Review of the Day: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part Two)
(CONTINUED FROM PART ONE)
Rowling has suggested that someday she may return to the world o’ Potteria. She certainly leaves that door open with this book, and I’m okay with that. If it means following the adventures of Albus Severus Potter (are the initials "ASP" a parseltongue coincidence?) then I’m happy to do so. I think it’s fairly clear that our days with Harry proper are done. Where Rowling chooses to go next, I’ll follow. There are reasons why she’s adored by children and adults alike. This book is one of them.
Notes on the Cover: Well, obviously the British one (shown here) is lame. Lamedy lame lame lame. I’m sorry, but some artist read through this entire book and said to themselves, "AH HA! The Gringotts scene! What a magnificent final cover THAT would make!" Really? Not Harry and the silver doe Patronus? Not Harry facing down Voldemort for the last time? Not Harry snogging Ginny, for pete’s sake? The adult cover (shown at the beginning of this review) is the prettiest. Let’s not begrudge the lovely American cover, though. The color scheme alone should win it awards (which will not happen since it sells well). Of course, I’m still not quite sure what GrandPre was drawing here. What are Harry and Voldemort looking at? And where are they? A little help please.
Misc: There is an amusing look at the newest Harry Potter in brief found via Educating Alice. Via Eric Berlineconomics of Harry Potter. New info on what Rowling’s writing next. And Dan directed me to the Onion AV Club‘s spoiler-rific review of the new book. It was created in a live blogging format while reading the book. Quite possibly my favorite review of this title out there. And my favorite Deathly Hallows song goes directly to darling Hank Green (how’d he pick up on the dead Hedwig and broken nose importance?)
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Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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