So, it’s over. I finished it last night at about 1am. I’ve been on a media blackout since about Thursday, so I wanted to get it done with this weekend so I could get back on the damn internet.
Freaking UPS took their sweet time delivering it on Saturday. I actually wound up sleeping on the sofa Friday night because I was absolutely petrified that UPS would come while I was asleep and I wouldn’t get my book. But of course, they didn’t deliver it until 4 freaking 30 in the afternoon. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I should have just waited in line at midnight with the rest of the world. Oh well.
Apparently, I’m a slow reader because I’ve been reading other people’s blogs and comments who got through it in 7-12 hours, but it took me more like 20. Still though, I feel like I read it too fast and I’m going to re-read it this week at a much slower pace.
It really was the perfect weekend. It rained really hard all Saturday and Sunday, and I always just want to curl up with a good book when it’s like that outside. It was fantastic. Poor Brandon was bored out of his mind because I literally said about 5 words to him the whole time. I made up for it a little bit by stopping about 200 pages from the end (because I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop any time after that) and making him dinner, but then I went right back to reading.
Final thoughts (no spoilers!)…
I loved it (though I didn’t think it was perfect, the middle dragged A LOT and was overly depressing, but the beginning and end more than made up for it). It ended EXACTLY how I wanted it to end and all my predictions about Snape and Harry were right. Yay! I thought the epilogue was BEYOND corny, but at the same time I wanted it to be longer. I didn’t cry until the second to last chapter, but I did tear up quite a few times before that.
I’ve read a lot of people saying they are sad it’s over, but I’m really not. This whole last year and the year before the 6th book came out were awful! I hate waiting. I have no patience for this kind of stuff. That’s why I’m so glad that I (stupidly) shunned the books until after the 5th book came out. I got to read the first five books in a row. No waiting. It was fantastic. Having to wait for these last two books was torture and it would absolutely kill me to have to do it again.
Plus, here’s how I look it at it. I’ve read all the books (except for this one, of course) 4 times. I’ve read them once a year since I started reading the series. Despite reading them that many times, I NEVER get tired of them (ok, maybe it was a little bit harder to get through Chamber of Secrets on the 4th read). I still laugh at the funny parts, my heart still races at the exciting parts. I love all the characters and my love for them only increases with each read. So while there won’t be any new books, it’s not really over for me. Because next year I can re-read the series in it’s entirety and how fantastic will that be? A beginning, middle and, finally, an end. It’ll be like a whole new experience and I’m sure I’ll discover new things like I have all the previous times I’ve re-read the books.
It’s like how I love re-watching all my favorite shows on DVD. Knowing how Buffy and Scoobies turn out in the last season (and in the Season 8 comic book) puts this whole new perspective on the earlier seasons of show. This is most apparent in places like the Buffy-verse and the Potter-verse whose worlds were meticulously laid out to the finest detail by their creators, and who obviously had an end game set up from the get go (Unlike say…Lost). It’s why Tolkien is still so popular after half a century. Worlds like that live on in the minds of fans because they are so well crafted that they don’t diminish with time, they only get richer and richer.
That’s what Harry Potter is for me and it’s why I’m relieved to finally have a ending, and ending that I am completely happy and satisfied with. I’m happy it’s over and I can’t wait to re-read it again next year.