Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
J. K. Rowling, , illus. by Mary GrandPré. . Scholastic/Levine, $34.99 (784pp) ISBN 978-0-545-01022-1
It would seem churlish to review the Harry Potter series finale with something less than overwhelming enthusiasm—after all, there’s no one like Rowling. Who else has sustained such an intricate, endlessly inventive plot over seven thick volumes and so constantly surprised her readers with twists, well-laid traps and
As the ending of the previous book suggested,
It’s hard not to wish that the editors had done their jobs more actively.
One great virtue remains constant: Rowling’s skill at portraying characters. Harry and friends mature, not in straight lines but in realistically messy patterns. Over the course of the seven books, Harry develops from the scrawny misfit of no. 4, Privet Drive, to a teenager who can pull off acts of self-sacrifice and goodness without cheapening his charisma for readers—no mean feat for a writer. And when Rowling concludes her long story, she does so the old-fashioned way, without ambiguity. Harry Potter has finished growing up, and even the most ardent fans will know that it is time to say good-bye. Ages 9-12.
Reviewed on: 07/30/2007
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