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Book Thoughts: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows (J K Rowling)

I am feeling good after finishing the series

★★★★★★☆

Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Author: J K Rowling
Genre: Fiction / Young Adult / Fantasy
First published: 2007
Edition: Hardback, published by Bloomsbury in 2007

Harry has been burdened with a dark, dangerous and seemingly impossible task: that of locating and destroying Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes. Never has Harry felt so alone, or faced a future so full of shadows. But Harry must somehow find within himself the strength to complete the task he has been given. He must leave the warmth, safety and companionship of The Burrow and follow without fear or hesitation the inexorable path laid out for him.

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I actually have quite mixed feelings about this final book in the Harry Potter series. Did I like it? Yes, definitely. Do I wish something were handled differently? Also yes. But you know what, after finishing this series I feel happy and that’s all that counts.

It was good to finally read this book and finish out the series. I had seen the movie a few years back, but I really hardly remembered any of it, apart from a particular beach scene. So reading the book felt fresh and unspoiled. As far as final books in series go, it’s good. I liked it. There some bits that do not make all that much sense, but that’s a ‘Harry Potter thing’ I have come to accept and as long as you don’t think all that hard about it, it really does not matter that much. It did not take that much away from my enjoyment anyway.

I do feel that this book was longer than it could have been and it dragged in places. Never for that long, but I definitely noticed it when my attention started drifting.

There were some plot points I really enjoyed, but sometimes the writing felt ‘holey’. Something would happen that had a big impact on Harry emotionally and then it wouldn’t get mentioned again. Clearly it was a plot device and was now over and done with. That did annoy me a bit. I am aware I am not the target audience and I expect much more from my plot design than the target audience would.

In the end, I rated this one purely on how much I enjoyed it and to be honest I enjoyed it quite a bit. I had a big smile on my face after finishing it and that is what matters. Maybe I am rating it a little higher than I should, but it’s the last book in a series I really enjoyed overall and I like what it did for the most part (apart from the epilogue bit, which was a bit random).

6 out of 7 stars

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