Where were you on Saturday, July 21, 2007? Were you amongst the throngs of people who were waiting in long queues outside your favourite bookshop, hoping to get a copy of what was then the newly released final book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the release of J.K. Rowling’s final book in the Harry Potter series. For me, it was one I was really looking forward to reading. As most of you know, I came pretty late to the Harry Potter series, not having begun reading it until just before Goblet of Fire was released. I didn’t go to a midnight release party (I really needed my sleep, and at that time, I was just completing a post-doctoral stint in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, whilst beginning a chemistry teaching job at a small, liberal-arts university south of Raleigh, North Carolina). However, I bought the book later in the day and settled down to read it over the weekend.
That was the first of many re-reads for me, and the Secrets of Harry Potter panellists eventually completed a chapter-by-chapter reading of this book. In Episode 21, Brother Giles had initiated our discussions by discussing the epigraphs JKR had chosen and placed right before the start of Chapter 1. Check it out here: Epigraphs: Before the Hallows Dawn. And feel free to revisit this book by listening to each subsequent chapter, ending with the Epilogue in Episode 54.
Five years later, many still consider Deathly Hallows to be their favourite book. For me, there were ups and down. (And I’m sure you all know my feelings about that… that… Epilogue…)
How has this book affected you? Do you look upon it with fondness? The end of your childhood if you grew up with Harry Potter? Considered this as the end of an era? Let’s have a conversation about this! Please leave your comments below.