As I write this, it is merely hours before Book 7 of the Harry Potter series hits Manila with the force of a signal 3 storm.
The bookstore branch where we had reserved our copy months ago just sent an email that they will open their doors as early as 7AM to accommodate the expected throng of HP can’t-wait-to-get-my-hands-on-it fans who have followed Harry, Hermione and Ron from the start. The plan for us now is to watch HP the Movie tomorrow first thing (yes, because of my confinement we are one of the last in the metro who still have not seen it) then walk over to the bookstore and bring home THE book.
M2 has long been preparing for this moment. A few months back, he began rereading Book 1 all the way to Book 6. There were nights when I would peek into their room to find him still awake, slamming the book shut as the door opened, pretending to sleep but with a grin on his face, knowing I had caught him red-handed. What can I do? He is just such a fan of HP.
Lately, he has been on this Harry Potter site that plays the background music of the movie over and over, almost driving his older brother M1 crazy as he tries to do his school work in the same room.
But the magic of Harry Potter just does that to you. I myself am caught up in all this excitement. With every book that J.K. Rowling released, we found ourselves entranced by the stories she weaved from one chapter to another. Meals were missed or taken late. The TV or computer was suddenly unoccupied. Nights stretched into mornings. Yes, even time in the bathroom doubled with the book in hand. Those reading several chapters ahead were warned upon “pain of death” not to reveal the plots.
In a sense, while excited to see how Rowling closes the series and reveals who lives or dies, I feel a sense of impending loss. After this, there is nothing more to look forward to. All has been revealed. I hope that, when she supposedly said “never say never” in an interview, she left a tiny opening in the whole plot that could allow her to continue writing about Harry Potter in the future. In fact, an online petition to “Save Harry” has been launched in the UK to gather one million signatures, after which the petition gets presented to Bloomsbury, the Harry Potter publisher.
I can already foresee how this weekend will go. With 4 kids, time will be equally divided among them to read the book. I plan to just let them. Come Monday, when they’re all in school, I will have the book all to myself!