Why I Didn’t Like The Deathly Hallows

I know a lot of people out there loved The Deathly Hallows, but I just cannot force myself to. For me, the best (and perhaps only?) redeeming piece of narrative it contained was the Snape storyline.

Other than that, you have the good guys doing a bunch of aimless, pointless, and quite boring wandering around the woods with no direction or clue of what they are supposed to be doing. Once they do finally figure it out, it deals with a brand new set of magical relics that haven’t ever been mentioned, or alluded to in the previous six books – even though they are the most powerful and most famous relics around.

One of those relics, the Elder Wand, was shrouded in so many inconsistencies and contradictions it didn’t even make sense by the end of the story. The Elder Wand supposedly makes you never lose a duel, but Dumbledore won it from his boyhood friend/competitor by beating him a duel.

And the way the power transfers from owner to owner is convoluted, too. At first, the wand changes ownership when the owner dies. Then it is possible that the wand chooses a new owner when the original owner is just defeated, not killed. Then it becomes just a matter of disarming someone that makes the wand choose a new owner. And then, it turns out that you don’t even have to actually have the Elder Wand to have the power of the Elder Wand! (What a worthless relic after all!) All you have to do is disarm someone who has the Elder Wand, and the power of the Elder Wand transfers into your own Wand! How convenient!

All of this was done to explain away how Harry actually has the power of the elder wand even though he doesn’t actually have the elder wand (confused yet?). Dumbledore had the Elder Wand (which he won in a duel despite the wand never losing a duel) and then Draco disarmed Dumbledore. Even though Dumbledore was not dueling with Draco, and Draco did not take the Elder Wand after he disarmed Dumbledore, somehow the power and authority of the Elder Wand then transferred to Draco’s wand. Huh?!? So when Harry then disarms Draco later on, Harry’s wand ends up with the power and authority of the Elder Wand (which at the time rested in Draco’s non-Elder Wand wand). And so, even though Voldemort steals the actual Elder Wand and thinks himself invincible, the Elder Wand Voldemort has is actually just a piece of junk now. The power of the Elder Wand has been transferred from the Elder Wand into Draco’s regular wand, and then from Draco’s regular wand to Harry’s regular wand. So now Harry has the Elder Wand power, twice removed from the Elder Wand.

And he still doesn’t even use it to defeat Voldemort!

The whole book is like this to me — just a bunch of incredibly weak attempts to explain and tie things together that just don’t make sense. Like Ron being able to speak parseltongue. Things that just seem too… I don’t know. Contrived. Easy. And Harry never even actually defeats Voldemort, either. Voldemort kind of defeats himself, and we end up in some strange purgatory scene before Harry is brought back to life.

I could go on, but that’s probably enough about Harry Potter. Back to the original post before we chase too many rabbit trails!

Why I Didn’t Like The Deathly Hallows

I know a lot of people out there loved The Deathly Hallows, but I just cannot force myself to. For me, the best (and perhaps only?) redeeming piece of narrative it contained was the Snape storyline.

Other than that, you have the good guys doing a bunch of aimless, pointless, and quite boring wandering around the woods with no direction or clue of what they are supposed to be doing. Once they do finally figure it out, it deals with a brand new set of magical relics that haven’t ever been mentioned, or alluded to in the previous six books – even though they are the most powerful and most famous relics around.

One of those relics, the Elder Wand, was shrouded in so many inconsistencies and contradictions it didn’t even make sense by the end of the story. The Elder Wand supposedly makes you never lose a duel, but Dumbledore won it from his boyhood friend/competitor by beating him a duel.

And the way the power transfers from owner to owner is convoluted, too. At first, the wand changes ownership when the owner dies. Then it is possible that the wand chooses a new owner when the original owner is just defeated, not killed. Then it becomes just a matter of disarming someone that makes the wand choose a new owner. And then, it turns out that you don’t even have to actually have the Elder Wand to have the power of the Elder Wand! (What a worthless relic after all!) All you have to do is disarm someone who has the Elder Wand, and the power of the Elder Wand transfers into your own Wand! How convenient!

All of this was done to explain away how Harry actually has the power of the elder wand even though he doesn’t actually have the elder wand (confused yet?). Dumbledore had the Elder Wand (which he won in a duel despite the wand never losing a duel) and then Draco disarmed Dumbledore. Even though Dumbledore was not dueling with Draco, and Draco did not take the Elder Wand after he disarmed Dumbledore, somehow the power and authority of the Elder Wand then transferred to Draco’s wand. Huh?!? So when Harry then disarms Draco later on, Harry’s wand ends up with the power and authority of the Elder Wand (which at the time rested in Draco’s non-Elder Wand wand). And so, even though Voldemort steals the actual Elder Wand and thinks himself invincible, the Elder Wand Voldemort has is actually just a piece of junk now. The power of the Elder Wand has been transferred from the Elder Wand into Draco’s regular wand, and then from Draco’s regular wand to Harry’s regular wand. So now Harry has the Elder Wand power, twice removed from the Elder Wand.

And he still doesn’t even use it to defeat Voldemort!

The whole book is like this to me — just a bunch of incredibly weak attempts to explain and tie things together that just don’t make sense. Like Ron being able to speak parseltongue. Things that just seem too… I don’t know. Contrived. Easy. And Harry never even actually defeats Voldemort, either. Voldemort kind of defeats himself, and we end up in some strange purgatory scene before Harry is brought back to life.

I could go on, but that’s probably enough about Harry Potter. Back to the original post before we chase too many rabbit trails!