Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Today we come to the final installment of my countdown and my reviews of the Harry Potter series with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  After the first part of this movie was released, I decided to go back and re-read the entire series, and particularly re-read Deathly Hallows for the very first time.  I was so excited to visit this book again and I must say that I fell in love with it even more the second time around!  Who knew that on the second reading that I would still tear up at all the appropriate places (and some maybe not so appropriate!)?!?  Who knew that I would not be able to set the book down until I finished the very last page in the wee, wee hours of the morning?!?  Who knew that when I did set the book down that I would have the special feeling in my gut . . . that feeling that left me sad that this was the end, but completely satisfied with where the end left off?!?  I had no idea that all of this would happen with such strong feelings, emotionally and physically, on a re-read.  And, I firmly believe that it speaks louder than words at the power of Rowling's work!

Some of my favorite pieces of Deathly Hallows included, but were not limited to . . .

  • Neville (Need I really say more than that?!?)
  • Mrs. Weasley taking on Bellatrix (Cannot wait to see this on the big screen and am really hoping it is as awesome as I imagined it to be!)
  • The first kiss (Need I really mention between whom?!?)
  • The strength and power of friendship and love
  • The epilogue (for so many reasons that I cannot even begin to mention them here!)

For fans who followed this series until the end, so much pressure was put on the ending of this phenomenal series.  Rowling lived up to the hype and then some.  We lost characters we loved, we triumphed over evil right alongside the wizards, and we left feeling the impact of those seven years even after nineteen years later.

In the previous six reviews and remembrances of the Harry Potter series, I left you with a number of my favorite quotes from each installment.  Unfortunately, this time, I've got nothing.  This is not because there is nothing worth sharing.  It is simply because my eyes were not in the mode for catching them.  My eyes were too busy gobbling up the story as quickly as possible.  However, I will leave you with a bit of fun . . . my original review of this book almost four years ago.  And, of course, I will also leave you with a final yummy recipe that is only complete with the Celestial Tortilla Chips that I posted about yesterday!  Enjoy!

Crystal Cheese Ball

2-1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (about 10 ounces)
2 packages (3 ounces each) Cream Cheese, softened and divided
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup Mayonnaise1 teaspoon Chili Powder
1/3 cup chopped pitted ripe Olives
1 to 2 tablespoons Milk
1 large red Bell Pepper (decorations)
6 whole pitted ripe Black Olives (decorations)
A batch of Celestial Crackers

Beat Monterey Jack cheese, 1 package cream cheese, onion, mayonnaise and chili powder in medium bowl until smooth. Mix in chopped red pepper and chopped olives. Shape mixture into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. Beat remaining package of cream cheese in a small bowl until fluffy; beat in just enough milk to make the mixture into a good spreading consistency. Spread mixture on and over cheese ball; refrigerate loosely covered until serving time, at least 2 more hours. Cut red pepper into stars with small cutter or sharp knife. Slice olives into crescent moons. Just before serving, decorate cheese ball with stars and moon. Place cheese ball on inverted mug (pedestal) and serve with Celestial Tortillas.

As you can see, I didn't decorate the outside of my crystal ball. I thought that this was super cute, but I ran out of red peppers! Personally, I would buy 2 large red bell peppers so you have enough for both the decorations and the ball itself!

I was very much inspired by the original post of this recipe found over at


  1. I want to go back and read them all again. My two teens grew up with them but I want my youngest to experience the excitement as well. We've read 1 and 2 together, and listened to part of 3 but haven't finished.

    I went to the midnight showing last night and loved it. The audience was clapping, laughing and cheering at all the right moments-it was wonderful!

  2. Oh, and your HP appetizer looks divine!

  3. Mrs. Weaseley taking on Bellatrix was a great scene. I don't think you'll be disappointed!

  4. Peaceful Reader ... I just went back and re-read them all last year, but it looks like I will be doing it again starting in 2012 with my son for the first time. I am so excited for it! I ended up going to the movie this last weekend too and LOVED it! There was clapping, laughing, and cheering in my theater, too! :) Glad you liked the appetizers!

    heidenkind ... I was so glad to hear this, and then when I watched it, I thought "Tasha was right!" :)


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