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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (edition 2009)

by J.K. Rowling

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Title:Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Authors:J.K. Rowling
Info:Arthur A. Levine Books (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 784 pages
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Brilliant series with the rare capacity to appeal to children and adults. Going back to the first book after the last reveals how far ahead Rowling thought out her seven volume plot. After the first two, each new volume was awaited impatiently and if someone in the house laid it down by mistake, it was snapped up. By the fifth, we were buying two copies so that no one had to wait long (there are six readers in the house).

Update: the second reading was better than the first...if she never wrote anything again, it would be enough ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows is during Harry's 7th year, but he doesn't go to Hogwarts (not at first). The book starts at the Malfoy's mansion, when two Death Eaters Apparate, or teleport (Dispparation is what when you or someone else teleports to somewhere else, Apparation is appearing at the destination), to the mansion, when they see each other they point there wands at the other until they recognize each other, and they both have news for there boss. When they go inside to where everyone is, they see a person turning above the table, their boss tells them they are somewhat late. When they sit down the two people tell their boss, Overmodest, their news, one tells him that Harry will leave his house on his birthday, the other tells him that the other is wrong and Harry is leaving early, on a different date, and will be escorted by Aurors. Voldemort had after that asked everyone there for a favor, to kill Harry Potter he needed a different wand. He took Lucius Malfoy's wand to use and and got everyone's attention on the person above the table. He identified the person as a Hogwarts professor, and he set his snake to kill the professor. Then at the Dursley's house, Harry is at his room preparing to leave, when the Dursleys leave, Aurors and friends of Harry come, and Mad-eye Moody explains there was a change of plans. Harry can't Apparate without the Ministry knowing, and Voldemort took over the Ministry with a person under the Imperius Curse, that alows control over some living thing that it was cast at. To protect Harry's location, there will be 7 Harry's, Harry and 6 people there that took a Polyjuice Potion to look like Harry. When they leave, they have a surprise! Voldemort and his Death Eaters are there, and they scatter, trying to go to safe houses that have a portkey to the Burrow. When Harry, with Hagrid, was identified as the real Harry, Voldemort, FLYING, came after them! Harry didn't know Voldemort was there, but somehow his wand did, and it fired a spell that summons GOLDEN FLAMES!! When the spell reached Voldemort, it broke his borrowed wand. when he got to the Burrow, and others arrived, Harry saw some damage that happened to some of them. George's ear was cursed off by Snape, Mad-eye was killed, and some more. Some left but some stayed, because Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour are getting married. On Harry's birthday, someone comes to read the will of Dumbledore, and to give Harry, Ron, and Hermione what Dumbledore left them. Ron got Dumbledore's Deluminator, Hermione got a copy of The Beetle and the Bard, and Harry got the first Snitch he caught, but Harry was also left the Sword of Godric Gryffindor, but he wasn't given it. The man claimed it was because it was not Dumbledore's to give. During the wedding, a lynx patronus comes and warns the guests that they are in trouble. Later, Harry, Ron, and Hermione go to the house Harry inherited from Sirius Black, and later they find out who R.A.B. is and they get the real locket, but they can't break it. When they get the locket they go to a forest, setting up camp, and changing the location every once and a while. One day Ron gets mad, he is mad because can't be by his family, and he left. Harry and Hermione continue to take precautions. When Harry and Hermione go to Godric's Hollow they see Harry's parent's graves and goes in a house, and find a friend of Dumbledore, but she doesn't talk in front of Hermione because she is actually Voldemort's snake, and before they escape Hermione accidentally breaks Harry's wand. Harry began to borrow Hermione's wand. One time, Harry sees a doe patronus, Harry follows it and sees an icy pond with Gordic's sword on the bottom, using Hermione's wan, Harry creates a hole in the ice. Harry got in and tried to get the sword, but Ron saves Harry and retrieves the sword. After that, Ron stabs the locket/horcrux and destroys it. When Ron goes with Harry to their camp, Hermione gets mad at Ron for leaving them. Eventually they go to the Malfoy's Mansion because they were caught by people that work for Voldemort. when they get there, Ron and Harry are sent to the dungeon and Hermione is still up there because she was being questions on how they got the sword of Godric Gryffindor. Ron and Harry found Luna, Ollivander the wand maker, and Griphook down there. When the rope covering their hands is cut, Ron lets light out. Dobby appeared and took them away. When Wormtail came down Ron and Harry took his wand and went upstairs, when they went up they saw Hermione in trouble, and Harry took Draco's wand. Dobby apeared and took Ron, Harry, and Hermione and the sword of Godric Gryffindor away, but as they dissapeared, a knife hit Dobby in the gut, when they appeared somewhere else, Dobby died. Later when Griphook got better, he went with Harry, Ron (disguised with charms as a Death Eater), and Hermione (disguised as Bellatrix Lestrange) went to Gringotts, but in return he gets the sword, and they managed to steal a horcrux, a cup of Hufflepuff. To get out they free a dragon, and get on it so they could get away. when they get away they decide to go to Hogwarts to get a basilisk fang, a thing that can destroy horcruxes. When they get there, they find out about the another horcrux. Harry in another year had found it, and put it on a bust with a wig to mark the location of his potion book, it is in the Room of Requirement. When Harry finds about it and meets Ron and Hermione, they have destroyed another horcrux, and then they go the Room of Requirement. When they go in, they encounter Draco, Crabbe, and Goyle, Crabbe creates Fiendfyre, which he can't control. When Ron, Harry, Hermione, Draco, and Goyle get out the horcrux is destroyed. Then Neville kills Voldemort's snake that is a horcrux, and Harry sacrifices himself to save everyone else at Hogwarts. There was one problem, Harry didn't die, but he wasn't a horcrux anymore, which he was (although not a correct one) and where he returned to his body he tried to act like he was dead. When Voldemort went to Hogwarts, Voldemort told everyone Harry was killed. Everyone was upset and angry and Voldemort used a Silencing Charm, but he had to keep reapplying it because it keeps wearing off quickly. When Neville pulled the sword out of the Sorting Hat, Harry got away and hid under his invisibility cloak. Everyone was surprised, Harry disappeared! Later Harry showed himself to Voldemort and they began to duel, and Harry won.Voldemort died and everyone celebrated, and everyone went to the dining hall to rest and heal. Then Harry fixed his wand and went back with everyone else.

I gave this book 4 and a half stars because this is my favorite of the whole Harry Potter series, and although there is bad parts, I enjoy this book of the series the most. My favorite part is when the Death Eaters attack Hogwarts. My least favorite is when Voldemort "kills" Harry. I recommend this book for people who love Harry Potter, magic, and magical combat. ( )
  NoahJ.BG3 | May 23, 2017 |
What does one say about the end of such a magnificent series.
It is strange to think that I had so many emotions during this last installment, when going into starting the series I did not think I would enjoy it, nor get invested.
Yet, Rowling has created this world and these characters that you find yourself so attached to, almost unexpectedly. The deaths in this installment literally brought tears to my eyes, and I found myself asking, when did I get so attached to these characters.
I think Rowling's writing is completely at it's finest in this last book. This was superbly written and executed, and a truly well thought out and realized finish to her series.
There are so many different aspects to this novel that I loved, that to try and list them would just be pointless. I'm positive it has all been said already. So all I will say is that I truly loved it, and feel somewhat empty, knowing that the series is now over.
Luckily, I can go back and re-visit the series anytime I want. I truly believe Harry Potter is a classic. Thank you Rowling for bringing this world to ours. ( )
  Kiddboyblue | Apr 25, 2017 |
For my review please visit my blog: Martin's View: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. ( )
  Martin_Maenza | Apr 14, 2017 |
About the author: "Joanne "Jo' Rowling. . .pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist, screenwriter and film producer best known as the author of the 'Harry Potter' fantasy series. The books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies. They have become the best-selling book series in history. . ." source www.wikipedia. com About the book: "To anyone unacquainted with the epic so far, the latest tale will be incomprehensible. In earlier volumes, Rowling made heroic efforts to initiate new readers, but since this process would now require, at a minimum, a glossary, rule book and catalogue of magical objects, she seems to given up the task as hopeless. But some regular readers may also be disconcerted by a tranche of Hogwarts in which there is neither Quidditch nor lessons. . .But only Quidditch fans could complain about the outcome: Rowling has woven together clues, hints and characters from previous books into a prodigiously rewarding, suspenseful conclusion. . ." source: www.theguardian.com Jul 19, 2007.
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  uufnn | Apr 8, 2017 |
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Nowadays, the story of the boy and his author is as familiar as the Nativity. Harry Potter, the unloved orphan with the weird-ass scar, turns out to be not just a wizard but—for reasons he can barely recall—one of the most famous wizards in the whole wide wizarding world. And thanks to hundreds of millions of books bought, read and loved, J.K. Rowling, once dowdy and grouchy and broke, is now as prettily patrician as a Redgrave sister, and richer than the royals.
added by stephmo | editNew York Observer, Mark Lotto (Jul 23, 2007)
 
The release of the seventh and final instalment of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series did not go without controversy, with a much-publicised embargo breach and many internet spoilers.

Still, the fate of Harry Potter was not truly decided in the minds of fans until 9.01am on Saturday, when the book officially went on sale.
 
With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling has created a lovely conclusion to her astonishing seven-book series. Ironically, amid all the hysteria and hoopla, the rumors, the leaks, the overheated theories, Hallows provides a calm ending to a global sensation that has made millions of children and adults happy.
added by stephmo | editUSA Today, Deirdre Donahue (Jul 23, 2007)
 
In the end, no one plays Quidditch.

That's about the only spoiler I'm willing to reveal about the final chapter in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," Book 7 and the close of J.K. Rowling's wonderfully entertaining series. If the review seems a little vague as a result, well, tough. I'm not ruining this for fans who have waited 10 years to learn the outcome of the final showdown between the Boy Who Lived and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, and wanted to savor the last time they would ever pick up a new "Harry Potter" book.
 
'Is Little Nell dead?" rose the cry along America's wharves in 1841, from readers awaiting the last installment of Charles Dickens's "The Old Curiosity Shop." Perhaps not since the fate of Little Nell hung in the balance has a book been as hotly awaited as "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the seventh and last in J.K. Rowling's series.
 

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Oh the torment bred in the race,
the grinding scream of death,
and the stroke that hits the vein,
the hemorrhage none can staunch, the grief,
the curse no man can bear.
But there is a cure in the house,
and not outside it, no,
not from others but from them,
their bloody strife. We sing to you,
dark gods beneath the earth.
Now hear, you blissful powers underground —
answer the call, send help.
Bless the children, give them triumph now.

--Aeschylus, The Libation Bearers
Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. For they must needs be present, that love and live in what is omnipresent. In this divine glass, they see face to face; and their converse is free, as well as pure. This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present because immortal.

--William Penn, More Fruits of Solitude
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The dedication of this book is split seven ways: To Neil, to Jessica, to David, to Kenzie, to Di, to Anne, and to you, if you have stuck with Harry until the very end.
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Harry Potter cannot escape his fate. He and the Dark Lord Voldemort are destined to face each other in a duel – a duel that only one of them will survive. To even stand a chance, Harry must seek out and destroy Voldemort’s four remaining Horcruxes: the fragments of his soul that bind him to the mortal world. Professor Dumbledore, however, is gone, and in his place lies a myriad of rumours and unanswered questions. Unable to rely on anyone but Ron and Hermione, Harry embarks upon a journey that will push his courage, trust and magic skills to their limits in hopes of winning the duel.

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Does it still count as

a British School Story if

they camp the whole time?

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Just broke into a

bank vault and stole a dragon.

Pretty normal day.

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0545010225, Hardcover)

Readers beware. The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling's spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart--such revelations, battles, and betrayals await in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that no fan will make it to the end unscathed. Luckily, Rowling has prepped loyal readers for the end of her series by doling out increasingly dark and dangerous tales of magic and mystery, shot through with lessons about honor and contempt, love and loss, and right and wrong. Fear not, you will find no spoilers in our review--to tell the plot would ruin the journey, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling's fans have not yet seen, and are not likely to forget. But we would be remiss if we did not offer one small suggestion before you embark on your final adventure with Harry--bring plenty of tissues.

The heart of Book 7 is a hero's mission--not just in Harry's quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man--and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. Attentive readers would do well to remember Dumbledore's warning about making the choice between "what is right and what is easy," and know that Rowling applies the same difficult principle to the conclusion of her series. While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Dumbledore, Snape, and you-know-who, it is a testament to Rowling's skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise.

A spectacular finish to a phenomenal series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a bittersweet read for fans. The journey is hard, filled with events both tragic and triumphant, the battlefield littered with the bodies of the dearest and despised, but the final chapter is as brilliant and blinding as a phoenix's flame, and fans and skeptics alike will emerge from the confines of the story with full but heavy hearts, giddy and grateful for the experience. --Daphne Durham

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There are plenty of reasons to love Rowling's wildly popular series--no doubt you have several dozen of your own. Our list features favorite moments, characters, and artifacts from the first five books. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive (what we love about Harry could fill ten books!) and does not include any of the spectacular revelatory moments that would spoil the books for those (few) who have not read them. Enjoy.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
* Harry's first trip to the zoo with the Dursleys, when a boa constrictor winks at him.
* When the Dursleys' house is suddenly besieged by letters for Harry from Hogwarts. Readers learn how much the Dursleys have been keeping from Harry. Rowling does a wonderful job in displaying the lengths to which Uncle Vernon will go to deny that magic exists.
* Harry's first visit to Diagon Alley with Hagrid. Full of curiosities and rich with magic and marvel, Harry's first trip includes a trip to Gringotts and Ollivanders, where Harry gets his wand (holly and phoenix feather) and discovers yet another connection to He-Who-Must-No-Be-Named. This moment is the reader's first full introduction to Rowling's world of witchcraft and wizards.
* Harry's experience with the Sorting Hat.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
* The de-gnoming of the Weasleys' garden. Harry discovers that even wizards have chores--gnomes must be grabbed (ignoring angry protests "Gerroff me! Gerroff me!"), swung about (to make them too dizzy to come back), and tossed out of the garden--this delightful scene highlights Rowling's clever and witty genius.
* Harry's first experience with a Howler, sent to Ron by his mother.
* The Dueling Club battle between Harry and Malfoy. Gilderoy Lockhart starts the Dueling Club to help students practice spells on each other, but he is not prepared for the intensity of the animosity between Harry and Draco. Since they are still young, their minibattle is innocent enough, including tickling and dancing charms.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
* Ron's attempt to use a telephone to call Harry at the Dursleys'.
* Harry's first encounter with a Dementor on the train (and just about any other encounter with Dementors). Harry's brush with the Dementors is terrifying and prepares Potter fans for a darker, scarier book.
* Harry, Ron, and Hermione's behavior in Professor Trelawney's Divination class. Some of the best moments in Rowling's books occur when she reminds us that the wizards-in-training at Hogwarts are, after all, just children. Clearly, even at a school of witchcraft and wizardry, classes can be boring and seem pointless to children.
* The Boggart lesson in Professor Lupin's classroom.
* Harry, Ron, and Hermione's knock-down confrontation with Snape.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
* Hermione's disgust at the reception for the veela (Bulgarian National Team Mascots) at the Quidditch World Cup. Rowling's fourth book addresses issues about growing up--the dynamic between the boys and girls at Hogwarts starts to change. Nowhere is this more plain than the hilarious scene in which magical cheerleaders nearly convince Harry and Ron to jump from the stands to impress them.
* Viktor Krum's crush on Hermione--and Ron's objection to it.
* Malfoy's "Potter Stinks" badge.
* Hermione's creation of S.P.E.W., the intolerant bigotry of the Death Eaters, and the danger of the Triwizard Tournament. Add in the changing dynamics between girls and boys at Hogwarts, and suddenly Rowling's fourth book has a weight and seriousness not as present in early books in the series. Candy and tickle spells are left behind as the students tackle darker, more serious issues and take on larger responsibilities, including the knowledge of illegal curses.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

* Harry's outburst to his friends at No. 12 Grimmauld Place. A combination of frustration over being kept in the dark and fear that he will be expelled fuels much of Harry's anger, and it all comes out at once, directly aimed at Ron and Hermione. Rowling perfectly portrays Harry's frustration at being too old to shirk responsibility, but too young to be accepted as part of the fight that he knows is coming.
* Harry's detention with Professor Umbridge. Rowling shows her darker side, leading readers to believe that Hogwarts is no longer a safe haven for young wizards. Dolores represents a bureaucratic tyrant capable of real evil, and Harry is forced to endure their private battle of wills alone.
* Harry and Cho's painfully awkward interactions. Rowling clearly remembers what it was like to be a teenager.
* Harry's Occlumency lessons with Snape.
* Dumbledore's confession to Harry.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

* The introduction of the Horcrux.
* Molly Weasley asking Arthur Weasley about his "dearest ambition." Rowling has always been great at revealing little intriguing bits about her characters at a time, and Arthur’s answer "to find out how airplanes stay up" reminds us about his obsession with Muggles.
* Harry's private lessons with Dumbledore, and more time spent with the fascinating and dangerous pensieve, arguably one of Rowling’s most ingenious inventions.
* Fred and George Weasley’s Joke Shop, and the slogan: "Why Are You Worrying About You-Know-Who? You Should Be Worrying About U-NO-POO--the Constipation Sensation That's Gripping the Nation!"
* Luna's Quidditch commentary. Rowling created scores of Luna Lovegood fans with hilarious and bizarre commentary from the most unlikely Quidditch commentator.
* The effects of Felix Felicis.

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"I am an extraordinarily lucky person, doing what I love best in the world. I’m sure that I will always be a writer. It was wonderful enough just to be published. The greatest reward is the enthusiasm of the readers." --J.K. Rowling

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A Few Words from Mary GrandPré

"When I illustrate a cover or a book, I draw upon what the author tells me; that's how I see my responsibility as an illustrator. J.K. Rowling is very descriptive in her writing--she gives an illustrator a lot to work with. Each story is packed full of rich visual descriptions of the atmosphere, the mood, the setting, and all the different creatures and people. She makes it easy for me. The images just develop as I sketch and retrace until it feels right and matches her vision." Check out more Harry Potter art from illustrator Mary GrandPré.

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