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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) Hardcover – July 21, 2007
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Readers beware. The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling's spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart--such revelations, battles, and betrayals await in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that no fan will make it to the end unscathed. Luckily, Rowling has prepped loyal readers for the end of her series by doling out increasingly dark and dangerous tales of magic and mystery, shot through with lessons about honor and contempt, love and loss, and right and wrong. Fear not, you will find no spoilers in our review--to tell the plot would ruin the journey, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling's fans have not yet seen, and are not likely to forget. But we would be remiss if we did not offer one small suggestion before you embark on your final adventure with Harry--bring plenty of tissues.
The heart of Book 7 is a hero's mission--not just in Harry's quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man--and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. Attentive readers would do well to remember Dumbledore's warning about making the choice between "what is right and what is easy," and know that Rowling applies the same difficult principle to the conclusion of her series. While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Dumbledore, Snape, and you-know-who, it is a testament to Rowling's skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise.
A spectacular finish to a phenomenal series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a bittersweet read for fans. The journey is hard, filled with events both tragic and triumphant, the battlefield littered with the bodies of the dearest and despised, but the final chapter is as brilliant and blinding as a phoenix's flame, and fans and skeptics alike will emerge from the confines of the story with full but heavy hearts, giddy and grateful for the experience. --Daphne Durham
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Begin at the Beginning
| Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone |
|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets |
|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban |
|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire |
|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix |
|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince |
Why We Love Harry
Favorite Moments from the Series
There are plenty of reasons to love Rowling's wildly popular series--no doubt you have several dozen of your own. Our list features favorite moments, characters, and artifacts from the first five books. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive (what we love about Harry could fill ten books!) and does not include any of the spectacular revelatory moments that would spoil the books for those (few) who have not read them. Enjoy.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Magic, Mystery, and Mayhem: A Conversation with J.K. Rowling
"I am an extraordinarily lucky person, doing what I love best in the world. Im sure that I will always be a writer. It was wonderful enough just to be published. The greatest reward is the enthusiasm of the readers." --J.K. Rowling
Find out more about Harry's creator in our exclusive interview with J.K. Rowling.
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A Few Words from Mary GrandPré
"When I illustrate a cover or a book, I draw upon what the author tells me; that's how I see my responsibility as an illustrator. J.K. Rowling is very descriptive in her writing--she gives an illustrator a lot to work with. Each story is packed full of rich visual descriptions of the atmosphere, the mood, the setting, and all the different creatures and people. She makes it easy for me. The images just develop as I sketch and retrace until it feels right and matches her vision." Check out more Harry Potter art from illustrator Mary GrandPré.
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. 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)
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Top Customer Reviews
I've been reading these books with my 5 year old daughter and she absolutely loves them. She has no problem following along. And the subject matter is understandable and appropriate. I've heard that the next book may be a bit darker, but so far, we are having a great time reading them together.
Back when the movies were out I read books 1 & 7. I loved book 7 and was "meh" about book 1. But picking them up again to finish reading the whole series I am enjoying them so much more than I did initially.
Rowling makes such lovable characters! There are so many books I wanted to read this month and instead I find myself spending all my reading time on Harry Potter books.
A great addicting read. Better than the first two books I'd say. I loved Lupin and Crookshanks the most. And I especially loved the last chapter of this book.
There is much in the book that is not in the movie, so it's worth a read even if you've seen all the films.
I have another caveat. I agree with the insight offered by Sander Gilman and Rachel DuPlesis, among others, that "stereotypes can be (and regularly have been) freely associated, even when their association demands a suspension of common sense" (Preface to "Difference and Pathology: Stereotypes of Sexuality, Race, and Madness" (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1985, page 12).
In this final Harry Potter volume, the classic stereotypical (but falsely attributed) characteristics of black slaves are attributed to Dobby and the other elves, who all (except Dobby) are depicted as cherishing their slave status.
Another example: the goblins are depicted with the negative stereotype of greed which Europeans and Englishmen have long falsely projected onto Jews. To make this worse, Harry Potter actually proclaims that he dislikes the main goblin in the story. This proclamation, combined with the "explanation" of the nature of "goblin" characteristics, comes across as an implicit acknowledgement of these stereotypical characteristics. (In fact, statistics show that Jews donate to charity, for example, more generously than the national average.) In an apparent attempt to escape criticism for this negative depiction, the author includes among Harry's followers one student with a Jewish name--which means nothing, as the boy is not a leader, while many other minorities ARE included among the leaders of the book's "good guys". (It would have been best if the book had omitted both kinds of "Jewish" references altogether, just as it abstains from references to believing Christians.) But anyone who has read the series must read this volume too. You will want to know what has happened to Dumbledore, and why Dumbledore trusted Snape, and why "He Who Must Not Be Named" has never found a wand that works against Harry Potter, and.... You will also want to know the application of the legend of the three brothers who encountered Death. So I cannot advise against reading the book. I can only suggest, inadequately, that, in reading the book, the reader be consciously aware of the stereotypes and make a conscious effort to disregard them.
I loved it then, I love it now. As always amazing character descriptions that pull you in, as she guides you through twists and turns I had forgotten about so I could be emerged in the magic once more.
I can't wait to read the series to my daughter when she is a little bit older
I re-read the series to compare the books to the movies. I think I like the books better than the movies, especially this one. She did an excellent job of tying up the loose ends. The movie had a lot of questionable subjects: like when Harry is using the Resurrection Stone, why weren't Tonks and Fred present, since Lupin was (answer: they weren't germain to telling the tale.)
The only problem I have with the series is that the first book needs to have a stronger binding. Each time a new book came out, I went back and re-read all the books. So I've read Sorcerer's Stone over 10 times now, and the binding has split. The other books are still intact. I tend to treat my books very gently, so it isn't a matter of abuse, it's a matter of overuse. But they are very enjoyable.