Published by: Scholastic
Year of Publication: July 21, 2007
Categories: Fantasy, YA
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
Review: Every time I read this book I feel sad – sad that the series is over and there will be no more Harry Potter books. I remember the first time I read Philosopher’s Stone, it was during the Christmas break of 2001/2002. I was home from university and needed something fun to read after all the studying for exams I had done. I instantly fell in love with Harry, Hermione, and Ron.
To be honest, I was a little disappointed when I had finished this book. J K Rowling had given little clues throughout the last few books about the story lines of Deathly Hallows (like the locket with RAB inscribed on it). Knowing how crazy Harry Potter fans are, she should have known that people would figure out that it was Regulus. It doesn’t seem like that big of a leap to figure it out. I felt like she didn’t realize that people would get it, and so she felt like she had to change things to keep it interesting for readers. (While I don’t know if that’s true, it’s how I feel – I’m in no way speaking for Rowling!) Can you tell I wasn’t impressed with the whole Deathly Hallows story line?
Two of my favorite supporting characters are Neville and Professor McGonagall. I was so happy when Neville came out of the hole at the pub in Hogsmeade. I didn’t realize how much I missed him in the book til he actually showed up. I loved the fact that McGonagall magiced the desks and suits of armor to help in the fight – totally something I could see her doing.
I’m glad that Harry and Voldemort fought one on one. I think if anyone else was involved it would have taken away from what the whole series was driving at. But at the same time I find it kind of unrealistic that all those people would just be watching while the fight would happen – that no one would feel the need to jump in and help either Voldemort or Harry.
There were definitely sad parts to the book – you knew people were going to die, it was just a matter of who. The first one that made me cry was when George lost his ear while he was pretending to be Harry. I felt for all the Weasley’s – I felt like I was a Weasley – I didn’t want my brother hurt.
Another really sad part. He had done so much for Harry and the Order, he was so brave and only wanted to do the right thing, and then Bellatrix had to kill him. I think part of what made it so much sadder was that Harry dug his grave by hand, instead of using magic. I knew exactly what Harry was feeling, cause I felt the same way.
The last sad part that made me cry was when Fred was killed. I couldn’t believe it had happened the first time I read the book – I had to read it a couple times before it actually sunk in. I was devastated. I knew characters that I liked were going to be killed, but I still didn’t want it to actually happen.
All in all, Deathly Hallows was a great book. Although I wasn’t entirely impressed with part of it, the other books in the series helped to carry it through – you can’t not think about the previous books when reading this one.
Disclosure: I purchased this book.