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Dec

22

Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

By pcurd

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the best Harry Potter book I think, although Half Blood Prince is a strong contender. Once I got to 80% through I couldn’t help but read the rest, the ending is so good. There are no sub plots in this book (which is why it went to two movies I guess) and there is almost no filler.

There are a few things I’d change, and some areas I’m desperate for more information about, but it’s a compelling story with a few twists to give older readers and invested fans alike something extra.

Harry is miserable in this book, for all of it. You can understand why – gone is (most of) the teenage angst from the early books, instead we have grown up problems and grown up reactions. The story peaks as the battle between good and evil meets head on – it’s classic stuff but the story doesn’t have to be complex to be enjoyable. The main thing I disliked was the cheapness of some of the deaths in the story – to give the world a grim sense of fatalism I think they should have been spread out across more of the story and even over the earlier books rather than chucking a bunch in at the end.

But the story would have no payoff if you haven’t read the earlier books, you do have to stick with Harry through most of it to really benefit – which is a shame as some of the early ones really aren’t as good.

One day I’ll get the urge to re-read them again and it will be this book, and the memories of power reading the last few chapters, that convinces me to do it.

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