I finally did it guys! I finally finished my reread!
It’s definitely took longer than I expected. It took me longer for me to pick up book 5 rather than reading it. And overall, the second half of the series weren’t as magical as the first. But they sure are more exhilarating.
Without further ado, here are my review for book 5-7!
- It took me months to pick up this book, but once I read it, it took me less than a week to finish it.
- In this book, we deal more with Harry’s emotional state rather than external things such as the looming threat of Voldemort. Yes, it’s still there, but it mainly manifest in Harry’s guilt of Cedric’s death, restlessness and recklessness, a feel of being ignored, and stubbornness. And yes, of course, the infamous teenage drama and disastrous romance.
- This book makes Harry’s personality traits at the extreme: his bravery become recklessness, sass become disrespect, and more. I can barely handle Harry in this book, and from what I read in this book, neither other characters.
- But I’m also 100% sure Harry suffered from PTSD after the Triwizard. Battling Death Eaters at World Cup, Dragons, Merman, and Voldemort himself? Not to mention his friend that got murdered in front of him. I don’t think he had a chance to talk it all out before he got whisked away and ignored throughout the holiday, only to come back with the whole Wizarding World against him and Dumbledore literally icing him out. So yes, I understand his state.
- This book also cemented Umbridge’s position as the worst, and McGonagall as the best.
- Not to mention the resistance effort created by the Weasley Twins. Dumbledore’s Army was cool, but it was too obvious. The Twins is less obvious but managed to get under Umbridge and Filch’s skin.
- AND THAT DEATH IS NOT OKAY. I don’t know which was worse, seeing them acting it all out in the movie, or reading Harry’s thoughts and feelings on the book.
- @JKR how dare you.
- It was overall a very enjoyable book, but definitely feel like a filler and set up for the grand finale.
- Shit finally calms down in this book. Harry should definitely be afraid.
- The pacing felt really slow in this book. After all the craziness and subplots in book 5, it felt like a lull and thus, it took me longer to finish this book than book 5.
- But!!! The last few chapters the pacing got to the extreme and suddenly BAM BAM BAM!!!! Revelations, invasion, and people dying.
- Yes, that death is also not okay. I think the book is worse, since Harry’s thought is just heartbreaking. Meanwhile, in the movie the slow motion of falling ruins the moment for me.
- Daniel’s screaming and running kinda made it up tho. But the damage is done.
- Anyways, I’m glad Harry had some normal teenage drama with less angst in this one. I’m still not processing how Ron and Hermione happened. But the moment when Harry realized it and his own feelings were funny, and very normal in between all the chaos that is his life.
- And I’m so happy for him to still have this normal and awkward moment!!!
- Compared to the other books in the series, this book fell in the middle. I guess it has some good moments, but overall it’s just an okay one.
- wHOA. This is it, the end of this epic series.
- I need a moment to process this.
- I can’t believe it’s done???
Technically, there’s still The Cursed Child.
- This book has a lot of emotions and subplot to unpack.
- I’m not sure all the subplots are necessary. From hocrux, hallows, Dumbledore’s family, Harry’s past, a certain somebody’s allegiance, death, war, Draco’s treatment, Regulus, Lupin… it’s a lot. I’m pretty sure not all of them need to be explained in this book.
- Anyways, after 5 books of nothing, Harry finally felt loads for his parents. It seems like the only time he thought of them was on his first years, when he found out the truth, and on the 7th book, when the end is near. The inbetween years, they were barely mentioned as he was dealing with a lot of things. In this book though, it’s like a dam broke. His loss of guardian, the impossible task he’s doing, the prospect of surviving, and the weight of the wizarding world on his shoulders… I think he finally got the time to yearn and long for the life he could never had.
- And it broke my heart.
- Also random, but why do I feel like Harry and Draco is linked as much as Harry and Voldemort is? He ended up winning the Elder through Draco, using Draco’s wand, saving Draco, and being saved by Draco’s mom in return. That’s too much of a coincidence for JKR.
- SO MUCH CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT! I can’t believe my shy babies Neville and Ginny are leader of resistance, Draco small forms of resistance, Percy Weasley come back, and more! Even Colin Creevey, who was initially an annoyance to Harry, prove his bravery and true heart. I feel proud seeing them grow (and died *cries*).
- Plot holes though: WHY DID THEY NOT HAVE ANY PORTRAITS OF DUMBLEDORE WITH THEM??? It will be so much easier ffs.
- Overall, while it did not blew me away, it was an epic conclusion and suit the series so much. The epilogue really brings the series to a full circle.
Rereading this series really renewed my appreciation and gratitude of being part of the generation that grew up with HP books and movies. JKR is not regarded as the same as she was years ago, but the series will still have a place in everyone’s heart, and I wish its legacy would not be ruined.
That’s it guys! I finally finished my reread! Have you read the books? The movies? Which one do you enjoy more? Who is your favorite character? What is your favorite spell? Biggest plot hole that angers you? Any theories? Favorite books/movies? Let me know everything in the comment below!