Reviews

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Bloomsbury

Mark Haddon

"In the seventh and final volume, Rowling left herself a formidable array of narrative challenges. She had to tie up the innumerable loose ends, every one of which is about as safe to touch as a live electric wire. And she had to complete a readable narrative in which surely to goodness (literally) Voldemort would get his comeuppance."

A N Wilson, The Sunday Times

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So the day finally came on Saturday 21 July with the release of the final instalment of Harry Potter - 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'.  I didn't pre-order this time - didn't see the point.  However, I was up early and happily reading away by 10:30am!  The seventh novel from J.K. Rowling, this book has been highly anticipated by children and adults alike.  I was slightly concerned that, because of this, she would write another epic similar to book 5.  She didn't though and, in fact, the book was only 608 pages long.

The story kicked off really quickly - there was no pre-amble this time and by the end of the first chapter the characters had already seen some action. There is only so much I can say without giving away the plot, but as Harry said at the end of book 6, he doesn't go back to Hogwarts at the start of the year. This was a nice change from the previous books and provided yet more action. It does mean that the story focusses a lot on the three main characters, Harry, Ron and Hermione. However, the other characters do pop-up fairly regularly as and when required.

The Deathly Hallows does get fairly intense though, especially given that the book is primarily for children. The ever worsening situation in book 7 is not dealt with in a completely happy and smiley way; there is some loss and there are some sad bits. It does clear up a lot of loose ends though and I feel the need to re-read all of books now to catch all of the clues JK has been leaving from the start. If you have never read Harry Potter before then don't read this book until you have read the six previous book first (in order)! However, if you know and like the Hary Potter series, then you won't be disappointed with this one!

 

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Reviewed on 29/07/2007 by Angela

 

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The Sunday Times Review: http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/children/article2139573.ece

ISBN: 9780747591054

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Comments

I thoroughly agree with this review - I wouldn't say you have to read all the previous books, but it is certainly worth reading book 6.

Sam on 30/07/2007


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