Science fiction and fantasy
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
by J. K. Rowling
In addition Harry, Ron and Hermione are each left an apparently useless object in a will. It's yet another trail of clues, as if events weren't mysterious enough. Harry is left without guidance, frustrated that Dumbledore didn't see fit to let Harry in on his secrets. With Rita Skeeter publishing a damning book about Dumbledore's early life, Harry's confidence in the old wizard is shaken and he is beginning to think that he hardly knew his former headmaster at all.
The body count in The Deathly Hallows is high, with quite a lot of minor characters meeting their ends. This book has come a long way from the relatively safe atmosphere of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, where the good guys finished first and who won the Quidditch and the House Cup really mattered. The Deathly Hallows is the final episode in a series that has grown up with its readers, and it's a grittier book aimed at a more mature audience. The Death Eaters are fascists by another name, and the way they spread fear and insist on pure bloodlines will be familiar to anyone who has studied the build up to the Second World War.
J. K. Rowling is a consummate storyteller, and this is the sort of book you can read from dusk until dawn. You can't say it lacks pace. Rowling hasn't shied away from bringing us a big, spectacular ending. There's heroism, sacrifice and acts of bravery from those you expect it from, and those you don't. It's an ending that turns on all the waterworks, answers all the questions, and is a deeply satisfying conclusion to a landmark fantasy series.
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