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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

>> Monday, January 11, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Genre: Fiction
Series: #7 in the Harry Potter Series (final book in the series)
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 759
Source: Purchased new

The Short Version:
Excellent ending to an excellent series

Why I Read It:
After reading the first book I was completely committed to the end.

The Book:
Although I’m one of the last few people on the planet to read this, I’m going to try to avoid serious spoilers. The final battle between good and evil that the whole series has led to comes to pass. There are surprises, there are deaths, there is excitement and energy. Everything that the series has been leading to from the first paragraphs of the first books reaches a conclusion in the final book. I really can’t think of any major loose ends left hanging.

Harry, Ron, Hermione, and You Know Who remain the focus of the story. The kids (well on their way to adulthood by now) seek to find the final pieces of a puzzle left to them by Dumbledore that will ensure the defeat of Voldemort. At the same time Voldemort seems to be ensuring his ultimate victory and power over the wizarding world and potentially the Muggle world also. The final battle is as exciting and twist filled as expected.

My Thoughts:
I thought this was an excellent conclusion to a series I loved. I was surprised at several points along the way. Some of the epilogue wasn’t a surprise at all, but there were several before the story got to that point.

I was pleased to see so many storylines brought to conclusions and others reintroduced as part of the finale. The deaths saddened me, but I knew some of the familiar characters didn’t survive.. Surprisingly enough I didn’t know ahead of time exactly who did and didn’t make it, so I’m not about to spill the beans in this post just in case I’m really not the last person on the planet to read this.

So now that I’ve finished the series my plan is to re-read the entire seires via the audiobook versions and to count them for Galleysmith’s Harry Potter Reading Challenge. I’ll be starting over with book one just as soon as I finish my current audiobook.

5 stars Rating 5/5


April 1/11/2010 9:10 AM  

Great review! You know, I had to run right out and grab this the moment it was released, and have yet to read it! *sigh* So many books I am dying to read.... lol

Kay 1/11/2010 12:23 PM  

You know, when I finished this book, I just sat back and sighed. It was a lovely ride, wasn't it?

The audiobooks are great and I think that you will enjoy them very much. Being such a HP fanatic, I own the books, the audiobooks, the movies....

Framed 1/13/2010 7:24 AM  

I hear the audiobooks are wonderful. I really want to revisit this series again myself. Hopefully soon.

SuziQoregon 1/19/2010 8:57 PM  

April: I was kind of the same way - but then I kept my reading in pace with the movies. Once I got to the last couple I threw that plan out the window ;-)

Kay: exactly - just a well done finale and a fun series. I've heard such good things about the audiobooks.

Framed: I'm actually excited about revisiting the series with the audio versions. I've listened to Jim Dale read the Peter and the Starcatchers series so I already know I enjoy having him read to me.

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