Hurried Harry – Epilogue

Posted on: 21 July, 07

759 pages in 3 hours.  I did the math and it is scary.  That is roughly 15 seconds per page.  That is not a typo….15 seconds per page.  The testing at school concurs that he really does read that fast and has equally scary comprehension of what he reads.

I won’t give away any plot points.  J was very pleased with the book, both individually and as a conclusion to the series.  There were a few things he did not like, mostly because he liked those specific characters.  He said Rowling did a great job of wrapping it all up in the end.

J fully admits that the first time through, he reads a book a bit more quickly to find out what happens in the end.  He will go back and read it again at a more leisurely pace to revel in the writing style.  When you read a 759 page book in 3 hours, you can take the time to read it again and again.  This week, he read the first six books again to refresh his memory of all the tiny little details.  I really need to replace the first 3 books because they are falling apart from being read so many times.

Although I have not read the books (gasp, I know), I am sad to see the series end.  J is a tad younger than the characters, but he has sort of grown up with them.  Besides, the teacher in me could not be happier about how many children were turned onto reading by these books.  It is a good day when the release of a children’s book is a worldwide media event.


3 Responses to "Hurried Harry – Epilogue"

Harry mania here also, not quite that fast in the reading however. Amazing. We went to the book launch party at borders last night, was pretty cool. I sometimes think about mine and how they will look back on this when older.

Reply to Margot: I doubt most children understand that this kind of hype over a book, especially a children’s book, has never happened before and is unlikely to happen again. I am just thrilled that my children were able to be a part of it. They both love to read. This Potter Mania has made books cool….or at least cooler. J read the first HP in kindergarten, shortly after it came out. The other children were so jealous. The teacher said it motivated a lot them to learn to read because they wanted “to read HP, just like J.”

“It is a good day when the release of a children’s book is a worldwide media event.”

So true. I was getting sort of choked up about all of the parties all over the world. We didn’t go, as my reader-of-Harry-Potter didn’t deem it necessary. She says she would go to a party for a new Percy Jackson book; too bad that’s an unlikely event.

Great googely-moogely!!! I thought I was a quick reader, but it took me about 12 hours to get through the book.

Agreed. It is a good day when a children’s book is a worldwide media event. All the more so because the books are SO well done.

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