J.K. Rowling

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)"

(Reviewed by Amanda Richards JUL 31, 2007)

This final book of the Harry Potter series can be compared to a large-scale game of magical snakes and ladders, or rather, snakes and portkeys, with a huge numbers of players moving around the board, magically or otherwise. However, in this game, not only can players get eaten by a snake, but they also face deadly obstacles, and some players actually die. Indeed, this is the bloodiest Potter of the series starting from the opening chapters, and the body count is way up there. The crux of the matter is, of course, who will reach the last square alive?

The book may look huge, but J.K. Rowling quickly zaps the reader with an Imperius Curse, and you will find it impossible to disobey her order not to put it down. There is so much action and so many revelations as the author ties up the loose ends, that you may have to retrace your steps ever so often to make sure you haven't missed a thing.

The main plot centers around Harry turning seventeen, at which time the Dursley's home will become even more dangerous to a young wizard than before. Assisted by the Order of the Phoenix, he narrowly escapes once again, and teams up with Ron and Hermione to do the bidding of their revered headmaster.

As we learned in the last book, there are bits of evil, black soul hidden in certain special places as a back up immortality system for Voldemort, and a large part of the book deals with rounding them up and the almost impossible task of destroying the darned things.

The horcrux destruction rate started to mount
The Dark Lord was livid and started to count
He scratched off the diary, crossed off the ring
What HE didn't know was he'd missed out one thing

To complicate matters, a mysterious symbol keeps popping up, leading to a heck of a history lesson, and a reunion with old friends.

A symbol supposed to be Grindelwald's sign
A circle, triangle, and also a line
The Hallows were more than a fictional tale
And featured high up on the magical scale

If you've been faithfully following the series, you will be very pleased to learn that many of the characters from the other books are assembled for this, the grand finale, and that this last book is truly the best of them all.

I can't wait for this one to come to the screen
Especially that super-sized big battle scene
Forget movie six, let's just cut to the end
Three cheers for the series that JK has penned!!!

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About the Author:

J.K. RowlingJ. K. Rowling was born July 31, 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England and grew in Tutshill, South Wales. She graduated with a BA in French and the Classics from the University of Exeter. She studied in Paris for one year and then moved to London to work as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International. She developed her idea for Harry Potter while on a four-our delayed train trip from Manchester to London and began to write it immediately.

Rowling then moved to Porto, Portugal to teach English as a foreign language. While there, she married a Portuguese television journalist in October 1992, they had one child and were divorced in November 1993. A year later she and her daughter moved to Edinburgh, Scotland to be near her sister. Living on state benefits, she completed her first novel. Her agent handed the book to twelve publishing houses, all of which rejected it. Bloomsbury published the book based on the recommendation of the company's chairmans' eight-year old daughter, and even then, it was recommended that she get a day job! The following spring Scholastic won the rights to publish her book in the U.S. The rest is history and has made her the first person to become a billionaire by writing books.

J. K. Rowling, once a single parent, is President of One Parent Families and because of her mother's death from MS, contributes money and suport for research for multiple sclerosis. Apparently Scotland has the highest rate of MS in the world. She contributes to many charities that combat poverty and social inequality.

Rowling married Neil Michael Murray, an anaesthetist, in December 2001. Their son David was born in 2003 and their daughter, Mackenzie, was born in 2005. The family lives in Scotland and West London.

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