Thursday, February 01, 2007

HP7: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to be Released July 21!

Just had to give the official shout-out here: the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will be released on July 21!

As in, THIS July 21st! Put those pre-orders in now! Bloomsbury's stock is already up just a few hours after the announcement. :-)

I was so excited when I saw the news report this morning that it was all I could do not to shriek. Of course, the initial excitment was almost immediately followed by an odd sense of...sadness? This will be our last outing with dear Harry, and it promises to be a wonderful one. Yet there's a part of me that knows, now matter how the series ends (and I trust it will end in a deeply satisfying way) I will miss these marvelous books, and miss the fun so many of us have had for years anticipating the next release. No other generation will ever have to "wait" between installments, and however the books end, that ending will likely become part of our cultural lore.

Well, in a few more years I will have the pleasure of introducing these fine literary works to the sweet girl. That's some consolation -- getting to enjoy them all over again in that way!

And for now, almost six months to imagine, speculate and anticipate...


Erin said...

I just got the official e-mail from Borders, assuring me that if I reserve with them I'll get an exclusive sticker, either "Trust Snape" or "Snape is a very bad man". Hmmm, I already reserved with Borders; I wonder if I can sneak a sticker even if I am going to be in Williamsport for the big day... ;)

Beth said...

Fun! Do you get to choose *which* sticker you want?

It strikes me as a very, very happy sign that JKR is allowing all this marketing to take place around Snape's character. We know it must be as central (and his ultimate allegiance as questionable) as we thought!

Erin said...

Yes indeed! Snape has certainly evolved over the course of the books into a very intriguing character. We do get to choose which sticker we want, so you know what one I want to get my hands on!

Beth said...

Woo-hoo! There's a keepsake for the ages, a "trust Snape" sticker! ;-)