The progression of Harry’s story from an 11 year old just off to Hogwarts to a 17 year old off too take down Voldemort is truly remarkable. Harry has matured, and yet he’s still a teenager, with his mercurial teenaged emotions and concerns. All of Harry’s friends have likewise matured. Excellent character development is one of J. K. Rowling’s gifts to the world. If a young reader has made it this far, they deserve to keep going and finish the series. It’s a very serious book and deals with death and dying quite a bit, as well as loss, love, friendship, and redemption. You WILL cry.