Reread: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
This summer, I’ve decided to finally reread the Harry Potter series. I’ve reread most of the books a few times, but this will be my first time reading the whole series, beginning to end, since the 7th book came out. After each book I’ll to do a quick post highlighting things that stood out to me in that reread. It’ll be my own little Harry Potter reading challenge :) Note: There will most definitely be series-wide spoilers in these posts.
Coming in to this reread project, Deathly Hallows was the only book in the series that I had only read once. I hadn’t realized just how much of this book I had forgotten. I knew how it ended and remembered two of the deaths. I vaguely recalled something about wandering around in the forest and lots of fighting at Hogwarts, but most of the details had not stuck around in my brain after that first hazy release day read. It almost felt like a first read, which was, well, wonderful.
Of all the things I was surprised not to have remembered, the identity of the Hog’s Head barman ranks quite high. How could I have forgotten?? Rowling so sneakily gave a hint of his identity in Order of the Phoenix, at which point in my reread over the summer I remember thinking ‘Hm, there’s something important there’. But then Rowling promptly moved on to other things and I forgot all about it.
The barman sidled towards them out of a back room. He was a grumpy-looking old man with a great deal of long grey hair and beard. He was tall and thin and looked vaguely familiar to Harry. (p. 300)
I’m sure there was another reference in one of the other books (or maybe it was also that one?) but I can’t remember where it was. Again, I’m amazed at Rowling’s forethough and that she obviously had an overall plan for the series very early on. I think I need to keep a list of things to keep an eye out for next time I go through the books.
Although, it may be quite a while before I go through them again. I really didn’t expect to get so emotionally involved in the story and the wizarding world this time. I mean, I had gone through it already, I knew the gist of what happened and I knew how it all ended. But finishing Deathly Hallows was just as sad as finishing it the first time. And probably amplified by reading the entire series over just a few short months.
You know I love finding songs that match whatever I’m reading, and I never bring up the Soundtrack Song in my reviews. But I’m making an exception here. If you’re reading Deathly Hallows now or plan on reading it soon, please please please listen to this song when you get to chapter 34 “The Forest Again”. It was so perfectly written for that scene.
Rereading this series, especially Deathly Hallows, made me think a lot about movie adaptations and how they influence rereads of favourite books. Once I see a movie adaptation, I’ll never again picture scenes in the book the way I first did, they’ll be coloured and filled in by the movie. Last time I read Half-Blood Prince was just before the movie came out, so this time around my mind was inadvertently filled with images from the movie. I’m so glad I decided to reread Deathly Hallows before the last two movies came out, before too many movie images could be burned into my mind and I could still imagine Deathly Hallows as only I could imagine it.
Of course, I will still be seeing the movies as soon as they’re released. Even though I’ve finished reading the series again, I’m not quite ready to say goodbye the Ron, Harry, Hermione, and their wizarding world. The release of the final movie will definitely mark the end of an era.
I’m not done yet! Because I can’t quite let go, I decided to get myself sorted. I’ve done this quiz twice and both times the Sorting Hat decided the same thing. I’m proud to be a Hufflepuff :)
Today’s questions: Will you see the last two Harry Potter movies? What Hogwart’s House do you belong to?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince