A teenage wizard and his friends travel the countryside to find and destroy parts of their oppressor's soul. Harry (a teenage wizard) knows that he can't go back to wizardry school this year; there's war on the horizon. A renown villain, Lord Voldemort, is once again at the height of his powers, and (among other things) he's out to finish Harry off. Out of loyalty and a sense of duty, both of Harry's wizard friends Ron and Hermione forgo their seventh year at Hogwarts, the wizarding school, in favor of helping Harry find the rest of Voldemort's horcruxes; the pieces of his soul. The trio traipse across wilderness and rocky terrain, their only link to the wizarding world a radio that Ron brought along to keep track of the missing and dead. No one is safe, especially not with Voldemort's followers, the Deatheaters, in the Ministry and Snatchers patrolling the streets looking for half-bloods and muggleborns (people of non-magic descent). But the trio can't hide forever, and they're eventually Snatched, arrested, and identified. Harry and Ron are locked in a dungeon and Hermione is tortured by prison escapee and Voldemort-lover Bellatrix Lestrange. After a nasty duel, the trio escape to Ron's brother's house to concoct a plan to save Hogwarts, because they can all feel that that is where the tension with Voldemort will come to a head. With the help of the loyal professors still on grounds, they make their way to the castle that houses the wizarding school, and are stunned to find that a group of their former classmates has joined together, and is ready to take orders. When the battle begins, it's the fearless students and professors against the Deatheaters, the followers, and Voldemort. After the Hogwarts side sustains heavy casualties, Voldemort gives Harry an ultimatum: come to the forest to die, or let innocent people die for you. Noble as always, Harry walks the green mile to the Forbidden Forest that lies beyond the castle. On the way, he sees the ghosts of his past: his father, mother, and godfather. They encourage him and tell him that there's nothing to be afraid of. Harry faces off with the Dark Lord, and miraculously, doesn't die. But he fakes it so well that Voldemort goes on a victory march up to the castle to show off Harry's corpse. Once they're both in the center of all the discouraged onlookers, Harry springs to life and engages Voldemort in a duel that only one of them can survive. Harry cheats death twice that day; he is forever the Boy Who Lived.
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Best part of story, including ending:
I loved this story because I really got to watch the trio grow up and deal with more adult problems that even magic couldn't solve.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene was when Harry and Hermione start dancing in the tent on their horcrux hunt. It's a really human moment that's full of a different kind of magic; the magic of friendship.
Opinion about the main character:
What I like the most about Harry is how strong he pretends to be. He is afraid--how could he not be?--but he doesn't show it because he knows that if he falters then everyone else will fall.