Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Whew!! Well, I finally finished the last Harry Potter book. Without giving away anything, many lives were lost, tears were shed, but it ended the way it should have ended.
I've thought a lot about all the Harry Potter books I've read and tried to figure out their immense appeal to me. Although I've said as much, you really cannot boil it all down to the fight between good and evil. Throughout the series and especially in this last book, the author weaves a lot of current issues into her books. Ethnic cleansing and racial superiority regarding the full-blooded wizards vs. the half-bloods (mudbloods) and the muggles. The idea of absolute power corrupting even the noblest of men.
The one thing that struck me the most though was the acute sense of loss that Harry experienced repeatedly throughout the books. The writing was so poignant and mirrored so many feelings that I have felt over the years. I feel the books resonated so much more deeply with me then they would if I hadn't experienced so many losses in my life. As I was mulling this over, I felt quite proud of myself when I saw an interview with J.K. Rowling who said she felt the main theme that ran throughout the books was death and the different ways people approached and dealt with death. She said the death of her mother played a very important role in how she wrote the series.
So long Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid and the rest. You've been good friends and kept me company since 1999. I'll miss you. (Oh great, another loss!!)