Book Review: The Deathly Hallows Lectures by John Granger

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Harry Potter!!!

Age Recommended: Everyone!

Think you know Harry Potter? Think again.

This book focuses on the last book of the Harry Potter installment, The Deathly Hallows. Divided into 7 chapters, each chapter aims to help you dig deeper into a section of the Harry Potter finale, with discussions on topics such as Alchemy in Harry Potter, Christianity in The Deathly Hallows, and even whether or not J.K.Rowling is one of the greatest authors in history (there are more reasons supporting this than one would think).

The sheer depth of this novel is sure to astound you and leave you wanting more. And fear not, for John Granger has written 5 more books on the Harry Potter series and one on the Twilight Saga as well.

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My favorite chapter- Chapter two: The Alchemical End Game.

This chapter shows how the Deathly Hallows, where events come to a close and Harry Potter reaches a deeper understanding of himself, is the literary rubedo of the Harry Potter series. (Confused? Please read on…)

The book has three distinct alchemical parts: the nigredo, the albedo, and the rubedo  (The black, white, and red stages). These stages typically show the transformation of a character through dark times (nigredo), to a renewal or purification (albedo), and ultimately a stage where all contraries are resolved through strife or bloodshed (rubedo).

All three stages are present in The Deathly Hallows, but as a whole, the Deathly Hallows is the rubedo of the series for three key reasons:

  1. In the Battle of Hogwarts we see the resolution of conflict by combat.
  2. This is by no means a bloodless war, because more than 50 witches and wizards die to help Harry succeed.
  3. Harry beats Voldemort but chooses to renounce the Hallows afterward, showing a deeper understanding of the world.

You’ll have to read the book to find out the rest of the reasons and so much more!

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Deathly Hallows Lectures: The Hogwarts Professor Explains the Final Harry Potter Adventure


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