The ‘literary’ world is abuzz today over the announced release date for the latest, and last, Potter book on July 21st. It’s already #1 on Amazon and likely to stay there for awhile. That sound you hear is all the fanboys and fangirls girding themselves to brave the mid-summer night to their local bookstore to purchase their copy promptly at midnight. You know it will happen. So, given all the anticipation and hype surrounding the book, the question is:

Can Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows live up to expectations?

Sure, Rowling has said two characters may possibly die and, at the very least, I’m expecting her to end the series in a emphatic manner. One thing is for certain though, the one thing that will certainly die will be thousands of trees.

OK, two questions. This is the series that has fans lining up for midnight release parties? Harry Potter? Sure, the books are fun and all, but I’m at a loss as to why they have generated as much interest as they have. Partly I think it has to do with being in the ‘in crowd’, and partly I don’t know what. I’d ask my #1 son, but I don’t think I’d get a very illuminating response beyond “I dunno…”.

Update: Amazon is reporting that pre-orders for The Deathly Hallows are up 547 percent over book 6. That could be a lot of books. And for John, the deluxe edition is going for $65.

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