Sunday, July 22, 2007

Alas, Poor Harry. I knew him well.

Well, it's over. I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was great and sad. The ending was better than I imagined and I now truly believe that J.K. Rowling won't write anymore of the Harry Potter universe. I read the book for 13 hours strait and finished at 11 o'clock last night. She finished it brilliantly.

We went to the Midnight release party at the neighborhood Borders and I have to say, as a HP fan I am nothing compared to the people that turn out to these things. There were a couple of people that looked way to close to the characters. There was a costume contest that brought out a lot of cute kids and the Borders Cafe' changed there menu to serve some of the drinks that are mentioned in the book series.

I am sad to see Harry Potter leave. I admit to being a complainer when the books were so far apart. I sat around discussing how there was no possible way to wrap up the series and that Rowling was just trying to make a need for more books. But in the end she did it and now I am left with an amazing set of books that do seem to contain some of the very magic that the stories are about.

The series is magical in that it did something that I never considered entirely possible. It made children want to read. I mean really want to read. Diana and I were in line for our book and she asked me "Is there any other book that causes this kind of response?" And the answer is of course "No". All across the world, children lined up to get this book. I think the best example I have seen is on Friday night at 11:59 pm, when the manager of the book store told everyone to make way because the books were being brought out. The cheering and clapping that filled that store was the equivalent to Brad Pitt walking out at a movie premiere. Now that is the power of reading.

That is all,

Muggle Newt

4 Ripples in the pond:

Anonymous said...

I agree with you not many kids have been reading at all lately but With harry Potter there are some that are going on to other book and are using their eyes and minds and not their on those video games.

Anonymous said...

sorry missed a word ( Thumb on those video games)

Trinity said...

I think there is a time and a place for everything(i.e. video games, movies etc) but when reading is no longer common place then the nation as a whole starts to become stupid.

I personally played Nintendo for 5 hours yesterday as a way to stay out of my wifes hair. I also read a little. There is a balance that America is no longer pushing on their kids.

Thomas said...

I was talking to one of my friends who is getting a Master's in English and I was telling him about going to get it on Saturday morning and he said that he could not think of any book that he had ever anticipated the release date of like this book.

And I am of course like-minded about thinking people should read, that it does make you smarter and that there is so much more available and it is so much more gratifying of an experience finishing a book rather than a movie. Using your imagination to picture things in books makes it so much more enjoyable than just watching someone else's imagination on screen. However, I understand that not everyone is a reader and that just because they aren't, it in no way means that they are stupid. I know quite a lot of people who are not readers but are very smart, though of course I think they are missing out on one of the best things in my life, curling up in a good book!