Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Author: J.K. Rowlings
Illustrator: Mary GrandPre

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books - Scholastic 2007
pages: 784
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Classification: Young Adult Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Media Type: Book

Grade level: 5-adult

Reader's annotation: Hermione and Ron stay by Harry’s side as they work out the final puzzle. Can Harry defeat Voldmort once and for all?

This book departs from the usual structure of life at Hogwarts as the majority of the story takes place while Harry and his friends hide out in a magical tent while they try to work out the final puzzle in collecting the all of the horcruxes to defeat Voldmort once and for all. While there is lots of sorcery and battles against magic forces throughout the tale, Harry has to make some difficult decisions. This book ties together many of the lessons he and his friends have learned throughout the earlier books in terms of emotional growth and maturity that really bring this story to its end.

Evaluation: The last book in the series comes to a very satisfying end. This series has been so influential to young adult literature and this book keeps the bar high. Not in the least bit predictable, it keeps one attention throughout all 759 pages of the story.

Series: book 7(last one) of Harry Potter series

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