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Reviewed by Harry Fan from Jhb on 10 August 2005
1444 of 2833 people found the following review helpful:
What an awesome book. Having followed the Harry Potter story for years now (I have read all the books more than once) I have to say that this is her best work yet. The story has matured beautifully, her writing and story telling style too. She knows what her fans want and expect,and believe me, she has given them all of it! I couldn't put the book down. The las few pages went a bit slower, because, for the first time in my life I was crying while reading a book. Shocking, but not too unexpected if you follow the story. It was the next logical thing to happen to help Harry in reaching his destiny. This book to me was more personal, in the fact that you have grown so much with the characters now that you can really relate to them. The story is well balanced and well written. A definite 10 out of 10 for this, it was WELL worth the wait! If you are any sort of fan GET THIS BOOK!!! Now of course, I cannot wait for book 7. At least the Goblet Of Fire movie gets released by December, which also promises to be great.
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Reviewed by Jean Anderson from East London, South Africa on 07 December 2005
459 of 922 people found the following review helpful:
This is the gripping continuation of the lives of the folk in J K Rowlings
series; an epic tale of good versus evil as seen through the experiences of
its teenage protagonists. In this book Harry explores the psyche of the
arch-villain Voldemort. We realise that in some ways their life experiences
are similar but their responses, attitudes and choices are very different.
We suspect that it is these insights into Voldemort's personality that will
help Harry best his more powerful nemesis when the time comes.
I found the dark characters in the books to have a very real message for
today. Voldemort's followers, the 'Death Eaters' are modeled on the Klu
Klux Klan or the Nazi's; they ferment hatred of 'muggles', (non-magical
people) viewing them in a racist way, believing themselves to be superior
and reviling mixes between the races. Voldemort himself may not even care
about such things (his mother was a 'muggle'), but he taps into peoples base
instincts so that they will follow him.
The growing power and ruthless tactics of the 'Death Eaters' force all
others in the magical community into a civil war of sorts. Ordinary people
are compelled to evaluate their beliefs and to find the courage to defend
The book is a rollercoaster ride as Harry and his friends fall in love, face
gruesome challenges and experience heart-rending tragedy. Over time the
characters in these books have developed great depth. Even the 'evil
characters' have their reasons for doing wrong and occasionally we even feel
some sympathy for them.
I really enjoyed this book, I confess to feeling somewhat mystified by
people who claim it's message is evil. To say Harry is evil because
Voldemort is, is like saying that Spiderman is evil because the Green Goblin
is in it, or that Austen Powers is evil because of Mini-Me. This paranoia
of all things magical seems like something out of the Dark Ages when all
witches were evil and should be burned at the stake. An attitude of
superiority that I am sure Voldemort would have loved.
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Reviewed by Bianca G from Secunda on 02 August 2005
776 of 1577 people found the following review helpful:
J.K. Rowling again managed to produce a remarkable book. I enjoyed it very much, there was indeed places where it was a little out stretched but all in all a job well done. The ending was very very intriguing, we all was under the impression that there might only be 7 books but thinking back to the ending I will say - in my own opinion, that J.K. Rowling has more up her sleeve then what we might imagine. She managed again to show us how utterly important friends are because we know if it wasn't for Ron and Hermoine, Harry would've perished years before...
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