Harry Potter arrives

... So Kates got her copy of the seventh and final Harry Potter book tonight ...

... In what's sort of become a tradition of mine, I ordered it a couple weeks ago as a late birthday present for her. And as tough as it was, I never led on or gave her any hints that it was on its way ... She had no idea.

And all the while, as she's done leading up to every new Harry Potter book, she shrugs when someone asks her if she's excited for the new book. She says she doesn't care that much about it, and figures she'll get around to reading it sooner or later ...

But I know better.

So every year I surprise her with the newest book and then she has a completely different attitude ...

Tonight was no different. We'd just arrived home after our weekend on the road, and I immediately checked the mailbox, knowing it would be there. Amazon had even dressed it up in a Harry Potter-themed box -- something Kates didn't even see as I sang and danced and handed it to her in a mini-ceremony ...

When she realized she was the proud owner of the new, final Harry Potter book, her mouth and eyes got wide as the ocean, she held the book tight to her chest and thanked me repeatedly. Like a kid in a candy store. Minutes later, after we'd finished unpacking, she was settling in the chair, and delicately turning the first pages like they were crystal; she looked over the chapter titles and got set to begin the latest journey ...

Now I haven't read any of the books -- maybe I will someday -- but knowing how much Kates enjoys the books (We do own all the movies on DVD, which I have watched with her and enjoyed ...), it's been easy for me to get caught up in all the hype surrounding this last book...

Even I got excited just reading this review in the Baltimore Sun: An inevitable ending to Harry Potter series ...

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a Questions remain to be answered in final Harry Potter book
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a A Young Wiz Nurtured by Literary Forebears
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a The Harry Potter Phenomenon: Not Quite a Miracle

About the film
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Harry Potter links
a harrypotter.warnerbros.com
a http://www.jkrowling.com/
a mugglenet.com
a http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/
a www.fuuko.com/hpquiz.html

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