My kids are too young to read Harry Potter and I admit to having only read the first three books in the series (gasp!). Even though I have not read them all, I was swept up by this magical tale of Harry and his friends from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While I look forward to sharing the seven novels with my boys in a few years, they will not experience the same thrill that Potter fans share today. Once the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, starts flying out of bookstores tomorrow night, we will finally learn the fate of Harry, Ron, Hermione, Voldemort and the others. When my sons start reading the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, they will not share that same suspense and mystery of not knowing the ending. They will have to wait for another next great first. I have fond memories of seeing Star Wars as a kid and meeting Luke, Princess Leia, R2-D2 and Yoda for the first time. My boys have not seen Star Wars yet but they already know more trivia about the characters than I do.
Hats off to J. K. Rowling for bringing magic into the lives of so many people. She has won awards, broken records for book sales and is credited for inspiring kids to love reading. And as a mother trying to make ends meet using her creative talents, she is likewise an enormous inspiration to many of us moms!
Bookstores all over the country are celebrating prior to the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows (12:01 am, July 21). If you want to join the fun, check our weekend picks for local party listings. While you are waiting, find more fun stuff at the official J.K. Rowling website.