One year ago today…

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Jul 21, 2008

Posted by Melissa Anelli
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A year ago today, most of us were gulping down pages of Deathly Hallows. Some of us had waited 10 years for it, and though we were sad that the end was nigh we were too excited to fput down the book. We wondered what Harry’s end meant for us: for us as fans, as a fandom, as friends.

So what’s happened over the past year? We’ve discovered the fear was unfounded – we’ve grown, not outgrown. We’re still discussing, arguing, enjoying. We still have plenty to talk about, and most of it is still about Snape. ;) There’s a theme park, three ( ! ) movies, LeakyCon, and who-knows-what else on the way. Some of us have moved on to other things, other series, other interests, other pars of our lives; some of us are just as engrossed as we always were. But all of us know the Potter fandom still has a ton of life and is still a part of our lives.

A year gone, so fast – where will we be next year?

Please use the thread below, if you wish, to reminisce about your Deathly Hallows experiences.





313 Responses to One year ago today…

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I remember I was in London and opening the book for the first time. What an amazing experience, one I will never forget. First comment?

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I remember the joy I felt when I grabbed MY “DH” book from a Wal Mart pile soon after midnight. And spent the weekend reading. There were so much questions to answer in this book – and yet it had its own plot and mysteries. And I was sad when it was all over… But I still enjoy listening to the 7 books over and over in my car (Jim Dale, I love you !!!) The serie is over but the magic is still here !

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omg! i can’t believe it’s been a whole year! although it felt like it was all ending at the time i got the book, the complete opposite happened! i got more involed and obsessed than ever. it will be really sad when the deathly hallows movie comes out :( but on the plus side we have two more years to enjoy harry potter news!!! can’t wait for half-blood prince! <3<3

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I remember asking for the Saturday off after the book was released. I went to the Barnes and Noble around ten or so to take in some of the atmosphere, smiling at the old and young in costume, as well as the rest of the patrons that were looking at them like I did before I got into the Harry Potter series: with a mixture of amusement and wondering why there was so much ballyhoo over some book!

I got into the series with the fifth book and immediately after finishing the first half of it, purchased the previous four and eagerly awaited the arrival of the sixth after devouring all the rest!

So, it was with a mixture of trepidation, excitement and sadness that I waited in line for my copy. I spent that night reading it, beginning at around one a.m. and finished around 10:15 that next morning!

Currently, I am rereading it for the fourth time. And I am loving every word! Thanks to you, Ms. J.K. Rowling for giving me something enjoyable to read again. I hope you see fit to write something of this series again one day. If you do, I will be the first to get in line!

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I was hurriedly reading it in the car on the way home from a book party at Barnes & Noble. I finished it in about seven hours. It was amazing. and kind of earth-shattering that it was all over, but in my opinion, it was sort of a let-down. Nothing happened the way I thought it should have been. Anyone feel the same way? My Potter mania is pretty strong right now. I’m not terribly excited to see HBP or DH part 1 or 2, but I’m working on my own fanfiction of sorts for book 7. Can’t wait for the theme park, though!

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I was home, excited and happy

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i was home, excited and happy

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I remeber waking up early and getting dressed all prepared to leave. I was in the car half way down the main street of our village when I turned back because my brother was on his way home with boxes of the books so I could just get one from him :)

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I remember waking up early and getting dressed. I was in the car half way down the main street of our village when I turned back because my brother was on his way home with boxes of the books so I could just get one from him :)

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July 21 is my birthday !

We got up in Aberdeen, Scotland at 3 am, went to Asda (owned by Walmart!) and purchased 2 copies and also Stephen Fry’s narration. ; then went to another store and got another two. As we drove down south to the border, we listened to Stephen Fry’s reading for 6 hours until we reached home !

Some birhday !

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I was miles away from home in another country (Australia to be specific) and I was purchasing a copy of the book there. I remember freaking out because I wouldn’t be home for the release of the book, but then I realized that I could get a copy in Australia. I remember calling my mom telling her that I got the UK version, and she told me that she bought me the US version, so I was pretty excited to get both. haha.

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I was so excited! I got my book, locked myself in my room and couldn’t speak to anyone til I was finished. Then I cried a lot and then I listened to Pottercast/Mugglecast/LeakyMug who were on their Summer Tours And made me feel so happy and made me not depressed about the end of the books. Wahhhh It’s been a year! Feels like longer to me!! x

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Happy Anniversary, Deathly Hallows… and Jo! The culmination of all the hard work. I will never forget that midnight release party, the absolute joy when my DS won the costume contest and the prize was the first book out of the box, and spending all night up reading, crying, laughing, agonizing, fearing, then celebrating. What an incredible journey, from start to finish! And it has only continued to get better ever since, I have made more incredible friends here at Leaky, enjoyed each reread more each time and continue to look forward to the movies and events with all the excitement possible. Leaky has become my second home and I am so grateful to be here, sharing the HP experience with people who are just as nuts (about the books and just in general, LOL) as I am. Thank you, Jo. And thank you, Leaky. My life has been permanently changed for the better. :)

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I love Deathly Hallows so much! can’t believe that it’s been a year already, i’ve got three different versions of it and i’ve read it twice and listened 3 times… i can’t wait to read it again. It still makes me laugh, and cry every time i read it, and it is so good to pick up something new each re-read. J.K. Rowling is a genius, and I absolutely can’t wait for this book to be represented in a movie (although nothing will ever beat reading it!) Love love love it and so sad that the series is over.

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Oh my gosh, a year!! I remember sitting on the curb at Barnes and Noble at nearly two o’clock in the morning, waiting for my ride home, trying desperately to make out the beginning of the end by the light of a nearby streetlamp.

oh my…..

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I suddenly remember how tired I was in the morning and the rest of the day, no sleep, a lot of discussion and a party afterwards….... think I’m still tired yet.

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Omg,i cant beleive it’s been a year….it seems yesterday when we’ve been counting down till midnigh(actually till 1 a.m., but nevermind=P) and than there they were..the books…Deathly Hallows(for me the very best and fav) it was one of the bes days of my lifesigh . It’s just so sad there’s no more books coming. But whatever happens i know i’ll always check Leaky at least 5 times a day :)

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No no no no, most of it is about my most beloved RON WEASLEY! Jo outdid herself writing him in DH! oh, yes yes!

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I’ve been wrapped up with Harry Potter for eight years now and I can’t believe it’s been a year since the last one came out. I remember the feeling of awful foreboding and at the same time exhilaration. I finished the book in a day and felt good though so sad afterwards.

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I listened to the webcast of Jo reading Chapter 1 then rushed to the store!

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Omg i remember tht when it came out i was on HOLIDAY!! in ITALY so i had 2 wait 2 wks b4 i could read it but as soon as i arrived at the airport in england i went straight away to WHsmith!!! and bought a copy!!!! now i have 2 copies!! one i ordered 4rom waterstones 1 4rom whSmith!!! im never going 2 forget the moment i started 2 read it!!!!!! and i’ll never forget Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna, Nevile, Ginny, Fred and George!!!!!!

I LOVE HARRY POTTER!!! and i cant wait till HBP comes ou!!!!!

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In Ahmedabad, India, I got my book at 6 in the morning and I already started reading it on my way home. I don’t remember talking to anyone through the day and closed the book when it was finally over. Have read it a couple of times through the last year. The magic surely lingers on…I want to go through all seven books once again and am desperately waiting for the Half Blood Prince movie in November. May the magic last forever!

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I rember it like it was yesterday! waiting in line at walmart at midnight! then finnaly getting the book and reading it then being depressed for like 2 weeks cause it was over… good times

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I just remember walking out of Barnes & Nobles with the book in my hands, and the employees just smiling at me. Then the driving home was horrible I was like hugging the book waiting to read it. Hahaha then scribbling down the deaths in a notebook and writing quotes in permanent marker on my headboard. Good times I can’t believe its been a year, its passed so fast!

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I remember readin it nd was like not gonna read the last bit like all the time! But cant believe its a year! Nd I still LOVE harry potter so…... much! xxx luv u guys! xxx

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a year already… I remember reading the first chapter and telling a friend via icq. Immediately she demanded a summery… Her English is too bad to read a whole book, even if it’s so well written as Jo’s. Next I found myself in reading and summarizing DH and the further I got the more I started to translate whole sentences and pages for her, instead of just summarizing a chapter. So I made really slow progress. But – and that’s much more important – we experienced it together, instead of her waiting for three more months until the German version would be published.

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I remember the moment when DH was released because I was hurrying to the bookshop and I heard the Cathedral strike midnight and I just stopped because I was so exited! I waited for about an hour to get the book and when I did I just cried! When I was in the car again I couldn’t open the book( I Was to scared) for about 15 miutes! We got back at 2.30 in the morning and I read until 3.

The next day I had to help my mum cater for a wedding which was really annoying so every time I had a chance dashed upstairs and started reading it!

Best day ever! xxx

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It’s amazing! And the best of it is that HP is here to stay. Nothing’s changed in the past year, as you say, we’re still arguing and discussing about it. Happy Bday DH!

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I can’t believe it has been a year!! Well it was my birthday yesterday and I remember last year I was more excited about the book coming out than my birthday.

THe bad thing was that I didn’t get it til like 10am UK time as i was traveling back from my holiday that day and i read the book all the way home!!

Can’t wait for another fantastic year!!

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Seeing that padlocked box come out at the same bookstore I’d gone to for the past 2 midnight releases made me realize that I was living a part of history along with millions of other fans and how awesome it would be 50 years from now to say ‘I was there”.

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Here in finland we were at our summer cottage and I forced somebody to drive me to the nearest shop, about 45 minutes away, to buy the book that I had reserved. I couldn’t start reading it the first day I got it because we had guests, but after that I read it four days in a row without doing anything else. I know I’m still gonna read all of the books so many times, but there’s just something unique and amazing reading them for the first time, not knowing what’s gonna happen, being so excited all the time, wanting to end it to know what’s gonna happen but on the other hand never wanting to stop reading it.

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Man its already 10 years since i read Harry Potter for the first time. god, where did all the time go?

At the release of DH there was unfortunately no midnight opening in my town, because it hadn’t been translated yet, so i had to wait until 9AM in the morning :( Then i read non stop until 3.30 AM the next morning, sobbing and mourning over all the death in the ending and of course the scene where Harry uses the resurrection stone.

Can’t believe it has already been a year.

I kinda feared the day that HP would end, but when i had read the last words i was not sad…i felt relieved and satisfiyed and ready for it to end. But Harry Potter still has a special really big place in my heart :)

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The Deathly hallows…I had trouble reading it, put it down after every chapter. I wanted to know what was going to happen and was sad that it was going to end. Now I’m looking forward to the movies, they will be excellent. And the books? I read them every year, again and again, call me crazy!

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Can’t believe it’s been a year already.

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I ordered my copy on-line, and planned to spend the morning volunteering with a summer school program. That way I was well distracted while I waited for delivery. When I got home, I built my “reading nest” on the back porch, complete with tissues and a selection of British snacks (at least what I could get together here in Kentucky). I was 6 months pregnant at the time, so I had to stand up and walk after each chapter. That was fortunate, because it took a few minutes after each to absorb the roller coaster of emotions. Hedwig’s death was the first low, and Dobby’s death had me in tears long enough that I went to bed to sleep off the grief. I finished the book the next day, and nearly burst, because no one I knew had finished, and chased me away before I could spoil it for them!

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Like everyone else, I can’t believe it’s been a year already! Stayed up all night reading that book, with a bag of sherbet lemons and some lemonade! Never left the room until I’d finished! Was so worth it, I know others were unsatisfied by the ending, but I loved it. Still can’t believe the series is over, but Harry Potter will always have a place in my heart, and we still have 3 movies to get excited about yet!

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Yesterday I constantly checked what time it was, reliving the amazing experience last year in my head. I was in the Waterstones-queu in London and had the BEST time ever. When I got my book I kept it tight, tight, tight to my chest like I was scared someone would steal it. After having it stamped I went out on the street, desperate to get awaaaay from the store, I was just so terrified that someone would look up the last page and scream out spoilers. When I got on a buss to our hotel, I happened to “land” next to a girl who was reading the book, and I picked up my own as well. But the dedications and the poems alone were enough to scare me from reading any more at that point. So I got back to the hotel, read for an hour and the fell asleep, exshausted. At 7 am I woke up, and hardly did anything else but read for the next 17 hours… How I wish I could go back!!

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I had a scheduled examination in one of my major subjects for my graduate studies. But who cares? The last installment of Harry Potter was more important! (wasn’t it?) I read the book and forgot all about microbial genetics. :)

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On this glorious day i got dressed in my DA T-Shirt to go to the scholastic store in SOHO NYC i was able to attend a whole block party which they turned into Diagon Alley it was great i was able to see all of the first edition US book copies signed by JK Rowling herself while i was there i was also able to watch Jo reading the first chapter of the Deathly Hallows which was incredible… at around 9pm all the fans started lining up in front of the scholastic store at around 11:50 they squeezed every single fan back into the block which they had turned into Diagon Alley n began a countdown Which was better than the New Years Eve countdown in times sq by the time i had purchased my copy i rushed home n went to bed (i know what everyone is thinking but i wanted to wake up fresh so i can be able to read for about 20 hrs straight) the next day i woke up at around 10 am and immediately started reading i read all day only pausing to use the bathroom n have 1 meal by the time it was 5am i told myself i had to put the book down n rest but i had just got to the Malfoy Manor chapter i was not able to put the book down till about 6:30am i went straight to sleep and woke up at about 1pm i called out from work because there was no way i was gonna take a break from reading i read all the way up until 5am monday morning at which time i was depressed because the story which i loved for so many yrs had ended…. i cant believe its been a yr i am currently reading the DH again and i cannot seem to stop having conversations with fellow Harry Potter Fans as the yrs go by the obsession continues to grow…Thank you JK Rowling for giving us the greatest story ever told and for showing us a world in which we all will always dream and want to be a part of.

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Last summer was one of the best ever. Between waiting for the movie and DH, listening to all the new wrock songs, listening to Leaky and Muggle traveling all over, squeeing with delight when I discovered MuggleCast was coming to Indianapolis before the book came out (Wish it had been Leaky – but I’ll take what I can get).

Then the party! OMG!! I volunteered early in the spring at my local B & N as there was no way I was going to miss the party and I wanted to fully immerse myself in the phenomenon. I dressed as Trelawney and spent the night giving out fortunes to the kids. What fun! I had taken the day off from work to sleep in so I’d have the energy to stay up all night! My family and I had gone to this same B & N for every single release party since GoF – we have pictures of my daughter growing up next to a huge stand-up of Hagrid. It has been a milestone in our lives.

After the release party I took me, my 3 books and 1 set of audio books home, set up my reading nook and began at 12:30am. I stopped at 8:30 when a friend stopped by to pick up some goodies from the party and discuss the book so far – I was at the start of The Princes Tale at that point – and once she left, an hour later, I finished the book by 10:30 – crying.

I’m currently listening to Jim Dale read DH, again.

Hopefully I won’t cry this time.

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I got my copy of Deathly Hallows at 6:30 am in the morning.We had to wait because they had to open the crates officially at 1200 hrs in London. So we Pottermaniacs in India had to wait until the sun had come out and officially declared it a day. I rushed through the book in 7 hours. I wasted about an hour fighting with myself trying to convince myself not to open the last page. I had to succumb to my temptations in the end, and I read the last page after the chapter where Ron got poisoned. and then my reaction was….” Three kids??? Three??OMG!!!!!!!!” The book almost made me cry when Harry went to visit his parents grave…. One year on, I have to admit, my excitement has gone down a bit bnecause now I know the whole story…I mean whatever JKR managed to reveal in a “restricted” space of seven books. I’m still excited about the movies, but as a tribute to this day, to Harry and his friends, to all the brave witches wizards, squibs and Muggles who gave up their lives and happiness “for the greater good and to the creator of a whole new world Joanne Kathleen Rowling” – I think I’m going to read Deathly Hallows all over again today.

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I was in Sydney, and still am…. we had to wait till 9 in the morning to get the book. It was the most amazing night I ever had… I’ll never forget it, people usually call me the Harry Potter Freak, and that night I felt like we all were. Everybody around me was crying for joy, and for the first time I really felt I was part of one big family!!! Thank you Jo for giving us the most amazing gift…. And thank you all Harry Potter Fans for not letting it all finish at that…..

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A whole year! I can’t believe it. I stood outside Waterstones in Ilford because when my friends realised we weren’t going to the midnight reading, they bailed on the idea of going up London completely… :@ That was one emotional 10 hours or so – laughing, gasping, gripping the edge of my seat and of course the crying throughout the last few chapters and then for hours after it was over. I still can’t believe I haven’t gotten over it. I don’t think I could live without fanfiction now =) Fanfiction makes my world go round. Is anything going on to commemorate this great day?

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My abiding memory of that day is reading The Dark Lord Ascending and thinking ‘My God, how deliciously darker can this series possibly get?!’ I still get chills reading it and hopefully seeing it in DH1 will produce the same effect! ( Along with all the other Snape/Voldemort scenes).

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If anything I’m more obsessed now than I was then!

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Happy 1st Birthday to, quite simply, the best book I’ve ever read!

One of my clearest memories from a year ago was walking into my Dad’s office at our work on Monday morning, having spent the weekend reading the book. He looked at me and said, “Well?”, and I replied, “Great book, and Harry lived!”. The next thing I remember was that he was in trouble with Mum. They’d been speaking on the phone and she’d asked how I was and Dad said, “He’s fine. He’s happy because Harry lived”, to which Mum replied “Oh no! You weren’t meant to tell me that you rotten sod!! I’m going to read it when we go on holiday!!”. She wasn’t happy LOL!

Unfortunately Dad didn’t get to go on holiday, because a month or so later he started to get ill, and he ended up passing away on October 11th. The last 12 months have been very, very difficult. Things started out full of joy and excitement, but then, only a few short months later, that dissolved away to be replaced by total agony and heartbreak! Even now it hurts, and I’ve got tears in my eyes as I type this, but through it all there has been Harry, there has been the Fandom, there has been Leaky, and there has been PotterCast. At a time in my life when I was incapable of feeling any pleasure or excitement or joy, a period that lasted at least 8 months, the only thing that gave me any kind of enjoyment was Harry Potter, and all the wonderful things that have grown up around him.

Jo, you have truly created something wonderful, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart! And to all of you who do so much in the Fandom, the Leaky/PotterCast staff, the LeakyCon guys, the Wizard Rockers, the Fanfic writers, the filkers and many many more, I thank you all too. You really have helped me get through a terrible period of my life.

And again, Happy Birthday DH!!

Love to you all, Neil

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Oh my a year already! My friends and I planned a potter night, we went to see HP&OotP and then we cued in front of waterstone to buy our books.

I was sooo anxious to read DH I didn’t have any recollection of the movie except of Voldemort in his Prada suit and the fuzzy pinkness of Umbridge, lol.

Around 2 in the morning I finally got my book. It took me probably 15 hours to read the whole thing. I was shocked when Hedwig got killedy and I felt heartbroken when Dobby died. My favorite chapter is the Prince’s Tale.

In a way I felt it was the completion of something unique, a connection of sorts with millions of people out there discovering the end of a wonderful series.

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I have never been so disappointed in my life. I doubt will I buy another book by JK Rowling until she matures enough as an author to work with an editor.

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I’ve been excited for this day for about five days. I was sitting in the bath reading angus, thongs and full-frontal snogging the other day when it occurred to me “What is the date?” I thought it must be near DH release day time…so I checked the calender and found it was only five days away and immediately resigned myself to reading the whole series again until last night where I would relive my Deathly Hallows count down. After a big rush to finish Half-Blood Prince last night (finishing with two minutes to spare) I sat with the same watch I had used last year to count down the day and relieved my time (whilst crying because I’m soppy). I remembered tidying my bedroom to make it “Harry Potter friendly” with my iPod on my Harry Potter playlist listening to Harry and the Potters, Roonil Wazlib, the Hermione Crookshanks Experience and others. Then I remembered laying out all the six on my desk in order and I put my night clothes at the end of my bed so everything was in place. Then I sat with my mum for the next couple of hours in my living room just saying “Mum, I’m really excited” and she was saying “I know…” And then I did my own little count down to midnight (because my dad has refused to take me to the shop until it was actually midnight). And then me and my dad set off to Tesco where there was a bit of a queue but nothing too terrible. And then when I picked up I almost burst with happiness and I paid my £9.99, my receipt told me I’d got it at 00.17am on the 21st July. And I sat in the car clutching it to my chest refusing to open it. And I got home, went to the toilet, made coffee and got in to my night clothes and then I sat down…started reading at 00.34am and then read and read and read (and cried) and read (and cried a whole lot more) until 5 in the evening on the 21st. I had to keep moving rooms because people kept coming in and my brother was threatening to go onto the internet to find out what happened and tell me. So I shut myself in the cellar. When I got to “The Forest Again” I became so overcome with crying that I couldn’t see the words but yeah. Shutting the book was horrible. And great. The lovely but cheesy end was so nice…and Harry so deserved a family. But I was all “that’s the ennnnnnnnnnd” and started crying again.

And one year on, and I relieved that experience…I read one hundred pages last night and I am gonna read it out in my garden today cos it’s lovely and sunny.

I really enjoyed reading everyone’s experiences and I really think that the HP fandom is still so alive and there’s still more to come…and though we all know how it ends it doesn’t mean that the excitement has to die because we have the capability to relieve our experiences which is awesome and we can still all talk about it because there’s just so many amazing things in Jo’s writings.

And there’s twilight! Hahaha Breaking Dawn in 11 days and 19 hours. Hahahahaha! =D ‘nother release to look forward to.

Sorry. I’m so excited for Breaking Dawn is all. Much like I was for Deathly Hallows (though no where near as intense as that).

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Joe and Harry have done so much for me, I will never get those hours of waiting and then when i got the book :D:D i cried when I finished reading it :( i still cry today!!!!

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Wow i’m so shocked that it has been a year as it doesnt seem that long that i was at Waterstones in Nuneaton around 9:00pm waiting for midnight when i could get my hands on the book i had been eagerly awaiting!! There was a man behind me dressed as mad eyed moody and infront hermione granger i even managed to get my picture in the newspaper as i was standing near them :D

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I can’t believe it….it’s been a year…soo early…I feel like so excited,the deathly is the best HP-book!!!

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I was pregnant and due to have my son any minute. I was so concerned I would go into labor before I finished the book that I read the final chapters first. I figured I waited long enough, and there were no promises when I would be able to pick up the book again.

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a BIG chunk of HBP news is due in a week or at most 10 days

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I worked at Barnes and Noble at the time and my duties that evening included helping people through to the registers, so I witnessed how happy everyone was when they finally had the book in their hot little hands. I especially remember 4 girls dressed like the Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione couples getting their books, flipping to the back pages, and then jumping up and down screaming “We get to be together!” A bit of a damper on the surprise, but enjoyed the experience of reading the book nonetheless, of course.

Thanks to Jo for the fun and the memories!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DH!!! I got my copy a day after it came out (stupid summer camp). In the year that has passed, I’ve written numerous fan fiction stories, made many Harry Potter related friends, gotten into more than one argument about which scene was better, who’s death was the saddest and watched OOTP and all the movies before it, many times over. My parents have tried to get me to get over Harry Potter fandom but to no avail. I keep telling them it won’t be over until the next 3 movies come out and the theme park is finished and I’ve been there. Jo, thanks to you, my life is complete. Following your imagination has opened me to a new world of possibilities and knowing that if an idea comes to you in the most unexpected ways, go with it, don’t hold back. To Harry Potter and the entire fandom that comes with it. Every Harry Potter fan, young or old, has one common bond and it all comes back to a boy wizard who wanted nothing but world peace and the need to be normal.

Love to everyone in the Harry Potter world, Ashleigh

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oh God… i jst wanna cry now hearing all your experiences, wishing mine was just as splendid. that day, i was off in math camp, wondering, in agony, how i’d get a hold on the book. i read it when i went to dubai 2days later and i had never felt more complete.

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more news: A stone bridge has been built to connect the Hogwarts grounds to the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade. An extremely long take along the bridge has been shot for a sequence that (obviously) features Hogsmeade. Only David Yates, Bruno Delbonnel and other crew were present during the filming (that is, no cast members were present). If left in unedited, this take will easily outstrip Alfonso Cuaron’s well-received long takes in Children of Men. (this was “filler transition material” being shot. the length of the take was intentional)

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I remember queueing outside Hodges Figgis in Dublin for hours, in full costume of course. When it started to rain they opened the doors early so we wouldn’t get wet. There was a countdown and on the stroke of midnight there it was! I wanted it so much but at the same time was almost afraid to touch it as it meant the end. (How wrong I was!) I spent the entire weekend locked in my room reading, with no sleep, as I went through tissue after tissue. I still haven’t been able to bring myself to read it a second time although I can tell you exactly when everything happened and on what page!

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Here in the Philippines, Potter books costs quite a lot (in our standard though). I got to read the potter series by borrowing from friends! I remember reading DH fast enough to return it again on the same day, unfortunately I got the story, but not the finer points in it. I had to wait another to reread it and then I appreciated it even more! since then i read it 5 times already and I’m fingding some new details each time!

Thanks Jo!

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my family was spending the weekend at a family gathering. i got really nervous at first i wouldnt be able to get DH until sunday after it came out. BUt then i remembered that most of my faimly is just as obsessed with HP as i am. i was able to stop at a borders and enjoy all the celebrations before the release of the book. another fun thing that happened was that there was a barnes and noble right across the street. i was able to party hop! i wish i were home so i could have read at my leisure and not worry about spending time with family. i was very anti social that whole weekend

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WOW! 10 years…doesn’t seem possible. Let’s see. I had a “Potter Party”, the night before ‘Order Of The Phoenix’ opened, and left for California, the day after the Movie came out. A sad trip, as I knew, when I got back, the last book was coming out. The Party was both for the Movie, AND the book. My friends, and I, went to a Books-a-million book store, for the Midnight Party. It was so neat, to see the books wheeled out [by security guards] on dollys. The excitement was almost too much….but I wouldn’t be getting my book for two days. Another friend of mine, had gotten herself and her grandchildren, pre-paid copies. She had gotten me one, as well. She had the recipts, so I had to wait. The day I got ‘Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows’, I took it home. Got there about 3:00pm. Had a sandwich and bid my husband off to work. I sat down, and didn’t put it down! At 2am, when my Husband went to bed, I was still reading….I finished the book, at 3:00am. My only thought was “OMG. This woman [JKR] is the most wonderful writed ever. I am SO glad I’ve read her books…even now, the last one. I have now read each of the seven books, at least 4 times [again] since ‘Order Of The Phoenix’ came out, last year. What a marvelous “ride”....

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I remember it like it was yesterday, After work (5pm) the day before the release My friends and I went to Barnes and Nobles to have their midnight party. We stayed there playing games and meeting fellow HP lovers like ourselves until 1201am. We were among the first group to get our books and when I went up to pay for mine ( I was the very first person) everyone clapped. It was so magical. It truly felt like I was apart of the HP world and that everyone there was waiting their trip on the Hogwarts express. People were dressed like wizards and Death Eaters alike. I will never forget that moment!

After receiving the book I awaited for my friends out side of the store and once we all had ours we left the levee so as to not hear any spoilers LOL. After dropping them off at home I rushed to my house were I tore through the book in eight hours. I did not feel asleep until 10:34 am that morning. Upon waking I once more re-read the book slower wanting to once more relive the moment of discovery. I was not disappointed.

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I was backstage for my camp’s performance and everyone had the book except me. I was honestly about to cry but then one of the leads said “I wont be backstage much anyways you can read mine” I honestly would have kissed them i was so happy. So i read as much as i could, but eventually i had to give the book back… and i was baby sitting that night, so i had my dad go get the book and bring it to me so that i could read it when the kids went to sleep. I then stayed up until 4 in the morning (finishing the book)despite the fact tat I had three shows the next day. I had already read it a second time within two more days.

and i’m reading it again right now!

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AAAAAAAA Melissa! such a beautiful post! I almost cried! OMG.one year ago…I couldn’t sleep! I+ve read DH in 2 and a half days. and I’m really proud on it because I read it english and thats my foreign language. ooooooo….

Mel,don’t worry. Harry Potter is still a huge part of my life and it will always be. “Some of us have moved on to other things, other series, other interests, other pars of our lives” – yes, Twilight for example. but not me! I won’t read the books or watch the film! peace,love and Harry Potter! Thank you Jo!

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I remember that whole weekend, queuing for hours with like minded people :-) Putting up with jibes and partaking in banter with people passing.

Rushing home to read the first few chapters before I had to go to sleep (had to do something on Saturday so couldn’t read it then). Then finally getting to the book Saturday night after spending all day with my fingers plunged into my ears so no one could ruin it for me :-)

Then the tears!!! I cried like a baby when characters died. Especially Dobby, man that nearly killed me. And cheering, I actually screamed “YESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!” when Harry ran back to the room of requirements and saw the DA, quidditch team, Lupin etc there. It was such an amazing experience. I hope that I get to feel that passionate about a book series again some time. I’ve just finished re-reading the books again, and still cried for Dobby (you’d think I’d know its coming after 4 reads hee hee), and probably will read them at least once a year until I’m too old to see the pages….so Mr Fry will read them to me then :-)

Thank you Jo!!!!!!!!!!!!! And thanks Leaky for keeping the interest alive even after Jo is focusing on new things (can’t wait to see what), I still check here almost every day…..just in case :)

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I started reading HP around the tim GoF came out but I didn’t really discover the fandom until the months before DH came out, When I got my copy of DH (which took forever because the bookstore didn’t have my copy so we had to drive around until we found a store that did) I barley talked to anyone until I finished. L iked the ending but I was extremly sad because it was the end of the books. But it’s not over yet! Still three more movies!

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ME AND ME MATE ADAM GOLDFINE ACN’T BELIEVE ITS BEEN A YEAR

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Deathly Hallows came out the night my school broke up for summer holidays – a large portion of the pupils and teachers were at the midnight opening – we were all so hyper and excited. I finished early morning and as soon as I has closed the back cover, I ran down the stairs and through the house screaming “I LOVE IT”. My sisster, who had yet to finish it, was highly annoyed. One of my friend would not speak to me for a few days, in case I spoiled it for him. =) HP has made me laugh and made me cry and for the last 9 years been such a prominent feature of my life. Even a entire year one, I’m still arguing with my friends about it. A million thanks JKRowling – can’t wait to see the DH film.

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The book was released at 9am in Sydney (12am in London) and my netball game finished at the same time. My best friend and I drove to the nearest department store the second the bell sounded. We started reading before we go to the counter. Then we went to a cafe where almost everyone was reading HP. It was amazing to be in the crowd as one of the first people to get the book.

So going to go read DH now! :)

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I would like to thank Barnes & Noble for the fun party. It was a great time. Like everyone else I read the book almost all night and into the weekend. Everything that I tried for weeks to figure out about the horcruxes and the ending was solved so that mental game was over. Of course I would like another seven books. But I still have three more movies, a tiny prequel, and you guys. Thanks Leaky. Thanks Jo.

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My brother and I were eagerly awaiting the delivery of our books. As soon as we got them we ran to our rooms, flopped on our beds, and began the marathon reading session. Our rooms are right across from each other so we kept our doors open, stopping to say “What page are you on!!?” and breifly talking about what we read. He reads faster then me so he was driving me insane gasping and going “oh my god!”. We were so excited and eight hours later, when we finished the book. We sat together crying cause it was really over. The whole time my mother kept going by saying “How did I raise such dorky children?” lol

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i remember that i was in berlin that day..but i had preordered the book… My friend and me went outside that day and ran into the next bookshop we could find. We quickly skipped to the last page, just to read only the very last word of the last harry potter book ever. Seldom have i felt such joy and so much adrenalin rushing through my veins … it was an exciting but also sad feeling. I almost couldn’t hold myself back .. i wanted to read this soo badly..but at this very moment the book must have arrived at home… A few minutes later my mom called and was like “hunny your book arrived, just wanted to tell you.” and i was like i just saw it squeeee!^ When i finally arrived at home a day after it took me 3 days (and nights) to finish it… (i’m german, so that’s pretty good^)...afterwards i was soooo unsatisfied…. i ahd soo many questions and wanted to kow so much more, but there was no page left and i just had to accept it…awful feeling.

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I remember reading through it so fast that I had to make myself slow down so that I could read it properly. I laughed and cried through the book and felt a mixture of emotions. How does Jo write so GOOD?

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i was at the mall at 8 am for my book and i bought it was sitting down on the bench by the fountin and i got to some part and i started to cry and the woman from the stroe beside me comes out and says “dear, are you okay” and i look up and say ” yes mamm, im fine im just at a very sad part in my new book” and she looks at what book im reading and says “oh that right that new book came out today you are most likely not the only one who will be sobbing”

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That was the greatest day of my life. I read it twice that day. One year later, and it’s still my favorite book of all time. Thank you JKR, you are God. My name also fits with today! :) I think as a tribute, I will read it again…..which means I will have read it 8 times. Good lord I loved that book….I wrote all the spoilers on the endpapers after I read it 3 times, which forced my mum to borrow it from the library. Now we just have to wait for a HBP trailer, the special edition of SS, and JKR to write the Scottish Book!

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I remember going to the midnight party at the mall to get my copy of Deathly Hallows! I then proceeded to real the whole book aloud to my roommate over the next three days!! I have read all the Harry Potter books multiple times and have worked my way through the entire series again and am reading Deathly Hallows right now!! I can’t get enough of Harry Potter!!

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I got my book at borders at midnight. Rushed home read the first chapter and fell asleep. I woke up at 7:30 in the morning and VERY slowly read the book, spending the whole day absorbing – and doing nothing else. I didnt eat or drink for the entire day. I finally finished my non-stop reading at 6:30am the following morning. After sobbing for hours on the phone to my also sobbing best friend i fell asleep for 20 hours. =]

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this is an awesome site!happy anniversary DH!!lol..and i too wonder where we’ll be next yr..but it’s nice of melissa to write this post to remind us and kinda makes me feel all sentimental too..lol..but i am gonna re-read my somewhat clean copy of DH soon!cheers.

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I remember when I was vacationing in New Hampshire and my brother kept on yelling at me because he had to wake up so my Dad could drive to the Midnight release.

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OMG! i realized this at 11:00 last night and i almost started crying! i think i spent the rest of my night constantly checking the clock, trying to remember what i was doing at that exact time a year ago. i had sat outside barnes and noble for 8 hours to get the book! then i went home, stayed up all night reading it, and finished it at 12:30! then, 2 hours later, i started it again! BEST DAY OF MY LIFE (yet also one of the saddest)!!!

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I remember I had a 4 month old baby at the time and my husband had to work that weekend! I grabbed as much time to myself as I could and finished the book by 4am on Monday. I came into the fandom late (summer of 2006) and in some ways I wish I had to wait longer for book 7. I thought the resolution was perfect, and I was impressed Jo kept her head through the hype.

Thanks so much to TLC and especially PotterCast for being my companions over the last 2 years!

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i’ll never forget that evening on july 20th,not only because of the book i had been so eagerly waiting for 2 years,but also because of the person who was with me… :)

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I got to Barnes & Noble just before midnight. The line was all the way around the block. I particularly remember one woman dressed as a witch. I LOVED her hat. Lots of stars on it. I got home about 1:30 and debated with myself about going to sleep or starting to read right away. I still can’t believe that I chose sleep, but I got up the next morning and dove in. I was determined not to race through it. I just wanted to enjoy Jo’s wonderful work one more time.

My most memorable moment in DH? THE FIRST CHAPTER. It is absolutely chilling. Jo’s first chapters got me every time. Each was different and each was very powerful.

I can’t believe it’s actually over. What a wonderful ride it’s been. LUV YA Jo!!!!!

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I still feel a wave of emotion as i pick up DH. I can’t wait for the films and (a rather longer wait) for the Scottish Book. My love of Potter grows with time- Long Live Potter! :D

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I was in Greece on an exchange trip, you can imagine how distraught i was when i found out the last book was to be released when i was abroad! luckily, at about this time last year i found a bookshop in Thessaloniki selling it, there it was ! A beacon in the windows! i quickly grabbed it off the shelves, paid something riduculously expensive and read I cried so much I could barely read. I can’t believe its over :(. But i have the new twilight book to look forward to!

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I was on vacation in Hawaii when it came out. I got it the next morning and stayed in the hotel all day reading.

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seven years ago, i discovered the wonders of Harry Potter through my third grade teacher, who decided to do reading groups every day because the first movie was going to come out. By the end of that school year, we were at the beginning of the third book. i was a new fan and i can’t thank Mr. Trujillo enough for introducing me to it. He was my favorite teacher i’ve had.

and Last summer, at the time, i was on vacation in canada and was worried about purchasing the book. But, luckily, the cousin i was visiting, who was my age, was also a reader and had been planning to purchase it at midnight. We stayed in line for 5 hours, while we enjoyed drinking “Polyjuice potion”, meeting owls, and debating the fate of our beloved character with other fans. it was one of the best times ever, and we ran down the streets in elation, holding up our copy and almost faint with excitement. i will never forget that night. i read the book in about six hours…we refused to go anywhere untill it was finished.

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It’s one of the best days ever! It’s been so superb and the year has been so special with Deathly Hallows. But the magic is far from over. HBP IS ABOUT TO RELEASE and we still have DH to wait for. Cheers Harry and Jo!!!!!!!

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I listened to Jo also before I headed for the store. I met friends there and we pulled and tugged on our copy…just having a good ole’ time. Wal-Mart gave out bracelets for line, I grabbed yellow with Hufflepuff on it of course. Once we recieved our books, we got the other colors…4 in all, one red, blue, green, and yellow…..

I savored the last book…I didn’t want it to end….hoping Jo had changed her mind and somewhere I would find a loop hole.

I decided to finish it…after work, I sat in my cube and began reading…the security guard came by twice making sure I was okay…I stayed in my cube for 4 more hours….cried, laughed, and enjoyed the life of Harry Potter. I’ll never forget that night….it was just Harry and I….and the mystical world Jo had laid before us.

A year later and I’m listening to the books again, I have started my quest of buying the UK version of the series. As everyone else, I have gone through a mourning….no book seems good enough anymore…it’s just not the connection I have found with HP.

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My husband and I took all three of our children down to the local coffee shop and waited for the bookstore next door to open at midnight. The kids aren’t old enough to read yet and we knew we were keeping them up way past their bedtime, but we figured this would be a once in a lifetime experience for them. Our neighbors were down there and we sat for an hour visiting about the other books and speculating on what was in the final book. I read all night and finished the next afternoon so my husband could read it. I loved every minute of it and was really excited to find out that I had been right and that Snape had secretly loved Lily Potter! The kids still talk about getting to stay up late and buy the last Harry Potter book and I know before long they will be reading them as avidly as their parents.

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Ah… one year ago… I was probably crying in my bed with book in hand and trying to discern the words throught the tears… good times, good times! Still, one year later I am a huge fan! Harry Potter (and Leaky) could never be out of my life or I’d be incomplete. Harry Potter for LIFE!

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I worked the book party at Barnes & Noble – I was worried because we weren’t sure we were going to have enough books, turn out was more than we anticipated which is saying a lot! I was prepared to have a throw down to get one to go home with… I did end up scolding a bunch of teenagers who were standing around outside the door reading out loud from the chapter I later learned was called “the prince’s tale”. They did kind of spoil Snape’s death for me, I assumed he would die, I just wanted to read it for myself. Then, at 1:30am after we cleaned up the mess we were told we could go – I had the weekend off to read but finished the book later that afternoon.

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After I had my first back surgery in 2002, I couldn’t move. My hubby picked up the Sorcer’s Stone for me. It took my mind off my back. I finished it in 3hrs! He went and bought the rest of the series. I thank JKR for helping me get by in very difficult time in my life, and making me a Harry Potter fan for life!

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I ordered my book through Amazon, so I remember waiting all of Saturday morning for the post to come. And when it finally arrived, I set the box on the counter, stared at it for a few minutes, then opened it with trembling hands. And once again I stared, just studying the book in amazement—it’s beautiful orange cover. I felt this nervous anticipation. I really wanted to read it, but I didn’t to all at the same time. It was such a surreal moment, really. I couldn’t believe that the last book had finally arrived, that all of my questions would finally be answered, and that it would be all be over in a matter of a few hundred pages.

Then finally, I cracked the cover. I slowly poured over the table of contents, the inscriptions, and then I just began…and I didn’t put it down until it was over. I finished it at some horribly late time in the morning-so late that all the wand theory made no real sense-and I had to reread the last chapter again in the morning.

I loved book-the first chapter griped me and I was swept away. My laughter at the seven Potters quickly turned to grief when Hedwig was killed so suddenly. I felt fatigue just like the trio while they wandered aimlessly. Harry’s grief was never more real to me than when we lost Dobby, and then the power of the story took hold. The Prince’s Tale was brilliant. The way the story came together at the end was also brilliant. I loved it. My only wish at the end was that there had been a real resolution between Harry and Ginny, within the pages of the story (not the epilogue) and that it (the story) had not ended. I wanted it to continue. The Epilogue felt like a step back at first-like it was written at a different time and place, and it didn’t grab me like the last pages of the book. I realize that that isn’t fair—how can an epilogue grip you after such a gripping ending? But yet, now on many re-reads I’ve become just as fond of the Epilogue as the rest of the book.

Anyway. I’ll never forget that day, nor will I forget the excited anticipation that this whole series of books has fostered in me and others. It has been a truly magical experience, and one that I can’t imagine ever happening again in quite the same form or fashion. Thank you JKR for allowing us to take this ride with you, and thank you Leaky for giving us the place to talk about it.

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I saw Mamma Mia! The whole time I was shouting “You go, Mrs. Weasley!”

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I think a loud and long round of applause is called for here. Melissa, Sue, Ed and the entire Leaky crew have made our conversations during these years possible. They have kept us informed on every conceivable topic, and given us spaces where we can “meet”, argue, laugh and share our excitement and enthusiasms. To the entire Leaky staff…thank you!

Melissa, congrats on the forthcoming release of your book. I’ve got my copy on order of course!

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Oops…sorry for the strike-throughs above, I don’t know how/why that happened!

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I remember I was the first one to get the book from my Wal-Mart. I had waited at the store for about six hours. I ran home and stayed up to like four in the morning reading. I’ve read the book several times since then. But i have to say i really don’t want Jo to write another book. I was glad she didn’t go soft and somhow bring back Surius( I don’t know how to spell his name:)) and I hope she dosn’t go soft this time either.

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i remember when i got it in the mail. i grabbed out of my parents hands and ran inside. i spent that night, till midnight reading it. if finished it in less than a day

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A Year.. WOW… I remember I was one of those ppl that made fun of the Harry Potter fans, saying I wasn’t goin’ to read them and just laughing at them… Then the first movie came out and I was hooked.. I read them all, waited for some… I didn’t wait at midnight like everyone else, I was but I didn’t.. I found out the Sears near my house was gonna sell them because my cousin worked there as sercurity and he had seen them.. so i waited until 7am to get it.. then i went to breakfast w/ the family… I kept on taking peaks of the book and holding it like it was my lifeline.. once i got home i stayed in my room and had food bought to me, i wouldn’t leave my room.. so i started around 11 am and finished at 6am the next morning… I cried like a baby through the whole thing.. and at the end i gave a big sigh, like a sigh of accomplishment.. I still can’t believe the books are finished… but the movies aren’t… lol…

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Wowww the one year anniversary! I was in London at the massive Waterstones for the release, listening to MuggleCast and having a fantastic time with completely random strangers I met in the queue! I was number 157 out of 2000, it rained like crazy all day, and it was probably the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. Aahhh I love you HP fandom people!!

One year from today I hope that we’ll still be as active as right now, I hope PotterCast (and MuggleCast) will still be running, there’ll still be conventions, and maybe at that time I’ll have enough money to actually come to the US and be a part of one of these conventions!

Happy Deathly Hallows day, everyone! <3

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Wow. A whole year has passed already. I remember the nervous waiting on July 20th, telling myself I should nap to be ready for the all-nighter I was going to pull, but never being able to. I remember dancing in the parking lot of Quail Rodge Books with my friends (while my cousin watched) and getting in line with my cousin (where my parents were already standing) not able to control myself, and bouncing up and down. Luckily, that was a fast moving line, so I got my book and my cousin got hers minutes after midnight. I remember going up to that desk and getting my book and audiobook and just being so happy. I tried to read that thing while we walked torwards the car, but that was to hard without tripping over myself, so I was content simply hugging it and feeling the elation in me. I read during the car ride home, I, being smart had brought flashlights. Unfortunately I tend to get headaches reding in the car, but i read nonetheless. As soon as we were home, we both climbed in our beds and started reading. After my mom had made us brush our teeth, which we were none too happy about. Although, I did get my cousin to go first, thinking this would give me a headstart. Then we read. It turns out she is a bit of a faster reader than me, so it was quite strange to hear her lauging when I was a sad part. She finished around 5, I around 8 that morning. She had said she was going to stay up while I finished reading, but that only lasted half an hour before she fell asleep. I remember I started crying steadily as Harry realized he had to sacrifice himself. Even during the happy parts at the end, I never stopped crying. Now, not so much out of sadness, but at the bittersweetnes of it all. Harry got what he wanted, and I had liked the book. But I remember realizing it had come to an end. Not the fandom, I knew that was still going strong, but still, it was certaintly an ending. A happy one, but one I had never fully realized was coming until it happened. I certaintly used a lot of tissues that morning. I can remember, unlike my cousin, not being able to go to sleep. I got up to find my dad awake, but i couldn’t talk much. I was so drained emotionally. I don’t remember whether or not I ever ate anything. I can’t remember wheher or not i ever ended up taking a nap that day. I do remember though, once my cousin was awake, putting in the CD and starting to listen to the audiobook. I think it may have been then that I fell asleep. Not that it was boring, nothing could be farther than the truth. But I was certaintly very, very tired. Which I’m sure you all understand. And now I have to thank everyone involved in Deathly Hallows, especially Jo. Who ROCKS! And I also have to thank Leaky and Pottercast for all the commentary and thoughts on the book. And I also have to thank anyone who bothered to read all this. I didn’t realize I had so much to say.

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I am so grateful that I discovered the fandom a year before the release of DH, because the journey to the end was made all the more incredible by sharing it with so many others. I’ve had melancholy all week, remembering last year. I was with my sister, 2400 miles away from home, at the midnight release in Bozeman, Montana. It was fun and festive and a night I will never forget. We bought the books and audio versions, and stayed up half the night listening to Mr. Dale’s wonderful performance. It’s times like this I wish I were like Tolkien’s elves, and could relive my memories as if they were happening again.

Love to you all!

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omg I remember I was in Rio de Janeiro and we went looking for a bookstore, it was really hot, so when we found one I was like panting, and the guy asks ” is that emotion for harry potter?”, lol, but it was my sister turn to read first, and I had to wait, anyways I wanted to, cos then it would be over quicker if I read first!

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and just for the record I´m a fan since before the first book was a huge success

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I can’t believe it’s been an entire year. I remember coming home, the book in my hands, afraid to open it because I knew that it would be the beginning of the end. I remember opening it and reading every single word inside before the first chapter, including reciting the dedication aloud to my mum. I remember cheering when I read Remus and Tonks got married, putting it down to finally get some sleep as Kingsley’s Patronus landed in the wedding. I remember pausing to get lunch as Ron left and discussing the event with y dad, then dancing a jig around the kitchen when he returned. I remember thinking that the last word was “scar” and reading to the end of the last page, getting ready to turn over the page and finish the book, only to find that I HAD finished it, without realising.

All exactly a year ago.

A shoutout to the fandom, especially to the staff of Leaky, and all the other sites, for keeping this fandom as alive and kicking as ever for three hundred and sixty six days (it was a leap year, after all!)

-Stella.

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I had just moved to a small town from a big city, so my normal plan of going to walmart and not having to wait in line failed, there is only a Hastings besides the Walmart so not very many choices for you to go pick up the book, next closest was the internet or an hour away in any direction. So after waiting in line for 10 minutes, then having to wait in line to check out, me and my husband both got compies of the book went home and read on our couches, ate cookies and popcorn. I had to go to work that day, so I only read for a couple of hours. As soon as I got home I was back again reading. I finished the book before my husband, and there was one other person that we knew in this new town that wanted us to hurry and finish so he could talk Potter with us, my friends who read the books weren’t really into talking about it. So I just waiting and waiting for how this was going to turn out with every turn of the page, then when I shut the book, I started rereading it.

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I brought the book home and I stared at it on my desk and couldn’t bring myself to open it because I didn’t want it all to end. I picked it up the next morning and turned on the webcast of Jo reading chapter one and followed along and then spent the rest of the week-end reading the rest. I stopped at the end of each chapter and wrote down what I was thinking as I went along. I’m going to pull that out and re-read my thoughts on it when it was still fresh. Now I am just finishing reading it again for the sixth time!

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I had got up early and gone to shopper’s drug mart with my dad to get DH. I was a bit wary of going coz I thought some nitwit would be waiting at the shop to blurt out something from the book but thankfully nothing like that happened. On the way home, I read out the dedication to my dad and when I reached the part where Jo dedicated it to us, I felt a lump in my throat. I deliberately took 5 days to read DH -I couldn’t go on for more! – because I knew that it was the last one. .

And budb, I agree! Melissa and the staff of Leaky, thank you for providing such a great forum for discussing HP. Leaky’s the first site I visit (automatically) every day since before OOTP. The books are a part of my life for sure, but so’s this site. Thank you!

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Hey I still search for Harry Potter and think about fic for it. I just reread all three and I find myself wanting to do it all over again. I stop myself. I leave fandoms sure but I do not ever leave them entirely. That probably still applies to a lot of fans. I still check up on them once in a while especially when there is still new news coming out for it. Not to say I’m greately anticipating the movies considering they do not really do much for me, but I did start in the fandom through them. And come on who doesn’t want to see more Snape and Bella :). Seriously though we still have this encyclopedia of doom coming out and I’m one of those who is still holding out for a prequel though it is probably not ever going to happen. Three Cheers for Harry Potter.

Ooh just remembered the prequell contest here at leaky when does it end? Goes off to search.

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A year ago today, I had been too late to get to a midnight party the night before because of previous plans, so I had reserved by copy on Deathly Hallows. Both my dad and I wanted to be the first people to get the book that morning, and figured there would be a line out the door. So we left our house at 4:45, arriving at Barnes and Noble just before 5 with biscuits and a drink in hand, to discover that no even the employees had arrived yet. We sat for 3 hours in the parking lot, watching all the employees come and the lights turn on. We listened to old music on the radio, ate our breakfast, and he told stories about certain songs that came on from his college days. It was a real bonding experience. Finally, one other person arrived at 7:45 before the store opened at 8, and we bolted from the car to be first to the door. I remember the feeling of seeing all the copies of Deathly Hallows stacked on the table through the glass doors, and the sheer anticipation of finally holding it in my hands and being able to read. The women behind was asking Harry Potter trivia questions and asked if “Hogwarts was open yet” much to the horror of her non-fandom loving grandchildren she had brought. Then it happened, they let me in first and I got my copy. I spent the next 10 hours reading it, screaming and crying and actually throwing the book down at one point. I was on my front porch when Hedwig died, and in the den when Mad Eye was lost. I was hiding in the kitchen of a surprise party for one of my grandparents when Bellatrix killed Dobby, and I was in my room sobbing like a baby when Fred Weasley met his end. When Ron and Hermione finally kissed, I screamed so loud that I actually dropped my book and had to go into a panick to find my spot again without reading ahead accidentally. I’ve never been that emotional over a book. This fandom has done so much for me, and even though the books are done, it shall live on. I’ve found friends and had great experiences because of this fandom, and much of that is thanks to The Leaky Cauldron and PotterCast and all of you guys who work to put this together. I love you guys, and this fandom will live on forever, even if it’s just in our hearts.

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I had to work so I was unable to go to the midnight release like many but I had planned to read it that weekend. I remember avoiding all types of media so that the book would not be spoiled for me and when my college professor assigned a paper to write over the weekend I explained that I simply cannot do homework this weekend b/c its Harry Potter weekend. I had everything planned perfect. Shaking with joy, sadness, excitment, and forboding I began to read. And I read, and read, and read. I don’t even remember putting the book down once although I am sure that I must have went to the bathroom at somepoint. I remember when I got to the part where harry is walking into the forest I was crying “he getting ready to die!” and forced my boyfriend to go to work early so that I could be alone to morn. And then when it was all over I remember closing the book, standing up, and jumping up and down (so happy with the way everything turned out). Then I ran back over to the couch, picked the book back up, and that is when it hit me. It was over.

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Woah…its been a year already! NEhoo…I got into the series with DH…Book 7 yes. I have NEVER been a casual reader…but then I was hearing all the rage about the final book, plus in the past I was always told the HP books are way better than the movies. Me not being a fan of ‘novel reading’, never bought into it.

But low and behold….I got book 7 last year and was amazed by it, such [bleeping] good writing] and what not, after I finished reading it…I WANTED MORE!...ahhaha..so I bought the rest of the series and proceeded to read it..backwards :). I had seen movie 1-5 up to then. And wow….they really do cut alot out the books. NEhoo….I never get tired of the books, even though I know hwo each will end (nor the movies). And I probable never will :D.

YAY J.K….you wrote priceless gold! Im sure my children’s children will be enjoying it 1 day

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I remember purchasing my book, running through the mall and out to my car, trampling over my long Trelawney skirt, and crying tears of joy over actually having the book in my hands. Several hours later I fell asleep having read the first 300 pages or so, empty cans of Mountain Dew strewn across my bedroom floor.

I can’t believe it’s been a year. I’ve been more involved in the fandom in this past year than I ever have been thanks to Leaky and their hard work.

Long live Harry Potter. =]

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I was back in South Africa, after attending Phoenix Rising Conference in New Orleans, and in a frenzy of excitement. I remember the uTube postings – remember that terrific song “Accio Deathly Hallows, incendio book sales embargos, it’ll be like phoenix tears on a broken heart”??

My whole family went to the 1am opening of the book store – I was dressed as Bellatrix, my daughter as a Griffindor (won a prize, too) and we were all sporting our badges (Griffindors do it without complaining, Ravenclaws do it smarter, Slytherins do it because they can, Hufflepuffs do it when no-one else will)!

We couldn’t agree who would get to read it first, so we bought 4 copies – and rushed home, three of us already reading in the car. I was slightly ahead of hubbie, and my gasps, curses, tears and little screams freaked him out so much that I had to go read in a different room.

At the end, I was totally shellshocked, and forlorn at what I thought was the end of my favourite obsession. But one year on – here I still am baby – squeee!

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Omg! Has it really been a year!? It’s just gone so fast! I remember we went to our local Linghams (bookshop) and thought nobody would be there, as our town’s so small! But there was a massive turnout, and they played hedwig’s theme over…. and over…. and over again! I stayed in all weekend reading and rereading the book!

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I got my book at 12:05 am, and was home by 12:10 (pedal to the metal), and in bed reading by 12:15 (with a bowl of popcorn).

I read the first 7 chapters before going to sleep. I decided I didn’t want to race thru the book, so my tactic was to repeat whatever I had read the day before. That’s what I did throughout the whole book. If I remember correctly, I finished by Tuesday. In reality, I had read it twice.

I laughed in the beginning when they were going to use Polly Juice Potion to try to fool Voldemort’s people, and Moody couldn’t figure out which one was Fred and which one was George.

I cried when Dobby died.

I had predicted Snape was ‘good’, but I was worried I made the wrong choice as the story progressed with him showing no indication I was right.

My heart was racing so much