Brian Grouhel, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by Brian Grouhel)
This is the last chapter in the Harry Potter story. I've just finshed reading the saga again for the third time and I enjoyed it once again as much as the first time. Ms Rowling has created a lasting classic in these stories that will rival the original Peter Pan and The Wind in the Willows. Two more classics that I read at least once each year even though I'm on the south side of fifty.
Harry Potter embodies the virtues of perseverance and belief in yourself. Two very worthy ideals. Besides whatever we Boomers read into the stories, Harry Potter will forever remain an entertaining saga that will capture the hearts of young readers for years to come and in the reading will highlight virtues that most of us can only wish we had learned and followed in our years gone past. The next time you pick one up, start at the beginning and follow the heroes along their path and remember what you too could have done, if only you had the gift of time.
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ravenklau, October 30, 2011 (view all comments by ravenklau)
The best book by far that I have ever read in my life. The sereis is phoenomenal, the characters are so real I could touch them. It is beautifully written by an amzing author. Read this series. You won't regret it.
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Sheriluvsbooks, June 13, 2011 (view all comments by Sheriluvsbooks)
I'm so sad this is over now, I actually cried when it ended because I was so sad the series was over. It didn't disappoint in terms of being the last book and I really hope J.K Rowling will continue to write maybe a Hogwarts based book. A great book!
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PandaA, January 25, 2010 (view all comments by PandaA)
The conclusion of J.K. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter series was my favorite book. It was able to draw out many different emotions through the entire story. I loved how she was able to create a sense of dereliction and hopelessness for the reader by "dragging out" the scenes where the trio keep traveling to stay ahead of the Death Eaters, leading up to Ron's departure. The entire story was intense, yet Rowling kept it lively with our favorite comic relief characters sprinkling laughter and lightheartedness throughout. Who else but Fred and George can make ear jokes following such an awful event? Rowling wrote with laughter, pain, abandonment, hope, disaster, and triumph. She perfectly demonstrates that its not about making the choice between right or wrong, its about the choice between what is right and what is easy.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #07)
J. K. Rowling
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Arthur A. Levine Books -
I couldn't imagine a better ending for this extraordinary series. J. K. Rowling, thank you for staying true to your vision.
The seeds planted throughout the series bear fruit in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. How did Dumbledore's nose get broken? Or his hand burned to a crisp? You will find all the answers here. This is the finest book in the series; the writing is excellent and action and emotion come together seamlessly. Harry emerges from the pages as an adult, confident and grim.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Potter fans, relax — this review packs no spoilers. Instead, we’re taking advantage of our public platform to praise Rowling for the excellence of her plotting. We can't think of anyone else who has sustained such an intricate, endlessly inventive plot over seven thick volumes and so constantly surprised us with twists, well-laid traps and Purloined Letter-style tricks. Hallows continues the tradition, both with sly feats of legerdemain and with several altogether new, unexpected elements. Perhaps some of the surprises in Hallows don't have quite the punch as those of earlier books, but that may be because of the thoroughness and consistency with which Rowling has created her magical universe, and because we've so raptly absorbed its rules.
We're also seizing the occasion to wish out loud that her editors had done their jobs more actively. It's hard to escape the notion that the first three volumes were more carefully edited than the last four. Hallows doesn’t contain the extraneous scenes found in, say, Goblet of Fire, but the momentum is uneven. Rowling is much better at comedy than at fight scenes, and no reader of the sixth book will be startled to hear that Hallows has little humor or that its characters engage in more than a few fights. Surely her editors could have helped her find other methods of building suspense besides the use of ellipses and dashes? And craft fight dialogue that sounds a bit less like it belongs in a comic book? Okay, we're quibbling. We know these minor nuisances won't dent readers' enjoyment, at least not this generation of readers; we couldn't put Hallows down ourselves. But we believe Rowling, and future readers, deserved even better. Ages 9-12. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times,
"[T]rue to its roots, [the series] ends...with good old-fashioned closure: a big-screen, heart-racing, bone-chilling confrontation and an epilogue that clearly lays out people's fates....While Ms. Rowling's astonishingly limber voice still moves effortlessly between Ron's adolescent sarcasm and Harry's growing solemnity, from youthful exuberance to more philosophical gravity, Deathly Hallows is, for the most part, a somber book that marks Harry's final initiation into the complexities and sadnesses of adulthood."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"I'm amazed, when I sit back, at the sheer, immensely complicated arc of the story; Rowling has always said she had the entire seven-book series plotted out from the very beginning, and it's clear she did....Rowling winds up her tale with a stunningly beautiful simplicity. As an added flourish, she gilds it with a moving epilogue, one that brought tears to my eyes."
by Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post,
"It's hard to imagine a better ending than the one she's written for her saga....Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows may be a miracle of marketing, but it's also a miraculous book that earns out, emotionally and artistically."
by The Oregonian,
"[A] triumph. Its weaknesses become a source of strength, like the scar on Harry's forehead, and the seventh and last novel in J.K. Rowling's series turns out to be the best one."
by Baltimore Sun,
"Book 7 is no less penetrating, but it lacks much of the charm and humor that distinguished the earlier novels. Even the writing is more prosaic, less fanciful....[W]hat it may lack in sprightliness, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows makes up for with hard-won wisdom..."
by Philadelphia Inquirer,
"It's a great read. Don't be sad that it's over — to be complete, a finished, fully realized creation, Harry's tale had to end. We had to know what would finally happen to him, and now we do. I'm satisfied, and I can't wait to see the movie version of this last book."
by Kansas City Star,
"Seventh time's the charm. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows isn't letter-perfect, but it's the most captivating book in J.K. Rowling's series. Dramatic, poignant and deftly plotted, it's a classic yarn."
by Miami Herald,
"[A]n exhausting, gut-wrenching experience....It is very, very good. Rowling's seventh novel shows she's mastered her craft: All her powers are on display here — the magnificent imagination, the keen wit, and, most of all, her tremendous gifts as a mystery writer."
by Los Angeles Times,
"[W]hat Rowling has achieved in this book and the series can be described only as astonishing. Just as her characters have matured, the language and tone of the books have grown in sophistication and lyricism. But she has never lost the sense of wonder that has propelled her into literary legend."
The magnificent final book in J. K. Rowling's seven-part saga comes to readers July 21, 2007.
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