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.
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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.