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4.0 out of 5 stars The End - That Is Enough, 24 July 2007
This review is from: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) [Children's Edition] (Hardcover)
The final Harry Potter book wraps everything up satisfyingly and logically. It is a big improvement over the previous two installments, because those books lacked focus and plot - they were simply a series of events that happened. This book, however, has a very definite plot and a much tighter focus for the action. And there's quite a lot of action.

My complaints: apart from the fact that we don't know what the Deathly Hallows are until we read the book, or the fact that we can't accurately guess the exact way it will end, I would say that there aren't many surprises in this book. While some of the big fan theories that floated around in the wake of Half-Blood Prince are proven false, many are proven to be correct, showing that, while this series can surprise sometimes, it can also be highly predictable. I don't think anyone will be genuinely surprised by any of the revelations in the book.

I also felt that Rowling went over the top with the deaths. I think some of them were unnecessary and added nothing to the mythology of the series, while a few characters who have had important roles in previous books are killed "off-screen"; we don't even see them die. To me, this seems wasteful, anticlimactic and disappointing.

But does this matter? I don't think so. I have never pretended that the Potter series was amazing. It is merely good for getting children into reading, so they can find a variety of work out there which is much better. And even for people like me, it has its delightful charms. But with this book, Rowling has ended her famous series confidently and without remorse. The Potter series has changed people's lives; I hope those people found this book to be worth it.
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