Thursday, July 19, 2007

Booking Through Thursday: Just Wild About Harry

1. Okay, love him or loathe him, you’d have to live under a rock not to know that J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book, /Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, /comes out on Saturday… Are you going to read it?

2. If so, right away? Or just, you know, eventually, when you get around to it? Are you attending any of the midnight parties?

3. If you’re not going to read it, why not?

4. And, for the record… what do you think? Will Harry survive the series? What are you most looking forward to?

There are people who actively avoid Harry Potter; there are those who do not care one way or the other; there are those who hate him, tolerate him, like him, or love him. Some people are fanatics and some are just regular fans. There's nothing wrong with falling into any one of those categories. I happen to be among those who thoroughly enjoy reading the books and watching the movies and so you can bet I will be right there in the middle, waiting to read the final Harry Potter book.

A couple of my coworkers are organizing a Harry Potter potluck for tomorrow in honor of the book release. I imagine one person might even come in costume, as big a fan as she is. There are several of us who read the books and are anxiously awaiting the strike of midnight when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released.

I still have not decided if I will be among the throngs of people lining up to get my copy. Barnes and Nobles opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, the crowds will be gone, and I would have the store mostly to myself for other book browsing. Can you imagine trying to browse the shelves at the midnight release? Still, there is something enticing about being swept up in the moment and being a part of the festivities. Everyone there will be sharing in the excitement about a book--just one little book.

While I may or may not be collecting my book at midnight on the 21st, I will be reading the book right away. Besides not being able to resist diving right in, I also do not want to have to avoid all the spoilers that will immediately be coming, some of which will be unavoidable altogether. And then there is the fact that my husband wants to read the book. He is kindly allowing me to have first dibs, knowing that I will not leave him waiting long. I did suggest buying two books, but he does not think it is worth the money or the effort.

As to what I expect to happen, I am keeping my thoughts on the subject to myself. This is in part due to the fact that I have no specific predictions and made no real guesses as to what I think or want to happen. I will let the story unfold as I read it and accept whatever the author has mapped out. The characters and story are her creation. I trust her to make the best decisions for her world; I'm just a visitor after all.


  1. I know people who are crazy about Harry, but I've only seen the movies. I might read the books once the hype is over.

  2. 34 hours to go before I get my copy . . .

  3. Hey Wendy, can you believe that I haven't read this series, yet?! *gasp* LOL. But I'm planning to get them soon.

    I'd hate to see Harry go, but I agree with you that no matter whatever the circumstances is, we have to accept the ending because it's up to the author to write whatever she desires since she's the creator of the story.

    I hope you've a great time at the bookstore. Happy reading and have a great weekend. :)

  4. I would have to wait to read the book, since I have other Potter's books that I yet to read. Then once am done, then I get to Deathly Hollows. I never gone to midnight party before but may go if friend decided to take her kids along.

    I'm with you, am going to avoid spoilers and try to keep my predictions to myself. It only land me into trouble LOL...have a happy Harry Potter fun weekend! And thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  5. I just hope she didn't kill Harry, Hermione, Ron or Snape. Anyone else is up for grabs. LOL.

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'll be reading the book sooner than I thought as Paul (my son) is lending it to me next week.

    I've not found your blog before - I love it!

  7. I like your closing comment about it being her world and you being just a visitor. That's so true. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  8. I don't want Snape to die, that's all. I'm in two minds about whether to buy it tomorrow or not. It IS going to be a cold, wet weekend, and I have no pressing plans...
    Enjoy the read!

  9. I'm only going to get it on Saturday morning for the same reason as you. It'll be much quieter, and I'll be out of the store with my book in no time.

    But at the same time, I agree that there is great about so many people sharing their enthusiasm about a book.

    I smile when I think that this weekend, all over the world, millions of people will be doing barely anything other than reading this book, will be experiencing similar emotions as the story unfolds, will share the same bittersweet feeling when it all ends... I wonder how many times in history that has happened?

  10. I think it would be interesting to buy two books ... reading side by side and seeing who finishes first!

    Although i can't get my wife interested in Harry Potter so I'll only be buying one ...

  11. I like what Nymeth says about millions of people sharing the same experience this weekend.
    I wouldn't be buying the book or the hype if J.K. Rowling's work weren't so well-written and enjoyable on so many levels.
    I'll re-read #6 today (at least, that's the plan) and be ready to spend tomorrow in a very different world - along with millions of others.

  12. True, we are just visitors to her story! I'm sure I'll still be disappointed if certain people die but she'll do what she needs to do I guess. Happy reading this weekend!

  13. I'm sorry I'm such a late bloomer. I will be reading websites instead. *sigh*

  14. I completely agree with your comments about HP! And you are so right on that it is the author's creation and hers to do with as she pleases. I am just happy she created such an enchanting world for us all to visit.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  15. Oh, that's just so grown up! ;)

  16. One of the most thoughtful answers I've read so far! When I read the earlier 4 HP books, the effort was more like to find out what the fuss was all about. I'm one of those who are rather indifferent towards him. :)

  17. I got my book yesterday and started it right away. I am an interested "fan" but hardly a fanatic. I have read all of the previous six and do look forward to this one.

  18. We're passing the book around the three people in this household who read Harry Potter. (My husband has never gotten into the idea of the books.)


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