I gave basically zero thought to this post because I figured it would be so easy. Then I went to look at my bookshelf and realized that I had no idea what book to pick. Turns out I don’t read all that many series. And the first book is almost always the best one! The only two good answers were both a little obvious.
So, get ready for not the most interesting choice for Best End of a Series, but a good, solid choice nonetheless!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
I know, I know.
What I love about the Harry Potter series in general is how things that are just offhandedly mentioned in the beginning of a book (or the series!) become important later on. In the first book Nicholas Flamel is mentioned on Dumbledore’s chocolate frog card and you wouldn’t think of it twice. But then they spend half the book trying to figure out who he is! Rowling has such good attention to detail, and the longer the series goes on, the more obvious it is that she had the whole world in her head before she started writing a single word.
This is especially true of The Deathly Hallows. Things really start to come together at the end. In the first book Dumbledore mentioned that he though Snape was jealous of James Potter, and in book 7 we find out EXACTLY what that means in a big, shocking way. Or how the whole time Dumbledore was only narrowly avoiding the issue of Harry being … nevermind, spoilers.
And obviously the last installment in the series has some touching and heartbreaking moments. If you’ve read it I don’t need to say anything else about heartbreaking. Just try not to cry. But I loved seeing Ron grow into an ADULT, finally. And when he and Hermione finally kiss, I’m pretty sure I burst into tears every time! Of course, there’s also Mrs. Weasley’s big moment!
Gosh, this book is so hard to talk about without spoilers. And I know there’s so many of you who haven’t read it… Get on it folks!
A big part of why I think I love Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows so much is because it marks the end of my childhood. I started reading Harry Potter in the 5th grade, and the final book came out the summer before I started college. The midnight party was kind of a last hurrah.
Seriously guys, if you haven’t given Harry Potter a chance, you’re missing out! For maximum enjoyment, read it with a kid!
Calendar Girls Books is a monthly discussion hosted by Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile and Melanie at MNBernard Books. To find out more about the Calendar Girls, visit either of their November picks. Here’s Flavia’s and Melanie’s.
Our chat will be on Sunday November 19th at 8 EST.
I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone else picked, and maybe adding some more books to my TBR!