Harry Potter

Done with Harry Potter. I skipped the gym last night and tonight to stay home on the couch and read outloud with Bart. I’ve read a few things about people being disappointed about the ending, but I thought it was marvelous.

I started to get really choked up in the epilogue because it was over. . . I’ve loved Harry Potter and Co for nearly a decade now. My mom started reading the first one to me and my sisters in her bedroom in Las Vegas and now, in Texas, with my own husband, I read the last pages. Whew. . .getting a little teary now, just thinking about it. I read the first few chapters of the fifth book outloud to my dad while he painted the living room when we were the only two home. He hadn’t read any of the other books, and I kept stopping to explain things to him, but I didn’t want to read it alone. I read the rest of the fifth book on a bus, taking a cross-country trip, sobbing to myself when Sirius died. Those books, stupid as this may sound, have been a big part of my life.

And, if you’ve finished, leave a comment or email me and tell me what you thought.

[Edit]: SPOILERS in the comments. Do NOT read if you don’t want to know what ‘s going on.

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  • Reply Nina G July 26, 2007 at 4:46 am

    You’re done! Landen finished today too, so now there’s a free copy for me to dive into. I figured I’d better be the first to respond to this entry, or I wouldn’t be able to read any of the comments for fear of learning some important fact that I don’t want to know yet! I’ll let you know when I’m done.

  • Reply Lisa July 26, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    I’m done too, and posted my review yesterday.

    I’m also tagging you for a meme later this morning so be sure to stop by!

  • Reply cupcake July 26, 2007 at 2:11 pm


    I’m new to these parts but I’ve been reading your blog lately and enjoy it.

    As for Harry Potter, I too am mourning the loss of Hogwarts and everything it encapsulates. It was like being part of a community where you just loved everyone. I thought Ms. Rowling did a tremendous job with everything. She kept everyone happy. For a week now, my friends and I have been discussing every aspect of this series we could think of in the greatest depth. I am sad, yet today, a blog friend of mine told me JK is already working on her next series! She is brilliant in my eyes.

    I think it’s awesome so many people loved these stories. It reminds us to be less boring adults and more adventurous kids at heart.

  • Reply Anonymous July 26, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    You’ll love this article (with spoilers!):

  • Reply janet July 26, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    I don’t read HP, but this post is so sweet! Almost makes me want to read them now 🙂

    I love that you read them aloud. You are going to be a great mom for that reason alone!

  • Reply Terri B. July 26, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    I finished this last night. I’m pleased with Rowlings ending. Janssen, I’m not sure how you managed to read some of those pages out loud. At one point my eyes were so tear-filled I couldn’t see the pages and had to quit reading for a bit and pull myself together.

    I’m rather sad today since it is all over. I will probably read the books again in future, but it will never be quite the same as the first reading.

  • Reply Abbie July 26, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Bought HP on saturday at Noon, was done reading by 5AM Sunday morning…page turner wasn’t it? I loved the ending, I cried when I read the part where Fred died though…broke my heart to pieces.
    Great book.

    Now I have to contain myself and not give away the ending, my son is still reading his copy.

  • Reply TheMoncurs July 27, 2007 at 1:17 am

    I’m glad you finished! Now we can discuss! Considering someone already mentioned Fred’s death in the comments I’ll just talk about it openly. That KILLED me. I got super emotional when George got hurt in the beginning but then when Fred died..I mourned. I teared up over other deaths, but…they’re my favorites. They always seemed so invincible!

    And I totally loved the epilogue. I love that they all survived and got married and had babies, because that’s the way it was supposed to be!

  • Reply Megs July 27, 2007 at 7:42 am

    I certainly agree with you about the ending. I thought it was very nearly perfect.

  • Reply Ginger July 27, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    I was not dissapointed in the ending but I am sad to see it over. Those first few years at Hogwarts seemed so real to me. It’s like saying goodbye to old friends.

  • Reply Edge July 28, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    I finished HP last night. I like you stumbled upon it when my wife was reading it to my step-kids. I was hooked. It was just a well written and well thought out story. And I too am sad it’s over. I didn’t cry, my wife did. I loved it. I’ll miss it …


  • Reply Merrick White July 30, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    I finished last night! It was absolutely incredible. I don’t think she could have ended it any better. Good thing we both already got married, cause there would only be one twin for us to marry 🙁 I wonder if she’s tempted to write a story about Harry’s kids and their adventures at Hogwarts!

  • Reply Ralphie August 2, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    Janssen, I just finished the book today! I’m soooo looking forward to chatting with you about it. Lovely, lovely ending.

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