Thursday, May 10, 2007

Potter-Mania Has Arrived

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.


Christo said...

I have to say, J.K. Rowling isn't a multi-millionaire-ess for nothing. The 7th book might make me miss work. It comes out on a Friday night, right?

Strangeite said...

My gasps are exactly why we are buying two copies this time around.

I am sorry that it doesn't look like you are going to be able to finish them before the release, but for my own selfish reasons, do you think you can finish the first in about a week? I am itching to get started before the release.

I know that I am horrible. I shouldn't rush you to finish just so that I can read it, but we are talking about Harry Potter.

AnnaMarie said...

I have increased my reading time to include when I pump AND when I lunch. This will decrease my New Yorker reading time, but I'm willing to make that sacrifice for you. :)

stacey said...

You guys are truly obsessed.

I jumped on the Potter bandwagon way late in the game, like last summer. I never had a desire to read them, but I finally figured I probably should considering how much I read. I got through them all except number 6 before Ella was born. That one I managed to finish in the first few weeks after her birth.

I am excited to read the 7th. I'm first on the list to read the public library' one had even asked about it.

They really are good. I thoroughly enjoyed them - much more than the movies.

Strangeite said...

That is almost unfathomable to me that noone in Freeman had put their names on a list to get it. What a bunch of Muggles.

stacey said...

I was rather surprised myself. I expected to be way down the list.