Thursday, February 01, 2007
Harry Potter's last stand
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.
I too, am looking forward to the last installment, however, it makes me sad as well to say goodbye to the characters I have come to love and hate in the last 10 years.
I am a 50 year old female, but I LOVE these books. I cried at the end of the last one, and I'm sure I'll cry at the end of this one as well.
I guess at the end, all that is left to say...is Thank You JK Rowling for 10 years of wonderful writing, 10 years of whimsy, 10 years of joy and pleasure. Its been a great ride!
As a 55 year old, I too have truly enjoyed all of The Harry Potter books and look forward to the final one, however, with some dread. I don't want Harry to die, IF that is JK Rowling's plan. I have to admit, her books got me reading again, starting with many British classics. I know when "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" comes out at midnight, I'll read the book nonstop throughout the night and into the next morning!
I agree with Judy. It has been a great adventure. I also agree that it's best to end with the 7th book. If we're lucky, J.K. will move on to another adventure with new characters with fresh twists and turns in a new series. I look forward to more of J.K.'s wit, humor and great writing if she decides to do so.
I'm 34 and have loved all of the books. She just tells such a rich story. Waiting with bated breath for the final chapter. . .
It is rare that I get so emotionally involved in movies and books. The only ones to do it in the past were the Lord of the Rings. I have come to be so attached to the characters in Harry Potter, as many others have. It does not matter how many times I read Book 6....I cry just the same. I too would love to thank JK Rowling for being, in my opinion, one of the most amazing authors of our time. I am looking forward to book 7, although I expect to be sad when it's over. It has been an amazing journey...I only hope to see more comparable works in the future!
Rumor has it that Harry dies in the last book. I sure hope that isn't true because it would ruin the entire series. Unhappy endings always do.
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What can I say!? I'm so sad and so happy tha we finally have a date that I really don't know what to say or feel.
I never liked English, I never understood what do I have to learn it at school, it was never a need for me until I met Harry Potter. The only reason that now I can read CNN (not enespanol) is Harry Potter.
Whatever!... Thanks Mrs. Rowling!! She has given me so many many many hours of enjoyment that I truly believe that she may never know the extent of her work. July 21st!!!
I am so excited, I CANNOT wait! Harry Potter rules!!
As excited as I am about knowing the release date and finally knowing when I'll be able to read this wonderful story that I've become so involved in, I'm also feeling a bit sad because it's all coming to an end. As a 17 year old, turning 18 in June, I feel like my childhood will come to an end the moment that the book is released. I have been engaged in this story since I was in sixth grade. I've grown with the characters, taken refuge in these amazing books when the assigned school books were a bore, I fell in love with reading even more than before and the phenomenon has become a cherished part of my childhood.

I know that all good things come to end, but it's a little sad to know that a literary movement like this will probably not be seen again in my lifetime. Here's to the lovable Harry and his creator for giving to us an amazing series that we're sure we'll never forget.
I am looking forward to reading book 7 but it is bittersweet as I have come to revel in the excitement of reading each installment. Thank you JK Rowling for taking me to a place that every person wishes they could go; a place of wonderment, discovery and awe.
I read the news in the office today in the morning. My friends got to calm me down. I was so excited and anxious. I know it's late to ask this to J.K. but PLEASE DONT KILL HARRY!!!

I am an attorney, 39 y, in Peru
It's coming out on my birthday and that is the best present any HP fan could ever receive.
I am glad that we have the date but at the same time I am really not looking forward to it. I really don't want this end and I was hoping for at least another year to enjoy the hype and speculate on what will happen.
Well as a 47 year old dad I can,t say enough about Ms. Rowling,s skills as a writer. She has kept this father reading her books to my two kids for the last 10 years. She even got my 70 year old mother hooked. All i can say is thank you! and I hope the finish doesnt hurt to much.
OMG OMG!!!1 I am so excited!!! But also so sad. But not as sad as when i found out Serius had DIED!!!! WAAAAAAAHHHHHH! poor Serius :(
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I am VERY excited about the 7th book coming out! Every time a new one has been published, I can't put it down until I'm finished reading the story. (even though I'm 24) It will be sad, though, because I always look forward to what the next book will hold in store for us. Hopefully she'll move on to another story that I can be addicted to!!
I am 26 years old and started reading the Harry Potter books my senior year of college. When I came home over Christmas break and finished one book, I HAD to have the next one. RIGHT THEN. I grabbed my coat and my keys and it was off to the book store for the next adventure. Now, of course, the adventure is coming to an end. All of us "true blue" Potter fans are a little sad to see book seven come out after only a year because that means it will soon be over. When asked what we will do once we've read book seven, the unanimous response was "start reading them all over again from the begining!" And, of course, there is always fan fiction - a never ending source of pottermania that keeps me up until the wee hours of the morning almost nightly and helps all of us survive between publications!
WHO CARES?!?!?! I am sick and tired of hearing about Harry Potter. I can't even pay my kids to read that crap or watch the movies. Why make such a big deal about it?
Wow - well I knew this day would come, but it's time. I hope she ends it properly and sticks to her plan:)

I am dying to find out how it all ends and it will be interesting to see if Rowling will tie everything up in neat little package or if she will shake things up abit.
All posts hint at the same emotions, gratitude and bittersweetness. One thing I haven't heard: nervousness. JK has alot riding on this last book: all her fans' hopes and fears. How she ends it will dictate how we all feel about the entire series. The end must be truly fantastic; one can only hope that the build up was worth it.
Normally I am filled with glee at the announcement of a new Harry Potter book, but this time I'm not really looking forward to it. The 6th book hurt so much, I haven't gone back for the 2nd reading (at a normal pace). I know all things must end & it's been a great escape. J.K. brought the magic back to someone who had almost forgotten how to believe. I'm 48 yrs. young & cut my eyeteeth on the Wizard of Oz series, so I'm no stranger to magical worlds.I truly hope she hasn't done Harry in, it would take all the fun out of it. What good is magic if it can't save the good guys.
I'm anxiously awaiting the publication of the final Harry Potter book and plan to add it to my collection of the other six. I've already reserved my copy at the Barnes and Noble in my area. While I will be sad to see the series come to an end, I will always be able to enter Harry's world any time I want to simply by going to my private collection and begin reading book one all over again. I have all the movies as well, but nothing beats the books.
As an adult woman,(over 50)I have to confess that the Harry Potter books have been an enjoyable and memorable experience.
I always said "these are not children's books, how else could I have enjoyed them so much"?

Thank you, Ms. Rowling,for a wonderful collection of adventures.
I am 22 years old, and I have been reading these books since I was 12...the end of an era. But I will admit that I will most definitely give up a night at the bars with friends to stay home and read this 7th book!!
I'm very excited to see how this series will end. I'm 23 and a graduate student. I didn't start reading the series until a couple of years ago when I thought these were kiddie books, then I browsed through one of them, and realized they aren't. They test the imagination and suck you in, unlike the textbooks I have to read. I would have to say this is my favorite series of all time.
Our family of 5 are die hard Potter fans are elated and saddened at the 7th book being completed delivering us the final installment of our Dear Harry. We reserved our issues as soon as possible last year. We embark as soon as it is in our possession passing the readible issue (1 book is always a collectible) to each other to read chapters aloud and discuss our likes and dislikes and where the next turn will take us until complete; then the kids reread on their own. Thank you J.K. for all the wonderful hours of reading our family has enjoyed and the lengthy hours of discussion Harry has brought into our home!
Wow, what a privelidge to have been alive during the creation of these works of art. They're masterpieces and that's all there is to it.I have so many great memories of the books. Harry Potter is a courageous role model of bravery and friendship. I'll sincerely miss knowing that "there's another one coming", but all good things must come to an end and whatever happens to Harry and his friends, I'm glad to have known him and to have felt a part of their world.
After falling asleep during the first viewing of HP 1 and 2 with my children, I have read all the previous books at least twice and watched the movies a few times. JKR has created a world of depth and imagination not seen in the literary world for a long time. Thanks, JKR. Hoping the last is as good as the first, no matter what happens to Harry.
Who cares.

Overrated. Bloated stories. Terrible movies. Self centered author.

Rowlings will find all sorts of reasons to hype the book and draw attention to herself. Just how will she build the hype over the last book.

Harry Potter? Good riddance. With any luck poor Harry will be done in. Though Rowlings is savvy enough to leave the door open for more books in 25 years when nothing else that she writes sells.
While I am so excited to have a date when the book will be released, I am also filled with sadness to know this will be the final book. Reading the previous books, it was comforting to know that the story would continue, but now there is a definate end in site.

Between now and July 21, I will be busy rereading all of the books in-order to have the story fresh in my head! Happy Reading!!!
I am both happy and incredibly sad that the last book is coming out. These books have been a huge part of my life for 10 years now.
I am one of the "senior" (66) Harry Potter fans, and have been since the first book was released. You will find me in costume at the book release parties, waiting in line for my copy of the latest, and sadly last of the series. Cudos to JK for opening the world of books to children of all ages, and for the great stories she created. I am sad to see the series end, but her books will live in on for generations to come. Thank you JK for enriching my life, and for allowing me to share your fantastic journey.
Well, all things come to an end. Even great things. I am very excited that this is not the case here, and that with the 7th and final installment of Harry Potter, a great thing does not come to an end. Just a predictable, formulaic, mediocre thing. Odin is my witness, we do need the trees, and I am grateful that fewer of them would be wasted to print this literary cough sirup.
I'm only 54, but I've still read the first five books (so far). The Number 6 paperback has been sitting on my shelf for months. The book keeps calling out my name and asking why I haven't read it yet. When I answer back that I don't have a good reason, it flies over to my lap and opens to page one and says, "Read Me, Larry...Read Me."
I hate the fact that Jim Dale is not going to be reading for the audiobook.. I think he's amazing at it... I wonder why that didnt happen.


If you havent read the audiobooks.. RUN AND GET THEM.. he really does a superb job at it.
I admit I'm unbearably excited. I'm 30 years old and have no children but I've been reading the series since college. I'll be sad when it's over and there is no more Harry Potter to anticipate.
My hat is off to JKRowling for giving grown ups and children alike something to discuss, cherish and dream about. I look forward to the last book, but am saddened to see it end at the same time. I join in the cheer for fanfiction that will keep Pottermania going long after the books end. And another kudo to Daniel Radcliffe for taking such a bold and daring step as to perform in Equus! And thanks to the wonderful actors/actresses/directors who bring the series to life so vividly. You are all loved.
Thanks goodness----it's enough with Harry Potter, especially since the actor who portrays him takes his clothes off in Equus--a play now on stage in London.
Does Rowling donate any of her $$$$ to any charity----particulary ones that benefit children?????
Thank God that this is the last book. I think to celebrate, there should be a ceremonial Harry Potter book burning bonfire.
I am kind of surprised at myself, but, after reading all 6 of the previous books, I am really not all that eager for the next one.

I find myself thinking, "same old, same old". The quality of the writing over the series has been quite variable, reaching its lowest point(one hopes) in "Order of the Phoenix", and, for me, none of the books can stand a second reading. I will certainly read the 7th book, if only for the sake of completeness, but that's about it.
I like so many others am SO EXCITED that we now know when Harry's adventure will end. Although I must admit I will be sad for the experience to come to a close. I am 28 years old and have absolutely LOVED reading and watching Harry!! I also, feel a bit of nervousness over who will die. I love Harry but my favorite character in the movies and books is Ron. I hope Ron makes it. I guess we'll see in July. : )
I have never been so excited about a book - and I'm 45 years old. I credit the Harry Potter series with igniting a love of reading in both of my children, now 14 and 16 years old. Every time they finished a Potter book, good librarians would lead them to other works of fantasy. My 16 year old just scored a 730 on the Critical Reading section of the SAT, and Harry Potter is largely to thank. Thanks JK Rowling!
At last Harry can pass through puberty and move on to something else! We now see he already has! DOH!
My little brother, just 17-years-old, passed last July from complications with Juvenile Diabetes. He always told me how great Harry Potter was, but I never really got past the first two chapters of the 1st book. Matthew listed Harry Potter as his hero on his MySpace. Shortly before he passed, I bought the first three books in paperback and read them. Since Matthew passed, my mom gave me his well-used hardbacks of books 1 through 5 and his movies. Now with my collection and his, I'm caught up, but trying not to read books 5 and 6. Rowling did such an outstanding job at writing this series that I read one, and then wait to saivor it before running through the entire series like a freight train to Hogwarts. I'm very excited for book 7, and it will definitely have a spot on my office bookshelf. And in remembrance of my Bro, I'm very sure he would've been JUST as excited to read book 7. Love you Matthew (Bro)!
Yes I'm excited. The company I work for produces the paper that the book is printed on.
This series of books is single handly turned my children into readers. It is not something schools or myself could have done. I really hope the saga doesn't end in Harry's demise. After all the world always needs hero's wether real or fiction.
I think it would be fine if Harry dies. I wouldn't be happy, but if that's how the story ends so be it! Not everything good has a happy ending! Also, the article found at http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/books/02/02/people.rowling.ap/index.html listed the first book as: "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone." I know that's not what the book was released as and was just wondering if that was an original name or if someone at CNN messed up!?!
I love this story and can't wait to read the final. I am 35 years old and I absoultly love it! Would recommend it to anyone, I love the imagination in this book. Good vs evil, and all the magic. The cutest story every. GREAT WORK.
I never liked fantasy before, but Harry Potter sucked me (and my husband) in. Too bad my teenage daughter (who loves fantasy) never got into it. Her loss! Getting a new book and movie in the same week is too much.
I am 27 years old and started readng the books a few years back, but really becamse obsessed during my pregnancy in 2005. When the 6th book was released I defied doctor's orders to be on bed rest and went and stood in line at the bookstore at midnight with my wand, school robe and HP glasses to be the first to get my copy. I plan on doing the same this year. JK Rowling is a GENIUS and should be recognized as such. I cannot stand the wait to find out what happens, and I cannot wait to share the magic of these stories with my children when they are old enough to appreciate them. I have a personal collection of over 2,000 fictional novels of every type and genre and these books hold the honor of being my favorites by far. Way to go JK, and I'll be waiting with bated breath to hear just which side Snape is fighting for!
I have to admit that I as well, am waiting with eagerness, excitement but also a spell of sadness for the last book. It is the end, but it has been a great run. I can't wait to see what the mystery behind the ending of the last book is, plus the inevitable encounter between Voldermort and Harry that this last book probably contains.

Harry, Hermione, Ron and all the rest: I await with anticipation.
I am very excited for the final Harry Potter book to arive! It is such an intriguing series. I cannot wait to find out how it all ends! It is sad also in one way--that is, that this will be the end of the series. It has been such an enjoyable read that I think it will be hard to top it for quite some time!
I can't believe its been 10 years since the first book came out! I remember reading it during my final year of high school!
I look forward to reading book 7 but I wonder which character will die?
I like my children are very excited about the last book, but we are also sad because this is the end. Hopefully J.K. Rowling will see fit to write more books with some what the same line as Harry !!! Good luck to her and to Harry.
I started reading Harry Potter during my freshman year at college. While Harry grew up I graduated college, got a Master's degree, started working, and am now getting married the same week the last book is released. Its goign to be sad to say goodbye. I'm excited, but also not looking forward to the end :(
I could care less. I'm glad these stupid Harry Potter books are over. Each book is the same thing over and over again. Now I'll just have to wait for the movies to end.
Anyone who writes negatively about the Harry Potter series, obviously can't read, therefore no nothing about it and should not be putting their two cents in on this blog. That means YOU- LISA from Chicago.
This book is a phenomenon in the truest sense of the word. It has incurred the ire of the religious right, prompted scholarly conferences in it's honor and most importantly, gotten children reading books the thickness of tree trunks. Brava, Ms. Rowling. You and Harry Potter are my heroes.
As many have stated I to am so excited for the fianl book but do not want the adventure to end. I cried so hard at the end of the last book...I don't want this one to end sad. I want good things to happen for Harry. I hope J.K. Rowlings continues to share her wonderful writing and imagination with the world.
The striking thing about the stories is how they focus on the difficult daily struggle between good and evil. My favourite quote is from the Bishop of Gloucester, in whose cathedral some filmng was done. In response to upset parishioners who claimed the Harry Potter stories were about witchcraft, the bishop said simply "Not at all; they are about love."
I look forward to it
It's so bittersweet to realize that it's almost over. I'm 21 and have been reading for the past 8 years, and while the movies aren't half as good, at least we still have those to anticipate. I've already told my fiance that the second that book lands in my hands he's not allowed to even speak to me until I'm finished, lol.
Is Severus Snape really evil, or was it a delightful plot twist?

Will Professor Dumbledore return from the dead?

Will Ron and Hermione do some serious snogging?

Stay tuned for the gripping conclusion! This wonderful septilogy will stand as a monument in the realm of fantasy literature.
Really looking 4ward to the last book!! Read them all and seen them all!! Harry potter rocks!! Ivy Madonna
Really, really excited over both the book and the latest film coming out in July. All that and my wife Barbara's birthday are about all I can take in one month - I am (a very young!) 72 after all!
Yes, all of my family is very excited about the next installment and the up coming movie. Thanks Ms. Rowling for the wonderful entertainment.

Rose and family
I read the first Harry Potter book with my young sons, as everyone remarked how great it was. I honestly LOOKED FORWARD to becoming a Harry Potter fan. But after having finished the book, I honestly couldn't see what all the fuss was about. Glad you're all enjoying the series, but one was enough for me.
I am a 42 year old mother of 2. I didn't start reading the series until after the second book came out and my then 11 year old daughter convinced me that I needed to try this series. I was amazed. I read the first one in a day and then started the second. I have been hooked ever since. I have never been so involved in the characters of a book before. I have laughed and cried many times over and I can't get enough. I joyously look forward to the final book. Although I must admit that I also dread it. The end of the series ... what happens to Mr. Harry Potter. Will he live or die? I guess we all have to wait until July 21st to find out the answer. As always I will now start reading the books again starting with the first one until I receive the final book in the series. I am sure I will laugh and cry and I am sure the wait will be worth it.
I've been looking forward to this eagerly for a long. I'm glad there finally is a publication date. I'll be at a store the first night it is available, just like I was for the last one. I just hope I can handle it if Rowling takes the ultimate approach to immortality for the Potter character by killing him in the last installment of the series.
It has been such a pleasure to read Rowling's books and let my imagination fill up with the magical world she has created. I would not be truthful though, if I did not feel that awaiting this last one gives me a bitter sweet feeling.
On one hand I can't wait for July 20th so I can go to Barnes and Noble, like I have for the release of Book 5 and 6, and camp out until they begin selling the book, sometime around 12:01 am of the next day. Judging from the releases of the last two books, it will be somewhere around 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning of the next day.
On the other hand, this is it. After this final book is written, is it over. There will be no more books to come. There will be no more adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione. Even though, she has killed off two of my most favorite characters, first Sirius then Dumbledore, causing me to be terribly sad, I can't wait for Book 7. I am sure she will give the Harry Potter series a great ending, every book she writes gets better and better.
Although it is disappointing that the saga of Harry Potter is coming to an end, but at the same time I am quite excited to find out how will it end. Kudos to Rowlings for writing such wonderful books.
Am I excited? Well, yes and no. Yes, because I am just dying to see what happens next and no, because I don't want this all to end! I'm 36 years old and am a bigger fan of Harry Potter than most kids I know! I really, really hope that Harry will get to marry Ginny and have tons of kids. :)
I am 18 years old, but I still feel like a child whenever I crack open one of the Harry Potter books. For me, the announce of the release date was very much bittersweet. I feel as though my childhood will officially end the minute I finish the book - and it's not something I can say I'm looking forward to doing.

Harry Potter has been part of my life since I was in the 3rd grade. That's just over 9 years. I will probably never see something as huge as this series in my lifetime, but I'm glad that I was able to be a part of it.

I was fortunate enough to see JK Rowling in person this past summer in New York City, and I can safely say that she will forever be a hero to millions of children and adults worlwide.

Thank you, Ms. Rowling.
I had to MAKE my husband read the first book! After that he preordered every new installment as part of his birthday and demanded that he have the first read through! The torture of waiting!

I'm a little afraid about who dies but as Harry has matured so has Rowling's writing. I'm sure she made the right choice for the story even if it is sad!
Here I am, 58 years old, waiting with baited breath for the next and final installment. I wish it weren't coming to an end,I love the writing. The actors playing the characters in the movies fit the descriptions so well.
I am excited about the final book and the next movie. This series has given my family books to read, movies to watch and long, exciting discussions! As a single mom of 3 kids I can only applaud JK Rowling, her talents, her success and her wonderful series. Thank you JKR and please don't make us cry too much!
Can't wait to read it golly
While I think it's great that the book is finally being released, I'm confused from conflicting information that I received. I personally know someone who worked at Scholastic in New York. The book was printed and bound in 2006. If this information is correct, how can J.K. Rowling have finished her last page in January of 2007? While I understand this is probably just a hype to get her book on the roll, but is it really necessary?

Maybe she is telling the truth, but would my Scholastic contact lie to me?
I can't wait!!!! Next July is going to be great with both the movie and the 7th book coming out!!!
GROW UP! It is a children's book that appeals to lower IQ adults. Read John Grisham or Michael Crichton, so maybe you will actually learn something worthwhile.
I am looking forward to her new book. I finished "Half Blood Prince" in 16 hours. I could not put it down. I can not wait to get this last one. I already have two days put aside to read it. I love the books better than the movies. The movies always seem to leave important stuff out!! Rowlings is a very good author with a very interesting imagination!! I look forward to "Dealthy Hollows" and I am sure it will be just as good as the original if not better!! I wish Rowlings all the best in everything she does!!
To Minneapolis Mike: That's interesting. You remind me of another point: Given the six-month window between Rowling writing the last sentence and the publication date -- not all that much time in the publishing business -- has she been giving her publishers chapters as she's been writing, so they can get a jump on editing? Or will somebody at her UK publisher be tackling the whole thing at once?

And NY Jeff: I'm not sure people read Grisham or Crichton to "learn something." Which is not a knock against either of those gentlemen, as I enjoy their works as well.
To Minneapolis Mike: That's interesting. You remind me of another point: Given the six-month window between Rowling writing the last sentence and the publication date -- not all that much time in the publishing business -- has she been giving her publishers chapters as she's been writing, so they can get a jump on editing? Or will somebody at her UK publisher be tackling the whole thing at once?

And NY Jeff: I'm not sure people read Grisham or Crichton to "learn something." Which is not a knock against either of those gentlemen, as I enjoy their works as well.
I'm currently re-reading The Order of the Phoenix and after that I'll give The Half Blood Prince another go. By then, I'll be ready for the next movie and the last book.

I can barely wait
I'm 26, and I'm truly going to have a hard time saying goodbye to Harry. Like most others, I can't wait to finally know how it all ends, but reading that last page is going to be difficult. I feel lucky that I was able to appreciate Harry at the height of his popularity. Something I'll be able to tell my children. Thank you, Jo!
Mike,

One and two are OK, but from three on the ROCK. It is worth getting through those first books to enjoy the next four (and hopefuly, five.)

Jim
To Todd Leopold:
I thought the time window was strange as well. I work in the printing industry myself so something of this calibur to be released in 6 months, from beginning to end, is quite an undertaking. There are so many things involved that people don't see or understand that goes on in the printing world.

The company I currently work for, outputting a 32 page document, takes us 6 weeks with a team of about 15 people. So it's a little sketchy.
Jeff, NY

You can make the argument that Harry Potter is juvenile, but to suggest that Crichton or Grisham are somehow more adult fare is laughable. While popular with middlebrows, they are by no means great literature. I believe that the Potter novels are great literature, and will probably outlast some of the more "adult" material.
Am I excited? Yes and no. It'll be very exciting to read another of these books BUT it'll be the last one!!! That's kind of sad.
To Todd Leopold:
Oh, and to answer your question more directly, the manuscript was given to Scholastic as the chapters were completed. Once again, this information was given to me from an inside source.
A few years ago I decided to see what the Harry Potter books were all about. I had bought them all for my daughter and she had loved them so......I borrowed the first one, then in a couple of days the second one and so on until I had read them all. NOW I know....and I am so glad I didnt miss them. I am a 51 year old wife, mother, office manager and I love these writings. Thank you JK Rowling! It will be sad to see the ending come but how nice to know we can always go back and read them again and again. Here's hoping that everyone will know forever the joy of picking up a great book and losing yourself in the story!
I can't wait until the 7th book comes!! I truly appreciate the clever and joyful input J.K. Rowling has placed in her writing. I read all the 6th series for 3 times over, and I still love it very much. It's a pity to hear that Harry Potter is going to die, but as a hero and a true friend, I believe J.K. has done the right thing.
Thank you Ms. Rowling for the wonderful time you gave to all the readers. You have a fantastic brain filled with ideas and character. I wish you the best in life and will be the 1st in line to get the 7th book!!
I am more excited that you know to see how this all ends. I hope he isn't killed off and that someday she will continue the story, but only time will tell. I am 33 years old and I just started reading the stories a little under 2 years ago. After I read the first one, I enjoyed it so much that I read all the other books back to back within a month. I never thought I would be one of those people, but when "The half Blood Prince" came out, I actually stood in line to get it. Anyway, I can't wait!!!
My elder daughter received the first four Harry Potter books from a friend about five years ago, and read them over and over again. When the first movie came out, I waited until it was on cable to watch it with my children. It's a different story now, though! All three of the children and I will be dressed up and off to a bookstore for a midnight launch party (and we'll be wearing the same costumes to the midnight movie showing a week before). Harry Potter has become a subject that we can discuss for hours on end! Ms. Rowling, thank you for the life lessons you help us teach our children - that love is the greatest magic there is, and that painful things happen to everyone but can always be overcome.

Kristy in Philadelphia: "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" is the original title of the first book; it was released as "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in the United States.
I'm completely excited for the seventh book, but also a tad depressed. I've been a fan for eight years, since I was ten years old. I'm graduating high school this May, and as of this moment, the end of Harry is hitting me harder than the end of high school. I know the book will be amazing though, so thanks Jo.Your books have been a huge part of my life, and I know they always will.
I was late to the Harry Potter phenomenon, reading the first book maybe six months ago. I was instantly pulled into the series, and read every one of them as quickly as I could.

I never understood what all the excitement was about, but now I find myself eagerly anticipating the release of this next and final book.
Not only is the story amazing,...the woman is too! JK was a divorced single mother on the "dole" (welfare for US types) & now is richer than the QUEEN of England! How is that for motivation.

BTW she already knew how her story was going to end 10 years ago and had the last chapter written very early ---Re the question about how soon it was released.

**Philosopher's Stone is the title of the 1st book in England.
I am eagerly awaiting the last installment of Harry Potter along with my dad, who will be 53 when the book comes out. It's funny how things work out. I had to practically force him to start reading them, and now we will get into hours long conversations on the movies, the books, and what will happen in book 7! Thank you JK Rowling for writing these books.
I am both terribly excited and truly sad that this amazing series is coming to a close. I'm sure all Harry Potter fans wish there really was a Hogwarts school. JK Rowling is the rare writer that makes you feel as if you are actually THERE. I will miss Harry and company a great deal. But I am grateful for the time we had together :)
I'll be sad when they're over - like any series you get hooked on, you enjoy being immersed in the world created for you and don't want it to end.
I am elated with happiness. Yes I am excited. I am also sad to see Harry's adventures end.
I must admit that I am REALLY looking forward to the latest (and last.. sigh) book to come out. I've read every one since they came out, and will feel like I lost a friend when I close the book on the final page...

Harry Potter excited kids and got them reading again... not a small feat at all!

It's ironic that as we wait for the final chapter to hit the streets, the schools in Cedar Rapids, IA have pulled another classic off the shelf. Tom Sawyer will no longer be taught to the kids. Seems sad that in this day and age, as children find their minds opened to the wonders of literature, we are removing some of the masterpieces! Guess Huck and Becky have been replaced...
I'm a 58 year old male professional.I to can't wait for the final book. Its great to get away from the rat race for a few moments and just be a kid for awhile, love ya Rowling. don't stop
now
I hate Harry Potter. Finally it is over. I am sick of hearing about how great these books and movies are because they aren't. The movie was playing on tv one time, so I turned it on to see what all the hype was about and I hated it. I couldnt survive but 2 minutes watching that horrendous piece of crap. I sincerly hope Harry dies in the last book because that would make my day to see the person I hate most go to his demise.
Harry Potter is awesome!!
To be honest, I tried to read the first book when the sensation first hit, but did not make it past one chapter. I can see the fascination it may cause among 5 year olds, but for the recognition it has received world wide, while a boone for Rowling, it is second rate writing at its best.
i am so excited (:
i could care less.
I have been a Harry Potter fan since the book's inception many, many years ago. I have only seen the first two books made into movies and was dissatisfied with both BUT the books, the books are incredible. Thanks J.K. for letting us into Harry's world with you!
I discovered Harry Potter last year. I'm what you could say a 'late bloomer'. I tend to stir away from hype, but in this case I was wrong and in my opinion, and those of millions of others I'm sure, Harry Potter has gained his well deserved place among the greatest heroes of our time. Thank you, Jo, for letting us all into Harry's magical world. In these unstable times, he and his friends are much a much needed escape.
I'm looking forward to Book 7, and yes, it will be both exciting and sad.

I'm ready to see how character relationship are resolved, who lives, who dies, etc.

I didn't start reading these wonderful books until the first movie was getting ready to come out, and I was getting ready to move overseas to Italy.

When we got there, GOF had just come out. Every night, the apartment was silent as my two roommates and I sat in our rooms reading. It was fabulous!

For everyone out there leaving particularly spiteful comments: Why do you care? If you don't like the movies or books, that's fine. I don't particularly care for first-person writing, but you don't see me bashing Caleb Carr (who, incidentally, I'm going to give a try this week). Let people enjoy their last moments with a series that has brought joy, happiness and a sense of youth back into their life.

Haven't we had enough "real" life these past six years?
I have read and reread all of the HP books. I am anxiously awaiting the marvelous twists and turns of JK Rowlings imagination. Not only I,a shall we say mature woman, but my 20something daughter and my 11 year old all enjoy this series. Its quite a feat to be able to appeal to such a diverse age group so kudos to JKR and may July come swiftly.
I wish the pictures of her made her look happier about her accomplishment. I would hate to read a book someone didn't want to write.
So excited to have a release date. My birthday is the 20th, so I'm hoping to have a friend over to celebrate and then read the last book with me :-)

For those who had trouble with the first book--please try again. I agree that it starts out slow and seems child-like, but it's so worth it. The great thing about these books is that they actually mature in tone as well as themes.

And yes, JK Rowling is involved in quite a lot of charity work, both in the U.K. and abroad. Please go to jkrowling.com or www.the-leaky-cauldron.org.
No, I am not excited at ALL about the next and final publication of J.K. Rowling's last book!! I was so excited when my kids introduced me to this wonderful series and the 5th book was my favorite. I did not finish the last one because Ms Rowling killed off my favorite character. If she threatens to do what she said she was going to do, by killing off Harry, I will be profoundly disappointed in what was absolutely the most facinating read of my life. I don't want to ruin what I already know and have experienced. My kids who are now college age, agree. We all will pass on this the last installment. A classic that is written for children should not become
so consumed with the dark side of life. We are so sad about the whole direction of this series. We all loved the wizardly approach to this series and now are very
dissapointed.
Thus an era comes to an end. I am torn in two--half of me is dying to get my hands on the book, have some closure, relief (or grief), and finally learn the things I *need* to know! The other half of me is dying because the series is, the era is, but hopefully the spirit of the era will live on, Harry's spirit, Dumbledore's spirit. I know that tears will be shed by many that day and continuing into the weekend. Whom shall we mourn? Who is to die? I shall attend the release party with a friend or two, attired in our sophisticated wizardly best, bittersweet laughter will ring out that night, then bittersweet tears...
Words of poetry, of beauty will be hastily scribbled onto the nearest sheet of parchment, tears staining the ink below. For whom will the words be written? Who will they memorialize?
I know not yet. We know not yet. Fate is yet to be revealed. Thus, an era comes to an end- in the heat of Summer, right back where we started so long ago, on a little boy's 11th birthday, now a man, a hero. Let his spirit, their spirits live on until Time is no more.
I am 49 years young, and I love Harry Potter. It does amaze me to see the negative comments posted here (albeit only a few). However, the spelling and grammar contained in the negative comments may tell a backstory...are these naysayers avid readers? Are they imaginative people? Are their lives filled with hope? Do any of them have the capacity to view the world through childlike eyes? Makes me wonder....
Have been waiting for this for a long time. It is sure to be an excellent book, but it will be bittersweet to read the final one.
I am only in third grade but my whole school is buzzing about Harry Potter. I don't think there is a single person-even a child completely disattached from the world- who does not know about Harry. I am sure many people are encouraged to be an author because of J.K. Rowling.
I am sad and excited that the series and exploits of Harry Potter is ending. I'm sure that Daniel Radcliffe needs to go on to future projects, as well as the other character actors, but I will miss the joy that I have enjoyed with my kids when watching Harry grow up.
Yes
I'm past 50, but I absolutely LOVE the Harry Potter series. My daughter (she's 19) and I really get involved in the characters and read parts of the books on a fairly regular basis. This leads to long discussions of the characters and their activities. Muggle.net is a favorite online site. :) I hate for the series to end, but I'd rather it end on top than go on and on with the risk of becoming too unbelievable. Ms Rowling, I'm sure, will miss the characters, but it's best to let them go so they can "live their own lives" without her direction.

BTW - the next movie comes out in July also. :) which means re-reading the series at least thru "The Order of the Phoenix" before seeing the movie.
The Harry books are good, no doubt, and Rowling is a very imaginative, gifted writer. However, the books have always, in my opinion, been over-rated. It is amazing how the hype pulled in so many people early on and sustained itself over so many years. The last one should hopefully free up the Disciples of Potter to branch out and discover that their are lots of other great (and better) books out there. (If you are into children in fantasy stories, I recommend the His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman -- the first one is "The Golden Compass".

So long, Harry. Come back when you can't stay so long. Don't worry about Rowling -- she can stay in bed and never write another word and still be one of the richest women in the world.
I started reading the Harry Potter books after the fourth one came out. I wanted to see what all the hype was about. Since it was a "childrens book" and I was in my mid 20s I wasn't about to spend my money on a kids book. I received a gift card for Christmas and decided to give it a try. I was hooked. I didn't care that they were "kids" books. I bought the first three but had little money for the 4th. I proudly went to my local library to reserve a copy of Goblet of Fire. With the 5th and 6th books I didn't keep track of release dates but I am EAGERLY awaiting July 21st. In fact I made the people at my local Borders a little mad because I kept calling every few minutes on the 21st to see if I could reserve a copy. I was finally able to at 9:02 am.
As I mother of two small kids and who has read everything under the sun~ I look forward to the days when my kids can read and re-read the books. I love them.

But I dread the end of Harry Potter. Harry Potter has done so much for getting kids to read, and it would be a shame to see kids without the love of reading. (Or anyone for that matter!)

I read that Martin Cruz Smith who wrote Gorky Park, never intended on writing a series about the intriguing Russian detective Arkady Renko, but that it just happened.

JK Rowling intended on writing the series, but why end it at all?

It is my hope is that Jo will not kill off Harry and give us the next installments in his life every 5 or even 10 years or whenever she can. After all Jo Rowling has a life outside of Harry and needs time to live it.

But it would be such a shame to kill him off, to prevent others from writing HP books.

After all, if given a choice to read a book about Harry and the wizarding world, by Jo Rowling or someone else~ who would you read?
Response to a couple of points made already-
1) We all have a right to our opinions & to like or dislike this & other books. However, that doesn't give us a right to insult others for their opinions. I personally can't stand John Grisham & find Michael Crichton's science fake & silly. I do like Conan-Doyle & Tolkein & the Narnia books and Harry Potter. To each his own- it makes the world a more interesting place.

2) Considering the security around the release it is very unlikely they would have printed & be storing enough books as would be needed for the release for 7 1/2 months as would be if they had printed & bound in 2006. The risk of a leaked copy would be huge.

3) The movies have to leave some parts out in order to not be 4 to 5 hours long. It would be great if they could put everything in- maybe one day the will have extended special editions like the Lord of the Rings movies and include more scenes that were in the books & didn't make the first theatrical release.

Thanks.
About 8 years ago I couldn't understand what the hype was about. Some of my friends at the university would rant on and on about Harry Potter and I would get annoyed with all that.

when the first movie came out I decided to watch it and realized what it was all about. Unfortunately I couldn't find the book anywhere and a friend ended up sending me a copy from Mexico!

Now, I have the books in either english or spanish, and I plan to go to the midnight party for the last one (if the local bookstore has one), instead of just pre-ordering.
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