This blog is a forum for Mentor High School Honors English 12 students to engage in book discussions based on free reading books.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
The Harry Potter series is a multi-million dollar franchise with its seven books. Even more millions come in as people see the movie of each of the books starting from the beginning of this decade. Over the years now it has becomes on of the most popular book series of our time and the final book delivers all the thrills and excitement the series has been leading up to. It all starts after the sixth book, with Harry on the run from Voldemort. As the remnants of The Order try to protect him he manages to escape Voldemorts and deaths grasp once again. After the chase though he arrives at the Weasley's and is greeted by many of his friends, however with the bad news of casualties and losses. As the book continues many things change all around Harry as Voldemort and his Death Eaters kill and slaughter their way to their control of the Ministry of Magic. With the Ministry under his control things take a darker side for the wizardry world as fear, terror, and death stalk all corners as the Death Eaters as Voldermorts own police. "The petrified Muggle-borns brought in for all questioning sat huddled and shivering on hard wooden benches"(Rowling 257). All Wizards of Mudblood and non-magic descent come into questioning and imprisonment as Voldemort executes his evil hatred towards them. It all comes down to Harry then to defeat Voldemort by some way for he in every ones mind is the "Chosen One". Along Harry's task he will come across great losses and sorrow but also revelation and truth to all the secrets and puzzles of the past and the people around him. But with visions of Voldemorts ongoing crimes disrupt his focus. Hermione says,"Harry, he's taking over the Ministry and the newspapers and half of the Wizarding world! Don't let him inside your head too!"(Rowling 85). But with the help of his friends he gets back on track. With Harry and his friends, Ron and Hermione, it is up to them to find out a way to end Voldemort's reign of terror for good.
1. Do any of the characters in this book relate to people in history? What are the comparisons?