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Overview and History -
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (or Sorcerers Stone in America) first came out in 1997 and was the first in 7 books about Harry Potter. Harry Potter is a wizard who lost his parents when he was a baby, he grew up in a small town in England with his Uncle and Aunt and spoilt cousin. On his 11th Birthday Harry finds out he is a wizard and is due to go to Hogwarts school in the next few months to learn all about spells, flying and other wizarding tasks. Its on a shopping trip with Hagrid, Hogwarts gamekeeper does Harry discover that his parents died at the hands of Lord Voldemort and that he is "the one who lived" as no other witch or wizard has faced Voldemort and survived it, its believed that on trying to kill Harry Voldemorts spell backfired and killed himself instead. On his journey to Hogwarts Harry meets Ron Weasley and Hermoine Granger, the threesome become firm friends and are all sorted into the same Hogwarts house of Gryffindor. The first book continues with Harrys world into the wizarding world, having lived in a muggle (non wizarding people) life Harry adjusts well and begins to see Hogwarts as his home, however during the first book we discover that Voldemort is not dead and is out to get Harry and kill him. Harry manages to avoid death but is shocked to discover his past. The next 5 books takes us through Harry and his school friends life in and out of Hogwarts, he narrowly avoids Voldemort on several occasions throughout the series. In the sixth book we discover that Voldemort has split his soul into 7 pieces, these are all hidden in Horcruxes and its up to Harry to find them and destroy them. The seventh book focuses on this search to destroy them and to kill Voldemort
Basic Plot -
We start out almost immediately after the sixth book, Hogwarts is no longer a safe place for Harry to stay, 4 horcruxes remain and Harry has to find them and destroy them. Ron and Hermoine help him on his quest to find them. In the previous book Dumbledore gave his view of where or what he think the horcruxes are and how to destroy them. In the sixth book Dumbledore is killed and so leaves Harry with the task to complete. The previous horcruxes were all related to Voldemorts childhood and him moving into the wizarding world so its believed the others remain hidden within it. Voldemorts followers have infiltrated Hogwarts and the ministry of magic, the place which regulates and runs the wizarding world and so in turn places Harry as their number 1 most wanted. Harry, Ron and Hermoine are forced to go underground and live in woods trying to work out how to get the horcruxes. The process is long and the team are caught out but manage to escape. The finale ends in a dramatic showdown with Voldemort and Harry, but who will survive?
My views of Harry Potter, how I discovered it
I came across my sister reading the second Harry Potter one day, this was about 4 months before the fourth book was released in 2000. My sister was impressed and so I bet her I could read the first one by the time she had completed her already half read second book. I was immediately drawn in and took less than a week to read. In 2000 I was just shy of my 14th birthday but I found the language engaging for all to read. I myself up until that point was not a massive reader but this was different to me. Needless to say I finished the first book and started on the second straight away, then the third and waited for the fourth book to be published. I was one of those who queued up at midnight to get my copy and read through them in a weekend. By the time Deathly Hallows was released in 2007 I was 19, but still drawn into it, unfortunately I could not get the book straight away as I was abroad (I didn't make the holiday booking!) and I remember being there and going out of my mind not reading it as Id invested over 7 years of my life reading these books and I needed to know how it ended. I was so pleased to get home and read it! J.K Rowling has a skill of writing these books that reach different levels, both children enjoy them and adults do as well. Its one of the few series of books which can be enjoyed by all ages and as an adult re-reading the older books it easy to pick out the adult themes in it, which children do not see. I have seen the films of all books, which I feel are a good overview but for the detail and for J.K Rowlings fantastic descriptions I would recommend reading the books.
As a big fan of the previous books I bought this book on release day and immediately started reading it as soon as I got home.
I think I remember paying about £5 for it from Morrison and after reading it I would have quite happily payed double that for it.
The book starts out in the usual format of Harry being back at the Dursley's house, although this time is the last due to Lord Voldemort hunting for Harry as he knows the protection his Mother gave him will run out on his 17th birthday or as soon as he no longer considers it his home.
The major difference with this story is that Harry isn't attending Hogwarts this year to concentrate on searching for the Horcruxes and to avoid the Death Eaters now that they have taken over the Ministry and Hogwarts.
The book is gripping from beginning to end with various twists and turns into the story and also the history of the Harry Potter universe, the identity of the mysterious R.A.B is finally uncovered, the remaining Horcruxes are collected in preparation for the final battle with Lord Voldemort.
There are twists in the story that some might have been expecting but also some that were completely unexpected, there was one twist in the story that I would never have guessed in a million years (I won't say what it was as I won't spoil the story for anyone that might not have read the book yet).
Overall this is an excellent book and would give it 6/5 if DooYoo allowed it, I could quite happily sit and read this book over and over again, I won't say any more about the book in case I spoil it for people so I will say if you are a fan of Harry Potter then this book is a highly recommended purchase from me.
The final book in the series of 7 Harry Potters books by J.K. Rowling was published in 2007. The book is 607 pages long. It is available in both paperback and hardback and has a R.R.P of £8.99 for the paperback copy although it can be found cheaper online.
This review will contain spoilers from previous books but hopefully not from this book.
The book starts predictably, as every other seems to start, with Harry in Privet Drive, where he spends his holidays from Hogwarts school for wizards, with his aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon and cousin Dudley Dursley. Normally I would find it quite annoying as each book starts in the same way, but not this time, the difference being that this time he will be leaving for good and he wont be going back to school.
Harry is about to turn 17, which is an important age in the wizarding world. This is the age at which you become an "adult wizard" and can now legally use magic outside the school grounds and you can also disapparate (magically travel from one place to another). Harry is going to use his magic to try and take down Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who killed Harry's parents when he was a baby, tortures people, locks them up in Azkhaban (a prison) and caused the death in the previous book of Harrys headmaster, mentor and friend Albus Dumbledore.
Voldemort, or "he who cannot be named" seems to be getting more powerful, causing more damage and fear than ever before and he is not acting alone. Voldemort has followers, who are now rapidly increasing in numbers. They are capturing and killing "mudbloods" (witches and wizards born to none wizarding parents).
Before his death, Dumbledore gave Harry some information as to how he could kill Voldemort once and for all, this involved finding items called horcruxes and destroying each of them. Each item contains a part of Voldemorts soul, so destroying these will destroy him. These items could be anything, the first was a book and has already been destroyed. So Harry knows what to do, destroy the other horcruxes, the only problem is that he doesn't know what these items are or where to find them.
Harrys best friends Ron Weasley and Hermoine Granger decide they will join Harry and try to help him find and destroy the items. Before they set off they all stay in Rons parents' house to attend the wedding of Rons brother and his fiance Fleur and also to wait for Harrys birthday before they set off.
Rons mother, Molly, tries to keep the friends apart, hoping this will stop them making plans as she fears for their safety and does not want them going off trying to take down such a powerful force. The friends are determined though, and after Harrys birthday they set off to try and finish the job Dumbledore left for them.
Will they find and destroy these items before Voldemort and his followers find and destroy them?
I was looking forward to reading this book and seeing how the story ends, especially after the exciting ending to the previous book. I thought this book started off better than a few of the others, which were slow to start. It was interesting from the very beginning and moved at a good pace. There was a section in the middle where it got a little bit tiresome, but this wasn't for long and reflected the emotions of the characters who seemed to have hit a bit of a dead end. Luckily the book hadn't.
The book featured many characters, both old and new. It also answered a lot of questions from previous books in the series. There were a lot of twists and turns in this story, some a little predictable, many not so much. Not all of the good guys will survive and there are some quite exciting battles.
The language of the book was a bit more mature than others, with the odd swear word but nothing too bad. This book was published 10 years after the first, so the kids that followed Harry Potter from the start would be of an age where none of the language would be inappropriate and I still think it would be okay for younger readers.
As the readers grow older, so do the characters, and along with their vocabulary growing, so have their romantic feelings and in the last couple of books there have been a few romances which adds a different side to the story.
I enjoyed the book, but it did have its faults. The frustrating gaps in the book, where is got dull, were a bit too long and tested my patience a bit. Some of the deaths in the book were brushed over a bit too quickly to be as emotional as they should have been and I didn't like the epilogue. I thought it was a bit unnecessary and only put in to add a sense of finality to the series.
Overall it was a decent read and a good ending to a hugely popular series. I wouldn't read it again but would definitely recommend it.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. J K Rowling.
Why read this one?
This is the seventh and final instalment in this epic series. The journey to date has not disappointed and I was eager to dive into this one. As usual the cover depicts an exciting scene and the blurb intrigues me. There was no reason not to read this book.
This may be the seventh year of wizardry and witchcraft for Harry Potter but that doesn't necessarily mean that he will attend Hogwarts School this time. He has been instructed to do a job for Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster, and this will mean devoting all of his time to that task...he will not let Dumbledore down, even though doubts are beginning to form in his mind about him. His destiny is unfolding before his eyes, people are willing to sacrifice themselves for him and the Dark Lord hunts him...or does Potter hunt the Dark Lord?
There can be only one....
A brief and surprisingly touching scene at the Dursley's, Harry Potter's unloving relatives, was nice to see at the beginning of the prose. I knew it would be the last I heard from this colourful lot and savoured the time that Rowling allowed me with them. No sooner have they departed from the world of Harry Potter when the heat is turned right up and the dark side to this saga shows itself. I liked the urgency and fear that Rowling evoked in these early pages - you get the impression that this book is to be taken a little more seriously than the previous offerings. Once again I found the writing to be captivating for me as an adult, though certainly still suitable for the younger age group that it was intended for. Nothing overly graphic but you can work out for yourself what is taking place.
The pace slows down following the early explosion of drama. This was good as I got a bit of the comfort feeling and settled down with life at the Weasley's, all of whom are homely and likeable. All characters very well developed and familiar. Ron, Hermione and Harry are here for a while before more dark deeds force them into an early adventure that the three of them have been planning when out of earshot of Mrs Weasley. It is at this time that the pace of the book slows right down and after a while I did begin to get a little impatient and wonder how many more pages would be devoted to watching the trio sit in a tent discussing how they would find horcruxes (objects that hold part of the Dark Lords soul). It occurred to me, however, that what Rowling had done was portray exactly how the trio felt at that time. They were impatient and becoming irritable with each other. They wanted something to happen, somewhere to go, a definite plan and to achieve something. Emotions came through loud and clear and I could certainly empathise with them. It was a long wait but this was appropriate in order to show how these conditions affected each character. Ron became spiteful and food ruled his mind. Hermione became sullen and moody but less impatient than Ron. Harry became frustrated and hopeless, he didn't know what he was supposed to be doing and that made him resentful and doubtful. Even though I was eager for something to be happening I eventually came to appreciate what Rowling had done. It was clever actually.
I was surprised to see Ron leave Hermione and Harry when the going got tough. He was under the influence of the horcrux in their possession but even so his immature nature was evident at that time - it did fit his character but was a shame to witness. More quiet moments in the tent for Harry and Hermione and then finally the action set in. Once Rowling got going with the mystery and action it flowed nicely and the pace quickened again. I was now very happy and my interest was healthy.
The mystery element to the prose is handled well by Rowling and she is good at keeping you guessing and wanting to find out more. There are some disappointments for Harry and Hermione and once again the mood becomes sombre as they begin to see the task as unachievable. I was beginning to get impatient for something to happen again when Ron saved the day - quite literally. His return brought with it some emotion and much appreciated humour and at that point I noted again how Rowling had set a scene of utter disillusion for the reader to experience too.
This part of the prose gives way to action, action and a bit more action and this really did get the pages turning and I was captivated. The trio were not the only ones to be thankful for returning to Hogwarts and the company of others. Here they meet the regulars from the sides of both good and bad. Draco Malfoy and Severus Snape both featuring impressively and with a few surprises up their sleeves. I was particularly pleased to gain further knowledge about Severus Snape and what a complex character he is. The understanding that I now have of this man is a testament to Rowling's creativity and writing skill - absolute genius and very satisfying. Speaking of getting to know more about someone - I was empowered with the life story of Dumbledore and his handling of Harry Potter. This too was intricate and compelling to read and left me feeling as Harry must have done when he discovered the truth about a man that he had idolised. Harry had been kept alive for a purpose - for the greater good. Had Dumbledore betrayed him? Wow, I didn't see that coming.
The Dark Lord lurks around in the background and he is a typical bad guy - let everyone else do the dirty work and then take the glory. There is no doubting his pure evil intentions and he is unable to understand emotion. He has nil compassion and he oozes calculating coldness. Rowling has done a wonderful job with him. She presents him in a way that gives him a presence but never gets graphic, indeed some actions are only hinted at. Having said that she writes about him well enough for an adult to enjoy too.
There are war scenes that continue for pages at fast pace. This is not graphic though the emotion and horror are evident. There were some sad moments that I didn't expect but it kept the prose realistic.
After some terrific twists and turns and unexpected outcomes Harry will face his destiny. He will do what has been expected of him for all these years. This development surprised me. I was shocked and it was not the ending that I anticipated. Not the one I wanted and hoped for. Would Harry change his mind? Or will he do what is right for the greater good? I had to turn those pages and find out.
I found the finale to this saga a bit of a rollercoaster. There was quiet before the storm. And then there was the storm and no doubt about that. When that storm came it was exhilarating and welcome. The ending was highly satisfactory.
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It is undoubtedly yes. This one is a must if you have read the previous six books, how could you not read the finale? Rowling does a fine job in evoking emotion during a difficult time in isolation - initially I became impatient until I realised what the point of that was. She could have skipped over that period much quicker but we would have lost so much character development and the mood would have been missed. When the time for action comes Rowling provides it handsomely. Not overly graphic so that the book remains in line with the target reader but all the same it is fulfilling and exciting. Mystery and suspense sit nicely with the darkness and we learn much more about the Dark Lord. Betrayal is featured and it is felt deeply, whilst two character in particular will surprise. All questions are answered and all ends tied up well. The outcome is highly satisfying. I was impressed. The perfect ending for this epic saga and a pleasure to read. Very well crafted book.
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I've been a fan of Harry Potter for most of my childhood - I basically grew up with Harry Potter. I know most of the books nearly off by heart, that's how many times I've read them.
I feel that the books are far better than the films - the books give more detail and you actually know what's going on. The movies are pretty vague and you don't have a narrator telling you what's happening.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the epic conclusion to the Harry Potter series. At the beginning of the book, the members of the Order of the Phoenix come to Number Four, Privet Drive to escort Harry safely to the Burrow. They use Polyjuice Potion, with one of Harry's hairs in it, to transform Hermione, Fleur, Ron, George, Fred and Mundungus into Doppelgängers of Harry. They use brooms, Thestrals, and Hagrid's flying motorbike to fly to safe houses (houses of the members of the Order). Along the way, Hedwig and Mad-Eye Moody die, and George loses an ear to the Sectumsempra curse, conjured by Severus Snape.
In the Burrow, Fred and Fleur have a wedding. Lots of people attend, and in the middle of the wedding, Death Eaters appear, and everyone goes crazy trying to escape. Harry, Ron and Hermione escape together, to Tottenham Court Road, and fight a couple of Death Eaters in a cafe. They go to Grimmauld Place, the house Sirius Black, Harry's godfather, left to Harry when he died. They find a house elf called Kreacher. They question him about the whereabouts of Salazar Slytherin's locket, the Horcrux which they want to find and destroy.
When they find out that Mundungus Fletcher stole lots of valuable items from Grimmauld Place when Sirius died, they send Kreacher to find Mundungus Fletcher and bring him to them. Mundungus tells Harry, Ron and Hermione that he sold it to a small, frog-like lady wearing pink clothes and a pink bow - Dolores Umbridge.
Harry, Ron and Hermione go into the Ministry to find Dolores Umbridge and steal the locket off of her, by using Polyjuice Potion to transform into three ministry employees. They search to find the locket, until they go down to the court rooms where Hermione is with Umbridge, to see that Umbridge herself is actually wearing the locket.
They cause a commotion by using a stunning spell on both Umbridge and Yaxley, and steal the locket. They escape with all of the Muggle borns who are being interrogated about their blood status, and just when they're apparating back to Grimmauld Place, Yaxley grabs hold of Hermione. Hermione apparates to the doorstep of Grimmauld Place, shakes Yaxley off, and then apparates into a forest, splinching Ron.
Soon, Ron leaves and goes back to the Burrow after having a heated argument with Harry and Hermione. Harry and Hermione start coping together, with no luck. Soon, Ron comes back, Harry finds the sword of Gryffindor, and so they destroy the locket (which is a Horcrux)
Soon, Harry, Ron and Hermione get captured by some Death Eaters and taken back to Malfoy Manor, and Dobby appears and helps them escape to Shell Cottage (Bill and Fleur's house). Bellatrix kills Dobby by throwing a knife into his chest, and Harry buries Dobby near Shell Cottage.
Harry, Ron and Hermione break into Gringotts Bank with the help of Griphook the goblin. They want to break into Bellatrix Lestrange's vault to find the Cup of Helga Hufflepuff, which they believe is the next Horcrux. They retrieve the cup, but soon they get discovered. They manage to escape on the dragon which lays deep in the bank, to guard some vaults with very valuable things inside. After that, they go to Hogwarts to find another Horcrux - the one Harry believes once belonged to Rowena Ravenclaw.
Luna Lovegood tells them that the only valuable item that belonged to Ravenclaw was The Lost Diadem of Rowena Ravenclaw. But the thing is, it's LOST. Soon, Voldemorts and the Death Eaters come to Hogwarts, and all hell breaks loose. Harry asks the ghost of Ravenclaw, called the Grey Lady, where the Diadem is. She explained that Tom Riddle (aka Voldemort) asked her where it was when he was at Hogwarts, and he took it and hid it. Harry figures out that Voldemort turned it into a Horcrux, and when he visited Hogwarts to ask Dumbledore for the Defence Against the Dark Arts job, he hid the Diadem in the Room of Requirement on his way down from Dumbledore's office.
Harry goes to the Room of Requirement and finds the Diadem, only to be found by Draco Malfoy and his friends Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle. They start to duel and Crabbe sets the whole room on fire, and when they all get out of the room, Harry finds that the fire actually destroyed the Horcrux.
The fighting went on until Harry decided it was time to just surrender and let Voldemort kill him. Voldemort tries to kill him but it doesn't work, but instead of killing Harry, the curse destroyed the bit of Voldemort's soul that was in Harry. Voldemort believes that Harry is dead and him and the Death Eaters go back into Hogwarts, making Hagrid carry Harry, and he tells everyone that Harry is dead.
But then Harry leaps out of Hagrid's arms and the war begins again. Soon, Neville kills Voldemort's snake, Nagini, which is the last Horcrux. Harry and Voldemort start duelling, and soon Voldemort finally dies.
-What I Thought-
The book is pretty long, but it's packed with loads of action. JK Rowling uses some really good words to describe things, and I honestly don't know how she could have come up with such amazing ideas. If I could only ever read one book for the rest of my life, this would be it. It's just an amazing book and I'm not surprised that it's so popular. I wish there could be more Harry Potter books, and I just love this book and the whole series.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend because of how interesting and amazing it is, so I suggest you go and buy it!
What can I say! I've been a fan of the books for a few years now and have never looked back.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and sadly last book which follows the adventures of Harry Potter,a wizard and his two best friends,Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
This year,the gang do not return to Hogwarts for their final year but insted set off on a hunt for horcruxes which they ultimately plan to destroy before finishing off voldemort himself.For those who have yet to read this amazing novel,I won't give much away but I will say that you'll either be thrilled or very disappointed.I myself think Rowling did a fantastic job.The plot wasn't predictable at all with numerous twists and turns trough out.There was hilarious moments and plenty of action and I even found myself crying at parts.
The final battle is an epic piece of writing but who will win? Good against evil fight each other for one last time,at least in this series and everything ends with a bang.If you haven' read it yet,what are you waiting for?
There are such high expectations of this book, so many loose ends to tie up and everyone has their own ideas of how they want the series to end, but thankfully, in my opinion, this final book in the Harry Potter series exceeds all expectations.
Right from the start this book is packed with drama, surprises, danger and lots of intrigue. Despite this there are still some great comedy moments too. I couldn't put this down once I started reading. There is quite a death toll and I admit to shedding some tears more than once but ultimately I really feel that J.K. Rowling ended the series in the best way possible and I'm not sure I would change anything if I could (although there is two characters in particular I would quite like to bring back from the dead!).
This book is really quite different from the others as most of it takes place outside of Hogwarts and as I have always loved the school element to these stories I was a bit worried about this but actually it works well and I really quite enjoyed the many setting changes. I would also like to say that my favourite parts were concerned with the Ron and Hermione relationship and also the Neville character who I think really comes into his own here.
I can't recommend this book enough - read it!
Since the film has just been released, I thought I'd take the opportunity to write a review about the book the movie is based on. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was written by JK Rowling, and was released on 21st July 2007. Being the Potter fan that I am, I can avidly remember this day, eagerly waiting for the Amazon delivery man to bring me the final installment of a series that I had enjoyed for many years.
The story follows Harry and his two best friends Ron and Hermione, who are on a mission to try to track down and destroy Voldemort's horcruxes, thus rendering his mortal and free for Harry to defeat and save the wizarding world once and for all.
Their mission takes them all over the place, and in all of the Harry Potter books this is the first time that they don't return to Hogwarts for their magical studies (don't worry - their mission takes them back there eventually!).
Speaking of returning, the seventh book sees characters that featured in others books of the series make an appearance once again. It was good to see the return of evil Professor Umbridge up to her old tricks once more, and I enjoyed reading about the French belle Fleur Delacour again, who was first introduced in book four, the Goblet of Fire.
The relationships between various characters are featured heavily throughout the book, too. We see Ron and Harry's friendship tested and strained in some parts of the novel, and I also particularly enjoyed watching Ron and Hermione's friendship blossom and develop into something more.
With regards to the atmosphere of the book, this one differs to the previous six in terms of how dark it is - when comparing Deathly Hallows to the others in the series you can see it definitely has a more menacing feel to it. I think JK Rowling conveys this atmosphere so well and really makes you feel the emotions of the characters and what they experience throughout the book.
Moving on to the ending of the book, I thought it was perfect. The final battle between Harry and the good guys vs Voldemort and his crew was brilliant and I can not fault Rowling on her work.
Of course, with a war of good against evil on this scale, it's inevitable that fatal losses will occur, and I must admit to getting a little bit weepy at a couple of the death scenes in the book!
To conclude, I believe that this is the best book of the lot, and for that I have to give Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows a rating of five.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Harrows - Part 1
Tonight I went to see the new Harry Potter Movie. I am a huge fan of the books written by J.K. Rowling and have read all the Harry Potter books. It has been a long time since I last read the books, more than a few years. And so I was looking forward to seeing the new movie. I do not remember the book word for word but do remember the basic story line and how it made me feel when I was reading the book, so I hope I am able to explain how the movie was compared to the book.
A bit about the film.
The film is part one of two based on the last of the Harry Potter books that have been written by J.K. Rowling. It was released on the 19th November 2010. It is being shown at various cinemas across the UK all showing at different times.
The film is 2.30 hours long but i was there for about 3 hours due to the run up to the film all the adverts they like to play before the film actually starts. (Tip: go for a wee before the movie and don't drink too much or like me, you will be sitting there half way through the movie wanting the toilet and unable to go in case you miss something.)
This film is a 12A (no children under the age of 12 unless accompanied by an adult)
Cast: Daniel Radcliff (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, John Hurt, Rhys Ifans, Helena Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Imelda Stauton.
Director: David Yates
Producer: David Heyman, Lionel Wigram, David Barron, J.K. Rowling, John Trehy.
The story line
If you have read the books you will know that this is the last part (1 of 2) of the Harry Potter story's that J.K. Rowling has written (so far, as there are rumours that she intends to write more) for those of you that have not read the books this is the biggest of all the books and probably the darkest. The film is about Voldamort (the baddy) and his death eaters (the people that work for him) taking over the ministry of magic. Voldamort is also after Harry potter as he was the one that defeated him at the beginning of the books. Harry has to find all the Horcruxes before Voldamort finds them in order to defend the wizards and moguls (humans) of this world. If Voldamort finds these Horcruxes then he will have the ultimate power he seeks.
What I think!!
As I said, it was a long time ago that I read the book but based on what I watched tonight it was very similar to the story that I had read. The movie hasn't yet got going and I'm hoping that part 2 will have a lot more of the conflict that I enjoyed when I was reading the book.
The graphic effects in the film are fantastic and just as good as the previous films. As I was reading the book I tried to picture the scenery in my mind and I think that it has been well transported from my mind into the film. I don't know if any of the effects are new but they were very well done and you could believe that the magic was real. You can also see this movie in 3D in some cinemas and I think this would increase the effects of the graphics.
The movie was lacking something and I'm not sure if it was because the film seemed so drawn out with a lot of getting to know the characters again or if because the 3 main characters seemed to of lost their spark. They have all grown up considerably and have lost that child hood spark that was so prominent in the other movies. There acting has become fantastic but the little sparkle from their eyes (children that still believed in magic) has disappeared and so this made the movie seem a little false and lost the appeal that the other movies held.
What I think!!!
Over all I still love the Harry Potter books / films, but I found the film so long and drawn out that it kind of disappointed me. The magic seems to have gone in some way and I hope that part 2 will bring some of that magic and spark back but I am doubtful. I would recommend this film to others if they are big Harry Potter fans and have read the books but I think for someone to watch it that doesn't like Harry Potter or doesn't know the story will find it too long winded and get bored. The movie is a 12A but I wouldn't recommend taking any children under the age of 12 to see it. I would wait until the DVD is released. The movie does have some blood in it and is quit dark but this is not the reason (video games are worse) It is far too long for them to sit still all in one go. Over all the book is a lot better and a lot more fun to read and better then the film by a long way.
I hope you enjoyed reading this review.
After racing through the previous book in the series, I have now got the last book, the one I had no idea as to what was going to happen, and the only book that I have not seen made into a film.....yet!
The book in question is - "Harry Potter and the deathly hallows".
This will contain spoilers for the previous books!
The book starts with a very different feeling to it, with Harry now days away from his 17th birthday, and with the knowledge the dark lord Voldermort and his death eater supporters are waiting for this to happen, as when Harry hits his 17th birthday, any magical enchantment placed on him for security will break and render him defenceless.
Harry has already decided to never return to Hogwarts school of magic, as it seems the dark lord has taken over control there and also at the ministry of magic, so to return would just be handing himself in.
Harry now has a mission hat must be competed to try and defeat the dark lord, or at least make him vulnerable to kill, luckily for Harry he has great friends, and the three seem bound to go on a quest....or die tryin?!
This was the greatly anticipated last book in the series, and really did not disappoint at all!
The book seems to have been split into two parts, with the first being a quite solitary affair, comprising of a quest for objects never before mentioned in the books, well, never mentioned outright, but always gently slipped into the story line.
There is also a great deal of information concerning previous characters and their backgrounds, with much f this information being pivotal to the coming showdown, with the book feeling much more emotional to read than any of the previous books, I did sit and cry on at least two occasions!
The second half of the book seems to be the "answers" part, with the first half seemingly not able to offer any answers to any of the pressing questions about the dark lord, and giving a real sense of desolation, especially when the group start bickering with each other because Harry has been sent on a quest of which he has no idea where to start.
Once the second half starts it is fast paced and completely unexpected too, with there being many moments where you really have no idea how certain characters are going to get themselves out of a situation, then redeeming themselves to get thrown into more danger, very edge of your seat stuff!
One thing I will say it how detailed the book can get at times, with me actually having to re-read parts to get the information to go in, feeling as if everything has had to be explained within the pages of this book, though this doesn't detract from the story, but means you really have to concentrate on it, my kids have left me alone for once to get this book finished, and it has took me a mere two days to complete.
This is a book obviously aimed at children, with my daughter being a book behind me (she is 9!), though be warned there is a little more choice language in this book, and quite a few characters die(three of which made me gasp and cry, yes I am that sad!).
This being the case however, this book is still suitable for my daughter to read, and have no problem allowing her to do so.
Price wise this is available from www.amazon.co.uk for around the £5.00 mark.
This really is a rollercoaster of a book, and for Potter fans and fans of the series is the perfect final book in the series, recommended!
Thanks for reading x
The final book in the Harry Potter saga promises to be the most scary, thrilling and dangerous one yet.
Following the death of his beloved headmaster Dumbledore at the hands of Snape, Harry has been left the formidable task of locating and destroying You-Know-Who's remaining Horcruxes.
The task, seeming so impossible, has left Harry feeling isolated and hopeless, as more and more good people are turned, in fear, towards the Dark Lord, and he must leave Ginny and Hogwarts in order to fulfil his charge, but, as always, he is never totally alone. No matter how tough it gets, Ron and Hermione will be there as long as they can be.
But even they can't lift the weight of what he must do to save the good people of the wizarding world and unsuspecting muggles alike.
However on top of this mammoth task Dumbledore has left a puzzle for Harry and his friends to solve; The Deathly Hallows. How can they discover the answer to the professor's riddle? And is Riddle himself already after them? Who will the Hallows recognise as their master?
This book has the task of bringing the series to a climactic end and answering the questions that have been raised in previous books. 'The Deathly Hallows' does a good job of fulfilling this.
We are finally able to understand why Harry can feel You-Know-Who's strong emotions and actions and why he has the ability to speak parseltongue (the language of snakes). This was a mystery not fully understood by Dumbledore himself but all comes clear in the last book.
The reader is also finally able to see the result of the prophecy, for better or worse. More simple things are also explained, like how Aunt Petunia knew about Dementors when Harry saved Dudley from them in the fifth book, and we are finally able to find out which side Snape is truly on.
Hermione and Ron's tension that has grown over the years is eventually resolved and Harry and Ginny are given the chance to sort things out. Even the wedding of Bill and Fleur gave the book a different edge, as, despite the death and fear going on around them, everyday things like weddings were still taking place and Mrs. Weasley could act like her busybody self.
Alongside all of this there are new things to learn, like Dumbledore's dark past and the Deathly Hallows he was after.
I liked that Harry didn't go to Hogwarts in his last year. It gave the final book a different dimension which was needed after the previous six following the same pattern, but it wouldn't have been right for it not to end there. Also it was nice because a lot of Harry's older friends, like Oliver Wood, Katie Bell and Cho Chang, weren't at Hogwarts anymore so the last book would have lacked a sense of unity.
The final battle, which rightfully took place in Hogwarts, didn't put the series to shame; J.K. Rowling and Harry finally showed their potential in this book.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the last in the Harry Potter series, describing Harry's quest to seek the Horcruxes and his growing realisation that he and he alone has the means to defeat Voldemort. Harry begins to worry that trusting Dumbledore was a mistake, and loses heart in what he has to do. Everything leads to the Final Battle that takes place - where else? - at Hogwarts.
So here we are - the climax of the Harry Potter series. The book to beat all books. The one that people anticipated and queued for and devoured as soon as it became available. This one was supposed to tie up the loose ends and show us how the fight against Voldemort ended. It was known to be darker and bleaker than the others, and Rowling let slip on the run-up to the release that not all of our favourite characters would make it through.
Did this book achieve, in my mind, everything that I expected? Well, sort of. Of course, it was exciting and exhilarating and scary and full of compassion for these characters that so many of us followed eagerly. However, reading parts of the book I was... bored! This was something I certainly did not expect!
We start with an explosive escape for Harry from the Dursley's house - there is a distinctly odd and very touching scene between Harry and Dudley as they say goodbye for the final time. There is a massive sense of danger and Voldemort is really closing his grip around the wizarding community - with the death of a couple of characters, we (the reader) learn that no-one is sacred in this final book, and that really heightens the gloomy atmosphere.
However, there is then a few chapters which are a little dull concerning the wedding of Fleur and Bill. I can understand that Rowling is setting up a few things here, such as the sign of the Hallows, but it meanders somewhat. From here we have another escape scene that sends the pulse racing, but once Harry, Hermione and Ron are ensconced in Number 12, Grimmauld Place there is another period of slower time. During this I did love the way that Kreacher is redeemed - and certainly Hermione gets her opportunity to say I told you so.
The book continues in this vein all the way through - I found the pacing decidedly off. There were moments of pulse-pounding terror and huge excitement (such as the escape from the Death Eaters in the Malfoy mansion; the robbery of Gringotts; and, of course, the final battle) but these were small moments in a tapestry that included the Camping Trip of Doom (tm); planning in minutiae the trip to Gringotts; and many other quiet moments that seemed put in for no apparent reason. By this time, of course, the books had started being filmed for the big screen and I half-wonder whether Rowling wrote some of the Deathly Hallows with an eye for the film that would be made from this novel.
By far my biggest complaint about this novel is the rapid switch in concentration from the Horcruxes to the Hallows. I can see that Rowling wanted a comparison between dark and light, and the Horcrux idea did run out of steam a little, but the Hallows idea came straight out of left field. There has been not a hint or a tip that these would be important - they have never been so much as mentioned in the previous six books. Even the kid's tale that the Hallows are introduced in has not been used before this! And, with their introduction, Rowling suddenly has an awful lot to do and tell in the space remaining to her (which is why I object so vociferously to the period Harry and Hermione spent camping and trying to work out where they were supposed to go next - this was essential space that could have been used to flesh out the plot a little better and make it run more smoothly).
I also HATED the way that Dumbledore's back story was filled in during this novel, and how clumsily Rowling tried to bring in an element of doubt against the wonderfully strong character that has been the mainstay of the series. If we had seen this Dumbledore in prior books, then maybe there would not have been as much heartbreak evident at the end of the sixth book! Sure, Harry needs to feel conflicted about his quest and whether he would succeed, but does Dumbledore have to become so different?
My final issue is a more personal complaint - oh, how I missed Hogwarts and the characters we had come to know so well over six books! I believe there is a huge amount of mileage in Rowling writing the story of Hogwarts during that seventh year whilst Harry et al were elsewhere - I would love to have seen more of Snape in the role of headmaster, and the rise to power of the Carrows, and the way that Neville really came into his own and led Dumbledore's Army in revolt. I think this would make an amazing book and really fill in the gaps that were, of necessity, in the Deathly Hallows.
Obviously, there are moments of pure brilliance where Rowling really succeeds in writing a fitting finale to the series. The best of these by far is the chapter where Harry finally learns the truth about Snape. This is my favourite extract of the entire series:
" 'But this is touching, Severus,' said Dumbledore seriously. 'Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?'
'For him?' shouted Snape. 'Expecto patronum!'
From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe: she landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
'After all this time?'
'Always,' said Snape."
I was moved to tears when I learnt the true motivation behind Snape's behaviour towards others in the books.
Of course, the last few chapters where Harry faces Voldemort are excellent and fulfilling (although Rowling keeps in the big reveal between Harry and Dumbledore for one final book!) I also liked the contentious Epilogue of the Deathly Hallows as well, although I know a number of people who refuse to accept that it even exists.
Altogether and overall, my review of this book can be summed up in three words: a little disappointing. I was expecting fireworks and got a damp Squib (geddit?) However, this doesn't change my opinion of the series as a whole, and my opinion is thus: I have just finished reading a modern classic; a series that deserves read after read, and should be handed down to our children in the same manner as C S Lewis' Narnia books have done. They are no less than brilliant.
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I was one of the people who bought this book as soon as it came out and I loved it, and I recently re-read it because the film is being made, and thought I would review it for anyone who still hasnt read it.
Firstly, if you are planning on buying the 7th book, I assume you have read the others and are already a fan of harry potter, so there is no need to persuade anyone it is OK for an adult to read about wizards and witches etc. Its fantasy. Most people realise it isnt real, but I am in fact very happy that even though I am not a child, by imagination is active enough to sit and really enjoy a book about magic. I dont want to ever grow up enough that I cant read and enjoy something just because it isnt realistic.
The 7th book will not disappoint, and as promised J.K. Rowling explains (almost) everything that still needed to be explained. Lord Voldemort is back and at large, he is taking over everywhere from hogwarts to the ministry of magic, and it is up to Harry and friends to stop him by going about the mission given to him by dumbledore.
I think J.K. Rowlings writing is amazing and some chapters, especially near the end made me feel very emotionally invested in the characters. I love things where people come together for a good cause, and the characters definately did this in this book. The book made me cry, laugh, and be downright sad that Harry Potter was ending. I grew up reading Harry Potter and I loved the ending. Everything came together and it was clear how well planned out everyting was right from the start.
If this isn't your kind of book you would probably hate it,and thats fine, but if you are a Harry Potter fan I think you will love this book. Even though at some parts it moves slowly it is never boring, and I found myself not being able to put the book down. I am really looking forward to the films of this, although they are never as good as the books. I wasnt a fan of the very last chapter, which showed how the remaining characters ended up later in life, I thought it was the only chapter which could have been written better, and was a bit cheesey but I am still happy with the way things worked out.
Definately needs to be read. Sometimes when someone writes a series of books they end up getting worse and worse until the author admits defeat and stops writing them all together. J.K. Rowling got it right. Her writing got stronger and stronger and she ended it while the series was still extremely popular. She didnt drag it out and you can see that in the book. Although it is long everything in it is necessary and is relevant to the story. Great book, sad to see the series end!
A brilliant end to an absolutely terrific series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows truly satisfied my need for a thrilling end to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.
This book is totally unlike any of the previous HP books - Harry, Ron and Hermione do not go back to Hogwarts, but instead go off to try to defeat Voldemort, armed with only the (somewhat confusing and seemingly not very useful) tools Dumbledore has left them, with rumours of Dumbledore's not-so-rosy past ringing in their ears. This book is a much more emotional book than any of the previous six - Harry, Ron and Hermione are totally alone (although not in spirit) and are forced to think fast all the time, coming face to face with magic they never have never before encountered.
This book is littered with deaths of reasonably important characters - not too many and not too few. Most of them genuinely made me cry (particularly one at the end, when I had to put down the book for a whole fifteen minutes because I couldn't stop crying!).
We are introduced to all kinds of new people and places, and really get to know a lot of characters that were previously less important. The action never stops in this thrilling book, and the end is brilliant - everything that has been left hanging right from the first book is finally explained.
I know quite a few people who didn't like this book (although many more who loved it!), and to be honest, I can't figure out why anyone would dislike it. It is amazing, absolutely captivating, and the epilogue is brilliant - again, made me cry! This book really is well worth a read.
If you think you have already read the best book you can find, wait until you read this book!
So much happens in this book and this is the book that draws the harry potter series to a close. If you haven't read any of the harry potter books, I reccomend you read the other ones first, this way you'll understand the story more.
This book is good because throughout all the books the characters are all growing up!
In this book, Harry ventures off to destory all of the Horcruxes, to defeat Voldemort, meanwhile bad things are happening to Hogwarts as Voldemort takes charge.
This book also holds a lot of emotion, as throught the book there are many deaths.
I dont want to give too much away, but the ending of the book is partly good but partly not. It is good because of the way things turn out. However they could have made it longer and say what they all now do as a job and stuff.
Also, part of the ending is quite confusing and I had to read it a couple of times to understand what is going on. I still however think this is the best book I have ever read!!!
Would I recommend it?
Yes, if you love all fantasy books and films then you are sure to love this book/series. So much goes on and a lot of detail has been put into it! I hope you all enjoy this book!
The final days of Harry Potter. Win or lose, this is the last we'll see of Harry. Or so says J.K. Rowling. Only time will tell.