On July 21st, 2007 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released. The last book in the Harry Potter series was eagerly awaited and speculated about feverishly. It was five years ago to this day. Some of you were barely into your teens at
the time. Others were leaving their teens. And some of us were, well, we were five years younger than we are now. 🙂
Many things have changed. The movie adaptations of the books are all finished. Pottermore has come, and while Jo Rowling hasn’t committed to writing the so-called “Scottish book,” she has released much new information on the Harry Potter books through Pottemore. She also has a new book, totally unrelated to Potter, coming out this fall. The Potter fervor and fandom seems to be dying down and dwindling away. (Spoilers may lie ahead.)
Note: I apologize for the very long wait for this chapter read-through.
The final chapter starts off with Harry “lying facedown on the ground again” (724). The word “again” here relates to the start of the previous chapter where Harry “lay facedown, listening to the silence” (705). There is commotion around Voldemort because he seems to have passed out. What happened to the Dark Lord? This question relates to what exactly was that thing at King’s Cross that “had the form of a small, naked child, curled on the ground, its skin raw and rough, flayed-looking…” (706)? One theory is that it was the piece of Voldemort’s soul that was in Harry. This would make sense if not for the fact that Voldemort destroyed the Horcrux by using Avada Kedavra on Harry. Why would the soul fragment be at King’s Cross when it was destroyed? The other theory, one that is supported by the novel, is that it is actually Voldemort himself, de-souled and grotesque because of his dabbling in that dark, macabre magic of making Horcruxes. Continue reading