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July 15 2011 7:27 AM

The Audio Book Club on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Our critics discuss the final Harry Potter book.

Also in Slate, Dana Stevens reviews Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Dan Kois explains how one director saved the whole film franchise. Plus: Two " Potter virgins" go see the final film without having seen any of the previous movies or read any of the books.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

In this week's Audio Book Club, Slate editors Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin discuss the final book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Joining them are two extreme Potter enthusiasts, 8-year-old Simon, who is Emily's son, and 10-year-old Noa, who is Hanna's daughter. Hanna and Noa argue over whether Harry Potter is always too boringly good. Emily explains exactly what we are supposed to make of Severus Snape's love for Lily Potter. They all marvel at the chapter where Harry faces his own death. Simon ends it with a song.

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Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School. She is the author of Sticks and Stones.