Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

Rating 9.5/10
I feel a little sad that there will be no more Harry Potter books.

Harry has left Hogwarts to dedicate himself to the quest for final Horcruxes, together with his friends Ron and Hermione. Harry is also searching for the answers he feels Dumbledore has left unanswered and his feelings for his beloved old headmaster veer from anger and bitterness to painful loss. Voldemort continues his rise and nowhere seems to be safe anymore. With three gifts, bequeathed by Dumbledore to our intrepid trio, they set off on their deadliest task yet and know that this could be the end of everything they hold dear, even themselves. With Voldemort ever closer our hero must not hesitate; the final battle is coming and no one knows what the outcome will be.

The seventh and final instalment of the Harry Potter series sold 11 million copies in the first 24 hour of its release. To say it was eagerly awaited would be an understatement. It was like holding the holy grail when my copy arrived (pre-ordered of course) and I savoured the moment before I actually opened the book; this would be the last time I would hold a Harry Potter book that I had not read, once I had finished this, that would be it, no more. That lasted about three seconds, I read the book in almost one sitting, this was to get me complete and undivided attention, no telephones answered, no friends welcomed in if they called, just this long awaited last piece of the puzzle and me.

“ ‘What is it’ he asked as he reached the dressing table which was heaped high with what looked and smelled like dirty laundry. ‘ There’, she said pointing at the shapeless mass. And in the instant that he looked away, his eyes raking the tangles mess for a sword hilt, a ruby, she moved weirdly: he saw it out of the corner of his eye; panic made him turn and horror paralysed him as he saw the old body collapsing and the great snake pouring from the place where her neck had been.”
Chapter seventeen: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

And did it deliver? You bet your sweet behind!! There are many loose ends that are tied up here, lovely little snippets of additional information that enable to not merely understand why and event has occurred but understand the characters personality (JK Rowling is so good at this), why they would react a certain way. There are of course many revelations not just for Harry but for the reader and some suspicions you may have had about some characters are found to be true! The end of the book really takes you there and back before you reach the conclusion and I am not surprised that Rowling cried when she had completed it, it was emotionally draining for me and I was only reading it!! It has been said that this and the Half Blood Prince were really one book splint into two, rather than two separate stories, and I do believe that to be true.

“ And the source of the light stepped out from behind an oak. It was a silver-white doe, moon-bright and dazzling, picking her way over the ground, still silent, and leaving no hoof prints in the fine powdering of snow. She stepped towards him, her beautiful head with it’s wide long-lashes eyes held high. Harry stared at the creature, filled with wonder, not at her strangeness, but at her inexplicable familiarity. He felt that he had been waiting for her to come, but that he had forgotten, until this moment, that they had arranged to meet. His impulse to shout for Hermione, which had been so strong a moment ago, had gone. He knew, he would have staked his life on it, that she had come for him, and him alone.”
Chapter nineteen: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I would still say that Half Blood Prince is my favourite but it’s a close call and very difficult to separate the two. All I can say is that you will not be disappointed when you read the Deathly Hallows. How can a series of books, written for children (although admittedly I think us grown ups were considered a bit more in the writing of the last three) become something so entrenched in peoples imaginations? It’s simple, I KNOW that I was destined to go to Hogwarts, that I have special powers that I remain ignorant of and that there is more to life than the world we see around us, it is only by some fluke that my true destiny was never fulfilled and that Harry Potter was written as a way of letting me experience a little of what could have been – also, JK Rowling isn’t too bad a writer. I feel a little sad that there will be no more books, but in a way, it was good it has ended leaving you wanting more, and now I have my own daughter, I cannot wait until she is old enough and we can read them together.

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from India

10-stars

10 stars are not enough for these HARRY POTTER SERIES!!!

from United States

10-stars

Avada Kedavra! On July 21, 2007, J.K. Rowling released the final iconic novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, of an astonishing seven book series. The Harry Potter series are still wildly loved to this day, with 400 million copies sold worldwide, and translated in 68 different languages. The Deathly Hallows is about Harry Potter and his friends finding ways to destroy Voldemort. They learn that even good contains a bit of evil, and vise versa. Even though the trio faces many difficulties, they persevere. And most importantly, they learn that love conquers fear, and this allows then to be selfless in many ways. The Deathly Hallows is written in third person and portrays the thoughts and emotions of each character. This allows readers to thoroughly see inside the characters’ heads. The Deathly Hallows is marvelously written, and closes the series out beautifully.

from Australia

10-stars

This book was awesome you should definetly read it. I love everything about it and the idea of the Hallows was great. The only disappointment is that there is no more books.

from India

10-stars

I have read all the 8 books. I liked all of the books. I request the author to write more!

from Australia

3-stars

Worst book ever. everything is about destroying the horcruxes. Compared to other hp books it only gives answers to the questions left in each book like the snape killing dumbledore thing. it has no quidditch, no hogwarts, and it simply lacks the magic of books 1-5. And the worst epilogue...

from South Africa

9-stars

HARRY POTTER is a brilliant set of books with a well thought out plot. The deathly hallows which is the 7th and concluding entry Spreads out its complex plot in one book While Some Parts of the book Were Bloated. Most Of the story Was good if Not Excellent. Its a smart and slick conclusion with a deep religous,Polictical And Philosphical message. It has A build Up Pace With Sudden Deaths that show the Evil Of War. HP ROCKS and so does JK Rowling. Hope Cursed Child is a Movie With Dan,Emma,Rupert,Evanna,Matthew,Bonnie in it. Currently Waiting For Fantastic Beasts Movie. So Excited. Pray Fantastic Beasts Does Brillantly at the box office and critically. Fantastic beasts movie is the prequel to main Harry potter Verse. The Potter Movies Were Great [All 8 Got good reviews and made tons of cash ]

from UAE

10-stars

Excellent way to finish off this wonderful seires!! J. K. Rowling has outdone herself! Wish I could read the Cursed Child as soon as it comes out...

from India

10-stars

Excellent book written by J K Rowling. I wish there could be another book.

from Pakistan

9-stars

Loved it it was a treat!

from India

10-stars

A spellbinding end to the series! Leaves any reader with tears in his or her eyes when he or she comes to the last page. Basically Harry is every readers' companion in growing up and learning about life, because love, innocence, cruelty, friendship and victory of good over evil is the same in our Muggle world as it is in the magic one. Hats off to Rowling! HP is a religion, it is immortal because "the stories that we love live on in us forever."(Lovely review Himika - Lee @ Fantasy Book Review)

from NZ

10-stars

I love this book for some reason when I read it it I get shaky. I've read it at least 7 times for it is the ultimate book! The chapters are always new and exciting bringing on unexpected twists. Characters have great roles and bad turns to good without the simplest knowing. This is the best book ever : D

from USA

10-stars

I love these books and the movies. The movies follow the book completely. My favorite part about the movies is that you can see the cast grow up. The plot is amazing and I love the actors they picked for their parts. My favorite is Alan Rickman as Snape. The last movie makes me cry when Snape dies.

from Pamilan

10-stars

Ages since I read this book the first time. Still the book has its own charm and an everlasting magic of its own. But it seems that Jk Rowling is blundering by alienating herself from the genre where she can work wonders. I'm sure that there are billions who feel the same. I just hope that our wishes travel till her and persuade her to weave new stories in the wonderful world she has created. It's really agonising to realise that the above mentioned wish may never come true... But that will always be my fantasy.

from England

10-stars

Amazing book, don't let anyone tell you different, the best series ever, J.K. Rowling and her books are Brilliant, BEST SEQUEL ever!!!

from England

10-stars

You can't beat any of the Harry Potter books, I only wish Rowling would continue writing forever. It would just be brilliant to hear about Rosie and Albus Severus. The fact that the end leaves you wanting more is infuriating and amazing. I turned the last page, and cried. But then I found the 19 years later bit. A nice touch. Xxx

from England

10-stars

Best in the series by far.

from Australia

10-stars

Amazing. Harry Potter is my life. I've been very impressed with the whole series and I just keep reading them over and over agian. Brilliant

from Pakistan

10-stars

This is the best series ever! I have read all the parts and am only 12!

from England

8-stars

Usualy I would never give such a dynamic brilliant book an 8 but like some people say, it can be a little boring at times. I am a MASSIVE J.K. Rowling fan, books 1 to 5 were amazing but J.K. Rowling just seemed to stop caring about her charecters, killing off the best ones. In my oppinion it could have taken a more interesting route to the final battle but it didnt and I am unhappy it didn't. Even though it was imaginative and detailed it lacked that wow that you get in the other books.

from india

10-stars

awesome.................................

from India

10-stars

The best book I have ever read in my life!

from Belgium

10-stars

I LOVE THIS BOOK! I think it is just magical and entertaining!

from Ukraine

10-stars

This is the book for eyes and heart to feast on!

from Sheffield

9-stars

Over 4 years on from this publication and I still find people are taking the books too seriously, at the end of the day, J Rowlings initial target audience was children. To create a series of books that can not only entertain and keep children interested, but also capture the imagination of millions of adults worldwide, is something that happens very rarely and should never be forgotten. But now for the matter of Deathly Hallows, I think certain people have been far too critical. I personally believe that the series was concluded excellently, many loose ends were tied and many unexpected twists were included in the plot. I would have perhaps liked Harry to have had some sort of special power in him to defeat Voldemort but maybe that would have been too cliche and easy to finish this story. I am overall still extremely satisfied at the end of Harry's adventure and I remain adamant that Rowling created an excellent conclusion and deserves all the plaudits she recieves and one day she will become Dame Joanne Rowling for her outstanding contritubion to British and Worldwide reading for young and old alike. Personally, J.K. Rowling is probably the only ever hero/heroin I have had in my life and I am eternally grateful for that.

from OAE

10-stars

Basically Harry Potter is a legend. JK Rowling, if you read this, you inspire me!!!

from Germany

4-stars

Well, I have read all 7 books. The beginning got me really enthustiastic. There was a tense build up of mystery, a child-hero with an arch nemesis, that once terrified the whole world. The fun kept on going until book 5. That is were Ms. Rowling had probably used most of her best ideas but still had to go on writing until book 7. Book 6 was kind of a slow read with a dramatic end. Book 7 really annoyed me. Without spoiling, I can tell how much the quest for the way to defeat this arch nemesis stretches. It is like couting down the pages until something of importance happens. Then we encounter some massive slaying of beloved/hated characters. The worst thing is the super sweet epilog, which even depraves the reader of some imagination on how it could continue after the final defeat. Still a great series, 1-3 are great, 4 is tense, 5 takes a first step towards boredom, 6 and 7 are bloated to severel hundreds of pages with only little story development.

from Australia

10-stars

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is AWESOME!!! I annoy everyone at school, talking about Harry Potter!

from U.S.

10-stars

@Anon I honestly think books 6 & 7 were the best from the series. Greatly written, as if planned out. Everything ends in a way that makes you think "Oh my gosh! I remember that happening!" If you think these 2 books are horrible especially 7, then you should not be reading or reviewing fatasy books because this book is the greatest book I've ever read.

from London

10-stars

This has to be the best book I've ever read. I loved it, the storyline is fantatic and my favourite character is Ginny Weasley, even from the first book. I'm so sad that the series has ended!!!!!!!!!! I love this book.

from US

7-stars

Well, I'm on chapter 10 right now and well - is the rest of the damn book good or not? Well, this is actually the first time I heard something bad about it, well I quess I should just read some more and find out myself...

from Thereabouts

5-stars

I might as well follow up my review of HPHBP with another review of the final book in this series. I just have to ask myself why people like this book so much? Nothing at all happens in the book. Basically you read about an extended camping trip, and Harry feeling sorry for himself. I honestly cant see how anyone enjoyed this at all. Finally we get to the grand ending.......and we get a Dues EX of all things. I will repeat to anyone who is new to the HP books, stop at book five and imagine your own ending to the series, as books 6 and 7 are truly terrible

from United States

10-stars

Best book ever, it helps wrap the sequel up well, and has many twists. I hope she writes one more book about Harry's future, but if not this is a good enough book to close out the best sequel ever.

9.2/10 from 33 reviews

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