“Deathly Hallows,” U.K.-style
As you might imagine, J.K. Rowling went through a depressive period after delivering “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” She told USA Today that the finality of delivering the ending volume of a 17-year project left her with a certain emotional void — something many of her readers are probably dealing with now.
Finishing “Deathly Hallows” was unlike any other “Potter” experience, since (SPOILER ALERT FOR LATE-GAMERS AND SLOW READERS) there was no suspense or cliffhanger at the end, and Rowling included that epilogue that took us 19 years into the future and an idyllic, “everybody’s family now” wizarding world. There is no obvious foundation for follow-up books, unless you consider the mere presence of Potter-Weasley progeny the basis for a new series.
So, it’s over. This was a great series that ended with one of its best volumes, but I’ve spent the better part of the past six years as a devotee to the series, and the post-Hogwarts reality (okay, semi-reality) will take some adjustment. Granted, I will get to revisit the “Harry Potter” series when my 2-year-old son starts reading in a few months (I know, I know. I’m not one of those parents. Much.), but for those of us who plowed through the seven volumes more-or-less as they arrived on the racks, these books are already book-ended.
So, I’m a tad “meh” these days, and wanting to dive into a new, great book to get obsessed over. Those with suggestions should pipe up right about now.
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