Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- A Simple Review

****There are no spoilers in this review***

Now that I have completed the seventh and final book of the Harry Potter series I have a few thoughts to share. Nothing too sophisticated or profound, just a few thoughts that are percolating inside my skull.

I enjoyed this book. It was pleasurable and I am happy to have read it, but I feel a bit let down. I haven’t decided if that is because I devoured the book, if I am disappointed to see it end or what. I’ll give it a little more time to mull it over and digest what I have read.

This much I can say with certainty. Rowling didn’t catch me with any unusual twists. Nothing happened that surprised me and I was hopeful that something would. But then again some of the things that took place have been building for virtually the entire series so it is hard not to see them coming.

Still the story held my attention. At no time did I feel like I wanted to stop reading or flip ahead and that is worth a lot to me. I can also say that this is a book that I definitely want to read again.

After some more time has passed and more people finish the book I might write something more detailed than this, but for now this will suffice.

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7 Comments

  1. Jack's Shack July 26, 2007 at 4:36 am

    Sarah,

    Sounds like you have a lot in common with a lot of people I know.

    I find the Deathly Hallows quite enjoyable. If it has one problem it’s that some of it seems a bit too pat.

    Agreed.

    Orieyenta,

    Something like that.

  2. orieyenta July 25, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    So you locked yourself in the bathroom long enough to read it and avoid your kids? I just finished it….whew.

  3. Soccer Dad July 23, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    I remember the first time I looked at a Harry Potter book, I wasn’t much impressed. I think what got me hooked was reading the beginning of the Goblet of Fire, then I wanted to find out everything before it. I’m glad I did.

    I find the Deathly Hallows quite enjoyable. If it has one problem it’s that some of it seems a bit too pat.

  4. ~ Sarah ~ July 23, 2007 at 3:49 am

    too much hype.
    at the beginning i chose not to read it but then i got left out of conversations b/c i didnt’ know what people were talking about. so i read the first book and all the rest since and they are good stories but not anything i would lose sleep over.
    i will wait till the rest of the family has read HP7 first. there are other good books to be read meanwhile.

  5. Jack's Shack July 23, 2007 at 2:53 am

    Houston,

    The first couple of books were a bit rough. IMO her writing has improved and the books became more interesting.

    Margaret,

    As I mentioned to Houston I think that they get better as you go along..

  6. Margaret July 22, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    I tried the first book a few years ago, and couldn’t get into it. Now I’m trying for the second book, and it’s OK. I’m hoping her writing gets better in subsequent books. Fantasy/adventure genre is not my favorite so that could be part of the issue also.

  7. Houston July 22, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    I tried to begin the series ever so many years ago but found her writing style uninteresting. I wanted to read the books because of how important a cultural and literary reference the books have become. Oh well, sigh.

    I do go to the movies, though. They’re fun enough. I will forever be a ten-year-old at the movies. Having said that, I saw the most recent one at the iMax in S.F., complete with 3-d glasses. It rocked! I had the best time imaginable. I’m not sure if I ever saw a 3-d movie before. Nothing that impacted me like this one did. What fun!

    I’ll probably go back someday and read the series, but I’m in no hurry. They’re going to age well.

    Cheers.

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