Sarah's Stars

J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Bloomsbury/Raincoast  $45.00  ISBN 978-1-55192-976-7  607 pg.
Reviewed by Meghan Age 15

Fear not HP fans, no spoilers are contained in this review!

Everything seemed fuzzy, slow. Harry and Hermione jumped to their feet and drew their wands. Many people were only just realizing that something strange had happened; heads were still turning towards the silver cat as it vanished. Silence spread outwards in cold ripples from the place where the Patronus had landed. Then somebody screamed. Harry and Hermione threw themselves into the panicking crowd. Guests were sprinting in all directions; many were Disapparating; the protective enchantments around The Burrow had broken.

The seventh and final Harry Potter book has been eagerly awaited by fans across the world. And it will not disappoint. In an interview a while ago, J.K. Rowling said of the seventh book, “some will love it and some will loathe it,” and it’s true. When I started the seventh book, I wasn’t sure if I was going to finish the book and hate J.K. Rowling for the rest of my life, or if she would be able to pull off a happy ending. I am proud to report that although parts of the book were devastating (I admit that I cried) the ending was, for the most part, happy. And the final novel in her best-selling series just goes to show what a genius J.K. Rowling is.

As a reader it doesn’t become clear to you how much foreshadowing J.K. Rowling has put into her books until you read the final HP volume. And as you are reading it you say, “O.M.G.! I never realized how important that was!” But every little detail was important and as you read, it all becomes clear. Ms. Rowling has captured the world with her brilliant series and although the last book has brought the story of Harry Potter to a close, it is a series that will continue to delight readers for years to come. The seventh book was just as good as the first six. It had as many laughs, as much adventure and as wonderful a storyline as the rest of the series. And although there may be a few more tears shed over the pages of this last book, I think it will be just as beloved by fans as the first six books were.

I recommend that you read the book twice, once to find out what happens, and then the second time to go back and absorb the import of all that has happened. It will help a lot. There is death within the seventh HP book, but although it hurts, the rest of the story goes a long way towards assuaging that pain. I would warn some parents who will no doubt have read the books to their children that some kids will have a hard time understanding. I cried when I read it, and I’m fifteen. I would advise parents whose children are strongly attached to these books to wait a while before letting your kids read it. Otherwise be prepared to deal with a grief-stricken child.

The last thing I would like to say will only make sense to other readers who have already finished the book. I loved Ms. Rowling’s little addition at the end. With the future looking bright, somehow it doesn’t make the pain in the past seem so bad.

Meghan awards Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows five brilliant stars, but would give more if she were allowed!

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