Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by J.K. Rowling

Synopsis: Harry, Hermione, and Ron begin a quest to search for and destroy all of the remaining Horcruxes that contain pieces of Voldemort's soul. In doing so, they learn of three powerful, magical objects called the Deathly Hallows. The person who gathers all three objects will become the Master of Death. In the meantime, the magical world has been taken over by Voldemort and his Death Eaters, Hogwarts is under the control of Snape, and the future pretty much looks bleak.

The Good: I really enjoyed this book. It was my favorite of the series, by far. The best part was the maturation of all of the characters, seeing them grow. Ron and Hermione test out their relationship; Ron's jealousies of Harry are dealt with; even Harry's relationship with Kreacher grows. While there were many deaths, they were done in such a way as to further the book or the characters within it. I liked that Dumbledore proved to be human after all and Harry grew even more as a person than in any other book. Finally, I thought the deaths of Harry's parents and of Sirius were finally settled in a way that I'm not so upset anymore.

The Bad: I thought the story line about the Hallows was a little too lengthy and unnecessary. The book likely could have been carried by just the Horcruxes story. Also, I would have liked to see more of the series' characters…more about Snape, Ginny, the twins, the DA, etc. For the most part, it's just Ron, Hermione, and Harry. Finally, the epilogue was a little too neat and swift for me. I would have liked a winding-down, more of a resolution after the final battle. As it is, it jumps right into the somewhat stale epilogue.

Score: 5 out of 5


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