A Reader posted a review at 2009-03-12 10:41:58.
After 25 hours (not straight through) I was able to complete, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. All in all a great book. If you are a fan of the series then let me say that the book will not let you down. I could go on and on about the wonders of it, but since my time at this computer is some what limited, allow me to point out the few things that I did not like...
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1. Why doesn't anyone tell me anything?
Like most of the previous novels, Harry is on the outside of the loop when it comes to information. Therefore, he spends the better part of the novel complaining that no one ever tells him anything. Sounds familiar? It should, Rowling has done the same thing in the past. Sure, it is for his own protection. I realize this, the problem is that the character refuses to see it that way too.
2. Into the woods.
The early part of the novel also spends a great amount of time with Harry and company on the run. This seems to go on and on to the point that you seem to wonder: "Hey JK when are you going to get to the good stuff?" (When she does - WOW!!) I feel that a chapter on Ron and Hermione destroying the Hufflepufff cup would have made a much better chapter instead of more camping in the woods.
3. Neville's revenge.
Yes, he did confront (in the 5th novel) the witch, Bellatrix Lestrange, who destroyed his parents. Surely, Rowling would allow Neville his pound of flesh. I waited for the payoff. It never came. Yes, Neville did prove to be a hero. We fans knew that all along. What we wanted for him was what we also wanted for Harry; to avenge his parents by directly taking on the person who was responsible. Harry got his Voldemort moment. Yet, Bellatrix was taken out by someone other than Neville; too bad.
4. Something missing...
While I enjoyed the "19 years later ending", a nice touch to Harry running into old classmates with their kids; sending them off to school, would have been running into Dudley as well. Him (Dudley) there with his wizard child, maybe Uncle Vernon there as well seeing his grandchild off. Finally, you would have Harry getting acceptance from this part of his family. Just a thought...
Again, a good novel. One I enjoyed. These are just a few areas of concern. Thanks...