Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) [Adult Edition] Hardcover – Jul 21 2007
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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
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Begin at the Beginning
| Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone |
|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets |
|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban |
|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire |
|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix |
|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince |
Why We Love Harry
Favorite Moments from the Series
There are plenty of reasons to love Rowling's wildly popular series--no doubt you have several dozen of your own. Our list features favorite moments, characters, and artifacts from the first five books. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive (what we love about Harry could fill ten books!) and does not include any of the spectacular revelatory moments that would spoil the books for those (few) who have not read them. Enjoy.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Magic, Mystery, and Mayhem: A Conversation with J.K. Rowling
"I am an extraordinarily lucky person, doing what I love best in the world. Im sure that I will always be a writer. It was wonderful enough just to be published. The greatest reward is the enthusiasm of the readers." --J.K. Rowling
Find out more about Harry's creator in our exclusive interview with J.K. Rowling.
Did You Know?
|The Little White Horse was J.K. Rowling's favorite book as a child.||a>||Jane Austen is Rowling's favorite author.||Roddy Doyle is Rowling's favorite living writer.|
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Potter fans, relax—this review packs no spoilers. Instead, we're taking advantage of our public platform to praise Rowling for the excellence of her plotting. We can't think of anyone else who has sustained such an intricate, endlessly inventive plot over seven thick volumes and so constantly surprised us with twists, well-laid traps and Purloined Letter-style tricks. Hallows continues the tradition, both with sly feats of legerdemain and with several altogether new, unexpected elements. Perhaps some of the surprises in Hallows don't have quite the punch as those of earlier books, but that may be because of the thoroughness and consistency with which Rowling has created her magical universe, and because we've so raptly absorbed its rules.
We're also seizing the occasion to wish out loud that her editors had done their jobs more actively. It's hard to escape the notion that the first three volumes were more carefully edited than the last four. Hallows doesn't contain the extraneous scenes found in, say, Goblet of Fire, but the momentum is uneven. Rowling is much better at comedy than at fight scenes, and no reader of the sixth book will be startled to hear that Hallows has little humor or that its characters engage in more than a few fights. Surely her editors could have helped her find other methods of building suspense besides the use of ellipses and dashes? And craft fight dialogue that sounds a bit less like it belongs in a comic book? Okay, we're quibbling. We know these minor nuisances won't dent readers' enjoyment, at least not this generation of readers; we couldn't put Hallows down ourselves. But we believe Rowling, and future readers, deserved even better. Ages 9-12. (July)
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Very fast paced. The main characters move from narrow escape to narrow escape. They must be exhausted!
All of the many locations in the book come alive and readers can enjoy a fantastic journey through places both new and familiar.
The plot relies on enough familiar magical concepts that adventures don't seem to be contrived, and adds just enough new magical trends to keep us curious.
Every important character gets to show their best and bravest side. Only a very few turn out to be irredeemably evil.
Much that is mysterious in the stories of Dumbledore and Snape is explained.
The sad and scary parts are balanced with plenty of humorous, ludicrous, laugh-out-loud details.
The overall ending is the only satisfying one that is possible given the series and its audience. Thank goodness!
Criticisms? Given all the deaths and heroic acts, I should have cried a lot more. But the author's emphasis is on plot rather than emotion. And we didn't get enough of Ginny.
For a 607 page book, the story moved incredibly fast, and I couldn't put it down in many places. In slower sections, Rowling does a great job of showing Harry's anguish, impatience, frustration, and grief over those he's lost. Harry's mission prevents him from attending his final year at Hogwarts, so readers don't get to see other key characters as much, yet this only exemplifies Henry's sense of displacement and loneliness as the months drag on.
The ending was satisfying on many levels, though the epilogue was a bit disappointing. A conversation between seven or eight characters--many of them new--was hard to follow. There was no back story and almost no inner monologue to shed light on what had transpired with familiar characters since the final confrontation. Still, for Harry Potter fans, THE DEATHLY HALLOWS is a must read and it saddens me that the saga's come to an end.
The end of the saga of Harry and his friends is enjoyable and satisfying on every level. While still taking advantage of her gifts for humor and character development, author J.K. Rowling has delivered by far the most suspense-filled entry in the series. Because it was book 7, almost nobody was untouchable in principle, so there was genuine concern for the fates of characters such as Hermione, the various Weasleys, Neville and Luna, etc. In some cases, this concern was sadly justified.
Though few would question her gift for telling an enjoyable tale, at times Rowling's credentials as a serious author have been downplayed, even by her admirers. While even I would admit that her main talent may not lie in constructing great prose, her ability to plot has never been given the credit it deserves. Many of the events in this book were clearly foreshadowed in the prior books, even back to book 1.
Some readers feel that, on the contrary, many of the book 7 revelations seemed tacked on to Rowling's pre-existing vision. But in pretty much every case, the newly revealed piece clicks satisfyingly into place. Specifically, the Snape revelations place the crucial book 5 chapter, Snape's Worst Memory, into the proper context. The day wasn't his worst memory merely because Snape was unpopular as always or because James and Sirius were tormenting him as usual. It was terrible because in his anger, Snape threw away the only thing that ever mattered to him. And he spent most of his life trying to make up for that - though he kicked and screamed every step of the way.
In fact, the redemptions of Snape, Wormtail, Draco, and Narcissa are believable because they are partial and grudging.Read more ›
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