The countdown can officially begin: The last Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," will be released July 21
. (Many fans were betting on July 7 -- because the symbolism of the seventh book being released on 7/7/07 was too perfect -- but close enough.)
Like many people, I've eagerly looked forward
to each new Harry Potter book. Rowling is a wizardly writer: imaginative, clever, thoughtful. Which will make knowing that "Deathly Hallows" is the final book in the series all the more bittersweet. (I enjoy the movies, but it's just not the same.)
Still, I hope Rowling sticks to her plan to end the series right here, and isn't tempted to write an eighth Potter (or a 9 3/4th Potter, for that matter). It's all too rare when someone (or something) goes out on top. The brilliant Potter books can join that select group.
Here's looking forward to you, Harry.