So I've decided that I want to read all 6 Harry Potter books again, before The Deathly Hollows comes out at the end of July. I thought nothing of it until my friend Christo gave me a hard time. Pre-Sophie, this would've been a piece of cake. In fact, I probably would've finished early and then been pissed off because I couldn't just slide right in to the 7th. I started the first one nearly a week ago and Harry just now got to Hogwarts. NOT a good start. Making matters worse, I'll lose ground during the Bluegrass Festival and our week in So Dak at the end of June.
I've read all of them multiple times but it's been quite a while since I read the first, second, and third. Let me tell you - the first one is GOOD. I mean wow, I had forgotten how good. I've been ruined by the movies. I remember things differently now and I love the detail.
There's a part of me that thinks I should read them all before 7, even if I don't get them done before it's released. But I don't think I can stomach the gasps from my husband as he reads the final book in the traditional 24 hours, or the whispers of my tired-looking coworkers who stayed up all release-weekend to finish.
I love the books, I love the passion for reading that has spread to kids, and I love the bridge that it's created with the kids' parents. What other book can spark a debate that crosses such a chasm of age!? It's a wonderful thing. And while I'm excited for book 7, I'm a little sad that there will be no more. I've grown quite attached to the characters. What will we debate when we know truly whether Snape is good or bad? What literature will I look forward to?
There's always something else, though. The Dark Tower ended, just as Harry Potter will, and it will be replaced with another wonderful series of books to captivate me and spark long dinner-time discussions. It's comforting to know that I will never, ever, run out of good books.