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5.0 out of 5 stars To all the cynics..., 26 July 2007
This review is from: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) [Adult Edition] (Hardcover)
A great book, and an immensely satisfying ending to the series: the twists and turns of narrative and character here echo back across the books, forcing reappraisals and reconsiderations of all that has passed before (Snape's character arc in particular is the greatest triumph of all).

But then, a review at this stage isn't necessary. What is riling me though is the quantity of comments aiming to dismiss the series as mere kids' stuff - 'what are adults doing reading children's books', et al. By this measure, shall we dismiss Orwell's Animal Farm as well - a 'fairy story' by his own description? Or Bible stories, pored over and fixated upon by adults in churches everywhere - do these too hold no meaning now? Should us 'adults' just grow up, contemptuously ignoring any messages or morals that nestle within these tales? Let's not forget, Western civilisation is founded upon such tales and myths, and the cynics would be wiser to remember that there's more than one audience for a text, and that the best 'children's stories' often tend to be darker and more affecting than the stuff touted at us adults.

But then, they wouldn't know this, having formed their opinions, entirely erroneously, without actually having read the books themselves. Now there's folly.
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