Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Clocking in at roughly 11 days reading time, the entire Harry Potter series.  I’ve enjoyed the series as a whole, but we’ll get to that in another post (that I’ll probably put up shortly after this one).  This review is for the last book on its own, so here we go.

Book Stats

759 pages


7th (and final) book in the Harry Potter series (sequel to Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, and Half-Blood Prince)


If you don’t know the characters by this book, you’re never going to.  Nevertheless, the characters are away from Hogwarts this time as Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their search for Voldemort’s Horcuxes.  While looking for them, the characters are under extreme stress as anything that they do could potentially lead to their deaths as Voldemort has taken over the ministry of magic.  Even though they aren’t technically fully trained wizards, their ingenuity gets them out of some pretty hairy situations in interesting ways.


2/3 to 3/4 of the book is actually away from Hogwarts this time, but while the characters are all traipsing across England, there’s not really a whole lot new from the magic side of the world.  One of the interesting parts is “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” that Hermione receives from Dumbledore’s will.  While we’re only shown one tale from the book, it works well to give a lot more weight to the history of the magic world, which is nice.


This book is all about the search for the Horcruxes as well as the final showdown with Voldemort.  To me, the plot was one of the problems for this book, while I enjoyed the last 1/3 of the book immensely, getting there wasn’t easy.  As the previous books all included more and more characters it was irritating for the first part of this book to only have the 3 main characters, especially as they went through some of the same kinds of infighting that they went through in earlier books.  The first 1/3 of the book was setup that needed to be there, but the middle 1/3 of the book could have been trimmed and the pace sped up to create a much tighter book all around.


It was interesting to see the storyline finally resolve, and it’s always wonderful to see some of the characters from the previous books, especially how they have changed throughout the course of the series.  All that being said, the book has some problems.  In the end it overcomes many of these problems to create a worthwhile conclusion to a wonderful overall story.

Overall Grade

Not the greatest ending that I’ve ever read, but a fitting conclusion.


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