Friday, October 5, 2007

Book Review: Harry Potter Book #7

I hesitated to include the Harry Potter books in my fall challenge. While my husband & I thoroughly enjoy them, I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding the reading of them, particularly in the Christian community. However, I have been waiting to read book #7 & I had even started with Book #1 so I could have all the context in order. It's something I typically do whenever a new book comes out in a series. Sometimes it can take quite a while to get all the way back up to the newest book!

Anyway, I have to say that I am a big fan of these books. I find them very engaging & I like J. K. Rowling's style. I had heard much talk of the books about four to six years ago before I actually jumped in to read them myself. In fact, I think the first four were out before I started the series & only then at the urging of my older sister. She had just had surgery & read them while recovering.

Book #7 or Year 7 was the best to date in my oh-so-humble opinion. It was well worth the wait. I will even confess to this publicly - I did virtually nothing but feed my children & sleep for the last two days as I barrelled through this book eager to see how it all was going to turn out in the end. Yes, I read the 759 pages of this book in two days & I am actually thinking of reading it again very soon.

While I know Rowling's wrote these books for children, I would caution anyone in allowing their younger set to read anything from book #5 onward. The last three books of the series have more violence in them - understandably for those who know the series content. The last book, in particular, should really only be for ages 14-15 and up.

So for those who are Harry Potter fans, even though I'm a bit late on this, book #7 was worth the wait & Rowling's did a fabulous job of tying up all the ends - for the most part. :-)


  1. I agree! I loved the series and particularly the last book. Very well written.

  2. I've never read this series and I have so many others to read I probably won't, but thanks for the review. Mainly I'm stopping by to say I noticed you're going to see Debbie again according to your ticker! Have FUN!

  3. I look at the books as just a good read. If your children (and your family) are grounded firmly in God's values, you will see the book for what it is. Entertainment. This series of books has turned many a non-reader into a bibliophile. They are well written, hold your interest, and at the end of it, you're not obsessed with wanting to be like them, because you know it's all fantasy.

    BTW - those Lori Wick books are AWESOME! Do you want them back?

  4. Great. My 9yods picked up this book, and it's the longest he's ever been interested in. We figured he'd stop after chapter 2. He's on page 400+. Maybe it will be due before he's done? (eyes rolling)


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