Wednesday, July 18, 2007


I you haven't read up through book 6 in Harry Potter, you might want to skip this post.

I haven't discussed it much here, but I'm a bit of a Harry Potter fan. Well, "a bit" might be an understatement. I'm not going to be naming my first born child Harry, Ron, or Hermione (although Sirius might make it, you know, because my husband is an astronomer--kidding!) but I've probably read each of the books at least five times and some of the earlier ones more than that. And I went to a midnight party for each of the last two books. And, as anyone who is not living in a cave is aware, the seventh book will be released at midnight Friday.

But, I will not be attending a midnight party. Instead, I'm going to be at the rehearsal dinner for my brother's wedding on Sat. I'm a little sad about this, but that's the way it's gotta be. So, I've decided not to read the book until after the wedding. On Sunday, I'm sitting down and reading the entire thing with no stops (I'll be carrying it to the bathroom with me in case you are wondering). This is what I did with the 6th book, then I handed it over to John and said, read it as fast as you possibly can because the ending won't stay secret for very long. And, fortunately, he managed to make it through the book without reading any spoilers.

Today, a labmate told me about a website he found through CNN that has the important info from the book on it. And, being unwilling to resist, he went there and read it (he's filled with all kinds of remorse about it, now). The person had a photo of the book as some sort of confirmation that they were telling the truth. Now, I don't know how much I believe that the person truly had a copy of the book. They do have some pretty crazy security surrounding the book. However, just to make sure, I'm not turning on the tv, listening to the radio or looking at a newspaper, magazine, internet news site or reading anything but knitting blogs until Sunday. I'm also considering just wearing earplugs in between now and then to avoid overhearing anything (the wedding kind of scares me for that reason, maybe someone will have read it and they will discuss it and I'll overhear it, so to keep that from happening, I'm just going to get rip-roaring drunk so I won't remember anything anyone says anyway--though reading the book with a hangover might not be the most pleasant experience).

I'm a little fanatical about reading. I love to read and I love books. One of the things I hate about grad school is that I don't have time to do much reading for pleasure (I don't have much time to read scientific journals, either). Reading is my escape. There are certain books I only read when I'm sad or upset; they're like comfort food for my brain. I have several copies of certain books (usually a paperback and a hardcover; although I think I have four separate editions of A Wrinkle in Time, why yes, it is my favorite book, how did you guess?). I love the smell of books (books printed years ago have a different smell to them, have you ever noticed?) and the feel of the paper and the weight of the book in my hands. This is not to say that I treat them very carefully. You can tell which books I love most because they are the most beat-up (my Velveteen Rabbit books I call them). Lately, I've been listening to books more than reading them because I can do it while knitting and while on the bus and while driving and so on. It's not nearly as satisfying as reading them, but sometimes you have to make compromises.

So, what do I hope to see in this, the last book of the Harry Potter series?
  • Resolution of whether Snape is good or evil. More on that later.
  • Reason why Dumbledore trusted Snape.
  • More about Lily. There were tantalizing hints in the last couple of books, but I'd really like to hear more about her.
  • What's going on with Aunt Petunia? She seems to know more than she's letting on.
  • What happens to the relationships? Who ends up marrying whom?
  • What are all of the Horcruxes and where are they hidden? It seems like this would be a given, but I can't figure out how, in one book, in one year, Harry will find all five of the remaining ones when it took Dumbledore years to find two and destroy one.
  • The final battle between Harry and Voldemort (again, this is a given, but it is something I'm looking forward to reading about).
And, for the record, to keep me honest, here are my predictions:
  • Snape, while a mean old bastard, is on the good side. There are many, many reasons why I think this, but I think deep down the real reason is I don't want Dumbledore to have been wrong.
  • Dumbledore is really dead and is not going to somehow show up and say, ha, ha, just kidding, I've been alive all this time.
  • Harry will somehow be able to get advice from Dumbledore--most likely through the portrait in the headmaster's office.
  • Dumbledore will have stored some key memories in jars (like why he trusted Snape, for instance) and Harry will be able to access these through the Pensieve.
  • Lives or dies:
    • Harry: lives
    • Ron: lives
    • Hermione: lives
    • Ginny Weasley: lives
    • Neville: lives
    • Luna: dies
    • Snape: dies saving Harry or dies in such a way that allows Harry to defeat Voldemort
    • Other teachers (including McGonagall): live
    • Lupin: lives
    • Tonks: lives (marries Lupin)
    • Percy Weasley: dies (okay, I think at least one of the Weasleys dies and I like Percy the least, so I'm going to say him; I'd be okay with Charlie dying, though, too)
    • Draco: lives
    • Bellatrix: dies (Neville gets to kill her)
    • Lucius Malfoy: dies (Voldemort kills him)
    • Rest of the Death Eaters: live (they will still need to be hunted down at the end of the book, or they will be in prison)
    • Voldemort: dies (of course!)
That's it. That's all I'm willing to go on record saying. I think, in some ways, finishing this book won't be nearly as fun as finishing the others because we won't all be able to sit around and offer our theories on what's going to happen. That's been a large part of the fun--for me, anyway.

So, I might not be on the blog for awhile, seeing as how I'm leaving for the wilds of Iowa and don't know what kind of internet access I'll have. Have a good weekend everyone and happy reading!


  1. You're right, I'm not surprised you are a HP fan. ;)

    Enjoy the wedding and the book. As for me, I will be avoiding all bookstores this weekend. And I won't tell you what I read in the NY Times about the last book.

  2. I have been actively looking for spoilers and finding none. The ones I've seen look stupid and I don't believe them.