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New depth for series' three friends

July 24, 2007|By FEDORA COPLEY

Book review

By 12:05 a.m. Saturday, I had the book in my hands. I held it close to me and scuttled out of the Waldenbooks in Binghamton, N.Y.

My family had stopped to pick up a copy of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" on our way to Vermont for a weekend vacation. During our two-day trip, I ignored many beautiful sights, as my eyes were glued to "Deathly Hallows," the final installment in the series by J.K. Rowling about teenage wizard Harry Potter.

I was very impressed with the book. Honestly, there are very few things that were inadequate.

Rowling did a great job of seamlessly continuing Harry's epic story. His relationship with best friends Ron and Hermione keeps expanding to include new emotions and chemistry, and a lot of arguing at some points. I liked that the three friends' bond served as an anchor to all the chaos that happens.

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Yes, people die in the book. Yes, my heart was beating extremely fast in many places. Yes, it was worth missing out on some of Vermont.

Throughout the book, Harry discovers new things about his relationship with the evil Lord Voldemort. It makes for a climactic ending, with Harry more mature and knowing than ever before. I was very pleased with the ending. It brought the series together, illuminating the pieces that were previously unexplained.

I think fans of Harry Potter will have little to complain about, except that in this series, there will be no more books.

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