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Publisher's Note:

Readers beware. The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling's spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart--such revelations, battles, and betrayals await in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that no fan will make it to the end unscathed. Luckily, Rowling has prepped loyal readers for the end of her series by doling out increasingly dark and dangerous tales of magic and mystery, shot through with lessons about honor and contempt, love and loss, and right and wrong. Fear not, you will find no spoilers in our review--to tell the plot would ruin the journey, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling's fans have not yet seen, and are not likely to forget. But we would be remiss if we did not offer one small suggestion before you embark on your final adventure with Harry--bring plenty of tissues.…

Overall Book Review:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows epically ends the series that will go down in history as the best fantasy series every written.  The complexities of each Harry Potter mystery are all brought together in this last book, and we can finally put our minds to rest about all the little pieces we couldn’t quite put together in the past. And J.K. Rowling puts in so many major twists at the end.  However, she included clues throughout all the books that relate to those twists, so you aren’t left feeling like you were duped.  Instead, you will find yourself shrieking in surprise, flipping back in the previous books, thinking “That’s why! That’s why!” and “I can’t believe I missed that!” This last book masters the art of plot twists. Most people find themselves drawn to rereading the entire series again after the last book, searching out all the clues they previously missed. So don’t feel weird if you do the same.  Just realize you might be developing an addiction that never lets you go.  I’m afraid I’m still in the clutches of it.

The audiobook — surely by this point in the series you have discovered this, but if not, the audiobooks are the best way to enjoy Harry Potter.  Jim Dale.  World’s best audiobook narrator.

Thank you for taking this Harry Potter journey with me.  Feel free to check out any of the other Harry Potter books’ reviews.  We have them all, as of now.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  3 religious exclamations; 8 mild obscenities; 1 derogatory name.

Violence/Gore:  A chapter-long discussion about violent plans and murders; an adult uses magic to murder another adult; a teen cuts open his hand by accident; a newspaper clipping is read that has discussion of violence; teens and adults discuss violent possibilities; a long and violent scene where adults try to attack a teen and another adult; an adult gets a gruesome injury (disturbing); characters discuss the murder of an adult and other violent happenings; adults and teens duel using magic, causing a lot of damage to the building they are in; a small creature bangs his head on the floor on purpose; characters discuss violence and frightening things; an adult forces a teen to torture someone using magic; an adult blasts a teen off his feet, using magic; an adult murders another adult, using magic; a teen makes a violent joke; a teen punches an adult in the face; a teen gets a gruesome injury; magic is used to blast two characters off their feet; a large creature attacks a couple of teenagers and they fight back using magic in a frightening scene; a magical object attempts to choke a teen to death; a teen kills a magical creature/object in a disturbing scene; a magical creature threatens to eat a teen; a teen is heard screaming as she is tortured; an adult threatens to kill a teen and presses a knife against her throat; an adult murders a magical human-like creature; characters discuss a creature being tortured; a large creature causes a lot of destruction in a building; an adult murders many people and creatures in a fit of anger; an adult remember past violence and an accidental death by violence; teens discuss violent happenings; an adult threatens teens; a teen knocks out an adult; a teen tortures an adult using magic; adults duel with magic, no injuries or deaths; a war involving a few hundred adults and older teens, nondescript deaths (this war is focused upon off and on through a few chapters, and it lasts a long time);  a large creature brutally kills an adult, brief description; an adult kills another adult using magic; an adult attempts to kill a teen a couple of times; a magical duel between two people, in which one is killed.

Sex/Nudity:  Two teens kiss; an adult comments on a teen girl’s dress being too low-cut; strangers wolf whistle and catcall at a teenage girl; two teens kiss.

Mature Subject Matter:

Social conflicts regarding blood status, death of loved ones and family members, war, guardians treat their charge badly and don’t love him.

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I am devoted to stories. The guest bedroom at our house is themed “Harry Potter.” My dream job is to be a librarian or book editor. I even wanted to name our dog Ender or Julian Delphiki, but my husband put his foot down (which was probably a good idea).