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...