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Every decade or so a book--or in this case, a series of books--comes along that for some reason gains incredible popularity and inspires a generation to read, write and talk about. Harry Potter is that series for my generation. Having read the first book and fallen in love with Harry Potter when J.K. Rowling was still an unknown author, after ten years to see the series come to an end was a bittersweet event. I had grown up with Harry quite literally. As luck would have it I was usually the same age as him as each new book was released. But it's the series' versatility and appeal to all generations that makes it so wonderful.
"Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows" was all of the previous books combined. Curiosity, rule breaking, adventure, magic, trial and error, touching moments and the occasional laugh made this book a whirlwind of emotions for its readers.
In the final book of the series Harry and his closest friends set out to complete the mission Dumbledore had left them in the previous book. If not for Hermione's foresight they would have been very unprepared for their fifteen chapters of camping. As they travel, constantly on the run from the Ministry of Magic and Death Eaters, strains on their relationships with one another begin to threaten not only the task at hand but their friendship as well. As the tale progresses however, love conquers all and brings the trio to the fateful battle for Hogwarts.
Jumping ahead to the epilogue--so as to avoid spoilers for anyone that hasn't quite read the books yet--that's where the book seems to fall apart. While it is nice to find out who marries who, and how many children they had the epilogue itself reads like a piece of fanfiction ending with the phrase "all was well."
Overall, the book is the perfect ending to a series that has inspired many of my generation to read.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final of the Harry Potter novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The book was released on 21 July 2007, ending the series that began in 1997 with the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. This book chronicles the events directly following Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005), and leads to the long-awaited final confrontation between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published in the United Kingdom by Bloomsbury Publishing, in the United States by Scholastic, in Canada by Raincoast Books, and in Australia and New Zealand by Allen & Unwin. Released globally in ninety-three countries, Deathly Hallows broke sales records as the fastest-selling book ever. It sold 15 million copies in the first twenty-four hours following its release, including more than 11 million in the U.S. and U.K. alone. The previous record, nine million in its first day, had been held by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The novel has also been translated into numerous languages, including Ukrainian, Swedish, Polish and Hindi.
Several awards were given to the novel, including the 2008 Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award, and it was listed as a "Best Book for Young Adults" by the American Library Association. Reception to the book was generally positive, although some reviewers found the characters to be repetitive or unchanging. A ...