Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
(Book 7)

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27 Critic Reviews

...J. K. Rowling has created a world as fully detailed as L. Frank Baum’s Oz or J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, a world so minutely imagined in terms of its history and rituals and rules that it qualifies as an alternate universe...
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Synopsis

It all comes down to this - a final faceoff between good and evil. You plan to pull out all the stops, but every time you solve one mystery, three more evolve. Do you stay the course you started, despite your lack of progress? Do you detour and follow a new lead that may not help? Do you listen to your instincts, or your friends?

Lord Voldemort is preparing for battle and so must Harry. With Ron and Hermione at his side, he's trying to hunt down Voldemort's Horcruxes, escape danger at every turn, and find a way to defeat evil once and for all. How does it all end? Find out in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

 

About J. K. Rowling

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J. K. (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling was born in Gloucestershire, U. K. on July 31, 1965. Rowling attended Tutshill Primary and then went on to Wyedean Comprehensive where she was made Head Girl in her final year. She received a degree in French from Exeter University. She later took some teaching classes at Moray House Teacher Training College and a teacher-training course in Manchester, England. This extensive education created a perfect foundation to spark the Harry Potter series that Rowling is renowned for. After college, Rowling moved to London to work for Amnesty International, where she researched human rights abuses in Francophone Africa, and worked as a bilingual secretary. In 1992, Rowling quit office work to move to Portugal and teach English as a Second Language. There she met and married her husband, a Portuguese TV journalist. But the marriage dissolved soon after the birth of their daughter. It was after her stint teaching in Portugal that Rowling began to write the premise for Harry Potter. She returned to Britain and settled in Edinburgh to be near her sister, and attempted to at least finish her book, before looking for another teaching job. Rowling was working as a French teacher when her book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in June of 1997 and was an overnight sensation. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone won the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year, was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award, and received a Commended citation in the Carnegie Medal awards. She also received 8,000 pounds from the Scottish Arts Council, which contributed to the finishing touches on The Chamber of Secrets. Rowling continued on to win the Smarties Book Prize three years in a row, the only author ever to do so. At the Bologna Book Fair, Arthur Levine from Scholastic Books, bought the American rights to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for the unprecedented amount of $105,000.00. The book was retitled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for it's American release, and proceeded to top the Best Seller's lists for children's and adult books. The American edition won Best of the Year in the School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Parenting Magazine and the Cooperative Children's Book Center. It was also noted as an ALA Notable Children's Book as well as Number One on the Top Ten of ALA's Best Books for Young Adults. The Harry Potter Series consists of seven books, one for each year of the main character's attendance at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. All of the books in the series have been made into successful movies. She has also written Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Rowling's first novel for an adult audience,The Casual Vacancy, was published by Little Brown in September 2012.
 
Published December 8, 2015 by Pottermore from J.K. Rowling. 316 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction
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All: 27 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 9

NY Times

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Reviewed by Christopher Hitchens on Aug 12 2007

The repeated tactic of deus ex machina (without a deus) has a deplorable effect on both the plot and the dialogue. The need for Rowling to play catch-up with her many convolutions infects her characters as well.

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Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Jul 19 2007

...J. K. Rowling has created a world as fully detailed as L. Frank Baum’s Oz or J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, a world so minutely imagined in terms of its history and rituals and rules that it qualifies as an alternate universe...

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Guardian

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Reviewed by eleanorreads2 on Jan 13 2015

What I think is most magical about the writing is its ability to grasp anybody, no matter what age, and turn them into a bookworm. They simply cannot put it down. There is not a page with a dull moment. I think a big contributor to this is chapter length.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Catherine Bennett on Jul 27 2007

...the book's resounding melancholy may derive from something simpler. Whatever happens in the last of these brilliant adventures may matter less, for the millions of children who grew up with Harry Potter, than the end of his companionship and with it, the end of their childhood.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by John Mullan on Jul 20 2007

Rowling has done her damnedest to round up events and minor characters from all the earlier books. Her child fans are notorious for their delight in Potter-trivia, and Rowling has conscientiously done justice to their intricate knowledge of her earlier books.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Catherine Bennett on Jul 28 2007

Equally enchanting for younger readers, Rowling appears genuinely to like and respect children, to cherish them, almost, for their moods, faltering courtships...

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Bonnie on Jul 26 2007

So when I am asked about Deathly Hallows, what do I say? What stays with me? Is it the adverbs and the cloying epilogue? Or is it the way Harry grew up, the way Rowling made me cry, the answers that were there all along in a careful reading? The books could never have ended any other way.

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Reviewed by Natalie Bennett on Jul 22 2007

So Deathly Hallows is great fun, gripping reading, I didn't regret the two hours in the cold it took me to obtain it, and it should make a great action movie.

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Reviewed by Chris Holmes on Jul 22 2007

Despite the unfortunately tacked-on epilogue (or in spite of it), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows stands as a worthy coda to what will prove to be one of the most enduring literary creations ever. A worthwhile journey indeed.

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Reviewed by Marty Dodge on Jul 21 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is probably not Rowling's best book in the series and adults might find it to be a bit thin at times. It reads a bit rushed, and there are some spelling errors and plot glitches.

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Reviewed by Marty Dodge on Jul 21 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is probably not Rowling's best book in the series...But taken as a whole series, Rowling has done something only few other authors like Tolkien have done. She has created a series of books that can be read by child and adult alike...

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Tina Jordan on Aug 01 2009

Think about the kids who'll come to Harry Potter already knowing the ending, I said. It won't make the books any less great, but it will change the whole experience. You were the lucky ones.

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Bestsellersworld

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Reviewed by WOODSTOCK on Feb 07 2015

What impressed me most as I read is Rowling’s skill at characterization...In a very real sense Rowling has made him grow up before our eyes, and yet kept him real and recognizable from book to book... Readers will reach the final pages with a sigh of regret that it is over too soon.

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Teen Reads

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Reviewed by Colleen Christi on Jul 21 2007

In addition to the ever-deepening emotional maturity of its main character, THE DEATHLY HALLOWS also offers quite a few nail-biting battle scenes and more than one narrow escape.

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National Review Online

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Reviewed by Thomas S. Hibbs on Jul 23 2007

Rowling insists on making this book a kind of comprehensive retelling of the previous six books. That means numerous references to previous plots, to significant places and objects, and to characters. Happily for devotees of the earlier books, the references pay off rather handsomely...

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New York Magazine

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Reviewed by Sam Anderson on Aug 06 2007

As for plot, there’s a Mission Impossible–style break-in at the Ministry of Magic and a never-ending camping trip featuring some heavy Lord of the Rings plagiarism and innumerable action sequences in which everyone screams, “No! No! NO! NOOOOOOO!”

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Teen Ink

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on May 16 2014

This books pacing is according to the events and how much action there is in that particular scene.There are some parts that go slowly because there is little action and there is some that goes by really fast because of all the action and excitement.

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Reviewed by Erik B on May 12 2014

When you do choose to read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows make sure that your next couple days are free, because you won’t be going anywhere or doing anything else until you finish it.

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Reviewed by Ryan Arciero on Aug 10 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a great book to read for all ages because it completes the Harry Potter franchise with the characters readers have come to love, and for its satisfying conclusion.

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Reviewed by Megan Swaine on Jul 25 2007

I saw a lot of growth in Rowling's writing in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- her writing was more contemplative, her metaphors deeper, and her themes and archetypes a lot more philosophical.

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Book Review Circle

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Reviewed by Namratha Kumar on May 12 2014

It is a fabulous treat for all, who, as J.K.Rowling puts it in her epigraph, "stuck with Harry until the very end".

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Reviewed by AlyseG on May 03 2014

...the book palpably pulses with a sense of growth and maturity, which could not be expressed without the final length of the novel. Nay-Sayers would do well to work their way through the previous books just to make it to this final piece as it defines the entire series with a fierce and energetic force.

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SF Reviews

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on May 12 2014

A literary event that has secured its immortality in the genre to stand alongside Tolkien, Lewis, Susan Cooper, and a small handful of other giants, has come to a close worthy of its legacy. Fans may find the experience of this book shocking, exhausting...but also uplifting, hopeful, and deeply missed once it's over.

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Reviewed by You(th) on Mar 28 2014

They get into a lot of trouble during their first years experience. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys magic,adventure,and action. You can always expect to see evil or an enemy at the end of the book.

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on May 12 2014

Newcomers, those who have followed Harry from the outset, and curious adult readers will find little to complain about here...

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Reviewed by Kate on Oct 21 2014

The Deathly Hallows is the strongest of the seven Harry Potter novels, which really impressed me. It is a spectacular multi-episode ending for the series, and ties up loose ends in beautiful, logical endings...This is a marvellous novel. I recommend the whole series.

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Reviewed by Angeline Wang on Aug 03 2007

As a whole, Deathly Hallows does what it sets out to do: it provides a fitting conclusion for one of history’s most popular series of children’s books.

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