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I remember when the Harry Potter books were first released here in the US in 1998 (renamed from the British Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to Sorcerer’s Stone) and it was enjoyable to watch this unknown author enjoy huge success. However, it was being marketed as a kid’s young adult book, so I was not remotely interested. It wasn’t until about six months after the 4th installment, Goblet of Fire, was published that I found myself reaching for the first in the series. I was hooked. I read all four that were available in less than a week and was waiting another two years before Order of the Phoenix arrived. All that introduction is to say that Rowling created an incredible universe that I thoroughly enjoyed and the Deathly Hallows was the perfect conclusion to what I feel is one heck of a fantasy/mystery series. And quite a mystery she spun for seven novels (in books that kept getting longer and more involved as time marched on). In this book Harry must confront the evil Voldemort, who has been continually gaining support in his bid to dominate everything. Harry’s friends and allies, notably members of the order of the Phoenix are with him almost every step of the way. Again, as she has done throughout the series, Rowling throws in twists and turns, making you think things are one way when they are, in fact, quite another. One of her strengths throughout has been character development and in Deathly Hallows all is revealed about the characters that readers have loved and loved to hate. When this book was released, shattering all sales records (with 15 million copies sold in the first 24 hours) I was one of those people that had to have it on the day of release. And, I am glad for that. I consumed the book in a bit over a day of non-stop voracious reading (759 pages). I highly recommend the entire series to anyone who enjoys fantasy but also to all those who relish a great mystery. Then watch all of the movies. Then read the series over again, like I just did. Check it out!

Amazon.com Review Readers beware. The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling’s spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart–such revelations, battles, and betrayals await in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that no fan will make it to the end unscathed. Luckily, Rowling has prepped loyal readers for the end of her series by doling out increasingly dark and dangerous tales of magic and mystery, shot through with lessons about honor and contempt, love and loss, and right and wrong. Fear not, you will find no spoilers in our review–to tell the plot would ruin the journey, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling’s fans have not yet seen, and are not likely to forget. But we would be remiss if we did not offer one small suggestion before you embark on your final adventure with Harry–bring plenty of tissues. The heart of Book 7 is a hero’s mission–not just in Harry’s quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man–and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. Attentive readers would do well to remember Dumbledore’s warning about making the choice between “what is right and what is easy,” and know that Rowling applies the same difficult principle to the conclusion of her series. While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Dumbledore, Snape, and you-know-who, it is a testament to Rowling’s skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise. A spectacular finish to a phenomenal series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a bittersweet read for fans. The journey is hard, filled with events both tragic and triumphant, the battlefield littered with the bodies of the dearest and despised, but the final chapter is as brilliant and blinding as a phoenix’s flame, and fans and skeptics alike will emerge from the confines of the story with full but heavy hearts, giddy and grateful for the experience. –Daphne Durham Visit the Harry Potter Store Our Harry Potter Store features all things Harry, including books, audio CDs and cassettes, DVDs, soundtracks, games, and more. Begin at the Beginning Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Hardcover Paperback Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHardcoverPaperback Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanHardcoverPaperback Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireHardcoverPaperback Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixHardcoverPaperback Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceHardcoverPaperback Why We Love Harry Favorite Moments from the SeriesThere are plenty of reasons to love Rowling’s wildly popular series–no doubt you have several dozen of your own. Our list features favorite moments, characters, and artifacts from the first five books. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive (what we love about Harry could fill ten books!) and does not include any of the spectacular revelatory moments that would spoil the books for those (few) who have not read them. Enjoy. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone * Harry’s first trip to the zoo with the Dursleys, when a boa constrictor winks at him. * When the Dursleys’ house is suddenly besieged by letters for Harry from Hogwarts. Readers learn how much the Dursleys have been keeping from Harry. Rowling does a wonderful job in displaying the lengths to which Uncle Vernon will go to deny that magic exists. * Harry’s first visit to Diagon Alley with Hagrid. Full of curiosities and rich with magic and marvel, Harry’s first trip includes a trip to Gringotts and Ollivanders, where Harry gets his wand (holly and phoenix feather) and discovers yet another connection to He-Who-Must-No-Be-Named. This moment is the reader’s first full introduction to Rowling’s world of witchcraft and wizards.* Harry’s experience with the Sorting Hat. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets * The de-gnoming of the Weasleys’ garden. Harry discovers that even wizards have chores–gnomes must be grabbed (ignoring angry protests “Gerroff me! Gerroff me!”), swung about (to make them too dizzy to come back), and tossed out of the garden–this delightful scene highlights Rowling’s clever and witty genius. * Harry’s first experience with a Howler, sent to Ron by his mother. * The Dueling Club battle between Harry and Malfoy. Gilderoy Lockhart starts the Dueling Club to help students practice spells on each other, but he is not prepared for the intensity of the animosity between Harry and Draco. Since they are still young, their minibattle is innocent enough, including tickling and dancing charms. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban * Ron’s attempt to use a telephone to call Harry at the Dursleys’. * Harry’s first encounter with a Dementor on the train (and just about any other encounter with Dementors). Harry’s brush with the Dementors is terrifying and prepares Potter fans for a darker, scarier book. * Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s behavior in Professor Trelawney’s Divination class. Some of the best moments in Rowling’s books occur when she reminds us that the wizards-in-training at Hogwarts are, after all, just children. Clearly, even at a school of witchcraft and wizardry, classes can be boring and seem pointless to children. * The Boggart lesson in Professor Lupin’s classroom. * Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s knock-down confrontation with Snape. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire * Hermione’s disgust at the reception for the veela (Bulgarian National Team Mascots) at the Quidditch World Cup. Rowling’s fourth book addresses issues about growing up–the dynamic between the boys and girls at Hogwarts starts to change. Nowhere is this more plain than the hilarious scene in which magical cheerleaders nearly convince Harry and Ron to jump from the stands to impress them. * Viktor Krum’s crush on Hermione–and Ron’s objection to it. * Malfoy’s “Potter Stinks” badge. * Hermione’s creation of S.P.E.W., the intolerant bigotry of the Death Eaters, and the danger of the Triwizard Tournament. Add in the changing dynamics between girls and boys at Hogwarts, and suddenly Rowling’s fourth book has a weight and seriousness not as present in early books in the series. Candy and tickle spells are left behind as the students tackle darker, more serious issues and take on larger responsibilities, including the knowledge of illegal curses. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix * Harry’s outburst to his friends at No. 12 Grimmauld Place. A combination of frustration over being kept in the dark and fear that he will be expelled fuels much of Harry’s anger, and it all comes out at once, directly aimed at Ron and Hermione. Rowling perfectly portrays Harry’s frustration at being too old to shirk responsibility, but too young to be accepted as part of the fight that he knows is coming. * Harry’s detention with Professor Umbridge. Rowling shows her darker side, leading readers to believe that Hogwarts is no longer a safe haven for young wizards. Dolores represents a bureaucratic tyrant capable of real evil, and Harry is forced to endure their private battle of wills alone. * Harry and Cho’s painfully awkward interactions. Rowling clearly remembers what it was like to be a teenager. * Harry’s Occlumency lessons with Snape. * Dumbledore’s confession to Harry. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince * The introduction of the Horcrux. * Molly Weasley asking Arthur Weasley about his “dearest ambition.” Rowling has always been great at revealing little intriguing bits about her characters at a time, and Arthur’s answer “to find out how airplanes stay up” reminds us about his obsession with Muggles.* Harry’s private lessons with Dumbledore, and more time spent with the fascinating and dangerous pensieve, arguably one of Rowling’s most ingenious inventions.* Fred and George Weasley’s Joke Shop, and the slogan: “Why Are You Worrying About You-Know-Who? You Should Be Worrying About U-NO-POO–the Constipation Sensation That’s Gripping the Nation!”* Luna’s Quidditch commentary. Rowling created scores of Luna Lovegood fans with hilarious and bizarre commentary from the most unlikely Quidditch commentator.* The effects of Felix Felicis. Magic, Mystery, and Mayhem: A Conversation with J.K. Rowling “I am an extraordinarily lucky person, doing what I love best in the world. I’m sure that I will always be a writer. It was wonderful enough just to be published. The greatest reward is the enthusiasm of the readers.” –J.K. Rowling Find out more about Harry’s creator in our exclusive interview with J.K. Rowling. Did You Know? The Little White Horse was J.K. Rowling’s favorite book as a child. Jane Austen is Rowling’s favorite author. Roddy Doyle is Rowling’s favorite living writer. A Few Words from Mary GrandPré “When I illustrate a cover or a book, I draw upon what the author tells me; that’s how I see my responsibility as an illustrator. J.K. Rowling is very descriptive in her writing–she gives an illustrator a lot to work with. Each story is packed full of rich visual descriptions of the atmosphere, the mood, the setting, and all the different creatures and people. She makes it easy for me. The images just develop as I sketch and retrace until it feels right and matches her vision.” Check out more Harry Potter art from illustrator Mary GrandPré. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged by J.K. Rowling (Author) Review

A wonderful series of stories about a young wizard, his education, friends and adventures. There must be very few people who have not heard of Harry, Ron and Hermione, Lord Voldemorte, or the amazing Albus Dumbledor. This series is a classic example of a coming-of-age story about a young person who must learn how to deal with life and difficulties from an early age. The stories are written to capture the interest of the younger reader, with stories that recount classrooms, meals, and the disregard of rules. It’s also a series that the reading adult can find much interest in as well. Be warned, these stories start out with adventures, but because of the nature of the theme, get darker and more involved as time passes and Harry gains in age, education and ability. But the stories reflect what is best in all of us and should be read with that expectation. In this outing Harry and his friends must deal with an escaped convict, an endangered hippogriff and dementors. Of course the Dursleys start things out and Draco Malfoy has a hand in the goings-on as well. How will Harry, Ron and Hermione finally save the day? -Read Reviews-

I just realized that I haven’t reviewed this book yet. Without reading one other review, I know that there are people who will sum this book up much better than I. But I will say this. I was at the book release in Oak Park for book 7, hosted by Mugglenet. The looks on the faces of the kids reflected my own, in their hopes for how it might end. We all had amazing expectations. J.K. Rowling’s writing somehow exceeded our unworldly dreams. Book 7 contains a few surprises that I won’t spoil here. I will, however, repeat my favorite thing about J.K. ‘s writing; previous things that seemed unimportant become important. The complex relationship between the three main characters is rewarded in all of the best ways. There is one scene that makes me weep every time I read it, for its bravery. There are quotes that you will use as wise touchstones for your life. You’ll be moved by sorrow, reminded of real life evil, and never want to put down the book. There is humility, love, nobility, sacrifice, humor, and joy. I’m a writer. I hate most fiction, because I keep thinking: I could write this better. J.K. Rowling had a lot to live up to when she created characters that I fell in love with. She honors them with this book.

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