Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-07 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 58 user ratings


So, I've never reviewed this before, because, what can you say about it?! I bought it at a midnight release party, devoured it, and knew that I loved it.

But now that I've spent the last couple of weeks reading it aloud to my son, I understand why I loved it so much. Does anyone fully appreciate the scope of what Rowling did with this book? She spent years upon years, and six other books building a world and populating it with characters, and then she BROUGHT IT AND THEM ALL TOGETHER. Spells, tools, people, events, that had been sprinkled throughout the other six books were now smoothly woven together into this last great battle. And yes, they spend a lot of time camping, but as Harry says to Ron, "Did you think we'd be finding a Horcrux a day?" No, I didn't, or at least I hoped that they wouldn't, because that would have been too pat, too unrealistic. Instead, they had to search, they had to learn, they had to struggle, and be bored, and be lost, and then find what they needed. The Ron-Harry-Hermione friendship is tested, and found to be unbreakable. Ron and Hermione's relationship moves forward, Harry has time to reflect on his life, the people who have helped him, what his future might hold.

And I loved it. I loved the moments of solemn reflection. I loved the testing of loyalties, revelations about the youth of Dumbledore and Snape (and if you don't bawl like a baby reading about Snape's memories, YOU HAVE NO SOUL!), Lily and even Petunia. There are no throwaway characters in Rowling's world, yet it isn't just some endless catalogue of: And Dean did this, and Neville did this . . . Everything is part of one whole, beautiful story. The Weasleys continue to show their strength and love for Harry (and if you don't cry when Percy shows up, or when Fred . . . you know . . . YOU HAVE NO SOUL!), Neville proves that he is his parents' son, and a true Gryffindor . . . and in short, there are so many stand up and cheer moments that I couldn't sit still while I was reading it. Of course, there are many, many tragedies, but after each tragedy, a moment of triumph to balance it, for which I say:

Thank you, J. K. Rowling, for creating one of the best, most magical series for children of all time. Thank you for giving us Harry, Ron, Hermione, Fred and George, Ginny and Luna, and so many wonderful moments.

And thank you, most of all, for not screwing up the grand finale.

Best. Series ender. Ever.

2017: Reread to the kids. First time for daughter (age 8). Managed to keep it mostly together through the end, had to have the 12yo read Molly's fight with Bellatrix and the last couple of paragraphs.
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4+ out of 5 stars to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and supposedly final book in 2007 by J.K. Rowling. But then "Cursed Child" came out last year... so is a series really over? Not in our hearts and minds, my friends... neither shall this one be... and although I considered spending a huge part of today drafting a very thorough review of Harry Potter, my instincts kicked in and told me not to do so... instead, let's meet up and talk about it somewhere if you want to get into the details. I literally don't have the ability to write everything I am thinking about when it comes to these books... and I wrote my first novel in less than 3 months with not a stitch of writer's block.

Sometimes things just flow out of your creativity and into the world's waiting and willing hands. And that's exactly what's happened with the HP book series. It's the kind of book where you can read it at any age and feel a deep connection. You can re-read it and watch the movie all in the same day and never be bored or feel the need to do anything else. When HP movies are running on TV back-to-back over a weekend, I always catch a few of them.

These characters are wonderful. The plot is just brilliant. And in this last book, when all the surprises burst from within our own little goblet of fire, we find true nirvana in a set of books unlike any other. From drama to shock, sadness to beauty, Deathly Hallows re-invents the construct of an emotional roller-coaster. Whether you read the whole series or just picked up the last one, you feel the power inside the text... especially when you consider it all started with an innocent and scared little boy who lived under the stairs at 4 Privet Drive.

We are all Harry Potter at one point in our lives or during the course of his life. Could be when you were a child searching for someone to love you, or it may be now as an adult looking back on the differences you faced in the eyes of good versus evil. Whatever the connection is, you'll feel it until you are no more... and while this may seem like an exaggeration or a rather ethereal point of view... one thing I know is true:

We all make the exact same face when we hear or think of anything to do with his amazing story: there's a brief pause, our lips curl, our eyes roll back a little as we shut out lids, our breath thins out towards the back of our throat, and our hearts all decide it's OK to stop beating for just that 1 second. And in our collective sigh of "I love Harry Potter" exclamations, we are all for once, connected by a shared intense feeling that might be strong enough to fuel the world's future.

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"It was September 1998; the third Harry Potter book had just been released. Pottermania? What's that? It was still unknown except to a vast population of younglings who'd read it... and I fell in love. Oh, how I fell in love. I fell in love with the poor, starved-for-affection, later known to be a twit Harry. I fell in love with the pretentious know-it-all Hermione. I fell in love with the awkward, grew-up-in-his-brother's-shadows Ron... and most of all? I fell in love with the snarky, unplatable, snarling, rude, hygienically-disinclined professor of potions, Severus Snape.

Almost ten years later, I'm still obsessed with it in many ways.

This is the Seventh Book. This is the end of Harry Potter. I cried, I wept, I laughed, sometimes quite hysterically. And overall? I loved it. I loved Ron's humour, Harry's angst, Hermione's smarts, Snape's devotion, Dumbledore's love, Percy's return, Dobby's sacrifice, the change of Kreacher, absolutely everything. I kept waiting and waiting to be disappointed and yes, I was disappointed on the occasion, but the thrill far outweighed the flaws.

As for Snape? One of the characters I fell absolutely in love with? THIS IS A HUGE SPOILER.







Snape dies. He dies working for Dumbledore. He dies, looking into Harry's eyes. He dies because for the last thirty years of his life, he has loved Lily Evans and everything he has done and everything he sacrificed was for her. His death provoked a number of emotions in me and one of the major ones was utter, utter grief. He's been abused and used his whole life, whether by his parents, by his classmates, by Voldemort, by Dumbledore, and I felt such freaking anger that in the end, he wasn't even given the proper funeral that he totally deserved. In the book itself, it made sense, because whatever Snape did for the Greater Good, he was still a bastard. But as a reader, my heart broke into ittybitty pieces over him.

There were tons of other things going on at the same time. I say, Rowling is an excellent action scene writer. I'm terrible at writing action that's vivid and engaging, but she managed to do it.

Harry himself lives. But he's been forever scarred by his experience. And that, actually, is one of the best parts of his book. He was such an arse in books 5 and 6, and to have this mature young man emerge was one of the greatest joys in this series. I was so, so, so happy that he got the happiness he wanted. The ending was much WTF? for me, since it was like a SOOPER HAPPILY EVER AFTER ending, but at the same time... Harry is finally happy and that means a great deal to me.

Well. Harry, I've been a fan for almost ten years and in those ten years, you've made me laugh, cry, scream, whoop, run around, obsess, tender, hard, awesome and about a million other things. I've watched you grow from a scared, unsure first year into a hopeful young man in the third and fourth, an angsty teen in the fifth and sixth, and in the seventh? You came full circle and you were as your parents were. Happy, with children of your own. You changed so much and it felt like I had grown up partly with you, though I was but fourteen years old when I read you.

I love all of the characters, I love all the books, and well?

R.I.P. Severus Snape. You'll be missed. Same with you, Fred, Dobby, Lupin, Tonks, Moody, Colin, Scrimgoeur, Bellatrix, Peter, yes, even Voldemort. A lifetime has passed and HP is going to be one of those books that'll stay with me forever.

So... peace out, Harry! You deserve out!
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" Lo que lloré con este libro no tiene nombre!!!! Todavía no puedo creer todo lo que pasó, nunca imagine que los personajes terminaran como terminaron, me dolió el corazón con muchas escenas. Totalmente inesperado y lleno de acción.Amé toda esta saga! Reseña Completa: " said.

"And so it comes to a close, this amazing series, with a battle royal. Which of our most loved and most loathed characters will survive? Which side will prevail? What secrets will be revealed in this final episode? The Harry Potter series is one of the triumphs not only of modern marketing but of contemporary literature. While the danger in any series exists that the joy of newness has rubbed off, Rowling keeps us interested by offering continued mystery, diversity, characters we can relate to and a palette of literary reference that gives resonance to her creation. You will cry at the end, but those tears may be because there will be no more Harry Potter books to read...well, for a while anyway. " said.

" Harry Potter changed my life. If I hadn’t read Harry Potter when I did I would not be the same person today. What I am today, in a part is due to Harry. I cannot really say enough to make you understand how much Harry Potter means to me. The copy I own is not signed by J. K. Rowling but it is signed by Daniel Radcliffe! " said.

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I started the Harry Potter audio books at the end of August 2016. It took me a little over 4 months to listen to them all (I fit a few others in-between) but I’m so happy I finally finished. If you haven’t read them before, or you’re a long time fan looking for a re-read I can’t recommend the audio books enough. Jim Dale does a fantastic job with the narration. I can see myself going back one day and listening to them all over again!

Now to the final book of the series: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The book begins with Harry, Ron and Hermione on the run doing the task that Dumbledore gave Harry. To be honest, the first part of the book (and by first part, I mean the first 70-80% or so) was a little slow for me. There were exciting things to pop up here and there, but a lot of it was slow. Then the last few hours of the audiobook happened. I’ve gotta say, once this trio got back to Hogwarts, the ending was epic. There were moments of sorrow, moments that made me laugh, smile, cry… it was very emotional (view spoiler)" said.


“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows literally touched the deepest part of my heart. This book has many layers and each one was refined by the smartest author I've ever known. J.K. Rowling always has a plan, she never threw anything into her books without thinking it first. In this case, I think she planned the ending of this book since she started writing for sure, and every point she emphasized in HP 7 was unfaltering and made me believe that it's a pure diamond when she ended her story with an epic score.

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

Harry, Ron and Hermione prove themselves that they're just ordinary humans. They bicker. They argue each other. They make the sly plan. Importantly, they get to know how to forgive and forget, that's all that matters.

“We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”

This book is EVERYTHING. It became much more than just a fiction for me. It had its voice and when it whispered in my ears, I literally believed that there was magic in this world. Each chapter made me strong and wanted to be someone better. Each character epitomized a different kind of person. This book doesn't deserve five stars review, it's beyond measure and a thousand stars are not even enough.

Albus Severus," Harry said quietly, so that nobody but Ginny could hear, and she was tactful enough to pretend to be waving to Rose, who was now on the train, "you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.”

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