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Reading Journals Final Project Rebecca Goff

Rebecca Goff


Published on November 29, 2014

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows . New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2007. Genre: Fantasy Intended Audience: 12 years and older Personal Reaction to the Book : The last in the series this book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, wraps everything up nicely. Having read all the books, I found myself missing the characters at the end of this book. They had become friends as real to me as any others. I was glad I did not find the series until it was complete so I could read all the way through without having to wait for the next installment. Harry fights off Lord Voldemort and grows up so much in this final book. We see his friendships with Ron and Hermoine develop into the type of friendships that last a life time and I was thrilled Rowling gave us a glimpse into the future. In this book Harry leaves Hogwarts to go off and seek out what he needs to defeat Lord Voldemort. The reader is invited in to watch as he struggles with his own mortality and the insecurity of the future. We are also privy to his fears and sadness with those that have died for him and around him. We see as the Weasleys suffer their own losses and how that impacts Ron and Harry both. Hermoine is forced to leave her own family behind and she becomes the planner for the group often creating the plans despite the arguing from Ron and Harry. Snape reveals a side of himself I certainly did not see coming until the end. The losses of life are staggering and with each one I felt it as though I was standing there with the characters. The books start out on a much lower level. I would have no hesitation to recommend the books to a younger crowd until book 4 really. It is here that the darker themes really start coming out. As the series progresses so too does the audience level increase. I think you can read this book and all the books in the series and pull many different things from it depending on your age and your background. I think this is why it will stand the test of time. Author Facts: J.K.Rowling grew up in England where she earned a French and Classics degree from Exeter University. She taught English in Portugal for a year. The concept for Harry Potter came to her during a train delay and it took her five years to outline the various books. She is now writing adults books including two crime novels. Related website : http://www.jkrowling.com