Saturday, 21 July 2007

Harry Potter Revealed

IN possibly a world record-breaking 4244 words-per-minute, six-time world speed reading champion ANNE JONES has read the final instalment of J.K. Rowling’s monumental, spellbinding epic series.

Taking just 47 minutes 1 second to read the 759-page book Anne delivers the first review of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows since it went on sale at midnight.

So is the seventh instalment worth the wait?

The final showdown between Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived, and his arch-enemy Lord Voldemort, He Who Must Not Be Named, is a classic good-versus-evil tale on a par with Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy.The book is very dark — right from the start there is fighting. In the opening chapter, we are faced not with Harry and the gang, but to Voldemort massing his forces, so you know trouble is afoot.The first scene of action and danger is gripping, where 15 of the good guys are in mortal danger.Well-known characters start falling left, right and centre - every casualty is heart-rending, so readers will need nerves of steel for this first part.
However, there are some lighter moments too.

There is a lot of background detail delving into Dumbledore’s murky past, with his family members playing a vital part in this finale.

And the Ministry is infiltrated by Voldemort's warriors — bringing to mind Nazi Germany.

Final instalment ... what happens to Harry?The actual confrontation with Voldemort will satisfy fans — it is superb. The plot takes up the mission started by Harry in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince where he tries to find and destroy the remaining five Horcruxes, magical items containing Voldemort's lifeforce and the reason why he can't be killed.And in this seventh book, as the title suggests Harry concerns himself with the “Hallows,” which are three magical objects said to make the possessor the Master of Death.As the battle draws closer, Harry's turmoil is heightened as he has to make a tough decision which could affect the outcome of the battle - should he follow the path of the Hallows or the Horcruxes?Readers are kept on the edge of their seats.

There are many surprises, one of the biggest being Snape, who it would seem is working for Voldemort but then saves the day by giving Harry crucial information. But does he live or die as a consequence?

Harry's best friends Ron and Hermione prove to be formidable foes to Voldemort's army but is there any truth to internet rumours that one of them meets their demise at his hands?

The book, in parts, is frightening but when all is said and done, J.K. Rowling has left an ending fans will be very happy with.

The final chapter fast forwards 19 years to the future and is an epilogue of what happens to the main characters.

Without being too critical, the plot does seem to be a bit complicated — but I would not change a word.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows is a real page-turner (literally).

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