|Submitted by Frank Li |
(Jan 03, 2008)
Sadly, the young hero is perhaps the best possible role model for our children. While this may be good for children morally, it becomes excessively boring, driving forward only because of Rowling's earlier successes. Harry is astonishingly devoid of change throughout the series, becoming very apparent in this last book. Harry is a good boy in the beginning, a good boy in the middle, and a good boy in the end. When has our hero been tempted to stray from the path of heroism? No, it has become quite predictable what Harry will do next.
If it was just that one mistake, I would have given this book a higher score. But Rowling seemed to decide to play matchmaker, throwing Harry and his peers into couples. No one who died seems to actually die, as everyone either leaves behind their child or their namesake. Rowling also inflates this last book with pure air, as much of this book is needless fluff. Not even tasty fluff.
Perhaps one of the biggest complaints I have with this book is the idea of Dumbledore's homosexuality. It is subtly hinted in the book, but Rowling could have revealed this is the book rather than doing so in person.
I acknowledge that this book is a necessary read if only because you've read the preceding books, but had this book been the first book of a series rather than the conclusion, I doubt that it would receive recognition of any kind.