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“Hogwarts was the first and best home he had known. He and Voldemort and Snape, the abandoned boys, had all found home here. ”
- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Now that we've talked about the first three books of the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling, let's start talking about the last four. This post will talk about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I'd just like to say that that quote isn't my first choice, but my first choice might have spoiled the book for those who have yet to read it and since I didn't want to do that, I chose the next best quote, at least in my mind. Doesn't it just make you feel all warm and gushy?
For those readers who like lots of action, these are the books you want to get into. There's dragons, and dungeons and creepy professors and just lots of things to keep your attention or grab it. But if you're going to read these books, you should read the first three first or you'll be wondering what is going on in this magical world.
Overall, I find these books more exciting. Now that J.K. Rowling has created her world, she can add more in the way of action. The writing is still excellent as per usual but there are more events that aren't just about day-to-day life at Hogwarts. There's more excitement and overall the excitement in the books draws the reader into being excited themselves. You also see character growth more easily as you watch the trio enter their teenage years and the problems that they can bring. Not to mention that they're wizards so even more is happening around them.
When I first read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I was actually entranced by the events. J.K. Rowling leaves just enough clues that you have an idea of where everything is going but not enough to let you know what exactly is going to happen. I think that's what makes the Harry Potter Series such an amazing series. The fact that you can piece certain things together but find something that proves you entirely wrong or not know exactly what is going to happen. In this fourth instalment, you discover more about what is going on with the Dark Lord and some of his plans, and you discover that the magic behind this world can be complicated and yet simple at the same time. Overall, I found this book kept you hopping and guessing trying to discover the mysteries that the trio must solve. Plus, come on you have to admit the dragons are pretty cool.
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix honestly tore my heart out. J.K. Rowling writes touching scenes that show difficult situations that the trio face. She did an amazing job. J.K. Rowling did not go overboard with the emotions but she also let you know that these are still teenagers, no matter what they've done and emotions run amok in a teenagers body. There was a good balance of emotions, and action so those who may not like those emotions such as first love or pain and loss can still read the book without hating it every few moments. But for those of you who always love the hopefulness of first love or the heart-rending pain of losing someone close to you for the first time, then you won't be overwhelmed with action scenes. It's the perfect blend of the two and you might even find yourself shedding a few tears.
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, you get to do a lot of guessing and if you're anything like me, everything you guess will be wrong. Again J.K. Rowling leaves enough clues for you to piece things together but not enough that you can ever be entirely certain of yourself until she finally reveals the answer. Not to mention, the book also deals with friendships going awry and awkward favouritism of professors that can occasionally take place. J.K. Rowling definitely makes you feel for her characters, especially in this book. You can actually feel the ups and downs that are taking place in the lives of the trio as they go about their daily lives and find adventure even when they don't want to. It's always so amazing when authors can transport you into their books and J.K. Rowling has a knack for doing just that.
When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out, I honestly pleaded for it not to because I knew it meant the end of a series that had really defined my childhood but I also begged that it would be released and soon because really you want to know what happens. This is the final book in the series and if you get into books and bond with the characters that are around for more than just one book, have kleenex handy. You will need it and you will probably use the whole box or something close. J.K. Rowling made some difficult decisions in this book but ultimately they pay off. She brings all of the trio's emotions to life and she makes the difficult decisions they face seem actually difficult and not as if they can handle everything that is thrown at them. There are so many emotional scenes balanced by the attacks and plots gone wrong that it's really the book for everyone and anyone. And when you finish these books, you finish it knowing that the ending is concrete. There will be no more books in this series.
J.K. Rowling did an amazing job on the Harry Potter Series. She brings her characters to life and portrays their emotions and difficulties brilliantly. She doesn't make it seem as if by just a wave of the wand everything will be fine. She shows the growth and pain that the characters must experience in order to save the day and displays the difficult choices they make in a way that makes them seem insurmountable. Overall, in regards to the Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling is an amazing author.
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