>> Monday, January 11, 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Series: #7 in the Harry Potter Series (final book in the series)
Publication Date: 2007
Source: Purchased new
The Short Version:
Excellent ending to an excellent series
Why I Read It:
After reading the first book I was completely committed to the end.
Although I’m one of the last few people on the planet to read this, I’m going to try to avoid serious spoilers. The final battle between good and evil that the whole series has led to comes to pass. There are surprises, there are deaths, there is excitement and energy. Everything that the series has been leading to from the first paragraphs of the first books reaches a conclusion in the final book. I really can’t think of any major loose ends left hanging.
Harry, Ron, Hermione, and You Know Who remain the focus of the story. The kids (well on their way to adulthood by now) seek to find the final pieces of a puzzle left to them by Dumbledore that will ensure the defeat of Voldemort. At the same time Voldemort seems to be ensuring his ultimate victory and power over the wizarding world and potentially the Muggle world also. The final battle is as exciting and twist filled as expected.
I thought this was an excellent conclusion to a series I loved. I was surprised at several points along the way. Some of the epilogue wasn’t a surprise at all, but there were several before the story got to that point.
I was pleased to see so many storylines brought to conclusions and others reintroduced as part of the finale. The deaths saddened me, but I knew some of the familiar characters didn’t survive.. Surprisingly enough I didn’t know ahead of time exactly who did and didn’t make it, so I’m not about to spill the beans in this post just in case I’m really not the last person on the planet to read this.
So now that I’ve finished the series my plan is to re-read the entire seires via the audiobook versions and to count them for Galleysmith’s Harry Potter Reading Challenge. I’ll be starting over with book one just as soon as I finish my current audiobook.