I read myself silly yesterday and finally finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and loved it! But here are my excuses for not writing a real review of this book:
- There are so many really good, insightful reviews of this book out there already…Check out these enjoyable reviews by Nymeth, Tanabata, and Kay!
- I have family and friends who still haven’t finished it, so I really don’t want to spoil anything for them, or for anyone that still has this terrific read ahead of them. Dewey has very kindly set up a discussion site so we won’t spoil anything and can discuss the book to our hearts’ content. Thanks, Dewey!
- I am still processing and thinking about all that happened in this book…perhaps a little overwhelmed! I definitely have what Heather calls “Post Potter Syndrome.” It’s hard to move on from this one to something completely different!
- I’m also sad that it’s all over…after 10 years…and, yes, I’m also sad about some of the losses that Rowling warned us about before this final book came out.
So instead of a review, I offer some thoughts, accolades, and links:
- What a great series! It really was a tremendous accomplishment for J. K. Rowling, and as I finished this final volume, I felt a wash of appreciation for such a great reading experience (for children and adults). She did it right. I am so impressed with her imagination, her humor, and her heart.
- I have also loved the illustrations by Mary GrandPre. Be sure to visit her web site to see more of her artwork and projects. There’s a very nice 13-minute interview with her on the Minnesota Public Radio web site. I enjoyed listening to her talk about her experience with this book and about her process for illustrating them.
- I don’t know about you, but I have this overwhelming desire to start the entire series over again, and read it all straight through, back to back, so I don’t miss a single clue or nuance…maybe after I get rested up from this marathon 759 page read? And then I’d like to listen to Jim Dale read them all on the audiobooks…
- Spending some time on J. K. Rowling’s very creative web site is a lot of fun, too. I especially liked reading her “Acknowledgments,” and particularly liked reading what she said about her children, and her oldest daughter, Jessica, in particular. You will find the “Acknowledgments” by clicking on the pink eraser, and then opening the door…
- And, finally, I enjoyed watching the fun video interviews and news features at The Leaky Cauldron! There’s lots to see there, but I particularly enjoyed the interview with Daniel Radcliffe.
What a great reading experience for our times! I remember reading the first Harry Potter to my 6th graders, ten years ago, and what a wonderful shared reading experience it was for that class. It’s been so much fun! Thanks so much, Ms. Rowling!