Posted by Uma Damle | Filed under Harry Potter and the Deathly hallows
I am not a raging hot-blooded HP fan. Well not now at least.Used to be one at one time but the thoroughly lousy movies and even lousier book 5 led to the transformation (That is my personal opinion and is not being forced upon anyone who doesn’t quite agree with me. I do not fancy waking up one morning to find a mob of raging hot-blooded HP fans at my doorstep clamoring for my head).I started reading the book with expectations approaching to zero but after a breathless 5 hours 10 minutes 42 seconds I kept the book down to bow down to Rowling.
This sure as hëll isn’t a kiddie book anymore. Rowling has been merciless this time. Half a dozen significant characters topple like cards in a castle when the blow comes in cold blood….just like that. The danger is real and the wizarding community is engulfed from all sides. The characters no longer pretend that the world is fine and dandy. This is a war…and every war has casualities. Throughout the book the omnipresent air of danger around the entire wizarding community is so palpable that you can almost smell the stench of death or worse that lies awaiting in the shadows to pounce at the slightest provocation. There are small joys, weddings, births and personal victories but the characters don’t have time to dwell over them before another terror, another death eclipses them.
Rowling hasn’t wasted book space this time on Quidditch matches, christmas dinners, teenage romances, school classes, dueling clubs and similar things that are insignificant in the cold cruel real world of actions and consequences that Harry lives in now. This makes the plot so incredibly taut and fast that whenever I thought it was safe let my guard down and stop chewing my nails something would happen that would make me chew my nails with renewed vigor (My manicured nails now look like a bunch of rodents have been to work at...