Author: J.K. Rowling
Reading Level: 5th and up
Edition: Hardcover, 2007
I got the book shortly after midnight on Saturday morning, July 21…, at “The Harry Potter Place” party hosted by Scholastic. Spent 2 hours reading it (1:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.) — thought, “Now, this is quite good. I’m not annoyed by redundant adjectives or adverbs or repetitive verbs… And I’m really sucked back into this world again. How wonderful this feels!” Then, most of the day and evening of July 21 was spent reading/dozing off/reading/dozing off on the comfy chair in the living room. Dozing off, not because the story wasn’t exciting but simply due to exhaustion. So, these early chapter and adventure took on a dreamy quality — I wonder if it’s the text or just because I was dreaming … and Harry was doing a lot of dreaming and seeing through another’s eye. His was nightmares, mine was a reader’s trance. Being a slow reader, I couldn’t finish it on Saturday. And I dared not get online to visit any book places, in fear of knowing what comes next. Not that it would have spoiled my experience… but, in a book full of deliberately hidden clues and mysteries, it was more fun to not know anything and slowly discover the “truth.” Sunday saw me busy entertaining house guests and stealing moments to dip back into the tale. By bedtime, I was so deep into the world and so engrossed with the plot threads that I knew today (Monday) couldn’t be spent in any other way but finishing it.
And finishing it I did, with much shedding of tears, much satisfaction with certain of my “predictions” came true, delighted in the reappearance of certain characters and elements from previous books, and inevitably slightly annoyed by a couple of threads and characters left underdeveloped. But, over all… it was a truly satisfying conclusion to a long journey. The many many pages in this case are not wasteful or draggy, but fitting for the exhausting and arduous journey that Harry and the Gang undertook. I’m just, really, pleased.