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The End of a Wonderful series
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Book 7 - J.K. Rowling
Member Name: bluejules
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Book 7 - J.K. Rowling
Advantages: Excellent story, lots of plot twists, excellent characters,
Disadvantages: Its the end of the series
I have been a huge Harry Potter fan since I was about 11 years old. I have a huge Harry Potter collection and I have read all of the books, some of them a couple of times. I was really excited when I heard that the publication date for the final instalment was July 21st 2007. I ordered it from Amazon back in March and was very excited when it arrived. As I work weekends and my nephew came to stay with me it took me a week to read. I wanted to read each page thoroughly though, to make sure I properly appreciated everything that was happening.
When The Order of the Phoenix came out a lot of my peers said they were going to find out what happened and spoil it for me so I finished it before I went back to school on the Monday morning. I think I missed a lot of what happened due to reading it too fast so I vowed I wouldn’t let this happen this time!
The book is fantastic, and is extremely well written. I feel that J K Rowling’s writing has improved a lot since the first book. I really enjoy her writing style and find that it is easy to build up a vivid image in my imagination of what is going on. However, having seen the films, I find it difficult to remember what ‘my’ characters look like and I find I am picturing the actors from the films. There are some new characters in this book so I still had some characters to picture with my own imagination.
This book had me hooked from the beginning and each page just had me wanting to read more. The book is quite fast paced, which is good as it keeps the story moving and the reader hooked! I don’t want to give too much of the plot away for those of you who are yet to read it but if you have read the other books, you will know that Dumbledore left Harry with an important, challenging task to complete. Only Harry and his two best friends, Ron and Hermione, know what the task is and it must stay that way until the end. Ron and Hermione are willing to help Harry with the task, as they don’t want him to go on his own. I have really enjoyed watching the friendships between Harry, Ron and Hermione grow throughout the books and (although it comes as no surprise) it is nice to see they are still sticking together even though (because?) there is danger ahead.
The book doesn’t follow the usual style of Harry Potter, in terms of them spending their school year at Hogwarts. It is extremely clear though, that this is part of the same series of books and Hogwarts is mentioned in the book in several places.
Some parts of the book are pieces of text that Harry is reading, e.g. cuttings from the Daily Prophet or from a book about Dumbledore. Although these are not as page turning as the usual text, I found they made a really interesting addition to the book. This is information that we are finding out at the same time as Harry, so I felt this made me even closer to him, sharing his emotions as I was reading the text. The extracts are written in italics so it is clear that it is not the usual narration.
I really enjoyed reading this book and seeing the relationships between characters unfold. I feel like I have known these characters personally and I have enjoyed watching different aspects of their personalities be revealed. I feel as though I have watched these characters grow up and I felt closer to them than ever during this book.
Throughout the book there are lots of twists and turns, which I thought, were placed in just the right places. I enjoyed discovering new things along the way with Harry and his friends. These twists just made the book even more exciting and more difficult to put down.
The book is well structured and although it is just over 600 pages long it didn’t feel like it when I was reading it (although it is difficult to get comfortable with it being so big!) I think that because Rowling knows that there are a lot of adult fans of Harry Potter, she has tried to write accordingly. I think this made it slightly difficult to read in parts and I found myself re-reading a paragraph or two on a few occasions. She uses a wide variety of vocabulary, some of which I think would be too difficult for younger readers. She also uses the odd swear word too.
The book has two covers; one of these is the children’s edition, the other the adult’s edition. The actual content inside the book is exactly the same. Although I am now an adult reader, I still bought the children’s cover so that it would fit better with the rest of my collection of the books.
I thought the ending was wonderful, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I felt that all loose ends were tied up and the conclusion was clear. I am disappointed that the series is finished but we have all known that there would only be seven books and that is what we now have. I am really pleased that I have read this series and I am sure that I will read the series again in the future. If you haven’t tried Harry Potter yet – I really recommend that you do, as the whole series is wonderful (this is my favourite book now.) If you want to try this book but haven’t read any of the others I would recommend that you don’t start with this one, as it wouldn’t make sense. There is a lot of references to previous events from the other books.
The RRP is £17.99, which I think, is overpriced considering the number of copies they would be producing, however it is available cheaper. It is £5 in Asda (my local store is currently out of stock) and £8.99 on Amazon.co.uk.
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Thanks for reading!
Summary: A great book!