About: Readers beware. The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling’s spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart–such revelations, battles, and betrayals await in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that no fan will make it to the end unscathed. Luckily, Rowling has prepped loyal readers for the end of her series by doling out increasingly dark and dangerous tales of magic and mystery, shot through with lessons about honor and contempt, love and loss, and right and wrong. Fear not, you will find no spoilers in our review–to tell the plot would ruin the journey, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling’s fans have not yet seen, and are not likely to forget. But we would be remiss if we did not offer one small suggestion before you embark on your final adventure with Harry–bring plenty of tissues
The heart of Book 7 is a hero’s mission–not just in Harry’s quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man–and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. Attentive readers would do well to remember Dumbledore’s warning about making the choice between “what is right and what is easy,” and know that Rowling applies the same difficult principle to the conclusion of her series. While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Dumbledore, Snape, and you-know-who, it is a testament to Rowling’s skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise.
A spectacular finish to a phenomenal series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a bittersweet read for fans. The journey is hard, filled with events both tragic and triumphant, the battlefield littered with the bodies of the dearest and despised, but the final chapter is as brilliant and blinding as a phoenix’s flame, and fans and skeptics alike will emerge from the confines of the story with full but heavy hearts, giddy and grateful for the experience. –Daphne Durham
Overall Rating: 5.00 +
Series Rating: 5.00 +
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NOTE: June 26, 2011 marks my “Gosh I don’t know how many times I have read this book” annual Re-Read! I will be changing all my ratings of this series to 5 because I have come to the conclusion that if I can re-read them this many times they are worthy of a 5! Now on 7/14/11, I am sad to say it ends my reread for this year. I will be watching a double feature of the last two movies at the big screen starting at 9pm CST. I am taking kleenex because well it seems sad there won’t be any more Harry Potter in book or film next year. If you would like to join me next year on the re-read, I will be starting it on July 31rst, 2012 (HP’s Birthday)! Until then, I solemnly swear I am up to NO GOOD!
What I Loved: The amount of detail that went into wrapping up the major storylines. This book was not for the faint at heart: you cried, you laughed, but in the end you realized that life does indeed go on if you let it. The characters that were amazing in this book: Mrs. Weasley, Bellatrix, Ron (showed huge growth), the Twins, and Neville! My favorite parts were centered around these characters and what they brought to the table. I was not left wanting and felt that JK gave us the best send off we could hope for.
My Thoughts: This book was better the 2nd and 3rd time I read it. It is hard to explain but the first time was just overwhelming and left me raw that it really did take re-reads to capture all the small stuff that really made it shine. I was sad to see the series come to a close but I think it was the right thing to do. The world is rich and she could re-visit it with other characters and adventures but she needed to let Harry become just “The Man Who Lived”.
Why I gave it a 5+: Very well written and presented!
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