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Book Beat: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Book Beat: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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This is the first time in a long time that people have come up to me wherever I go to ask me about a book. "Have you finished it yet?" "What did you think of the ending?" I was reading at Barnes and Noble last week when one of the baristas stopped to ask me what chapter I was in, and then smiled a knowing smile and said, "Keep reading."

There is no way to review this book other than to say J.K. Rowling is brilliant. I don't understand how she keeps all the myriad details straight. I would have a hard time recounting the story to you even if I wanted to (which I wouldn't dream of) because there are so many characters, so many twists, so many legends and mysteries and struggles (and muggles). It's just a feat of organization in addition to being really entertaining.

That's the bottom line, isn't it? Harry Potter either entertains you or it doesn't, and for millions of us around the world, it is irresistibly entertaining. I enjoyed the end of every chapter, pulling me into the next. I enjoyed Ron's humor and Harry's earnestness and Hermoine's uncompromising character. I enjoyed every minute of every book, most especially this final chapter.

My only caveat is that I wish I had re-read Book Six (like my babysitter did) to refresh my memory before I started. That would have been helpful. I stand in awe of J.K. Rowling and the cultural and literary feat she has accomplished. It's been a pleasure.

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