We start of course with the start of what can only be a wizarding war. Voldemort is back, there is no pretending any more, and Harry knows that it’s him who has to end him. As usual the three friends, for the most part, stick together and Rowling tests the strengths and weaknesses of all of them. I feel like Hermione really comes into her own in this book, even if she can’t rush off to the library. She gives the entire thing direction, even when Harry is not being much of a hero at all. That’s what I love about Rowling, she writes human character, imperfect, realistic people.
There couldn’t fail to be a battle in the final book, and what a battle it is! I think the movie really misses the spot for the Battle of Hogwarts, it’s a hundred times better in the book, and Rowling again writes it realistically. There are deaths, there is grief, but in the end there is an overwhelming sense that all is well.
Added 11th December 2015