The Book

A timeless piece of literature about love, loss and overcoming the most difficult obstacles.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK RowlingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is quite honestly my favorite book in the series. I love LOVE this book. Although previously my favorite book was the Prisoner of Azkaban, it has since been dethroned by Deathly Hallows.

First off, let me start by saying I grew up reading this series. I was 9 when I purchased the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and have almost obsessively followed the books, films and anything to do with the series ever since.

The last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is definitely the darkest and most adult themed of the series. The deaths of many beloved and memorable characters comes to pass in many of the chapters throughout the book, friendships are tried and tested and you almost start to wonder whether Harry Potter will make it or not. I’m not saying whether or not he will or won’t. If you read the book, you know, otherwise you’ll just have to wait and see.

This is the only book in the series that takes place almost entirely outside of Hogwarts and takes the three main characters of Harry, Hermione and Ron into completely uncharted territory. Throughout the book, they are almost living as renegades and there is definitely a sense of homelessness and homesickness that stays with you.

The loss in this book is as immeasurable as the triumph. The book is a roller coaster ride to say the very least and if you’ve followed the series as I had for over a decade, tears will definitely be had.

I always read books before watching their movie counterparts and in this case, I especially recommend it. There is no way they can compete with the experience a reader has while reading this book. We all know the movie will never compare to the books, but maybe. Maybe.

The Film

My Predictions

The trailer for the film shows some really great promise. They seem to have stayed true to the book based on what I saw so that is always good. I very much hope that this film follows the book more closely than the Half Blood Prince which drifted far from the plot of the book to the point of being infuriating. They somehow managed to turn a very serious book about Tom Riddle/ Voldemort and his history into a book about random pointless comedy with sometimes pointless scenes about nothing and giving them some sort of weight in the story when they were mere side plots in the book if they existed at all.

That being said, I greatly hope they stay true to the book for this film if for nothing but to pay fan service to the millions of fans worldwide whose lives have been touched, changed and (for my generation) greatly enriched their education and lives. The themes in this book are not for children and are certainly not to be taken lightly, played down or ignored.

SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read the book, do not read on unless you want the story ruined for you a bit. Read ahead at your own risk.

Not only do many characters die in this book in often very violent ways, but Hermione is brutally tortured by Bellatrix Lestrange and slightly cut with a knife. Ron suffers “splinching” which leaves his arm bloody and completely distorted. In the opening chapter, an innocent woman is tortured, strung up with ropes and elevated over a dining table by magic then indifferently murdered. The list goes on.

Again the film’s trailer looks promising so I hope for every loving fan’s sake that they do not let us down.

Why Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Deserves an R Rating

And not some half a** PG-13 Rating.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a violent and bloody themed novel with over 700 pages of torture, murders, and the loss of many characters we’ve all grown very attached to who have been a part of many of the other books in the series. There are many adult themes including but not limited to: death, loss, extreme violence, kidnapping, brutal murders, torture, and discrimination (similar to that of the Jews in the Holocaust).

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