What is it about?
This is it. The end. Finito. It’s the last book in the series, and it’s time for Harry’s big showdown and You-Know-Who. Travelling with his two best friends – Hermione and Ron – he must find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes (objects into which Lord Voldemort has put parts of his soul) before finally finishing off the head honcho himself. The journey will push friendships and loyalty to the very limit, and things don’t get any easier when Harry hears the legend on the three Deathly Hallows that will make the owner invincible; a cloak of invisibility, a stone that can bring back the dead, and a wand that can never be defeated.
Is it any good?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is undoubtedly brilliant. It is intricate, well-written and gripping – a masterpiece of young adult fiction. However, to me, it didn’t really feel like a Harry Potter novel; I’m not sure why, but I think most likely that it is because we don’t even get a glimpse of Hogwarts until the – admittedly awesome – final battle. Furthermore, it just feels like there’s too much going on. But, as I said, this book is still undoubtedly brilliant. Dialogue and characterisation were, as usual, superb – I especially liked McGonagall’s total bad-assery, Molly Weasley taking on Bellatrix, and Dudley’s farewell to Harry, things that I think really rounded those three characters. The falling apart of the trio in their isolation is well done and believable, and the massive Snape twist is fantastic. Deathly Hallows reads like a love letter to the Harry Potter series, showcasing lots of old characters and places, yet is still a completely original story.
How long did it take to read: five days
This book tastes like: crushed pineapple