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To begin, I would recommend this book to readers of all ages, as it belongs to a series that I have read multiple times as years have passed, and gained something new each time, including an identification with the character of Harry Potter in his troubles and triumphs, an appreciation for the subtle differences between English and American grammar and culture, a feeling of optimism that Rowling's work inspires greater literacy and interest in reading among children, and many other ponderings and realizations that I hold most precious.
Continuing on to the work itself, I was just thrilled that it was so long. The detail that is required to tie up so many storylines and character descriptions from the rest of the books could not be adequately covered in less than several hundred pages, and the fact the Rowling revisits each detail that she's previously mentioned, while still pulling out more surprises and new spells and magical principles shows that the planning for this novel began long before the others were completed.
While the Harry Potter novels rely heavily on the theme of children conquering problems that cause adults to cower, the novel does not bend the rules to do so, but much like the fifth novel, simply introduces a new strategy in which the students of Hogwarts work in cooperation with the loved adult characters introduced throughout the rest of the series.
As for a comparison to the movie rendition that is sure to come out, I'm not sure if I'll see it when it eventually does. If so, it will only be out of reverence for the intricate story that Rowling has managed to craft together, and to see if that intricacy has been captured in film. I have to say I've been disappointed with the Harry Potter movies, what with their focus on special effects in place of the clues and detail that goes into Rowling's writing. To properly cover all of this novel would make for a long and expensive movie, and you won't be disappointed when it comes to dueling action.
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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 ...