Did you know that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is being published in 90 countries? Yeah, I’m one of the kazillion people anxiously waiting for this weekend and the final installment in JK Rowling’s fantasy series. Will good crush evil? Will Dumbledore’s Army find the remaining horcruxes before the Death Eaters gain strength? Will Harry discover that HE is a horcrux (that scar, that scar!)? Will he survive his final confrontation with Voldemort? Who will die?
Mostly, I’m just holding my breath, hoping Rowling will tie everything up in a way worthy of the legacy she’s created, while fearing she might not (I’m still remembering Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass). Please, no gnarty personality twists in order to move from plot point S to Z. No dismissing reader expectations in the 11th hour and opting for mediocre wrap-ups. And no senseless deaths.
I’ve been keeping up with books and business news (see the Google notebook HERE), but I have to tell you: Just about everyone is focused on Harry right now. Headlines about Harry Potter orders breaking records; how rich Rowling’s agent must be; whether or not the series counts as literature; what will happen to book sales after it’s all over; kids who’ve already started camping out in front of their fave bookstore to wait for their fave book; how Rowling is using the book to help search for a missing child; who’s going to skip to the end of the book when they crack its cover, and which news agency won’t report on it. And, of course, how well the movie’s done this past week. (Kath and I are going to talk about that and more next Monday and Tuesday.)