Newsweek Names “Deathly Hallows” Best Book of 2007

Newsweek has named Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the Best Book of 2007. The magazine lists its top 15 books of the year with the final installment in the Harry Potter series claiming the top spot.

You could call it the most satisfying ending to a guessing game since the casting of Scarlett O’Hara. The seventh and final installment of the Potter series went in no radical directions (Harry didn’t die), but Rowling made it look effortless when she niftily tied off one plot line after another. The kids who grew up on these novels–and therefore can’t help but take them somewhat for granted–have no idea how lucky they are.