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J.K. Rowling brings her seven-part story to a dramatic conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a nail biting and spellbinding book that moves at breakneck speed toward the inevitable final confrontation between Harry and the evil wizard Voldemort. This time around Rowling deviates from the pattern that is so familiar in the others—there is no return to Hogwart’s for Harry, Ron, and Hermione at the start of the school year. Voldemort and the Death Eaters now control the Ministry of Magic and the school. And so while the dwindling members of the Order of the Phoenix battle on like the resistance fighters they are, and while thousands of innocents face persecution and death, the three friends are committed to completing the task Dumbeldore set for Harry—hunting down and destroying the Horcruxes that harbor pieces of Voldemort’s splintered soul. Rowling does follow the cycle of the seasons that has been so much a part of the passage of time in the previous stories, offering this comforting familiairty as she chronicles the distress in the world she’s created and the three friends’ dangerous, uncertain journey. And she continues to weave her spell of magic—blending an imaginative and inventive plot, teasing humor, and complex, fascinating characters into an irresistible story. As Rowling's narrative moves through fall and winter into spring, she is preparing both Harry and readers for its conclusion, which comes in a dazzling, ferocious battle involving all those they have come to either love or despise. At the center of it all is the young wizard who is willing do whatever it takes to save all that he holds in his heart. A little more explanation of one or two elements essential to understanding the outcome may have been in order, but ultimately it’s all there to be discovered and understood. Rowling has done both her story and her readers justice as she brings her satisfying tale to an close.
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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 ...