Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Posted October 20, 2017 by Amber in Reviews / 4 Comments

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by J. K. Rowling

Series: Harry Potter #7
Publisher: Scholastic Press on July 21, 2007
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade, New Adult, Young Adult
Representation: Asian, BIPOC, Black
Content Warnings: Death, Death of Parent, Murder, Torture, Violence

Rating: ★★★★

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Harry Potter is leaving Privet Drive for the last time. But as he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and they take to the skies, he knows Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters will not be far behind.

The protective charm that has kept him safe until now is broken. But the Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything he loves. And he knows he can’t keep hiding.

To stop Voldemort, Harry knows he must find the remaining Horcruxes and destroy them.

He will have to face his enemy in one final battle.


Harry’s quest is nearing an end.

Since Dumbledore’s death, Harry has known it is his turn to pick up the mantle of destroying Voldemort, and that he will not be able to return home to Hogwarts.  As the hunt for Horcruxes looms over him, he has a single lead:  the fake necklace and the note signed “R.A.B.”.  He plans to go alone, and bring Voldemort to his end.

What follows is a cross-country adventure as Harry – joined by his friends – break into Gringotts, duel death eaters, and are intrigued by the story of something called “The Deathly Hallows”.  Although it’s told as a wizarding bedtime story, there is something more to the tale than meets the eye.  Could these Hollows hold the key to defeating Voldemort once and for all?

This is a book in two parts.

Unlike the rest of the Harry Potter series, it’s really easy to see the logical split in this book.  For the first half of the book, Harry and co. are traipsing across the countryside, changing their location often and trying to avoid the Death Eaters and head hunters.  The wizarding world is changing and this slow paced journey allows us to see how much is different while realistically showing the difficulty Harry and his friends are going through trying to find the pieces of Voldemort’s soul.  A lot of people really dislike this half – I like it.  I think it shows good desperation and a realistic view of a regime change – it’s not all action all the time.

The second half, of course, is the Battle of Hogwarts, which is incredible.  You’ll holler, you’ll cry, and you’ll cheer.  Rowling does an AMAZING job of writing a battle sequence, which is no simple feat.  There are SO MANY sad feels in this part of the book that I weep.

You never know who is going to die.

Now that I’ve read this three time, I know the casualties, but reading it for the first time I remember my anxiety over the deaths was BAD the first time I read it.  We’d been with these characters for ten years and grown to love them all.  After the end of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince we learned that nobody was off limits.  It breaks your heart, it really does.

This book is DARK.  There’s little to no joking around, no dancing or happiness.  Everyone is running and fighting for their lives and while you’ll be proud of Neville and consistently in awe of Luna, while you’ll hate Bellatrix and pity the Malfoys, there’s nothing FUN about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  All happy endings come at great sacrifice.

A perfect end to the series.

I’m like all the others – I adore Harry Potter and would read it forever.  I’ve read the series so many times and I’m still waiting for Hogwarts: A History and a marauders spinoff.  But I don’t think I could ask for a better end to this series.

That includes the epilogue.  I love the epilogue.  I didn’t want to see anymore of their future.  That much was perfect.

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★
Plot: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★
Narrator: ★★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★★


Have you read this book or anything by this author?  If so, did you enjoy it?  Tell me all about your experience in the comments!

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4 responses to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

  1. Danielle

    I LOVEEE this series!! I still think Neville and Luna had a chance to be together. Harry was in beast mode this whole book, as well as Hermione. Ron didn’t need to be a total jealous bitchbaby and leave them all alone. He came back but too late. ??. The showdown between Molly and Bellatrix will always be fantastic!! ??????

    • Amber

      Neville and Luna would have been a really sweet couple, I think. However, now that we know Newt Scamander a bit better from the Fantastic Beasts film, I’m okay with Luna ending up with one of his kin. 🙂

      Aw, see, I totally forgave Ron. I think he was being crazy affected by the Horcrux and he was afraid for his family and he did regret it like 5min later but too late. We all make impulsive decisions and I think it was brave of him to find his way back, both knowing AGAIN what he was walking into, and knowing he would face their scorn and possibly be denied entry. Plus he was able to contribute knowledge about the outside world they wouldn’t’ve had otherwise. :). But you’re allowed to hate him!

      • Danielle

        Ron was affected by the Horcrux but you could tell that it was his insecurities coming through and he’s taken it out on the wrong people, especially his best friends. Who did Luna end up with?

        • Amber

          Rolf Scamander, Newt Scamander’s grandson. I don’t remember the exact source but I think Rowling said it in either an interview or it was on Pottermore. So I guess that tells us that Newt will have a happily ever after somewhere along the lines, although I doubt it’ll be with Lena Lestrange….