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The End of Harry Potter?


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ISBN13: 9780765319340
ISBN10: 0765319349
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The publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final Harry Potter novel, is probably the most eagerly anticipated event in the history of publishing.  Even the smallest hints from author J. K. Rowling about what may happen to Harry and his friends have been major news stories.


In The End of Harry Potter?, David Langford--Potter fan and award-winning writer--delves into the many mysteries which remain unsolved.  Is Albus Dumbledore really dead? Whose side is Severus Snape really on? What are the remaining horcruxes, where He Who Shall Not Be Named has stashed his soul? Does Harry bear a part of the Dark Lord's soul in his scar, and is this why he understands Parseltongue?


J. K. Rowling is the only person who knows the answers to these questions. But in this highly entertaining book, Langford uses his deep knowledge of the six published Harry Potter novels to explore these and other mysteries, and to present a selection of possible outcomes.


Only the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will lay these questions to rest, but in the meantime, fans of the series will find David Langford's book entertaining and thought-provoking, and a perfect way to refresh their memory of the first six books in readiness for the last.


An Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries That Remain


An "Unauthorized" Guide to the Mysteries That Remain

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Onetime nuclear physicist David Langford has been writing about science fiction and fantasy for several decades. He has won the science fiction world's Hugo Award 27 times.

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Shoshana, June 11, 2007 (view all comments by Shoshana)
Though the title is a bit misleading (much of the book is not about "the mysteries that remain"), this is a nicely-written and often humerous exegesis on Harry Potter. As was the case for Orson Scott Card's section of The Great Snape Debate, this book was written by a science fiction writer who is very familiar with the conventions of the young adult fantasy/sf genre and can give meaningful examples for comparison and contrast. Langford often directs the reader's attention to Rowling's methods, suggesting ways to read clues and plot points in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when it is published this summer.

Langford is enjoyably literate and his jokes often are both complex and elegant. His tone is jocular, not hip or snide. He over-relies on ellipsis at the end of his thoughts, but, well....

Langford and I have reached similar conclusions about a number of pending resolutions, so of course I admire him for that (we are in agreement that Harry is a horcrux for Lily, not for Voldemort; we agree that Snape did not actually kill Dumbledore with Avada Kedavra but rather that he and Dumbledore have conducted an elaborate ruse).

Of the "What Will Book 7 Bring?"-style books I've read thus far, this is the best. It may inspire me to readmore of Langford's own science fiction.
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Langford, David
Tor Classics
Children's Literature
Rowling, J. K
Potter, Harry (Fictitious character)
Children's Literature - General
Criticism and interpretation
Rowling, J. K - Criticism and interpretation
Literary Criticism : General
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from 5 up to 13
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.48 in
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from 10 up to 18

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