Facts:

  • Book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Author: J.K. Rowling
  • Genre: Fiction (Modern Literature)
  • Year of Release: 2007
  • Read 607-page hardcover edition in July 2013.

Book Description: In this final novel of the seven-book saga, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are desperately trying to carry out the mission that Dumbledore secretly entrusted them with at the end of the last novel.  They face immense peril every step of the way as they struggle to destroy the Horcruxes that contain pieces of Voldemort’s soul.  As they work on this dangerous task, they also learn about the mystery of the Deathly Hallows, and it becomes a challenge to know where and how to focus their limited time and energy, as the followers of Voldemort grow stronger each day and are attacking the Order of the Phoenix on all fronts.  Everything is coming to a climactic head and Harry knows it will come down to him facing Voldemort in a final battle, where only one can survive.

Book Review: J.K. Rowling has taken an initial children’s book from a decade ago, and turned it into a magical, mythical legend.  The latter books have expanded the plot, character backstories, and suspense.  The canvas is a huge one in which the Harry Potter universe plays out on.  And in the seventh and final novel in the series, we are not disappointed.  Rowling has done a truly amazing job.  The action, suspense, and drama is the centre of attention here, as a main focus concerns looking at the multiple plot lines and hanging threads and tying them up as necessary.  Lots of creativity is present in how the idea of horcruxes and hallows are presented, and how it ties into the nature of good and evil.  Unanswered questions about story lines and characters are answered to the reader’s delight and often surprise.  Tender moments of emotion are present throughout.  As we should expect in epic battle scenes, characters we have come to love are killed, and it is difficult to read without feeling sadness and pain for the loss.  We see the full development arc of characters, and looking back on the earlier books, we can be happy that we have known these interesting, dynamic wizards, witches, and creatures.  Rowling does a masterful job at creating an exciting story in its own right, but also doing a great job of closing off a huge series with many characters and story lines.   Rowling makes the wise decision of not having an extensive epilogue, rather many arcs and unanswered questions were cleared up throughout the story leading up to the final battle scenes, so that we can end the story on a high.  Overall, this is a fitting ending novel to an incredible series, and Rowling is to be commended for a job well done!

Overall: 5 stars out of 5.

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