Wednesday, 25 July 2007

The Deathly Hallows.....

So, here I am. And I can barely control the flow of emotions and thoughts filling in my mind. Voldemort's finished and Harry, the Chosen One, has won. But does that say everything about the last instalment of the brilliant Harry Potter series? Well, yes and no. Yes, because good has triumphed over evil (and that's one thing that should theoretically mean 'all you had to know'), and no, because that doesn't say anything about HOW good triumphed over evil. That doesn't say how MUCH good had to pay to win. That doesn't say how MANY battles, both within the self and outside it, had to be won. And that doesn't say anything about the breathtaking book this is all about: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows.

Having finished the book in a blitz, I just can't get my thoughts under control. I can't decide if I should smile or cry. There's plenty of reason to do both: some of my very favourite characters (Dobby, Lupin, Tonks, Moody, Fred to name a few) died to make their (and this) world a better place. I cried inside my mind each time I encountered the news of the death of some Order member. But then, there's plenty to smile about too! One, Harry has defeated Voldemort, and this time willingly and with planned determination. And then, to my great relief, Snape was proved innocent and an indeed good and noble man. Dumbledore WASN'T wrong when he had trusted Snape. And believe me, o reader, that this is the first time I really cried and felt sorry for Snape. I always had the gut feeling that he was on Dumbledore's side, and I'm extremely happy that things turned out that way. That was the second reason to be happy about, though. The third, well you can call me a teenaged fool if you wish, is that Harry and his friends finally found a happy and carefree life. I can't express how happy I felt when I read about Ron and Hermione's and Harry and Ginny's marriage, though that was almost fully known to me by the time the 6th book ended.

But keep aside the emotions for the moment, and we shall return to them in due course. Because if you haven't yet figured out: Rowling's books are evergreen for the magic of emotions, of love and happiness, and the fight between good and evil: a magic more real than charms and spells and strangely-named amazing creatures. Look into the deep philosophy that Rowling has offered. The Dark Lord, who is the most feared wizard of all time, is a very frightened man himself: for he fears death. And he knows not what love and true happiness are. He knows only power and more power, but since when has blind power led to a man's rise to victory? What power is more powerful than true love and friendship and trust?-- things that Voldemort has never known or felt. And therefore underestimated. And therein lies his own fate written by none but himself. Voldemort chose to rush his own death, and he paid dearly for it. Think: true victory is not in conquering death, it's in facing death bravely and willingly, maybe if only death can set some things right. For once and all, can't we understand this deepest of messages? Consider how many Potter fans there are all around the globe. But how many of them have looked at the books this way: as an epic, as a Bible (I go so far as to give it equal status with any of the great scriptures of the world, and that doesn't at all mean that I've gone crazy!), as a guide to rule our lives? How many?

The reason why I think that this book is excellent is that it showed how even the greatest of people can be mistaken at times. How these people, almost superhuman in their nature, can forgive, trust and honour even the simplest of people. When Dumbledore guiltily confesses that he was once a deluded power-seeker, he has genuine remorse in his voice. He knows how one wrong decision on his part had led to his family's breakdown. When Ron gets impatient and leaves Harry and Hermione to fight by themselves, but realising his mistake comes back and saves Harry, I am happy beyond words. For true friendship can't be broken so easily: and inspite of minor and temporary differences, true friends can never stop being worried about each other.

And then when you start praising Rowling for her skill, her meticulous and fool-proof planning, combined with her capability to write such deeply, you can't help but rever her. Every small detail Rowling mentioned before has some or the other signficance: who could have done such a huge job so well?

There are certain words that remain etched in my memory.
Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure.

Here Lies Dobby, a Free Elf.

[Harry:] Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?
[Dumbledore:] Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?

And there are many more words that could make the list. So much to be said but so little time to write down. As a parting thought: for each Voldemort the world has produced, there always has been a Harry Potter, a Ron, a Hermione, a Snape, a Dumbledore, a Dobby, a Fred, A Lupin, A James............ Evil has never won for long, and never will so happen in near or distant future.

Real people have always been true heroes. If you thought that I read the whole series just to look beyond the mundane and ordinary world, you couldn't have been wronger. And I was more of a Dumbledore fan before; I can say that I'm truly a Potter fan now...


Abhirup said...

Dear Sudipto,
Excellent post. Indeed, 'The Deathly Hallows' is a fitting end to the glorious Harry Potter saga, a consummate end to an epic fantasy series, a book that can be enjoyed both as a gripping thriller and a novel of great profundity. There is just one point on which I disagree with you: Severus Snape is still not on my book of good guys. The reasons why I think so can be found in the essay 'Why I still dislike Snape' that I am writing now, and which you can find on my blog a couple of days hence.
I am re-reading 'The Deathly Hallows' now: it's too profound a book to be understood and appreciated in one reading. Hope you are doing the same.


A Poetess said...

I agree about DObby!!
He has always been a cutie pie favourite character of sorts to me and the beginning of the new end just added to that feeling of nostalgia..that scene has been impeccably etched by Rowling..Im happy to see 'fellow emo'-s



Anonymous said...

Hi Sudipto,
It's strange that after reading for so many days in the same class, i didn't realize that both of us had so many commons to share-u know, books,music,even our philosophy of life...
This is an amazing blog u've created. Your views and optimistic spirit is really praiseworthy...
I'm not as sharp witted as u are.. rather a 'clumsy ferret'..But it would really be nice if u conversed with me sometimes in school. I'm introvert, but not very snobbish(atleast i'd like 2 think of me in that way)..


Sayantani Ghosh

Sudipto pondering said...

Dear Sayantani,

Thanks for your comments. I feel myself lucky that again someone praised my thoughts and essays. Feels really good: you somewhat made my day! :) And hey, who said that you are dim-witted? You are one of the finest poets in my class-- and both your language, and thoughts are simple yet serious-- so that shouldn't of course make you look 'dim-witted'. And coming to my wit, let me humbly state that I am no more that another ordinary boy with big dreams-- which I am not at sure that I'll reach. I am as much a lost and wandering spirit as any other day-dreamer!

Anyway, deal done. In fact, we talked quite a bit that day. You can attribute it to my shyness that I talk so little with you. Shyness is something you instinctively learn from a boy's school!

And Happy Pujas to you too. Do visit my blog again. And by the way, what's you mail id?