Archive for July 20th, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Can you hear it? It’s the whoosh of millions of readers’ attention being pulled away from the other books they might have read this weekend and sucked right into the last Harry Potter.

I realize that many of the people who will be reading it wouldn’t have been reading anything else this weekend anyway (there was a New York Times article recently–sorry, it’s already migrated to the Times Select archives–about how the Harry Potter effect on children’s overall reading doesn’t seem to be as powerful as it’s been given credit for). But since I’m reading more or less all the time anyway, it’s a funny feeling knowing that pretty much all I will be reading this weekend is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I’ll be setting aside a nonfiction book by a writer I’ll be working with later this summer, a couple of books of poetry by a writer I have to introduce at a reading, and the latest issue of the New Yorker.

I’m going to make a few predictions after the jump. Follow me there if you’re interested. But in the meantime: Are you going to be reading Harry Potter’s last installment this weekend? What’s going to go unread while you do? Continue reading