As celebration for passing my Doctoral Qualifying Exam, I indulged in another pilgrimage through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, one of my favorites in the entire series.
Harry finds himself searching for Horcruxes, items that contain pieces of Lord Voldemort’s soul. With only a few hints and a few tools bequeathed by Dumbledore, Harry, Ron, and Hermione try to navigate a world made unfamiliar by Death Eaters, the threat of capture or murder hovering over them at every turn. This is the book where the loose ends are tied up, and the story definitively ends for a resolution that most will find satisfying.
There are several beautiful passages about the nature of friendship, death, and love that make me hope Rowling finds her footing in other writing. Her adult plotting in The Casual Vacancy left me wishing for more, but she hits many right notes in the Harry Potter series, and I’m always delighted to read through them, but always slightly regretful when it’s over.