I finally finished "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" on Sunday and passed it along to my sister. All I can say is that it's going to make a very scary movie. I can hardly wait for the last book!
After I sniffled through the last part of the book, I decided I needed to re-read "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." As I read through "Half-Blood Prince," it was obvious that I'd forgotten a lot of details from the previous two books. That's not too surprising considering that I'm sure I gulped them down as soon as they arrived and then put them on the shelf until now.
I find it odd that the articles about each new Harry Potter book or movie always center on kids' reactions and usually mention adults' love of the stories as an afterthought.
On the weekend of July 16th when the latest book came out, one of my friends sent her one-year-old and her husband to her parents' house for the weekend so she could read in peace. Another agreed to a quick get-together early in the day, but only because his partner was home to receive the book when it was delivered. My dad picked up a copy for my stepmother at a grocery store at 3:00 a.m. on the 16th and by the time I talked to her on Sunday, she was already starting her second reading. Even my husband, who never reads anything but technical manuals and the occasional magazine, will make time to listen to Harry Potter books on tape (these days, as podcasts).
All I can think is: what will we all do after the last book and movie come out?