By Jess Zellner-Kline
My favorite summer read was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. While I’ve enjoyed all of the Harry Potter books, the last installment was by far my favorite. As always, Rowling created a mix of action, adventure, humor, love, and sadness.
In Deathly Hallows , Harry is forced to deal with the deaths of mentors and friends as he attempts to defeat Lord Voldemort. It was one of the most serious books in that it was evident either Harry had to vanquish Voldemort or be vanquished himself. The knowledge that anything was possible in this novel made it the most gripping book of the series and kept me on the edge of my seat.
In most of the books, Harry feels a strong connection to his father, but in Deathly Hallows the connection shifts to his mother. Lily Potter’s memories reveal much of her life story and are consequently one of my favorite parts of the book.
While new plot twists involving the hallows, Voldemort, and Harry’s parents were definitely interesting, one of the best parts of the seventh book was when all of the loose ends from previous books were tied up. All of the things that I had wondered about since book one were resolved and all of my questions answered. It was therefore only with slight chagrin that I read the last page of the last book.
Though the Harry Potter series has ended, the impact that they have had on millions of people, including myself, will never fade.