Against the Grain

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Posted by Patrick on 23 Dec 2006

I’m a few days behind on posting this, of course. Joanne K. Rowling has announced via a little minigame easter egg on her website that the title of the “final” Harry Potter installment will be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. If you want to try the minigame for yourself, you click the eraser in the middle of the main page; then when you see the room with the chimes and mirror, click at the end of the hallway in the mirror to bring up a Christmas tree. Then click the top half of the door for a wreath; and then the ceiling in the mirror for some garland streamers. Fourth, you have to click either of the cobwebs and they disappear. Finally, click the 2nd chime from the right, it’ll turn into a key, and use this key to open the door. Once open, you’ll see a gift to click; then click again to play the game.

I’ve seen several references to this being the Deathly Hollows, which implies such story-side locations as Godric’s Hollow, but that is not exactly the title of the book. Hallow is not a very commonly-used word, so if you don’t know what it means go here and get smart. Incidentally, anyone ever heard of Hallowe’en? Note that I have placed the word final in quotes; I believe that there will be a reunion show for this series, like so many notable authors do, down the road. It may be in the form of a new series, but based on the theme of the world of wizarding and magicks.

In retrospect, the first six installments of the Harry Potter series, of which I own in 2 languages and have thoroughly read each, have been a great ride and a very well-tied set of stories. It’ll be sad to see the story end, but at the same time, I stand with millions of others who want to know how the saga ends. Will Hermione sacrifice herself to save Harry? Will Neville be the lynchpin in the entire story as the “other boy” that could have been destined? Which ones of the main characters die off this time around? OOOOhhh the suspense!

Ok seriously I’m interested but not going to lose sleep about it. What I do think will happen is that the book will be released on July 7th as part of some genius marketing scheme (07/07/07 rings nicely) and whenever it does release it’ll quickly become the fastest book to sell a million copies in the history of print. Of course, as I wrote not too long ago, there is one lady I know who won’t be the first in line.

Patrick addendum: 27 Dec 2006
On second thought, considering potential release dates, I also think that Jo Rowling might want 7/31/07 to be the release date. July 31st is Harry’s birthday, and in this book he is supposed to “come of age” as a wizard (he will turn 17 in the story)

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