Review of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
7th book in the 'Harry Potter' series

The wait is over in this, the final book of the heralded Harry Potter series.

Harry is very troubled with the death of Dumbledore and deciding not to attend Hogwarts he goes on in search of the Horcruxes – following Dumbledore's last request of him. Harry is joined, of course, by Hermione and Ron as they hop from location to location in their search. Voldemort is back and in hot pursuit as he infiltrates the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts itself. Harry faces a lot of self-doubt and increasingly worrying revelations regarding Dumbledore and his involvement with the Deathly Hallows. All of it comes to a head with the inevitable confrontation between Harry and Voldemort…What will become of the “One must die” prophesy?

A worthy final chapter for Harry Potter? In all, I would have to say yes. I did find, as others have said, this to be the bloodiest and darkest of all of the books (which is saying something after “Order of the Phoenix”). A lot of questions need to be answered and in the process new questions are raised…I found the fallibility of those you never dreamed to be fallible quite refreshing and different than what might have been expected.

Written in trademark Rowling style which, typically, does tend to drag in places and seem to revel in excessive amounts of story and detail. Quite readable though and the 600 plus pages go by quite quickly.

Definitely worth the wait and worth the read. And the end? Satisfying. Don't look and me, I'm not going to tell you what happens!


Review Date: 2007-07-26

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication Date: 2007

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