July 25th Update: Me and my better half went to visit this Chapters bookstore yesterday and we both wrote a message for JK Rowling. My message of thanks to JK, “Thank you for creating a generation of readers.” JK manages to make reading books hip again and that is no easy task.
For the adults non Harry Potter readers out there, here are two interestingly “not really Harry Potter” entries about Harry Potter from Freakonomics and WSJ Law Blog (quite funny) for your reading pleasure.
Now, I am a little bit of a Harry Potter fan (OK, I have “read” all six books and watched all five movies). And I plan to “read” Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow. OK, by “read”, I mean — “scan for the dialogues and plot advancements” and try to skip the boring bits.
Now, I am exceedingly pissed off (pardon my language here) when I read or heard news (including even CBC) about potential plot points in HP7. I hope the print and TV news will respect the readers and not spoil the fun for us. After all, if we really want to spoil it for ourselves, we can always walk into a bookstore and flip to the last page and find out.
I think I am going to cover my ears and skipping any news about Harry Potter for a while. You know, the worst thing I did today was I watched the news about UK bookies talking about odds of this or that happening to Harry. Since the book was leaked, I doubt people would willingly bet the wrong outcome. Now, I just have to resist reading the Wikipedia entry of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow”, which I am sure will have things that I don’t really want to know printed rightly or wrongly. (smile)
Now, here is a video of the mountain of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow with tons of promotional stuff in my local Calgary bookstore.