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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

4.57 of 5 stars 4.57  ·  rating details  ·  1,284,366 ratings  ·  38,751 reviews
Harry is waiting in 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 fulfill the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him?
The epic finale to an epic series.
Paperback, 608 pages
Published 2008 by Bloomsbury; 1ST edition (2008) (first published January 21st 2007)
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“I’m going to keep going until I succeed — or die. Don’t think I don’t know how this might end. I’ve known it for years.” — Harry Potter

Most seventeen-year olds don’t view the possibility of an early death as being, well, possible. But then again, most seventeen-year olds haven’t come face-to-face with death almost half a dozen times before their first kiss either.

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final installment of the ridiculously popular Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowl
Jun 03, 2008 Tara rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: desperate Harry Potter Fans
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This is just a pithy review on the Harry Potter series as a whole. It is not an in-depth analysis of the work in general, nor is it a review on any one particular installment.

Harry Potter is a work of art. I got made fun of once¹ when I was out to dinner with some friends, because while we were discussing these books I made the mistake of referring to them as “literature.” I felt like I had to defend that assertion because, although the definition of literature is pretty broad, it seems like it
Raeleen Lemay
All was well.

Aug 28, 2007 Rion rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Big nerds

From an interview with Rowling on the Today show:

Rowling said her original epilogue was “a lot more detailed,” including the name of every child born to the Weasley clan in the past 19 years. (Victoire, who was snogging Teddy — Lupin and Tonks’ son — is Bill and Fleur’s eldest.)

Harry, Ron and Hermione
We know that Harry marries Ginny and has three kids, essentially, as Rowling explains, creating the family and the peace and calm he never had as a child
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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 ...more
Loren Harway
Aug 05, 2007 Loren Harway rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: don't ask stupid questions
grrr. *spoilers*
This book was meant to be a masterpiece.
It wasn't. I was VERY disappointed with the last portion of the book. But the criticisms are for later.
I've always thought that JK's writing was admirable if a little underdeveloped, but the paragraphs just don't seem to flow together as well as they used to.
They finally leave school. I never thought they would, but it sure as hell was an exciting notion. However the lack of supporting characters (that you might find at Hogwarts) means that
Mohammed Arabey
ريفيو النسخه الانجليزيه My Review for the English Edition
هذا الريفيو عن روايه هدفها نشر الحب والصداقه...روايه هدفها الايمان بالخير والتغلب علي الشكوك وزعزعه الايمان وايجاد القوه الداخليه في النفس لعمل الخير ...روايه عن الصداقه والحب الذي قد يغلب اي انواع السحر..الشر..الظلم والقهر والعنصريه

في كل نسخه بالانجليزيه تهدي المؤلفه الكتاب لاحد اقاربها , معارفها, ابنتها,الخ
ولكن في الجزء السابع ستفاجأ انها مقسمه الاهداء الي 7 اجزاء منهم اليك انت شخصيا..
Mohammed Arabey
First of all, you'd feel delighted, elated when you find out that this book is Dedicated specially to the Queen herself -for me Joanna Rowling is the Queen for Magic at UK, just as Queen Elizabeth is Queen for muggles- and The dedication will be REALLY yours personally..
If you Stuck With Harry Until The Very End.
I've been stuck with Harry myself for 10 years now..when I first read the Arabic edition of the 1st book on Sep.2003.. I felt how it's different than the movie,The characters mor
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This review contains spoilers.


I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't read my review from 2007, when the book first came out, until after I'd published this one. I want to see how they compare - what thoughts/reactions etc. had changed, if any, and any additional insights - but it does make me nervous, because I reckon my first review will prove to be much better written - and what if I seem dumber this time around? I find I get a bit muddled from watching the films,
9 3/4
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!

Dec 18, 2007 Traci rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: pure-crap
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Jul 30, 2007 Eleanor rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like epics, fantasy, magic, school
(shamelessly cross-posted from my livejournal entry) Spoilers below!

I remember picking up Harry Potter around the time that book 3 had come out. There had been buzz about the books in the post with a picture of JK standing by railroad tracks and some inside joke about "muggles." I probably wouldn't have read them had I not babysat for my nextdoor neighbor's kids who were 7 and 10 at the time, and asked me to read it to them as a bedtime story. What is so compelling about these children's books?
Oct 14, 2007 Lore rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: harrypotter
Deathly Hallows is in fierce competition with Half-Blood Prince as the worst book of the series. It is an extremely bloated book in which nothing much happens for chapters upon chapters because Rowling is dragging the storyline out -- so it can end at the end of the school year, like all the other books. Many plotlines of previous books are barely touched upon (S.P.E.W.) or "resolved" in an entirely dissatisfactory manner (Grawp, though I wasn't unhappy about not seeing more of him).


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,
Upon further reflection...I think this installment could have been much better. Perhaps Rowling was freaking out under the enormous pressure...never expecting her series to be so wildly adored by so many...Still, this book left something to be desired, I think. Rowling made so many predictable moves...and not even the ones that would have had more of an impact...

Snape could have been the hero of the entire series, for example. It would have been rather ironic, considering the fact that he's been
Say, Harry Potter is not a movie or a series. Say, it's all real and you're part of that magical world.
Say, Cedric Diggory was your boyfriend, and Voldemort killed him. Or if your a guy, Moaning Myrtle was your girlfriend and Tom Riddle set a Basilisk on her.
You'll hope that DA would win over the Dark Side, and that Harry gets to punish all the Death Eaters with a hundred Cruciatus Curse-for each Death Eater that is- won't you?
You'll dream for the day that you'll get to see Bellatrix and Lucius
Ian Heidin-Seek
Relevance Alert

This is not a review of the book.

My comments specifically relate to a scene in and a song from the soundtrack to the first Deathly Hallows film.

Sexuality Content Warning

I originally posted a version of my comments in a GR discussion about sexuality and Harry Potter.

If you are the sort of reader who thinks these two issues should never be associated with each other, please do not read on. I don't want to spoil your world view.

Sexuality, Adolescence and Harry Potter

One of the funny
Jun 12, 2008 Annalisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone! please read this series
What can I say but genius? All along I have considered myself a mild Harry Potter fan, but once you get to the end and Rowling wraps up all the minute details she plants from book one you cannot help but be amazed at her creativity. Building on each of the books, writing each one at a slightly higher level as the characters grow up, all the details, and lets not forget the insignificant matter of the entire world evolving to hold a joint consciousness of Harry Potter. Children's literature has b ...more
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John Egbert
May 09, 2011 John Egbert rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter fans.
Recommended to John by: My mind.
I wasn't happy with my previous review, and decided to re-write it.

I will round all of my dislikings of this book to three things;

1. The Plotholes

Oh, JK Rowling. You and your plotholes. Firstly, we have the issue brought up many times by others -- the time turner. I assume Minerva McGonagall had more of those, since she was able to just give Hermione one. Wouldn't they come in handy when everyone was dying? Why not turn back the clock and warn someone about what was going to happen? After all, a
Short note: This review was written quite a while ago, and hence not some of my best writing (it shames me just to reread it, really), but for some reason I can't bring myself to delete it.

The Harry Potter series as a whole never really impressed me as much as the hype had led me to expect. Or even close.

I can't say I was necessarily disappointed by this book, nor was I pleasantly surprised. The Deathly Hallows has its fair share of weaknesses as well as strengths and in the end it's just...meh.
Not sure why I waited until over four months after I read this book to review it - perhaps because I'm subconsciously fearful of letting go of this splendid series? I finished this in one day; because I was on a cruise with limited internet access, I wrote my thoughts down on a piece of paper. I would post a picture but I think I can articulate my emotions here:


Me: Wow I really love the character development and the dynamic between Harry and Ron and Hermione.

Jun 11, 2008 Adriana rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: be tossed in a garbage heap and set aflame
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Few books, if any, have recieved as much hype as the Harry Potter series- whether deservedly or undeservedly is a question better asked of the series as a whole, rather than this one book. Deathly Hallows is radically different from its predecessors. Rowling has rid herself of the Harry Potter set formula- a refreshing change, as at this point in the series, games like Quidditch and grades seem rather irrelevant. The plot follows Harry, Ron and Hermione as they search for the Horcruxes and later ...more
Nikki Jo Lucero
Mar 30, 2008 Nikki Jo Lucero rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens and Adults, It is not for ALL CHILDREN
IT IS NOT FOR ALL CHILDREN some SHELTERED CHILDREN might not be permitted by parents to read such harsh language and killing scenes.
Some CHILDREN might not be educated enough to understand the plot and deep messages this book does have, which are intended for adult readers.
Yes, some CHILDREN may be ready for this type of story, but many are not, due to parental restrictions in their lives.
I firmly believe if a child has lived through horrid events then they will be able to read this.

I guess some
I was stunned and dismayed by the time I finished this book. I have been a fan of the HP series since about 2000, when a friend recommended Book 1 to me as a cute little book that she was tutoring 5th graders with. I read it, liked it, and figured I'd pick up the next book when it came out.

As each book came out, many critics and fans commented that JK had a unique style of approaching her series; the way that her books grew with her targeted audience. The series became darker and more complex, t
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