Hardcover: 607 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury; Children's edition (21 Jul 2007)
Is there anything else that can be said at this point? Probably not. After some thousands of pages, the Harry Potter series finishes. Most of the plot points get wound up, though even with just over 600 pages, not everything gets tidied away. There's an epilogue which seems tacked on as much as anything, and could have been left out entirely for all the good it does.
And that perhaps reflects the problems with the series. JKR managed to ignite a phenomenal following with the series, somehow coming up with a perfect mixture of fantasy with the everyday world of school. But an everyday that was itself fantastical. In the end, the whole plot arc mostly works - knowing what was going to happen right from the start helped - but her ambition perhaps surmounts her abilities. A more experienced writer would have better understood economy in the telling. I do rather hope that her readers will now start to look for something else, and stumble over those lesser known but better writers who will properly challenge them. If that happens, then JKR's legacy will one to envy.
The series finally concludes.