With the penultimate novel in the saga—Half-Blood Prince—we know that things must become much worse before they can become better and reach resolution in the seventh and last novel. We should thus expect that it will be chilling in unmatched fashion, and I shall argue that it’s the scariest of them all! Let’s take an eerie walk through the dark corners of Half-Blood Prince, to places seemingly devoid of light or hope . . . .
What were you doing at this time last year? You were reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I remember dropping Sophia off with Tricia’s mom and heading to the park on two hours’ sleep (I had read until 5am), and then reading all day long.
Today marks the anniversary of the release of Deathly Hallows, a bona fide cultural phenomenon. Remember the excitement, anticipation, those stupid spoilers, “Deathly Hallows Week” here at The Hog’s Head (then SoG) and other sites? We’ll never have another experience quite like that one.
So let’s all jump into the Pensieve: What were you doing on this day last year, and in the week prior? Looking back on it a year later, any new thoughts or realizations about that period of time?
Other stuff happening on the anniversary of Deathly Hallows:
- John Granger asks what everyone is doing to celebrate today and Harry’s birthday in 11 days.
- HP Alliance launches an 11-day campaign to get folks to quit thinking like Muggles. Their podcast Potterwatch (great name for a podcast) introduces the 11 Days. I met Andrew Slack at Portus and had a very pleasant conversation with him. He realizes the importance of Story for personal transformation leading to societal transformation.