Our family was a bustle of preparing the book release all week long. Most of us re-read the whole series–or at least the sixth book–beforehand. We also made long lists of predications, loose ends that needed to be resolved, etc. We made wild predictions. We came just short of placing bets. 🙂
The kids and my husband dressed up for the party (John made a perfect Snape except for his ever-present smile). When we picked up the book from our favorite children’s bookstore the proprietor (a good friend) handed us a small packet of kleenex. She explained that we might need it–either because the book would have some sad parts or because of our sorrow that the end of the series had finally come. She’s right, that this is a bittersweet ending for us. My son began reading Harry Potter in kindergarten and he’s now a teenager. The stories have been a formative part of my kids’ growing years. It’s truly hard to believe that that will soon (in a few hours when we finish reading) be over!
What about you–are you feverishly reading today? Are you as enamored of this series as we are? If not, are there other series that have sparked your imagination?