Harry Potter

Resurfacing…or back in muggleworld

No spoilers here….
Late June through this early part of August have been the lowest posting 6-8 weeks since Modulator entered the blogosphere….tch, tch.
Reasons abound: heavy work load; quite a bit of family traveling; beginning to plan a new house and, yes, rereading the first 6 years at Hogwarts and Deathly Hallows. I finished the latter today and immediately want to reread it.
The tension between reading slow enough to figure out the clues to the grand scheme of what is going to happen and having needing to read very rapidly to find out what will happen next was delectable!
I chose the latter approach; I could not slow down. I don’t think you will be able to either!
In a few days I will reread the last couple hundred pages and then hand it over to Mrs Modulator.
I do not plan to post any discussion of specifics related to Deathly Hallows for some time. Everyone needs an opportunity to read it spoiler free. Happy, though, to discuss in email.

Posting volume should start rising though it may be some time before I get back up to a 2-3 post/day average.

Who Will Die In the 7th Harry Potter Novel?

Apparently more than Voldemort who had damn well better be disposed of permanently!

Rowling has already said that the final chapter of the seventh book was written long ago.
“The final chapter is hidden away, although it’s now changed very slightly,” she said in an interview broadcast on Monday on Britain’s Channel 4. “One character got a reprieve, but I have to say two die that I didn’t intend to die.”
When asked to be more specific, she added: “No, I’m not going to commit myself, because I don’t want the hate mail or anything else.”

The hate mail comment is rather ominous but there will be many unhappy fans if any characters die who are not part of Voldemort’s crowd. Ok, there are probably some folks who identify with Voldemort and company as well. Your speculation can run amok on this idea.
There is a link to a video of the full Rowling interview at Mugglenet.
What I’d really like to know is when the 7th volume will be published. If it is June/July 2007 then I can complete my rereading of the first 6 at the leisurely pace of one every two months.

Then again, one per week over the 6 weeks prior to publication may be a better level of immersion.

Le Tour De Potter II

I still have a few hours of the last stage of the Tour de France to watch but did, last night, finish Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
For those of you who have not yet finished the Half-Blood Prince I have a suggestion: read from the beginning of chapter 25 through to the end in one sitting. Turn off your phone, stock your favorite reading location with an adequate amount of your preferred reading beverage and plenty of tissues, put up a do not disturb sign and read straight through.
Jaquandor should have plenty of time to re-read the series before volume 7 as it looks like it will be sometime in 2007 before we see it:

MA: Have you started?
JKR: Yeah. Realistically, I don’t think I’m going to be able to do real work on it until next year. I see next year as the time that I�m really going to write seven. But I’ve started and I am doing little bits and pieces here and there when I can. But you�ve seen how young Mackenzie still is, and you can bear actual witness to the fact that I do have a very small, real baby, so I’m going to try and give Mackenzie what I gave David, which is pretty much a year of uninterrupted �me time,� and then I’ll start writing seriously again.

I’ll be joining Jaquandor re-reading the series and will likely start in 3-4 months and read in a more studious manner than my recent 4-5 week binge as I know I missed a lot. In fact, I think I’ll re-read V6 again before restarting the series.

Le Tour De Potter

After 4 volumes and 15 stages the outcome is still uncertain. Will I be able to complete this reading of the Harry Potter series by the end of Le Tour?
Today I completed The Goblet of Fire and picked up a copy of The Half-Blood Prince at Costco ($16) and watched 4 1/2 hours of Tour de France with Hincapie’s deserved win and Armstong’s solidification of his position in yellow. There are only a few with any chance left to challenge Armstrong and I believe they must do it on Tuesday, Stage 16, and do it significantly given Armstrong’s time trial strength.
Tomorrow, a rest day for the cyclists, I’ll get a good start on the Order of the Phoenix and should be on to the The Half-Blood Prince by Friday.
Hey, with six books to read, 2-5 hours of cycing to watch 6 days a week, work, family and chores around the house where is the time for blogging? Well, it turns out there is little…
In closing:

It is my belief, however, that the truth is generally preferable to lies,…
Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, 722