Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Magill's Literary Annual 2008)
In the art of magic, seven is a sacred, mystical number, which symbolizes perfection and completion. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh novel released in the seventh month of 2007, J. K. Rowling concludes her monumental series, and her main character, Harry Potter, completes his task of ridding the wizarding world of Lord Voldemort and his followers.
More than the six previous Potter novels put together, this volume sparked a firestorm of discussion in the media and online about what would become of “The Boy Who Lived” and his cohorts. Prepublication rumors ran rampant in the press, and spoilers, both accurate and fraudulent, abounded on the Internet. The publisher alternately tried to take advantage of the hype to aggressively market the book and, at the same time, keep a lid on false yet tantalizing revelations concerning the plot on blogs and in chat rooms. Such tight security surrounded the publication that even reviewers had a difficult time obtaining advance copies of the embargoed novel. Meanwhile, at the witching hour on July 21, eager readers camped out in front of bookstores worldwide in order to make sure they secured their copies.
Expectations for the book were unquestionably high. Throughout the series, Rowling proves to be a masterful storyteller who carefully lays the groundwork leading up to the...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 2008)
Entertainment Weekly, no. 948 (August 17, 2007): 30-34.
Horn Book Magazine 83, no. 5 (September/October, 2007): 551-553.
Kirkus Reviews 75, no. 16 (August 15, 2007): 810.
The New York Review of Books 54, no. 14 (September 27, 2007): 32-35.
The New York Times Book Review 156 (August 12, 2007): 1-11.
Newsweek 150, no. 5 (July 30, 2007): 60.
Publishers Weekly 254, no. 30 (July 30, 2007): 83.
Weekly Standard 12, no. 45 (August 13, 2007): 35-37.
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