Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (2007). New York: Arthur A. Levine Books.ISBN-10: 0545010225.

Plot Summary

The end to Harry Potter’s story is near, which means that a great battle is upon the wizarding world. No longer does the story remain within the walls of Hogwarts, though it does continue within the mind and heart of Harry Potter himself. Dumbledore has left Harry, Ron, and Hermoine clues as to what he has learned so far about Voldemort and his power. In seeking the answers leading to the horcruxes which make up Voldemort’s immortality, they will have to face the darkness which Voldemort has spread throughout their world.
Critical Evaluation

Not only is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows an essential read because it finalizes Harry’s story, but it is an essential read because of its craftiness, cleverness, and exhaustivity. J.K. Rowling was a force to be reckoned with from the beginning, but in this final volume of Harry Potter, she illustrates exactly how an epic tale such as Harry’s should end. The fans need to be surprised so the story must remain unpredictable while the character’s motivations need to utterly make sense, and questions brought forth throughout the rest of the series must be answered. Rowling manages to perform all of these tasks with the courage, humility , and success characteristic of the House of Gryffindor.
If teens have passed up the lighter fare in the earlier volumes of the series, they may enjoy books four through seven much more, which are considerably longer and more complex, and whose protagonists are now teenagers themselves.
Reader’s Annotation

Harry Potter will have to delve into the deepest parts of himself in order to face Voldemort for the last time. Luckily, he has his friends to help him.

About the Author
J. K. Rowling grew up in the outskirts of Bristol, in West England, with her parents and her sister, Di. Di, like Harry Potter, has a small scar on her forehead. Rowling grew up near some neighbors called “The Potters,” whom inspired the name of Rowling’s hero. When Rowling’s mother died, she was devastated, but this perhaps is what strengthened Harry’s feelings about his parents in the novel, and what intensifies his darkest felt moments in the series.

Rowling studied French at The University of Exeter. She got the idea for Harry Potter while riding on a train, and because she had nothing to write with, she simply sat there, generating ideas. She wrote the first book primarily in cafes, and while her young daughter slept. She knew from the beginning that there would be only be 7 books in the series.



Curriculum Ties

Booktalking Ideas

-Harry Potter compared with other epic journey tales, such as The Lord of the Rings.

-A description of the feelings one might go through as they finish the series, and how many youth view this book as a change in their lives from child to adult

Reading Level/Interest Age

Ages 12-16+

Challenge Issues

Harry Potter has been challenged for being occult, and dealing with “witchcraft and wizardry,” though the series is so fantastical that the witchcraft depicted in the books is a far cry from the thing which religious groups object to.
In this volume, however, Lord Voldemort is not a simple villain with simple desires. He tortures and kills (not discriminating against even some of our well-loved characters,) without a second thought, and takes delight in doing so. While the books don’t condone these actions in any way, (we are rooting for Harry to defeat this ultimate evil, of course,) this particular content may not be appropriate for younger children. Older teens, however, have the capacity to deal with the subject matter and themes, Harry’s strong emotional struggles, and the lengthy page count which is over 600 pages.
Why Did You Include This Book?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold 11 million copies in the first 24 hours that it was available for purchase, shattering the only other title holding such a record, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was also published concurrently in 90 countries, something that rarely happens with any media.
BBC News. (2007). Harry Potter finale sales hit 11m. Retrieved on December 10th, 2010 from
Best Books:
Amazon Editors’ Picks: Top 10 Books, 2007 ; United States
Best Books for Young People, 2007 ; Washington Post; United States
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2007 ; American Library Association; United States
Capitol Choices, 2008 ; The Capitol Choices Committee; United States
Choices, 2008 ; Cooperative Children’s Book Center; United States
Kirkus Best Young Adult Books, 2007 ; Kirkus; United States
Middle and Junior High Schoool Library Catalog, Ninth Edition Supplement 2008, 2008 ; H.W. Wilson Company; United States
Notable Children’s Books, 2007 ; New York Times; United States
Notable Children’s Books, 2008 ; ALSC American Library Association; United States
Outstanding International Books, 2008 ; United States Board on Books for Young People/Children’s Book Council; United States
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books, 2007 ; Cahners; United States
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, July 30, 2007 ; Cahners; United States
Top 10 Youth SF/Fantasy, 2008 ; Booklist; United States
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2008 ; American Library Association; United States
YALSA Teens’ Top Ten, 2008 ; American Library Association; United States
Awards, Honors, Prizes:
Andre Norton Award, 2007 Winner United States
Books I Love Best Yearly (BILBY) Awards, 2008 Winner Older Readers Australia
Children’s Choice Book Award, 2008 Winner Author of the Year United States
Cuffies: Children’s Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year, 2007 Winner Best Sequel United States
Indigo Teen Read Award, 2010 Nominee Best Villain Canada
Indigo Teen Read Award, 2010 Winner Best All-Time Fave Canada
Locus Award, 2008 Finalist Best Young Adult Book United States
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature, 2008 Winner United States
State and Provincial Reading Lists:
3 Apples Book Award, 2009 ; Finalist; New York
Golden Archer Award, 2009-2010 ; Nominee; Middle/Junior High; Wisconsin
Wisconsin Battle of the Books, 2007-2008 ; High School; Wisconsin
Wisconsin Battle of the Books, 2007-2008 ; Middle Level; Wisconsin

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