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

Don’t worry, there are no spoilers here. Would someone who doesn’t touch her wrapped and addressed Christmas presents until December 25th ever attempt to ruin the fun for someone else?

I was surprised when my copy arrived on the afternoon of July 21st, because I hadn’t paid Amazon.com for an exact-date delivery. Perhaps they decided to eat that cost for a regular customer, since booksellers are taking losses on the book anyway (too many links for this information; you can find the subject easily enough on your own). I couldn’t get to Deathly Hallows immediately, but when I did open it on a following morning, I spent most of the day glued to it. It’s a fast read, being YA, but still mesmerizing. Curse you, Rowling, for not letting me close it for even short potty breaks! Hmm, maybe too much information?

Much of my fascination involved how Rowling was going to wrap up. I knew she had several ways to play out the story since she’s laid plenty of ground work in previous books. Once again, there was a PLAN for the series, which is something that many writers like to avoid — particularly writers like me who are focusing on just getting their first book published. There should always be a plan with many potential solutions, and I’ll get right on that some time in the future…

Back to the final Harry Potter book: the ending didn’t shock me because Rowling made the effort to create background and clues and motivations in previous books. I use the word "shock" because surprise and astonishment must be part of the wonder of reading — but the reader shouldn’t be shocked by something illogical. In Deathly Hallows, everything generally makes sense. A warning to readers, though: be sure you have a fairly good grip on details from previous books or you might get lost. Additionally, expect a high body count on both sides of the struggle against You-Know-Who.

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