Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying itHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows It was the end of an era, and then it wasn t.I can t express how thankful I am, for this series, for this world, for the magic, power and love behind J.K Rowling s words I don t know what I would be without Harry Potter.It s crazy how much time I spend reading the books, listening to the audiobooks, watching the films or just thinking about them So many things between thousands of pages and millions of words No wonder Harry Potter has such an impact on our society, as it deals with so many topics that have moved, and still move us today, will move us in future Race and racism for one, hate, ignorance, arrogance and how to fight all of these things Power and influence of the media, slavery, dictatorship, revolution, feminism, depression, death, loss, equality, love, friendship.J.K Rowling is probably one of the most important teachers to every child and adult reading her books She shows us, that our dreams are dreamed to become real, that family is who we chose our family to be, that friends can be our greatest strength and that every being, whatever our differences might be, deserves kindness and respect.I still can t believe that this amazing woman was able to put all of this in seven books.Thank you.Find of my books on Instagram Sigh I just can t Harry Potter Is Leaving Privet Drive For The Last Time But As He Climbs Into The Sidecar Of Hagrid S Motorbike And They Take To The Skies, He Knows Lord Voldemort And The Death Eaters Will Not Be Far BehindThe Protective Charm That Has Kept Him Safe Until Now Is Broken But The Dark Lord Is Breathing Fear Into Everything He Loves And He Knows He Can T Keep HidingTo Stop Voldemort, Harry Knows He Must Find The Remaining Horcruxes And Destroy ThemHe Will Have To Face His Enemy In One Final Battle Jkrowling All was well. This is just a pithy review on the Harry Potter series as a whole It is not an in depth analysis of the work in general, nor is it a review on any one particular installment Harry Potter is a work of art I got made fun of once when I was out to dinner with some friends, because while we were discussing these books I made the mistake of referring to them as literature I felt like I had to defend that assertion because, although the definition of literature is pretty broad, it seems like it should really only apply to works with some definable qualitative value or literary merit In this case, my friends were wrong Rowling explores themes and concepts in this series that I think are valuable to children and young adults who look to her characters for qualities they seek to emulate, and I believe her works will have lasting impact on this and future generations.I ve heard it said before that everything you need to know you ve learned in kindergarten Well, that might be somewhat of an oversimplification, but I do think children or young adults who grow into this series, seeing Harry and his friends mature as they themselves mature, can glean some pretty important life lessons from it They are impressionable human beings who are learning about themselves and are starting to make the choices that reflect the kinds of people they want to be.So what does Harry Potter teach them Well, here is a bullet list of what it has taught me And if you re good, I ll think about turning this into a PowerPoint presentation Or maybe not The quality of your character is not a reflection of where you come from or who your parents are rather, it is a reflection of the choices you make, so make them wisely The way you treat other people, especially those less fortunate than you, reveals your true colors quickly and completely than almost anything else you do It is a good thing to have dreams and ambitions, but that alone is not enough You cannot expect success without effort It is far less important what your abilities are than what you actually do with them Your abilities alone do not define you Nobody likes to fail, but to refuse an attempt at success on the grounds that you re afraid to fail is failure in itself.Growing up is about figuring out who you are and coming to terms with your strengths and weaknesses, and it is about deciding how to utilize the strengths and mitigate the weaknesses in order to become a better person It s a lifelong struggle, but it starts early, and I think Harry Potter offers the tools to help achieve that It can help young people find their way, and maybe that s an oversimplification for a seven volume series of novels, but that s what I got out of it, and that s why I will recommend this to my kids as they start to become ready for some life lessons of their own This is misleading I ve been made fun of countless, countless times. I hadn t read this book in so long it s been great to reread it and notice all the details I had forgotten It was perfect for the holidays even though this one is quite dark A 86% Extraordinary NotesIt ends too expository and convenient, but the story s compelling, and its new settings are a nice break from formula. 7 And to You, If You Have Stuck With Harry Until The Very End 2002 4 It felt most strange to stand here in the silence and know that he was about to leave the house for the last time Long ago, when he had been left alone while the Dursleys went out to enjoy themselves, the hours of solitude had been a rare treat Pausing only to sneak something tasty from the fridge, he had rushed upstairs to play on Dudley s computer, or put on the television and flicked through the channels to his heart s content It gave him an odd, empty feeling to remember those times it was like remembering a younger brother whom he had lost view spoiler hide spoiler It s hard for me to believe that I finished the Harry Potter series I wish this series would go on forever I don t know how I ve gone through my life without these books I regret not reading it when I was younger, but I am so happy that I finally did, better late than never, right The world built in these books is so real and tangible, it is truly a masterpiece The characters are engaging and brilliant, and I love how the plot is so interwoven and twisted within itself, especially in this last book.I was taken by surprise when I started the series, I didn t think it would pull me in as it did As I kept reading through the books, the characters slyly stole my heart Now, having finished the last line, I am flooded with emotion This series is than a story or words on a page, it is magic. Ok, before I start a few warnings This will contain spoilers though since I m writing this a year after the release I don t think it s too much of a tragedy , it will be long and it will be negative because I really didn t like this book.Reading books one to five I was very impressed with the storytelling from a novice novellist There was magic, there were characters you could love, and sure there were some cliche d storylines, but they were interspersed with really interesting sidestories Peeves, SPEW, Weasley s Wizard Wheezes I was enthralled as a teenager and I am enthralled now as an adult when I re read them.But I have to say the the quality dropped markedly in books six and seven The ramblings that started out cute in GoF and OotP have become pronounced and boring The characters have lost much of what made them endearing, and the plot has gone to hell.Focusing on Deathly Hallows, I had a very strong feeling that six months before her deadline, JKR went on to the internet, discovered that everyone had guessed her twists honestly, who didn t know that Harry was an accidental Horcrux, RAB was Sirius s brother, the diadem was at Hogwarts, the locket was at Grimmauld Place, Dumbledore ordered Snape to kill him, Snape was in love with Lily and Ron would be a it and abandon Harry and Hermione , and felt the need to come up with a new plot device This would explain the incredible stupidity that is the deathly hallows and the plot holes and gaps in logic that involve them.Now, it has been a while since I read it so some of my names and such might be wrong, and if it does answer the questions in the book in such a round about way I apologise, but the Elder Wand does not make sense I m willing to accept that it follows it s own set of rules separate from those of other wands where Haary can use Hermione s wand almost as well as his own and all of the disarming they did in book five didn t make their wands all change ownerships but the course of events whereby Harry became the owner of the wand are just plain silly If Grindelwald simply stole the wand from Gregorovich sp , how did that make him the wands owner If the wand is unbeatable, how did Dumbledore defeat Grindelwald I know Rita Skeeter theorised that Grindelwald surrended, but how does that pass the wand s ownership to Dumbledore Surrender is not the same as defeat And if the wand is unbeatable, why was Dumbledore unable to defeat Voldemort when they dueled on OotP And also, is Harry really so conceited and stupid to think that no one would ever defeat or disarm him, making them the owner of the wand Shouldn t he have broken it If he does become an auror in later life someone is bound to disarm him eventually, and if they knew about the wand, they could easily steal it back from Dumbledore s tomb.The other major thing that ticked me off was the characterisation Hermione, Harry and Ron have always been some of my favourite characters, but here they are acting completely different from previous books Harry using Unforgivable curses without a hint of remorse, and not comforting Hermione when Ron takes off, instead staring at a Ginny dot Can we say creepy and stalkerish And Hermione, who for the most part was still loyal and brave and smart loved the bottomless bag bit, and her being there for Harry at Godric s Hollow , was so pathetic when it came to Ron I know love makes people do the wacky, but crying for days on end when they re supposed to be searching for Horcruxes, kissing him in the middle of the war because he finally showed a tiny inkling of care towards the house elves And Ron Gah I mean, I love Ron, but you would have thought he could have grown up a little, just a smidgen But no, running away because of the locket one ring to rule them all Those who defend him saying it affected him than Harry or Hermione because he had insecurities is just dumb Harry and Hermione had just as much to be insecure about Harry, with his saving people thing, could easily have gone nuts with the locket around his neck and ran away from the others because he was terrified that they d get killed And Hermione has always been insecure, about being Muggle born, about proving herself, about Ron and Harry and their friendships Sure, he wanted to come back the moment he left, but he still left Which I could accept were it not for such a stupid reason And then he got his super moment which was so lame Honestly, Ron can remember and copy paseltongue , uhuh Wouldn t it have made much sense to say, have Ginny come along, who could possibly still say the word from when she opened it under Tom s control in CoS And then Ron mentioned the house elves, to make himself worthy JKR s words, not mine of Hermione For one thing, why does he need to make himself worthy since she already loved him for all his insensitivity and insecurity, and why did that worthiness have to be something that Harry already had in abounds Yes, I am a H Hr shipper, but that is by no means the reason I hated this book as you can see from above If H Hr had been handled as badly as R Hr or H G, I would have hated it But the fact remains that the most romantic scenes in this book were between Harry and Hermione At Grimmauld Place when Harry showed Hermione the picture, at the wedding where Hermione beamed at Harry, at Godric s Hollow where they strolled arm in arm under the kissing gate in the snow While in canon, Harry married Ginny and Ron married Hermione, that will never convince me that they are the better couples Harry and Hermione had the friendship, the trust, the alchemy They were the most developed relationship in the series, and the fact that they didn t end up together in the book doesn t change that.The final things I feel like picking on the epilogue came across as being written by a teenage fangirl No depth, no meaning, just stupid named kids I get that JKR wanted Harry to end the book with the normal family life he never had, it could have been handled so much better And seriously, Albus Severus That poor kid must have been teased horribly And why Severus Sure, he turned out to be not evil, but for Harry to chance his mind about the man after seven years of abuse and ill treatment just because he was scamming on Lily It s just gross And unrealistic I was so hoping there was to Snape s story than twenty years of unrequited love Gah It may have been a sweet way for him to become not evil, but Lily was very, very dead for a very long time, and no one holds on that hard to love If caring for her wasn t enough for him to stray away from the dark arts while she was alive, why was it enough when she was dead Also, the invisibility cloak was supposed to be infallible, and yet Moody saw through it in OotP and Dementor s could see through it in PoA, supposedly And, my god did the death scene s suck in this book Yes, its a war so plenty of people, including main characters were going to die, but when I felt worse about Dobby than I did about Remus who is one of my favourite characters you just know that the author hasn t put enough emotion into it He was the last of the Marauders, for god s sake, he deserved an on page death at the very least Maybe defending Harry or Tonks Something Well, there ends the rant There were a few good points in the novel like Godric s Hollow, before the stupidity of Harry not realising that Bathilda was Nagini, and the awesomeness of Neville but they were few and far between and do not at all make up for the rest of the drivel.Read it because it is the conclusion to a series that took seventeen years to write, but do not expect the fireworks that such a finale could have been There s better fanfics out there.
Robert GalbraithAlthough she writes under the pen name J.K Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name As she had no middle name, she chose K as the second initial of her pen name, from her paternal grandmother Kathleen Ada Bulgen Rowling She calls herself Jo and has said, No one ever called me Joanne when I was young, unless they were angry Following her marriage, she has sometimes used the name Joanne Murray when conducting personal business During the Leveson Inquiry she gave evidence under the name of Joanne Kathleen Rowling In a 2012 interview, Rowling noted that she no longer cared that people pronounced her name incorrectly.Rowling was born to Peter James Rowling, a Rolls Royce aircraft engineer, and Anne Rowling n e Volant , on 31 July 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, 10 miles 16 km northeast of Bristol Her mother Anne was half French and half Scottish Her parents first met on a train departing from King s Cross Station bound for Arbroath in 1964 They married on 14 March 1965 Her mother s maternal grandfather, Dugald Campbell, was born in Lamlash on the Isle of Arran Her mother s paternal grandfather, Louis Volant, was awarded the Croix de Guerre for exceptional bravery in defending the village of Courcelles le Comte during the First World War.Rowling s sister Dianne was born at their home when Rowling was 23 months old The family moved to the nearby village Winterbourne when Rowling was four She attended St Michael s Primary School, a school founded by abolitionist William Wilberforce and education reformer Hannah More Her headmaster at St Michael s, Alfred Dunn, has been suggested as the inspiration for the Harry Potter headmaster Albus Dumbledore.As a child, Rowling often wrote fantasy stories, which she would usually then read to her sister She recalls that I can still remember me telling her a story in which she fell down a rabbit hole and was fed strawberries by the rabbit family inside it Certainly the first story I ever wrote down when I was five or six was about a rabbit called Rabbit He got the measles and was visited by his friends, including a giant bee called Miss Bee At the age of nine, Rowling moved to Church Cottage in the Gloucestershire village of Tutshill, close to Chepstow, Wales When she was a young teenager, her great aunt, who Rowling said taught classics and approved of a thirst for knowledge, even of a questionable kind, gave her a very old copy of Jessica Mitford s autobiography, Hons and Rebels Mitford became Rowling s heroine, and Rowling subsequently read all of her books.Rowling has said of her teenage years, in an interview with The New Yorker, I wasn t particularly happy I think it s a dreadful time of life She had a difficult homelife her mother was ill and she had a difficult relationship with her father she is no longer on speaking terms with him She attended secondary school at Wyedean School and College, where her mother had worked as a technician in the science department Rowling said of her adolescence, Hermione a bookish, know it all Harry Potter character is loosely based on me She s a caricature of me when I was eleven, which I m not particularly proud of Steve Eddy, who taught Rowling English when she first arrived, remembers her as not exceptional but one of a group of girls who were bright, and quite good at English Sean Harris, her best friend in the Upper Sixth owned a turquoise Ford Anglia, which she says inspired the one in her books.
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