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

Well, it was a fiver from the local ASDA; so although I tried to think of something else, I bought it and read it.

I liked it more than I expected to. I thought that, with the exception of the very last expository section of What Snape Was Really Up To, Rowling kept up the narrative pace very well. With the first significant death so early in the book (never mind Mad-Eye Moody, I am referring to poor Hedwig), it becomes clear that we are playing for keeps, and that the body count is going to soar; as indeed it does. If you have managed to avoid the spoilers, there is a real suspense about who is going to live and who will die. We know this is the last book; how final will the ending be?

While this is not Great Literature, it would be churlish not to acknowledge that the characters have matured and deepened as the books have gone on. The Harry/Ron/Hermione dynamic is particularly attractive; but we also have a fair amount of parenting going on - the Weasleys, the Malfoys, Lupin and Tonks - of course, much less of this book was set in Hogwarts than the previous volumes, so there is more scope for it.

aramuin claims that many of the plot elements had been done before and better in fanfiction. Perhaps I should read more fanfiction. This will, of coutrse, remain the canonical version.
< Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows | The Tales of Beedle the Bard >

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nwhyte
Jul. 23rd, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
Sorry, just catching up here: the "carpet book controversy"???
smellingbottle
Jul. 23rd, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
It's the term that began to be used as net shorthand for the copy of the book leaked online before the official launch date, which caused so much fannish screaming about whether or not it was a fake. Whoever procured the book photographed it, page by page, lying on a rather nasty multi-coloured carpet - hence the title.

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