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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, Bk 7)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Harry Potter, Bk 7 Author:J. K. Rowling In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book in the epic tale of Harry Potter, Harry and Lord Voldemort each prepare for their ultimate encounter. — Voldemort takes control of the Ministry of Magic, installs Severus Snape as headmaster at Hogwarts, and sends his Death Eaters across the country to wreak havoc and fi... more »nd Harry. Meanwhile, Harry, Ron, and Hermione embark on a desperate quest the length and breadth of Britain, trying to locate and destroy Voldemort’s four remaining Horcruxes, the magical objects in which he has hidden parts of his broken soul. They visit the Burrow, Grimmauld Place, the Ministry, Godric’s Hollow, Malfoy Manor, Diagon Alley...
But every time they solve one mystery, three more evolve -- and not just about Voldemort, but about Dumbledore, and Harry’s own past, and three mysterious objects called the Deathly Hallows. The Hallows are literally things out of a children’s tale, which, if real, promise to make their possessor the “Master of Death;” and they ensnare Harry with their tantalizing claim of invulnerability.
It is only after a nigh-unbearable loss that he is brought back to his true purpose, and the trio returns to Hogwarts for the final breathtaking battle between the forces of good and evil. They fight the Death Eaters alongside members of the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore’s Army, the Weasley clan, and the full array of Hogwarts teachers and students.
Yet everything turns upon the moment the entire series has been building up to, the same meeting with which our story began: the moment when Harry and Voldemort face each other at last.« less
What an absolutely stunning, epic finale to the ultimate battle for the future of wizardry. Rowling has definitely progressed beyond children's literature with this one - be prepared for some very adult situations. As all her books are, this is difficult to put down; every chapter leaves you hanging. There are some pretty sharp twists in this, so pay attention!
What Rowling does beautifully in this is wrap up loose ends. All of your Harry Potter mysteries will be solved. What she also does is tack on what I felt was a superfluous epilogue; but, for the characters she mentions, it is comforting to know how they turned out.
I think anyone who reads this book will agree that this is a bittersweet book. It is by far the best book in the series, but I hate to see it end. I have come to love the Harry Potter series and most of the characters. J.K. Rowlings is a superb author. I can't imagine being able to create such a creative and magical story like Harry Potter. This book was great closure to a great story, you must read it.
Keri reviewed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, Bk 7) on
Helpful Score: 18
As much as I hated to have this wonderful series come to a close, the ending couldn't have been better. I finished this book with a smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart. I fell in love with Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, and the Weasley family over the years. I can't bear to think of never anxiously waiting for another installment of this fabulous story ever again.
I'll try to avoid spoilers since this book was released just today...
I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. I found the first half a little too "long" and "more of the same". The next 400 pages were really great. The end - I don't yet know how I feel. I liked it, but it still left me feeling unsatisfied, for lack of a better way of explaining it. This was also probably the darkest of the series, a lot of despair. I missed some of the humor of the other books and the sometimes silliness. I dunno... will have to see how I feel about it in a week or two.
You cannot deny the "magic" of these books though. The story, the characters, the writing. It all crushes you in. I'm sad to see the series come to an end...
Rowling does an artful job of pulling together lose ends in this final book in the series staring everyone's favorite young wizard. As someone who grew up with the books, I feel entitled to say that these books relate a story for all age groups. It is a must read that uses magical ideas to portray a great story of friendship, personal conflict, and self-sacrafice. Supprises abound.
My feelings while reading this book were very bittersweet. Even knowing how it would play out, I wanted to savor this last Harry Potter story. Knowing I would cry as some of the main characters are killed did not deter me. The same feeling of hopelessness I felt before came back, compassion for Harry to lose so many loved ones, anger on his behalf for the cruelties and evil committed against him for no good reason and lastly pride that in spite of it all, Harry continues to be a giver instead of a taker, a boy quickly becoming a man and putting the needs of others in front of his own. Even at the very end, knowing that one of them must die, he is willing to make that ultimate sacrifice.
Most of this story takes place away from Hogwarts, unfortunately. Though Rowling does an amazing job of drawing us into the world Harry is currently situated, I still found myself missing the days at Hogwarts, as Im sure Harry did. Sadly, there was no Quidditch, no Peeves to contend with, no excursions to Hogsmeade on the weekends and no Halloween feast. After seven years, I had become so enamored of life at Hogwarts that not being able to be there bothered me a great deal. Instead, Harry is living in hiding with Ron and Hermione as public enemy #1. He is being hunted by Death Eaters constantly. After a very near miss when Harry is being moved from the Dursleys and again at Bill and Fleurs wedding, Harrys only choice is to hide while hunting the Horcruxes. Luckily for him and Ron, Hermione foresaw this eventuality and planned ahead with supplies. Unfortunately, none of them know where to find the Horcruxes or how to destroy them.
Their quest takes them to several places as they try to decipher the clues that Dumbledore left for them. Tempers are short as well. They are all frustrated and I felt frustrated for them. Ultimately, the war comes full circle as Harry and his friends return to Hogwarts for the final showdown with Voldemort and his followers. Harry learns many truths that were kept from him until now and I felt that finding them out now made his resolve stronger. I dont think he could have or would have appreciated the significance of the Deathly Hallows in his first or second year.
So now I have finished the series, breaking my own rule of never re-reading a book. I am so happy I did. I have thoroughly enjoyed this adventure with Harry, Ron and Hermione once again and I must say that this time around was even better. I am sad to see it end, however. This is a story that could have stretched into another 3 books, in my opinion. I will miss Harry, Ron and Hermione but I know they are just a short distance away from me anytime I want to visit them again.