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The final book of the Harry Potter series was truly a masterpiece! The beginning was quite dark and scary, but it added this sense of urgency that the trio needed to find and destroy Voldemort once and for all. Through the story, we meet new characters and read different tales of how other great wizards try facing Voldemort and failed. Rowling does a good job a describing the settings and makes you feel, like you are with Harry and his friends. The characters later discover that one can’t fight Voldemort alone, and that they would have to work together to defeat him. This is a very valuable lesson to people who aren’t magical like the characters. This made the story feel more real. I would recommend this book, and definitely the series. 5/5 stars
@AnythingYellow14 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
I personally prefer the movie, there’s something about that version that really brings out the magic of the story. I really think it’s a rarity that books are properly adapted into films and the movie impressed me. The book version falls a bit short in capturing my attention and does get a bit dull after a while of reading but it was still really enjoyable. The plot is fairly original and creative, the characters are unique and charismatic enough to be extremely memorable, and the setting is pretty cool. The character, Harry, is a very inspiring protagonist and I think he’s a good example for kids and teenagers alike. Anyway, give it a read if you’re into magical fantasy books and what not- have fun! 3/5 Stars.
@Bloop of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
All round, an decent read. Pretty unpredictable as the main characters don't really seem what to do next like where to find the next horcrux (if you have no idea what that is you have to read the other books). Has some hidden WW2 resistance references such as secret radio stations and resistance groups. Has a bit of a thin plot but all round pretty good. 4 stars
@mittopic of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
The seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It would have been Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s last year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but they aren’t going back. They have to complete the task that Dumbledore left for Harry at the end of his sixth year; find Voldemort’s horcruxes and destroy them. It is the only way they will be able to defeat the dark lord, as Harry knows neither him nor Voldemort can live while the other survives. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is thrilling, captivating, dark, and inspiring as all the loose ends of the series are tied together. Just when you think you have the story figured out, J.K. Rowling is still able to surprise you in this novel. This book is definitely a mature read, but I would highly recommend reading it if you enjoyed the other Harry Potter novels. If you liked Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, then you will definitely love Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I would have to rate this novel five out of five stars.
@Sapphirereads of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
A triumph in every way!
Jim Dale creates a superb narration for this magnificent series.
The Deathly Hallows is the last in this seven-part saga,
the first British fantasy novel ever to compare with Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
This series has single-handedly restored the value of reading
to an entire generation of young people,
for which the author has been quite properly awarded both
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
and The Order of the Companions of Honour.
And speaking of things British,
the UK audiobook is read by Stephen Fry
and is equally as engaging and entertaining as Jim Dale’s version.
While Jim Dale continues to do a great job and everything is wrapped up pretty well in term of both main and sub-plot resolution, this last book suffers more than the rest from pacing issues (e.g. the trio's forest travels) and numerous painfully obvious and convenient developments and coincidences that, rather bluntly, propel the story towards its conclusion. This is still an okay to solid read but was the weakest of the series insomuch as it being the final book, lacked a lot of polish and wonder that was expected of such a very fun franchise.
The movie is great. The book, even better. And the audiobook is the best way to experience this amazing story. Thank you, Jim Dale! I can proudly call myself a Potterhead thanks to your sublime narration. Highly recommended for everyone - even if you (as I once did) think a book about wizards sounds silly. It's so much more. It's funny. It's philosophical. It's adventurous. It's a testament to the power of love and family and friendship - all the good things in life.
Jim Dale brings the story to life in a fresh new way for decades old Harry Potter fans and new ones alike!
Jim Dale is absolutely amazing. This is by far my most favorite audio book series. I have loved Harry Potter for over a decade and I didn't realize how Jim Dale's reading of the story helps it come alive in a completely new way.
if you haven't read harry potter and have to ask if it's a good book, then you're an ameture and we can't be friends.
YOU MUST READ IT
I LOVE HARRY POTTER. THIS SERIES IS AMAZING AND I WANT EVERYONE TO READ IT.
The book is fantastic but if you put you're mind to it , it's a it sad
The series is the best series is by far the best
Yes, the H.P. story is very entertaining with its fantasy world, and Jim Dale's voice is pleasant; his impersonation of the voices of actors is superb. Now, the fact with the H.P. story is that it's not a simple fiction of entertainment. The Crowd is lost in the literal story and does not see the meaning it carries. The H.P. story is in fact historical fiction, and it covers a long range of history, past and present and even future. The real historical background of the H.P. story is related in the book of Christopher Knight/Alan Butler - "Solomon's Power Brokers." Another historical book that gives clues to who in fact those "Wizards" are is Christopher Knight/Robert Lomas - "The Second Messiah." The Four Houses of Hogwarts really exist; they are with us but hidden from public view - the only difference is that in reality women are not allowed to even set foot in them - these are ancient male-chauvinist organizations. Read the book of David Allen Rivera - "Final Warning" if you want to know more about the Big 4. The Harry Potter story is like the New Testament, where almost everything has double meaning - the obvious stories there carry a higher second meaning, but the Muggle Crowd ("The Living Dead," as the Jesus figure entitles them) don't see further than the folk-tale-like dramatized stories. I can't tell you Muggles here who the Wizards are and who are the Big 4 Houses of Hogwarts, because they are secret brotherhoods, who see everything (the Triangular Eye symbolizes this). The "Invisibility Cloak" also sybolizes this: they are here but we can't see them, but they do see us. In fact, they control our lives even now and they put their symbols and magic words in front of our eyes, but the Muggles "don't notice nothing" as it is said several times in the H.P. story. The invisibility cloak means the secrecy of the Orders. The Triangular Eye means that they are among us and see all. The Magic Wand is in fact science and technology, which is under the control of the Wizards. The Cruciatus Curse is the taser; the Dementor's Kiss is the brainchip, as it is described (its effects) by Prof. Lupin in the Azkaban episode. The resurrection stone is also science, which the Wizards will use to conquer death, to create an ageless body for themselves. But the Muggle crowd thinks all of this is fiction - however, it is not.
J.K. Rowling is a genius!!! This is the perfect conclusion to the series; she makes sense of everthing in the series in this book, and it's just awesome. Though its sad that the series is done, it was done PERFECTLY!:)
As a part of the Harry Potter generation, I began the books at aged 7, and haven't stopped reading them since! Jim Dale has a voice like no other, and narrates the novels in a manner that truly transports you into the novel. (A real life Silvertongue, for those of you who've read Inkheart) The seventh book does not dissapoint, nor does Jim's performance. A must read... or listen...for audiences of all ages.
These books are so addicting. This book was the best one of the series. The reader gets so excited, it makes the book even better
LOVE Harry Potter and friends....Book 7 was amazing! Loved the way it all panned out!
Absoulotley breathtaking! I loved it, own it, have it, seen it, read it, miss it. I miss Harry Potter now that it is over. But it shall never truely be over until noone others are loyal to Harry, and I for one, always will be.
Doyle as reader is amazing!