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No Roundup today because we’re on Platform 9 3/4, waiting for the Hogwarts Express.  Yes, the books and life have finally aligned: the epilogue for book 7 is set on September 1, 2017.

I was emotional reading that epilogue ( and not just because the series was over) because if my kids had gotten their owls, we would have been standing on the platform in our robes, waiting to enter our third year at Hogwarts.  There was something about knowing that fixed point in time, having a date in hand, that made that book magic feel solid, like something you could actually visit and witness.

So that’s where I am today.  I’m mentally on that Platform, hanging out with all the other Potter-lovers.  Hoping that magic is real, and not really willing to consider that it isn’t.

Diagon Alley


1 TasIVFer { 09.01.17 at 4:49 am }

I’ve started reading the 1st book to my son before bed. We’ve been going for minths, and we’ve only just left Olivander’s shop. There are so many things to discuss that sometimes we don’t get to reading – things like how creul the Dursleys are, the death of Harry’s parents, magic and imagination, etc. An sometimes I have him read any words he can as we go to show him that even a beginning reader can read a couple words in every sentence of a chapter book. We’re enjoying it so much! ❤

2 Turia { 09.01.17 at 7:26 am }

Oh wow. I didn’t realize it was today! That is both exciting and sad, to have the book’s future catch up with your present. Plus it makes me feel like my undergraduate days (which was when I discovered Harry Potter- book 4 had just come out) were so long ago! I graduated 15 years ago now, so that is quite a while, but it still often feels like it was only yesterday.

3 Raven { 09.01.17 at 9:43 am }

It’s crazy how quickly this has come! It makes it so real…but it’s also sad because soon, all of HP will be in the past.

Harry Potter has been one of the pillars of my life. I discovered, and devoured, the books at the perfect time when little else in my life made sense. I cried when they were over. Then, I re-read the books in anticipation of the movies – which I also loved. They’re still our family go-to movie when we want to watch something we love. Later, the screenplay came out – and I was thrilled to dip back into HP world for even a little while (even though I didn’t love it). It seems like every few years, something comes up to keep it alive in our imaginations. But now what? I hope there is something more in store for HP fans!

4 Sharon { 09.01.17 at 1:39 pm }

I never took note of the date when I read the last book. Hope you enjoy!

5 Lori Lavender Luz { 09.01.17 at 4:54 pm }

OK. So this why I don’t re-read books. There are still so many on my list that I haven’t read once.

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