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? I read the first two books when I was working at a high school library, and thought I should see what all of the fuss was about. (Can you imagine a time when there was only one copy of The Sorcerer's Stone on the library shelf? Not that long ago, either.) To be honest, I thought they were okay -- not brilliant, but a fairly entertaining diversion. Actually, I wasn't impressed by the first one, but read it again along The Chamber of Secrets when I realized that my husband was besotted with them, somewhere around the eleventh reading of the then-four-volume series! I thought a bit better of them on second reading.
David is flying off to Florida on Sunday morning, and plans to snatch up a copy of the new one on his way to the airport, as it were -- he tells me he will also be taking the next few Aubrey/Maturins in the series. (His favorite HP characters are the Weasley twins.)
If so, right away? Or just, you know, eventually, when you get around to it? Are you attending any of the midnight parties? If you’re not going to read it, why not? I'm more interested in the series since I've gotten this far, but I can certainly wait until David gets home to read the new one! and I can't even think, realistically, of who it would have to be for me to stay up past midnight to see! (The Queen, perhaps, but then I don't think she'd be up past midnight, either.)
I would, however, be tempted to dress up as a character for a Halloween bash. Professor Trelawney, I think ....!
And, for the record… what do you think? Will Harry survive the series? What are you most looking forward to? Putting myself in an author's position, I think that Rowling would have a hard time killing off a character that means so much to her, although I understand how the requirements of a storyline might compel one to do so. If she does, I suspect that it would be something in the line of Gandalf's transformation into something more powerful, greater than he had been before.
And yes, as you can see, I've "been sorted", into Ravenclaw House. I suspect that the Sorting Hat would have had rather a time making its decision, wondering whether to put me with the other duffers into Hufflepuff! David, as you may remember, would be in Gryffindor.