Epilogue: Reading Reading in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The epilogue turns to the most popular books for young readers of the last several decades to ask: where are the readers in, rather than of, the Harry Potter series? In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry and his friends are finally required to grapple with all the elements of literacy sketched out in this study. The characters in this final novel in the Harry Potter series learn to read against the fundamentalist grain of their earlier efforts. They develop a collaborative communal reading that provides a model for their implied readers and a happy ending for the series. Yet that happy ending rests on earlier compromises; reading remains both indispensable and limited in the happy outcome. The book concludes, then, with both a celebration and a caveat: adolescent reading is alive and well, and changing before our eyes.
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