Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows(J.K. Rowling/Bloomsbury Publishing PLC)

映画の最終章も今週公開ということで、
いよいよ、最終巻である7作目。
読み終わってしまうのが、かなり名残惜しい気持ちだった。
この、ハリー・ポッターシリーズの大きな特徴は、人物設定の複雑さなんだろうと思う。
敵役はもちろん、主人公も、導き手である先生にも、完全無欠の人間はどこにもいず、それぞれが、それぞれの思惑を抱えて、迷ったり怒ったり、些細なことで言い争いになったりする。
だからこそ、最後の最後まで物語の行方はどこに辿りつくかわからない不安定さを持続していて、その点がリアルだと思った。
それにしても、この物語は長かった。後から振り返ってみると、かなり寄り道をしていたり、冗長な描写は多いのだけれど、その積み重ねがあるゆえに作品世界に奥行きが出ているという面はたしかにあるだろうと思う。
すっきりシンプルにまとめてしまうと、読みやすくはなるに違いないけれど、その分、もう一つの世界を覗いているような気分にさせてくれるファンタジーとしての醍醐味は薄れてしまったはずだ。
まだまだ、気になる登場人物やエピソードは色々とあるけれど、結末には満足だった。
【名言】
He chanced a glance at her. She was not tearful;that was one of the many wonderful things about Ginny, she was rarely weepy. He had sometimes thought that having six brothers must have toughened her up.(p.132)
‘Parents,’ said Harry, ‘shouldn’t leave their kids unless — unless they’ve got to.'(p.240)
He let them fall, his lips pressed hard together, looking down at the thick snow hiding from his eyes the place where the last of Lily and James lay, bones now, surely, or dust, not knowing or caring that their living son stood so near, his heart still beating, alive because of their sacrifice and close to wishing, at this moment, that he was sleeping under the snow with them.(p.364)
He had spilled his own blood more times than he could count; he had lost all the bones in his right arm once; this journey had already given him scars to his chest and forearm to join those on his hand and forehead, but never, until this moment, had he felt himself to be fatally weakened, vulnerable and naked, as though the best part of his magical power had been torn from him.(p.388)
‘Did you think we’d be staying in five star hotels? Finding a Horcrux every other day? Did you think you’d be back to Mummy by Christmas?'(p.341)
‘Would you like me to do it now?’ asked Snape, his voice heavy with irony. ‘Or would you like a few moments to compose an epitaph?'(p.748)
Slowly, very slowly, he sat up, and as he did so he felt more alive, and more aware of his own living body than ever before. Why had he never appreciated what a miracle he was, brain and nerve and bounding heart? It would be all gone… or at least, he would be gone from it.(p.758)
Ripples of cold undulated over Harry’s skin. He wanted to shout out to the night, he wanted Ginny to know that he was going. He wanted to be stopped, to be dragged back, to be sent back home…(p.763)
‘Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love. By returning, you may ensure that fewer souls are maimed, fewer families are torn apart. If that seems to you a worthy goal, then we say goodbye for the present.'(p.792)
‘That wand’s more trouble than it’s worth. I’ve had enough trouble for a lifetime.'(p.821)
【水晶堂リンク】
(1巻)Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
(2巻)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
(3巻)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
(4巻)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
(5巻)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
(6巻)Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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