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Published:July 27th, 2007 01:04 EST

Deathly Hallows-- Bittersweet Ending

By Tristan Mack

The day is finally here.  I have finished the final chapter of J.K. Rowling`s epic tale of magic and the worlds beyond.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was all I had hoped; beautifully written in that famous Rowling style that makes it difficult to put down regardless as to where you are in final chapter of the series, which has grown to immeasurable heights, as the final release has broken previous records, selling more than 8 million copies in its first 24 hours. 

Now, I will say I was a little disappointed.  Not with the book itself, but with the fact that the adventures within it were finally over.  A generation of new readers has grown up with this book ever since its appearance on book stands nearly ten years ago.  We have immersed ourselves in these characters and the adventures they take us on, because they are nothing more than our own desires. 

Rowling`s conclusion is both powerful and bittersweet as the journey to the end bears down.  I couldn`t read fast enough, but didn`t want to finish, knowing that there was nothing more after this.  More than once, I found my mouth drop with disbelief and my eyes tear as the pages went by.  Unlike the first books in the series, Rowling has become more comfortable with the notion of loss and the emotional toll it brings.  The Deathly Hallows, however, manages to become something great because it combines everything that made the series truly unforgettable. 

Sure the series grew somewhat darker as it progressed, but childhood innocence can only take you so far.  The one thing that did not change, however, was the wants of our young hero.  And to that end, Rowling has left her legacy in this final chapter.