I’m happy, I’m sad, I’m full of anticipation and dread. The final book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will be released in July and I join millions of fans all over the world as we struggle with conflicting emotions. J.K. Rowling herself admits feeling the same way. She quotes Charles Dickens in revealing her thoughts about the completion of Book 7:
“It would concern the reader little, perhaps, to know how sorrowfully the pen is laid down at the close of a two-years’ imaginative task; or how an Author feels as if he were dismissing some portion of himself into the shadowy world, when a crowd of the creatures of his brain are going from him for ever,” reads the passage from Dickens’ preface to “David Copperfield.”
Adds Rowling: “To which I can only sigh, try seventeen years, Charles.”
I can hardly wait to start reading Book 7 and yet I dread that it will be the end of the series. It’s hard to believe that several years ago I started reading Harry Potter not for myself, but, to make sure I knew what my youngest son was reading. He actually gave up reading the books about Book 4 because they had became too long and complex to hold his interest. However, now he’s ready to go back and pick up where he left off. I hope he enjoys them as much as I have. Thanks, son, for introducing me to such a delightful reading experience. I’m glad there are so many other adults who are fans so I don’t have to hide and pretend!
It’s going to be a long 6 months…