The first time that I read this book I’m pretty sure I skimmed through nearly whole chapters to get to the end. I had been waiting SO LONG (along with everyone else) for this final book and it was hard not to see how the final battle between Harry and Voldemort would turn out.
I’m sure everyone knows at least a little bit about Harry Potter so I won’t go into too much background.
This 7th book is much different from the other 6. First of all, there is very little time spent at Hogwarts because it has been taken over. Harry, along with his best friends Ron and Hermione, have decided that rather than return to school they need to go on a mission that Dumbledore left for Harry. And so, shortly after a Weasley family wedding, the three leave together on a new adventure.
This book ties a lot of loose ends together, including more info on James and Lily Potter, Dumbledore’s childhood as well as more insight into Voldemort AND the reason why Snape did what he did in the 6th book (I won’t wreck it for those who haven’t read but plan to). On top of all this history, there is also, of course, lots of adventure as well as quite a lot of death. In fact, it amazes me that HP is still considered a child’s book – this one definitely hits a little close to the dark side.
Rereading this, I am amazed at how much detail I missed out on the first time around. However, as with every HP book I am left amazed at J.K. Rowling’s imagination. It hurt to lose a few friends along the way but the end of the HP series ended up being a good one. As long as you don’t read the epilogue, which didn’t even seem like J.K.’s writing style. So for first time readers, just don’t read the epilogue. It’s lame.
However, even with that said I would recommend this book, as well as every other HP book, to anyone. Absolutely fantastic.