Updated on 16 October, 2021
The newest entry to the Harry Potter series is Hollow Knight and it is sure to be one of the biggest surprises for fans of the books. The first half of the book has you catching your breath waiting for the second half to unfold. I was really excited for this book since the last book, Eclipse, ended very strongly with a bang. I wasn't disappointed at all.
The story starts some years after the events of Eclipse, when wizards from around the world have gathered to discuss the upcoming battle between good and evil. An agreement is made to destroy the greatest threat to wizardkind, the Dark Lord Voldemort. Albus Dumbledore, wizard professor and head of the Department of Magical Britain, is the man who oversees these negotiations. During these talks, an unknown person arrives. It turns out that this person is none other than Hermione Granger, a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The woman is actually Bellatrix Lestrange, who is considered the most powerful dark witch in the world.
Harry Potter, who had fallen into a deep trance due to a prophecy, suddenly comes back to his feet and starts acting strange. He tells his friends about his experiences and how he is desperately trying to help Hermione along. Shortly thereafter, Albus finds out about the hidden situation and decides that it is time for Harry to go on a mission to save the world. The rest of the comic is spent in the exploration of the wizard's past and his relationship with Hermione.
The most important relationships in the comic are those between Harry and Hermione, Quidditch, and Sirius Black. These are explored in great detail and have great subplots as well. They also provide interesting conflicts that make the story entertaining.
Quidditch is the sport of magic used by four houses, including the House of Black, the House of Granger, the House of Blackadder, and the House of Weasley. The first three houses work together to keep Harry, Ron, and Hermione from being defeated by the fourth house, the Dark Lord Voldemort. The main Quidditch match takes place in Hogwarts. During this game a fifth object is introduced to the game called the Triwizard Trigey, which helps the students determine the location of the next Triwizard tournament.
The last few pages of the comic start out with a bang and really set the scene for what is to come. Bellatrix is given a death sentence and is executed while Harry Potter arrives just in time to save her. It turns out that Lord Voldemort has sent Bellatrix to kill Harry, but she flees before any of them can get there.
After this, the next major plot happens when Hermione finds out that Lord Voldemort has Lily and tries to kill Lily, causing Lily's death. Bellatrix subsequently joins the Order of the Phoenix and is assigned to protect the basilisk. The Basilisk manages to escape and Lily is saved by Ron, who is half snake and half woman. The rest of the comic follows this theme, as Ron and Harry go after Bellatrix and get her back, only for her to turn into a basilisk and kill them.
Hollow Knight contains great fight scenes, but unfortunately, it doesn't have many jokes. The story is well-written and the storyline is interesting. However, the lack of humor and fast pace makes this comic less than appealing to the younger readers. In my opinion, if you are looking for a serious Harry Potter story with a lot of humor, this isn't the one for you.