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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. By J.K. Rowling. Arthur A. Levine Books, 759 pages, $19.24, hardcover.

Fifth-grader finds reading last Potter book sad, exciting

By Luke Carter
Special to THE DAILY

Editor’s note: This book review was written by a fifth-grade magnet program student at Leon Sheffield Elementary School.

Wow! “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” has hit the bookshelves. It’s exciting to get to read another book in the Harry Potter series, but it’s also sad because this is the final book.

The seventh book is about Harry Potter’s attempt to demolish the horcruxes and ultimately destroy Lord Voldemort. A horcrux is part of a soul. Lord Voldemort divided his soul into seven horcruxes so he would be invincible. Voldemort dominates the magical world while he is in pursuit of Harry, and he intends to kill the boy wizard with the help of his Death Eaters. Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione are working just as hard to find and destroy the horcruxes. They have to hide from the Ministry of Magic because Voldemort infiltrated it and hypnotized the Minister of Magic.

The struggle of this book occurs as Harry slowly realizes that if he wants to permanently defeat Voldemort, he must die. I won’t reveal too much about how this conflict is resolved because it would ruin your enjoyment of the book.

My favorite quote is on page 722: “Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.” This quote was from Albus Dumbledore, and it sets the tone for the end of the book.

Though J.K. Rowling wrote 759 pages, the book a real page-turner and worth reading! I would recommend it to anyone who loves mystery and action stories. You won’t want to put it down!

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