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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Top Book of the Decade

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Posted by: sue
November 23, 2009, 04:30 PM

UK newspaper The Telegraph has compiled a series of lists of things that defined this decade. One such list involves the top 100 books, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling taking the number one spot. Quotage:

"If you don’t know what a Muggle is by now, you’re either Rip van Winkle or enormously stubborn. This is the seventh and final instalment in Rowling’s record-breaking series about Harry Potter, the world’s most famous lightning-scarred boy wizard and his tribulations with Lord Voldemort. We’ve seen Harry grow from a spindly, messy-haired 11-year-old into a heroic young adult. Children have grown up with him, finding in his battles metaphors for their own. This volume alone sold 15 million copies in the first 24 hours after it was published. Whether wickedly skewering suburbia, or bringing Harry, Ron and Hermione into mortal danger, Rowling is never less than absorbing. Some may sneer at her books, but they are triumphant sagas about the defeat of evil that tap into our basic hunger for stories. Most importantly, she makes reading a 700-page book seem easy. This one even has a quotation from Aeschylus as its epigraph. It stands as a cornerstone of the decade, a melding of high and low culture that appeals to all ages and nations."

Thanks Catherine and Jamie for emailing!

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439 Points


Posted by CandyCane2304 on November 24, 2009, 08:58 AM report to moderator
355 Points

Well deserved! I agree, 13_lucky_charms, even the thought of Twilight beating HP on that list would have me pulling my hair out. xD

Posted by Lisbry on November 24, 2009, 09:00 AM report to moderator
683 Points

Awesome! i’m really happy, DH deserves this!!

Posted by xxIBelieveInNarglesxx on November 24, 2009, 09:05 AM report to moderator
478 Points

yay!! i hope twilight didnt make the list :P it’s not realy a good work of literature, just a ‘dream’ put into books to make money

Posted by ProfessorAlice on November 24, 2009, 09:15 AM report to moderator
3772 Points

I am totally in agreement, this book does make reading 700 pages easy. And I keep reading it over and over and over….

Posted by Want to be a Weasley on November 24, 2009, 09:26 AM report to moderator
226 Points


Posted by wiltabone on November 24, 2009, 09:26 AM report to moderator
8876 Points

It is so cool that DH is at number 1 on this list. Of course it totally deserves to be there but, it’s always great to see HP & JKR getting the recognition that they deserve.

Posted by Moose_Starr on November 24, 2009, 09:43 AM report to moderator
37 Points

DH definitely deserves this! Also, shinypineapple, that is a good description of twilight….!

Posted by marzipan86 on November 24, 2009, 09:44 AM report to moderator
79 Points

hooray! XD

Posted by horizonshavenolimits on November 24, 2009, 09:56 AM report to moderator
444 Points

Yay! Not only am I happy that Deathly Hallows made the list but I’m also pleased that it took the top spot. Love the description beginning as well, that if you don’t know what a Muggle is “you are Rip Van Winkle or enormously stubborn”. Perfect and very funny.

Posted by Eeyore on November 24, 2009, 10:01 AM report to moderator
80450 Points

No surprises here!

Posted by Won_Two on November 24, 2009, 10:09 AM report to moderator
1479 Points

That’s so cool!!!!!!!! I finished the dh book in less than a week i think. So they’re right about Rowling makes it easy to read a 700-page book.

Posted by magicmaniac on November 24, 2009, 10:20 AM report to moderator
120 Points

Fantastic! It belongs no where other than the top spot!

Posted by Slytherins on November 24, 2009, 10:23 AM report to moderator
674 Points


Posted by joelface on November 24, 2009, 10:25 AM report to moderator
1245 Points

I’m glad to see the HP series get the recognition it truly deserves. How many other books have devoted fans whose ages range from the single digits to well past retirement age? JKR is well deserving of this honor.

Posted by dcsbelle [WBM] OOM3, CW on November 24, 2009, 10:42 AM report to moderator
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