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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
By J. K. Rowling
Thorndike Press - Large Print Edition (2007)
ISBN: 0-7862-9665-8
Genre: Fantasy - Young Adult

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - August 20, 2007

The seventh and finally installment in the Harry Potter saga in Large Print is finally at hand. Entitled, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, this latest offering by J. K. Rowling kept me up all night reading the book from cover to cover! Picking up not long after Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (book six in the series) left off, this installment begins with Harry back home on Privet Drive, where he should have been waiting for his final, and seventh year, at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to begin. However what should be and what is are not always the same, and Harry, Ron, Hermione, and some of his other friends soon find that Hogwarts is not their intended destination! There are quests to be fulfill, evil to be brought to justice, and that is just the beginning of this magic tale...

This was a very hard review to write, simply because there was so much to say about the book - but there is almost nothing I can say without spoiling the story for those yet to read it - so this review is very light on details! If you are a Harry Potter fan and have read the other books in this series, you already know what to expect. If this is the first Harry Potter book you've come across - don't read it! This is a series that you need to begin at the beginning with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and read the series in order, straight through to its end.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows finds Harry a lad of seventeen who has nearly grown out of his boyhood. He is also, thanks to Dumbledore and his other teachers, a well-schooled Wizard, especially for one so young. As you will expect, Harry will need every ounce of wizardry talent, intelligence, and moral strength that he can muster to survive the ordeals that will face him in this final installment of his legendary tale! As well, as Harry has matured, so has the nature of the books in this series. As a result, this book has some very dark moments. Some beloved characters are killed off. There are graphic battles, betrayals, unspeakable dangers, and other emotional events in this book. As such, it may not be suitable for some younger reader. So put this one away until they are a little older. For all others, however, this is a must-read-right-now book! In addition to all the dark moments, there is also a lot of joy, adventure, questing, humor, and yes, even a little love! It has been a long wait for this final book, but it was a worthwhile wait.

Rowling skillfully brings the series to an end in this book. While she might not answer every question I would have liked to have answered, she does ties up all the major loose ends. In the process, she still manages to leave just a touch of mystery that can be used as a basis for further books about Harry, or some other character in the book should she choose to explore different aspects of the world she has so deftly created in which Muggles and Wizards live side by side. This momentous battle of good versus evil has at last ended, and the ending Rowling has crafted leaves the reader satisfied. This book, like the rest in the series, is engaging, the characters are strong and realistic, the fantasy elements are fanciful but not out of the realm of believability, and best of all, it is a series that will, and does, entrance readers of all ages. As a Harry Potter fan, I'm sad to know that this is the last book in the series, but I'm pleased with how Rowling ended it, and I look forward to going back and reading all the books again, and again, and again....


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