The Last Chapter
The Last Chapter
Book Seven: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Nancy Carpentier Brown
There are many good things to say about the seventh Harry Potter book. It ties up many of the
loose ends quite nicely. We find out about Snape; we see satisfying reconciliations between
several characters. There are two weddings (one has happened between books six and seven), and
a baby is born. There is uncertainty, knowledge is gained, friends are reunited, and Harry matures.
The trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermione had new mysteries to solve. What are the Deathly Hallows,
and should they try to find them? Where are the last few Horcruxes?
Other things that were either treated very lightly, or not at all, leaving some of the mystery
forever unsolved — unless author J.K. Rowling talks about this someday. Was Dumbledore’s
death a “suicide” of sorts? Whatever happened to Dolores Umbridge? Rita Skeeter? Why is
Snape thought of as “brave”? What is Harry’s or Ron’s future job?
Why, when Harry finally faces Voldemort, do they both just fall down, neither appearing to be
injured? If some curses are unforgivable and would send a person straight to Azkaban, how come
so many do it, and don’t get sent there?
Even with those unanswered questions, though, the main things that ought to have happened in
the final book happened. Harry defeats Voldemort. Harry decides he must sacrifice himself so
that the world will be rid of the evil Lord Voldemort, and prepares to face his own death. Once
more, his mother’s blood — and the love that he now feels for Ginny — save him from the
killing curse. It only knocks him down, but doesn’t kill him.
Harry wins. Dumbeldore’s Army wins. The Order of the Phoenix wins. The good guys win. Most
of the bad guys are dead; those left are rounded up and imprisoned. A fairytale ending.
If we try to look at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as a Christian tale, I think it works well
in many ways, if not perfectly. The things that do succeed work better than in most sto