy fbeg bs znxr hc sbe gurve gerngzrag naq gubhtugf bs bar nabgure, ohg V qba’g jnag gb tvir gbb zhpu njnl.
Uneel yvirf nf rirelbar fubhyq unir rkcrpgrq, naq zneevrq Tvaal nf rkcrpgrq.
V yvxrq gur Eba, Urezvbar xvff naq tynq gurl tbg zneevrq nf rkcrpgrq.
V jnf fnq gung Yhan naq Arivyyr qvqa’g ubbx hc nf Yhan vf bar bs zl snibevgr punenpgref.
V jnf nqzvggrqyl fhfcvpvbhf bs Yhan’f sngure jura jr yrnearq ur jnf jrnevat n znex nqbcgrq ol n fhccbfrq rivy punenpgre. Va uvaqfvtug V fnj vg zber yvxr ubj gur Anmv’f gbbx n Uvaqh flzoby naq ghearq vg vagb fbzrguvat rivy… gubhtu gurl ner ebgngrq va qvssrerag qverpgvbaf va gung pnfr. Nygubhtu V nz abg fher gung gur bar thl nqbcgrq vg nf uvf flzoby fb zhpu nf whfg yrsg vg nf na vaqvpngvba gung ur jnf ybbxvat sbe gur Qrnguyl Unyybjf, abg nf uvf flzoby.
Gur jubyr Qhzoyrqber vfa’g nf tbbq nf jr gubhtug guvat pnhtug zr bss thneq, naq sbe n ybat gvzr vagb gur obbx V jnfa’g fher juvpu fvqr bs gur fgbel gb oryvrir, gubhtu vg frrzrq zber naq zber yvxr Qhzoyrqber vaqrrq jnf nf ur jnf cbegenlrq ol uvf qrgenpgbef. Nsgre Uneel gnyxrq gb Qhzoyrqber va uvf ivfvba, vg frrzrq gung Qhzoyrqber jnf whfg n abezny, synjrq uhzna orvat… novqr bar jub jnf n irel cbjreshy jvmneq, ohg synjrq yvxr nalbar ryfr. Uvf synj orvat n ybir naq yhfg sbe cbjre, gubhtu ur erpbtavmrq vg naq arire jrag sbe vg, juvpu V svaq uvtuyl aboyr.
V guvax gurl pbhyq unir qbar jvgubhg gur jubyr pnzcvat gevc nf V pnyy vg. Guvf gbbx jnl gbb zhpu bs gur obbx naq abg zhpu jnf nppbzcyvfurq va gung gvzr. V jbhyq unir cersreerq gung trg phg qbja naq gur raq bs gur obbx rkcnaqrq hcba.
Nf sbe gur svany puncgre, vg jnf avpr gb frr Uneel 19 lrnef yngre, ohg V jbhyq unir yvxrq gb xabj zber bs jung unccrarq orgjrra gur raq bs gur obbx cebcre naq gura. Jurer qvq Uneel jbex, jung bs gur Qhefyrl’f naq nyy gung wnmm… nyy gurfr dhrfgvbaf naq zber ner pbzvat hc va zl sna svpgvba, juvpu vf rffragvnyyl whfg gjb nqqvgvbany puncgref gb svyy gur ibvq orsber gur rcvybthr. Ohg jr fubhyqa’g arrq sna svpgvba gb nafjre gurfr, gurfr ner dhrfgvbaf gung fubhyq unir orra nafjrerq va gur obbxf gurzfryirf.
Birenyy, V ernyyl rawblrq gur obbxf. Abg nf tbbq nf gur Qnex Gbjre frevrf, ohg gurl qb znxr sbe n snfgre rnfvre ernq.

I am presently reading Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, which, while I am only on page 214 of 1007, I have to say I am enjoying a great deal and highly recommend.