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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Reviewed By: Woodstock - RAM

[5 stars]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows     Amazon US HC Amazon Canada HC
J. K. Rowling
Class/Genre:   Fantasy   Young Adult   Magic
Series: Harry Potter # 7
Arthur A Levine Books, Division of Scholastic, Inc July 2007

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?”

Near the end of Harry’s latest adventure Rowling places this eloquent tribute to the joys of fantasy, of pretending, of entering another world through the printed page with one’s imagination is guided by a skillful author.

Press coverage of the latest and final entry in this highly entertaining series has stressed the importance of refraining from spoilers so as not to ruin anyone’s fun. And I would agree completely, and will do my best to comply.

Only someone who had been completely out of touch for the last couple of months would be unaware that Rowling has published her final “Harry Potter” adventure. The seventh book is indeed a worthy conclusion to the series which has presented the classic struggle between good and evil, between self importance and compassion, between rigid control and responsible leadership. Readers who have been hoping for the definitive confrontation will not be disappointed.

What impressed me most as I read is Rowling’s skill at characterization. We first met Harry Potter when he was a young boy, just old enough for boarding school and completely unaware of the special skills he possessed. In the final book, Harry is approaching adulthood. His sense of responsibility has deepened, his many skills have developed and expanded, his ability to give and receive love is approaching full maturity. And yet he is still the same Harry from Book One. In a very real sense Rowling has made him grow up before our eyes, and yet kept him real and recognizable from book to book.

Harry will finally understand much more about his parents, his teachers, his enemy, and his friends. He will deal will deep heartbreak, and will face a formidable challenge in several encounters. Readers will reach the final pages with a sigh of regret that it is over too soon.

Woodstock - RAM

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