Back of the Book:
Harry is waiting in 4 Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing—if they can. But what will Harry do then? How can he fulfil the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him?
From School Library Journal:
In this concluding volume, Rowling brings together the themes and characters familiar to her readers, providing thrills both expected and unexpected. Harry, Ron, and Hermione set out on the mission left to Harry by Albus Dumbledore, to search for the remaining Horcruxes, the hidden pieces of Voldemort’s soul that must be destroyed to ensure his final defeat. Harry and his friends find themselves fugitives, but help comes from unexpected quarters and old friends. Harry is also searching for the truth about Dumbledore’s life, as he tries to reconcile rumors about the man’s past with the heroic headmaster he thought he knew. The legend of the Deathly Hallows, three magical objects that have the power to overcome death, proves to be related to Dumbledore’s past as well as the present conflict. While the plot wanders somewhat on its way there, the final battle with Voldemort, involving a full range of friends and foes, is Rowling at her finest. The headstrong plot involves clues and characters from all of the volumes, building on details and tying up loose ends. An underlying message about the power of truth and redemption is reflected in a range of characters, combining with mythic allusions to give depth to the series as a whole. Hallows continues the darker tone of Half-Blood Prince, and there’s no Quidditch to be found here, though there are comic moments. Fans of the series will devour this lengthy tome and will be left hoping for more tales from this fully fleshed out fantastic world.
Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI
Format Read: real book
The very worst thing about this book is a toss up between Fred’s death and Snapes’s death. I couldn’t read for almost half an hour because I was crying so hard when Fred died. I know, I’m a crybaby, but I loved Fred and George and their banter. “But we’re not stupid — we know we’re called Gred and Forge.” :-) As for Snape’s death… I cried and cried and then cried even harder when we saw his memories. I still cry at those scenes no matter how many times I read them. Good job, Mrs. Rowling, on the writing. You are a true master.
The very best thing about this book is Snape, Snape, Snape, Snape, Snape, Snape, Snape!!!! I can’t say it enough! SNAPE! If any character Rowling has ever written is to survive time, let it be Severus Snape!! Please, let it be Severus Snape! </end fan-girl-sounding cheer>
I think I’m cheating on the Harry Potter challenge because I wasn’t supposed to read this book until July, but I read “Order of the Phoenix” at the end of May followed almost immediately by “Half-Blood Prince” at the very beginning of this month and I couldn’t help myself. I finished “Deathly Hallows” before I remembered that I was supposed to wait. Whoops? :-D