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I was hesitant to start reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. After all, this is the last book in the ‘Harry Potter’ series. Is there anyone out there who really wanted it to end? I didn’t think I was prepared for it to be “over,” but in her seventh and final book of the series, J.K. Rowling provides a satisfying and hopeful conclusion.
The action starts just a few pages into the book and never stops. Deathly Hallows is a page-turner in every sense of the word. Enjoyably, Rowling brings back almost all the different characters and creatures introduced in the previous books for at least a cameo.
With little delay, Harry, Hermoine and Ron set out on the task set before them by Albus Dumbledore in the previous book: to find the hidden Horcruxes. The trio finds support in unexpected places, and the heroes sometimes come in surprising characters like Neville Longbottom, Molly Weasley (you go, girl!), and Dobby the House Elf.
Throughout the book, Rowling reveals Dumbledore’s past, Snape’s real intentions, and Voldemort’s vulnerabilities. There’s excitement, action, adventure, and even a little bit of romance. The extended, movable camping trip throughout the middle section of the book may be viewed as a little dull, but Rowling instills in the reader the sense of frustration the three main characters feel because they are making so little headway in their quest.
There’s absolutely no way to be critical of an author who has spawned a reading revolution among young people and adults alike. Rowling is a gifted writer who has created an exceptionally detailed world with engaging characters that so many have come to love. The ‘Harry Potter’ series is a classic coming-of-age story, and it seems fitting that folklore from Wizard-dom, the Deathly Hallows, comes to play such a big part in the final book.
There’s no doubt that the ‘Harry Potter’ books have joined the enduring tales that are part of the human culture. Despite the series’ end, it’s comforting to know that everything we love about fairy tales can all be found in this saga: that no matter how difficult our struggles, life goes on, and that good, in the end, will always triumph over evil.