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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007


“J.K. Rowling delivers a truly magical finale” for Harry Potter. Read on:

It’s been a long time coming. And those of us that have stuck with Harry Potter over the course of his decade-long publishing life, have been anticipating the events of “book seven” since the very beginning. So, does the conclusion live up to ten years worth of expectations? Without a doubt! In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling has delivered an emotionally-charged, action-packed, and completely satisfying conclusion to the magical Harry Potter series.

[SPOILER WARNING: It should go without saying since you’re reading a review of the book, but some spoilers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows are mentioned beyond this point. We’re not giving everything away, but the structure of the novel and key plot points are discussed. You’ve been warned.]

With each novel in the boy-wizard series, Rowling seems to have evolved her characters along with her storytelling. Each book saw Harry, Ron, Hermione and friends changing and growing older, as Rowling’s style matured in tandem. There’s no doubt that she’s grown as an author over the course of the series, but the evolution seems more like an intentional effort to have the complexity of the book itself mirror the state of the characters and the world they live in. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the culmination of all this. Far from the simple story of an orphan boy living under the stairs, we’ve now come to an epic showdown between the forces of good and evil. Appropriately, Hallows is a very different book than any of the previous ones. The sense of humor, wonderment, and charm that are present in many of the previous books is largely absent here. There are light moments, of course, but the time for cracking jokes about booger-flavored jelly beans is over. This is war.

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