Harry Potter 7

I have just finished the seventh and presumably last volume of the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and as with the other books of the heptalogy, I liked it! The story was extremely thrilling and very convincing. Contrary to former parts, it presupposes knowledge about what happened in the sixth book: One has to know what horcruxes are and who the Half-Blood Prince is. I had forgotten about the Half-Blood Prince and wondered who the prince was in the chapter: The Prince’s Tale (which is a funny title, because it’s only function is the reference to the preceding book).

Some people told me they didn’t like the ending of the book. I do not share their opinion. I quite liked the final turn. It is impressive how well the loose ends finally fit together. I would like to criticize only one aspect: The last book extols the traditional family model. In the 21st century, we ought to surpass the straight mind or narrow-mindedness of the traditional family that eludes the characters (and possibly the readers) at the end of the story. J. K. Rowling started out better!

Nevertheless, the last book is by far the most suspenseful of the series and doesn’t lack humor. It is highly readable, especially if you feel at home in the Harry Potter universe.

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