Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, Bk 7)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Harry Potter, Bk 7 Author:J. K. Rowling 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 do... more »ling 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.
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.« 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.
PLENTY of tears shed while reading this story; after all it IS the end. A wonderful conclusion to the best series ever written! Plenty of twists and turns and storyline to hold your attention to the end. I was so proud of Harry, Ron, Hermine and Neville!
There are so many plot twists and turns in this book, it's impossible to cover them all. DH is the last and (imho) best book in the HP series. It is the most mature and 'dark,' and has a very different feel to it. The trio is constantly on the move throughout the story, being chased and searching for horcruxes to destroy. They meet up with several other characters, including Voldemort himself. The absolute best scene is at Hogwarts toward the end of the story, where the final "battle" takes place. The consequences of it are bittersweet; both great and tragic.
What can I say? This was a good ending to the best series I have ever read. I was surprized by some of the deaths that happened and was actually very upset at one, but I understand that it needed to happen to make the story work. I think that all of the mini stories throughout the series were just about all answered by the end. There are one or two more things that I'd like to know, but I can live with the not knowing as they were all minor things. Over all, my third favorite in the series and worth the wait.
I had this book sitting on my shelf for a long while. I was fearful to find out what happened. I'm glad I finally picked it up. It was a quick, exciting read, from the first page until the last. There are a couple of tragedies that I wasn't prepared for. The conclusion of the series ends perfectly with very few gaps remaining.
This is among my favourite from any author I read. This made me laugh, cry, and even scream at moments because I was just captivated from the excitement of this book. I Have read it 4 times so far and I love it even more, everytime I read it. This is a book I would love my kids to read, when I have them. DTBA