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 when Harry was going into the forest to battle Voldermort, that I had to put the book down to gird myself for whatever was going to come. I distracted myself by watching an episode of “The Universe” on the History Channel, and then picked the book back up.

I was worried Harry might choose not to come back when he found himself at King’s Crossing.

I was elated when it turned out he had not died.

I haven’t re-read DH since. I have re-read some of the others.

GOD BLESS J.K ROWLING!!!!!!

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I can’t believe it’s already been a year. That day and weekend was so fun, and I was very sad once it was over…. Here’s to more fun and memories in the future!!

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Ha! Posting that got me singing, and it is (of course) “it’ll be like Phoenix tears on a broken NOSE; Ah, accio Deathly hallows.”

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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 remember on the day of the release of DH i was soo excited i had pre-ordered DH from Amazon so it arrived by post obviously so i ran the to door to the postman and signed for it while smiling all the time. That postmas must of seen alot of happy faces that day lol

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I woke up at 12:22 in the morning and started crying today, i looked at my receipt for Deathly Hallows and saw that exactly 365 days ago, I was at a cash register at Borders getting my Harry Potter Book. I remember opening it there in the store and seeing the words “We now present the seventh and final installment in the epic tale of Harry Potter”, and bursting into tears and running to the car to claim passenger seat so i could have light to read it by on the way home!

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I can’t believe its been a whole year since that night. God, July 21, 2007 was traumatizing. I’ve finally healed from that bereavement (although I wasn’t able to reread the book until just a few days ago because it was still too emotional for me). It wasn’t until December that I wouldn’t randomly cry because the series was over.

I’m just so glad our fandom hasn’t ended.

Here’s to another year of awesome!

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Oh wow! It hasn’t seemed that long. Happy Birthday DH! I remember reading it as well. I got 6 hours of sleep and still finished it that same day. Oh the tears I shed. I don’t think I’ll ever cry that way again…

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I remember @ midnight, my wonderful husband was at the store in line to purchase the book for me. He arrived home, handed me the book and asked if I wanted a pot of coffee because he knew I would read all night. I didn’t read all night but pretty close – I wanted to read slow and savor every moment. Happy memories all!

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I can’t believe it has been a year…. Holy cow… I remember how excited me and my friends were @ the midnight party at Barne’s and Noble…. I don’t think I have ever experience the hight that I experienced when I finally got to pay for my copy… at like 12 30.. (cause the line was ridiculous… ) I got home like almost at 1.. and stayed up an hour more reading the 1st chapter… (I know some of you read it all night….. I was too tired…) There will never be a summer like the Summer of 07’ we got the final book & the 5th movie…. :sigh:

Here’s to a prequel!!

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cant believe its over but i got a question did snape ever even like harry or was just because he loved lily

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I remember i got the book at 12:21 that morning and read it the whole night til i fell asleep. then i read it most of that day, all of the 22nd and finished it on the morning of the 23rd. It was unbelievably good. And I’ve read it 6 more times in the past year. Cant wait for HBP trailer and film….

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@ Adit: Snape loathed Harry. He was the son of Snape’s arch enemy who had gotten the gal he always loved. He (Harry) even looked like James – except for those eyes, which reminded Snape of his worst mistake.

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No he always hated harry, but loved lily all his life, hence his doe patronus. But he never liked james either and in ‘the princes tale’ we see him telling dumbledore that harry’s arrogant and just like his father etc

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Ohh wowww. :( This makes me so sad. Last summer truly changed my life, not just because of Potter even though that was one of the factors. It’s strange how much has happened since then. I still am a HP fanatic, but since the books ended so has the fun in personal speculation because there isn’t much to speculate. I started reading them when I was just turning eight, and finished when I was sixteen.

Hmmm a year ago I was with friends who I hadn’t seen or talked to since school ended for the summer, and remember feeling kind of angry and annoyed when we had gone out to eat with them. I was also with my brother and his then-fiancee (together for 7 years), who would break it off with him two months later (though we had no inkling). I had my first “real” boyfriend. I was in theatre and had great friends who felt like family. Things have changed now, I have a different guy and am hanging out with different people and miss theatre so much. But, I remember everyone in town being at the B&N and it was packed with probably 1,000 people. It was amazing in this really sad sense when I got my book; I remember trying to keep it closed until I got home (and I did). I read it for five days, stretching it out as much as possible before I read it aloud to my parents. We all cried and laughed with the characters; it was a great experience.

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Well said pottershrink

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I’ll still be right here a year from now. And the year after that…and after that…

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I remember exactly where I was! It doesn’t feel like it possibly could have been a whole year since the final book was released. Maybe a few months, but not a year. That was such a great day…

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My children grew up with the books. With each new release we would stop everything we were doing, crawl into bed, and I would read it aloud to them until we finished. It was with sadness that I read them the last book. My 16 year old even continued the tradition. The last 4 books we planned how we would purchase them; ordering on line, reserving at Barnes and Nobles and then standing in line at midnight.

Thank you, thank JK Rowling! We love the books and they have given my family some very special memory!

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I believe it must have been around this time, on Monday, that I was sitting there, greasy hair from not having washed all weekend, glassy eyes, from all the crying, staring in front of myself, all empty and sad for the huge loss: the end of the series. ..What a feeling that was!!!!!

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I just finished reading DH to my 8 year old son. My third read through. He loved it!!! Just as I did again. We just got a new puppy and my son named him Harry, our way of keeping the magic alive. I still well up with tears knowing that there is not another book to come, but I am filled with satisfaction at the grace with which J.K. ended the series.

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I just remember sobbing and sobbing all of Friday, most of Saturday and all of Monday while reading it. It was sooooo weird.

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My son and I camped out at the downtown local bookstore from after I got off work at 5pm until midnight. I was determined to be the first one there and started quite a little sidewalk party. Was nice to see all the other adult (I was 37) Potterholics who were just as much into the books and movies as I was. I had on my homemade “Weasley is our King” pin and my 16 year old son bought me a scarlet and gold house scarf. I went straight home, holding the book as I drove, dove on to my bed and read it all the way through, which took me about 5 hours, although I immediately read it again after a nap.

I got in to Harry Potter through my son who got into Harry Potter to improve his reading. He read books 1-4 and was a fan, but sadly, he has moved on to other things, but he’s still my buddy when it comes to Harry Potter things. He’s the one I excitedly babble to when new pictures or rumors come out and all three of my kids still go to the midnight showings of the movies. They’re slightly embarassed of me because I dress up and babble like a kid, but they know it’s my thing and it’s what I love. I’ll miss the movies when they are finished.

My son is working with me to make Luna’s lion hat so I can wear it to the midnight showing of Half Blood Prince. It’s going to roar and everything! I can’t wait!!!

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I ordered mine through Amazon. It came exactly at 11:00 A.M. last year. I remember dancing on the stairs outside and screaming at the top of my lungs. Oh my gosh, this is so sad :( A year already …. wow.

I woke up at 10:50 A.M. today on purpose so that I could spend ten minutes with my book until it was seriously our one year anniversary. (: When it turned 11 I kissed my book, hugged it, blah blah the usual things you do with a book. (? I think… Lol.) I was supposed to buy cupcakes and a “1” candle, but I didn’t get the chance. :(

Long live Harry Potter! ♥

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When i first got my DH copy i was so excited! it took me several minutes to calm down enough to actually read it :) i read it again this summer and it was even better the second time

BEST BOOK EVER! i cant believe its been a year already!

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i remember getting in the car to come home from lake george and begging everyone to go to the bookstore. i read the whole thing in the 5 hour car ride. it was so great!! i still cant believe it has been a year already. i have already read DH 9 times already. when i was done my friend who loves harry potter came over to my house and had a disscusion and a movie marathon. JO…HARRY POTTER ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wow…. an entire year has passed! it seems like it was yesterday.

I remember my mom actually hid the book from me and i tore apart the entire house looking for it. She said that if i was going to ignore everyone and read that she would hide it from me until i read at night. needless so say i found the book and just kept on reading! it will take more than i hidden DH book to daunt this HP FAN!

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i remember getting in the car to come home from lake george and begging everyone to go to the bookstore. i read the whole thing in the 5 hour car ride. it was so great!! i still cant believe it has been a year already. i have already read DH 9 times already. when i was done my friend who loves harry potter came over to my house and had a disscusion and a movie marathon. JO…HARRY POTTER ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

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I read the book for a project and did a Conflict Cube on it. (don’t ask what a Conflict Cube. It’s too difficult to explain…) Anyway, I was devastated because it was over. I also went through a three-week depression after reading about the death of Fred Weasley. (my apologies if I spoiled it for some people.)

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I spent the time up to the release sleeply and anxious. I had made sure to get cover at work for the next two days and once i got my book…well, everyone knows the rest of the story. ;)

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I remember that I skipped the begining of a family reunion just so I could get the seventh book. Then I spent the whole of reunion reading instead of being with the family. Haha, my aunts and uncles were bothering me the whole time because I was the only one reading it at the time. And the ride home was killer because I kept gasping. My sister was getting really annoyed because they were listening to the book in the car. I miss the anticipation. But im so happy that I know the end!

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I read the book for a project and did a Conflict Cube on it. (don’t ask what a Conflict Cube. It’s too difficult to explain…) Anyway, I was devastated because it was over. I also went through a three-week depression after reading about the death of Fred Weasley. (my apologies if I spoiled it for some people.)

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I remember that I skipped the begining of a family reunion just so I could get the seventh book. Then I spent the whole of reunion reading instead of being with the family. Haha, my aunts and uncles were bothering me the whole time because I was the only one reading it at the time. And the ride home was killer because I kept gasping. My sister was getting really annoyed because they were listening to the book in the car. I miss the anticipation. But im so happy that I know the end!

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Wow…It has been a whole year (Actually, it will be a year tomorrow, the 20th for me) I can’t beleive it. Let’s see…a year ago me and my best friend were waiting for it all! We went to Walden book’s, they were having a HP party, so we wen’t to join that and everything! It was so exciting! Beeing in a place where everyone is an HP fan! We had a sorting hat, a Snape Debate, and many more things! It was so fun! Then, we had to line up!!! OMG! It was so exciting! It was finally my turn, I already paid, so I grabbed the book, my free poster, baught a book mark, then headed out, my friend behind. We were so excited we ran to the car! Once in, we thought about reading it, but we decided to go home first. We then read the first chapter that night. It was surley one of the best night’s in my life, haha. But as well as one of the sadest. I couldn’t believe it was all over…I mean, sure it really wasn’t, with the movies, the games, then the news about the Them Park, I mean…HP is actually comming REAL! So, it wasn’t OVER in that sense, but it was the end of the Boy Who Lived. It was the end of his and his friend’s tale. I think that’s why I didn’t read it in one day…even though I was eager to see how it all ended, it was to sad and good to rush through it. I didn’t want it to end so fast, so I tried my best to savor the moment. Well, a year later I am re reading the series, on Prisoner of Azkaban now. I just want to thank all the HP fans for keeping this all so real, and thank J.K. Rowling, for not only introducing the world of HP to us! But for bringing it all to life, and making one of the most memorable series in the world, for many years and years to come.

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I remember being up until 2:00 in the morning reading Deathly Hallows and then feeling exhausted when I started that day’s shift at work.

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i remember getting the book and opening it and i just started reading. I didnt eat, didnt sleep that night, i was soley engrossed in the boy wizard. I remember crying when dobby, and all othe characters died. then i remebered listening to mugglecast and potter cast and their thoughts. this has been my favorite year, and im so glad i started to read the book at eleven.

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Wow…It has been a whole year (Actually, it will be a year tomorrow, the 20th for me) I can’t beleive it. Let’s see…a year ago me and my best friend were waiting for it all! We went to Walden book’s, they were having a HP party, so we wen’t to join that and everything! It was so exciting! Beeing in a place where everyone is an HP fan! We had a sorting hat, a Snape Debate, and many more things! It was so fun! Then, we had to line up!!! OMG! It was so exciting! It was finally my turn, I already paid, so I grabbed the book, my free poster, baught a book mark, then headed out, my friend behind. We were so excited we ran to the car! Once in, we thought about reading it, but we decided to go home first. We then read the first chapter that night. It was surley one of the best night’s in my life, haha. But as well as one of the sadest. I couldn’t believe it was all over…I mean, sure it really wasn’t, with the movies, the games, then the news about the Them Park, I mean…HP is actually comming REAL! So, it wasn’t OVER in that sense, but it was the end of the Boy Who Lived. It was the end of his and his friend’s tale. I think that’s why I didn’t read it in one day…even though I was eager to see how it all ended, it was to sad and good to rush through it. I didn’t want it to end so fast, so I tried my best to savor the moment. Well, a year later I am re reading the series, on Prisoner of Azkaban now. I just want to thank all the HP fans for keeping this all so real, and thank J.K. Rowling, for not only introducing the world of HP to us! But for bringing it all to life, and making one of the most memorable series in the world, for many years and years to come.

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i remember getting the book and opening it and i just started reading. I didnt eat, didnt sleep that night, i was soley engrossed in the boy wizard. I remember crying when dobby, and all othe characters died. then i remebered listening to mugglecast and potter cast and their thoughts. this has been my favorite year, and im so glad i started to read the book at eleven.

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Wow…It has been a whole year (Actually, it will be a year tomorrow, the 20th for me) I can’t beleive it. Let’s see…a year ago me and my best friend were waiting for it all! We went to Walden book’s, they were having a HP party, so we wen’t to join that and everything! It was so exciting! Beeing in a place where everyone is an HP fan! We had a sorting hat, a Snape Debate, and many more things! It was so fun! Then, we had to line up!!! OMG! It was so exciting! It was finally my turn, I already paid, so I grabbed the book, my free poster, baught a book mark, then headed out, my friend behind. We were so excited we ran to the car! Once in, we thought about reading it, but we decided to go home first. We then read the first chapter that night. It was surley one of the best night’s in my life, haha. But as well as one of the sadest. I couldn’t believe it was all over…I mean, sure it really wasn’t, with the movies, the games, then the news about the Them Park, I mean…HP is actually comming REAL! So, it wasn’t OVER in that sense, but it was the end of the Boy Who Lived. It was the end of his and his friend’s tale. I think that’s why I didn’t read it in one day…even though I was eager to see how it all ended, it was to sad and good to rush through it. I didn’t want it to end so fast, so I tried my best to savor the moment. Well, a year later I am re reading the series, on Prisoner of Azkaban now. I just want to thank all the HP fans for keeping this all so real, and thank J.K. Rowling, for not only introducing the world of HP to us! But for bringing it all to life, and making one of the most memorable series in the world, for many years and years to come.

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For me, it was the moments leading up ot the book that were so stressful and depressing last year. First we had that lovely message on the JKR official site and then Melissa posted a short message that made me all the more proud to be part of the HP fandom. it’s definitly still full of life on here….three movies, blimey

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We went down to Waterstones dead early and stood about in the queue, it was lashing rain and hardly anybody had umbrellas so the whole queue was huddling together in wee clumps. There was a big bucket of sweets going round for the young kids and someone playing a lute. Eventually the rain and cold got so bad that they let us in to wait inside, and we all sat about reading the books on the shelves, and there was a band downstairs all dressed up. They looked like university students. When I finally got my book, we had to go back to the car, with drunken girls outside the pubs shouting “Harry Potter dies!!” and so on. I then retired to my room for approximately 3 days and finished it at about half past five in the morning, just as the sun was beginning to come up. It was a really funny, intense experience, and I think by the end of it I was slightly delusional from lack of sleep, but I was happy :-)

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I remember going to the midnight release party at Borders and pretty much freaking out that I would hear a spoiler. It got so bad that at one point, when I thought two guys in line in front of me were talking about the book, that I covered my ears and told my friends to tell me when the guys had stopped talking. (It turns out they weren’t talking about spoilers though). So I made a bit of a fool of myself that night. I spent the rest of the weekend reading and when i was finished, feeling depressed that it was all over. Never did I imagine that I would still be so entirely involved with the HP fandom a year later. I never thought I’d get into wizard wrock. I didn’t think the first real conversation I had during my first week of high school would be centered around HP (the girl I had this conversation with is now one of my closest friends). A year ago, I had no idea how much HP would continue to impact my life, but I’m so glad it did.

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1 year…I’ll never forget waiting in line with come of my closest friends at midnight. We Potter-Partied until 4am!

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There really isn’t enough space here to describe what happened a year ago and what it meant to me, but I just made cookies with Deathly Hallows symbols on them to commemerate! : )

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Wow, I can’t believe its been a year. The wonderful and most surreal thing about this is the fact that me and my harry potter obsessed friends haven’t changed a bit, we might have gotten even more crazy! I remember when I was the first person to get DH at Barnes and Noble in my town because I had won a trivia contest ,and cameras were being shoved in my face, I felt like I was on top of the world. I wasn’t on top of the world because of the questions and cameras, I was on top of the world because the one thing I had been waiting since I was 5 years old for had actually come true, and I just wanted to get home and escape into the world that I knew better than anything. THANK YOU JO!!!

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I was 24th in line at my local bookstore, after getting up at 6AM to stand in line and get an early spot, then I spent 8 hours from 4PM to 12:01AM in the bookstore. Once, I had the book, I plugged my ears and ran out of the store to the car and started reading the book on the way home, luckily my mom could pick me up and drive, then she made me stop reading and eat since I hadn’t almost all day in the excitement. I read and read until the sun came up and then finally went to sleep at 8AM.

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My son, sister and I went to Borders at Sunset & Vine, collected our books, and drove up the coast to a small city called Cambria, where cell phones don’t work and we read and read and read some more.

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I totally agree that we have NOT outgrown this series. I also agree that there is a lot of thought about what happens between the last battle and the epilogue and that there is an opening for either Rowling, or someone else, to continue the story that we have all grown to love and take part in.

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I remember watching on TV the long lines of people waiting for midnight when the Deathly Hallows would be released and thinking that it was crazy. That was before I started reading the books. One of my good friends who is a huge Harry Potter fan finally convinced me to read them and the rest is history. I am in love with the HP series and couldn’t be a bigger fan! I am so excited for the release of the HBP in theaters and the theme park is going to be absolutly amazing!!!!!

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The mailman rang my doorbell at 10:15 AM….my roommate gave me the box, and with trembling hands, I reached inside. I opened the book, moved to my sofa, and didn’t move for 4 hours. I was drained already, and took a short nap. I woke up, at some dinner, and went back to it. At 3:10 AM, I was done. I was crying, and I was very, very happy. Guess I’m a sap - but I’m a very happy sap. ;)

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I want to start off by thanking Jo, she will never know how much she has helped me, this series has changed my life, I don’t know how I would be right now, if I didn’t pick up that first book last year…. Thank you, Jo!

Hmm….. I remember my brother waking up early (No, he didn’t go to a midnight release) and my mom taking him first thing, he then spent the next three days sitting on the couch, reading…. And I also remember when he finished, it was strange, he looked horribly sad, yet happy at the same time.

I read ‘Deathly Hallows’ at the beginning of March (When DH came out, I was only on PoA) and I felt the same way as my brother…..Sad, yet happy. I remember crying -my-eyes-out when characters started dying, I found myself too shocked. Sometimes I had to put the book down, I was too overwhelmed.

Like what LemonFaerie said: “Leaky has become my second home”. I feel the same, I’ve found good friends here, and hopefully, that will continue…

So, I leave you with one more note: “Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Thank you!” And thank you, Jo Rowling!

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I loved DH!! I borrowed the book from a friend as soon as she was done and read it in a day! (My poor children were slightly neglected that day) I then had to reread it to be sure I hadn’t missed anything by reading so fast. I am waiting for the book to come out in paperback as all my other books are paperback. As soon as I was done, I insisted that my mom just read the first one, if she didn’t like it I wouldn’t push the others. (She hadn’t been interested because she thought them to be children’s books) Of course she loved them and now can’t wait for to see the last three(!) movies with me!!

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I pre-ordered the American Version from Amazon along with somebody elses and since I live in Canada, it took longer for it to come. After a few days, it came and me and my friends murdered the box that it was in. It was pretty well-packaged but we got it open in about 30 seconds. Tears started to well up in my eyes when I held it for the first time and then I opened it and I saw the “We now present the seventh and final installment in the epic tale of Harry Potter.” I just started to cry. And looking at the dedications and the poems didn’t help me stop crying.

Deathly Hallows is an awesome book and I can’t believe it’s only been a year since it came out.

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I have been thinking the same things written in this post- my fears of ending were unfounded.

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I ordered DH online for delivery. The book arrived in the mail at about 3:15. I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to start reading, but I had to endure about fifteen minutes worth of my sister and parents teasing me by flipping through the book before leting me touch it. And finally got the chance to start reading…

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HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY, DEATHLY HALLOWS!! <3<3

BEST BOOK EVER!! =D

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well wat can i say. ive got the last comment but im gna make it one of the best. harry potter has definetly changed my life. it makes me laugh n makes me feel sad. (although i neva cry) ive read it over a gazzilion times but i still cant get enough ov it. thanku jo 4 creating something that will stay with me 4ever. i love the books and millions of ppl around the world love them 2. and i can honestly say i had tears in my eyes wen i finished reading deathly hallows. because i knew it was the ending of a beautiful story. i remember wen i first got it. i was thinking that i cant wait 2 read it. but wen i got it ther was something tellin me not 2 read it. i didnt want it 2 end… thanku jo ;-)

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wow…it’s really been a year?...... Im gonna read DH again soon…

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Can’t believe it’s been a year. The last book was pretty predictable and slow at times but enjoyed the series as a whole. Thank you everyone for your theries, and analysis every step of the way. Read every single one. Some of these would could have been put to their own book and made reading all 7 books so incredibly enjoyable

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My entire experience is on youtube :D I had such a good time although I was very very hyper when I was running around with my camera! (Damn, I love Harry Potter!) I can’t believe a year has gone so fast!!

Happy July 21st everyone; hope it’s been a good ‘un!! :DD

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i got the book at borders at 3 am, and started reading as soon as i got home. i can remember the feeling of elation as i read the front flap, we now present the 7th and final instalment of the epic tale of harry potter…and thought wow, it’s finally here. I finished the book in two days, and felt sad it was over, but also so happy that everything was made right in the end..i then proceded to read the book 3 more times and then the entire series over.

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time as gone so fast i can remember counting down the days slowly then at last i was out, and i remeber opening it for the first time tingeling with exitment :):):):):):):)

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The night before, I went to the store and got a ton of food. I knew I was going to sequester myself in my bedroom all day, and probably part of the next day. I had just dealt with a horrible drama that caused an old friend to never speak to me again. I hoped Rowling would take me away from all this. (Here’s a hint: She did.)

Saturday morning, there was a knock at 9 A.M. I was trembling. “Okay,” I whispered to myself. “Relax.” I opened the door, and the delivery man had left the book on my doorstep. I called after him, “Thank you!” and closed the door, ripped it open, headed to my room, and read.

Like Forrest Gump would say, when I was hungry, I ate. When I was tired, I slept. When I had to, you know, I went. But other than that, I read.

I went for a walk halfway through. The streets were deserted. I wondered if everybody else was reading. I fell asleep 2/3rds of the way through. It was midnight. Then I awoke the next morning, and finished the book. Then I went for another walk, came home, and that was that.

I have never been more satisfied with a story coming to an end.

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I remember trying to stay up to 12 midnight to go to the Wal-Mart store on the evening of the DH release but I couldn’t make it. I woke up early and was at the store by 8:00 a.m. and then couldn’t find it! Boy did I feel stupid knowing that I passed the pallet it was on because I was in such a hurry to get my copy! I got my copy and was home within 30 minutes. Told my kids not to disturb me and I read the whole day (a few breaks for the eyes every now and then) and finished the book near 1 a.m.! I read DH 4 times that week! I am a speed reader (not by choice) so I go back and reread books that I love and boy do I love the HP series! I am an avid Harry Potter fan and will always be one! I have the read the first 6 books around 30 times and about 15 for DH! It is sad that the end is over but as long as you can read the books, the end is never here! Of course all of us Potter fans would love it if the series went on and on forever but there has to be an ending and I love the way JKR did hers….at least Harry had a choice to live his life and not die at the hands of Voldemort!

Thank you JK Rowling for such an awesome series of books! I can’t wait to read what else you write! You are an awesome person as well as a wonderful writer who can snag the reader with the words you put on a page!

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I remember it like it was yesterday i was in target on my birthday i wasnt even going there for a book i was going there because the mall is connected to it. i went to the mall but they had nothing i liked i was walking past in saw some Harry Potter movies and wondered if they had the last and greatest book i’ve ever read or will read. I saw Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows and imidiately picked it up and went to the counter and paid for it. I rushed home as fast as i could i was reading the sixth book over again and i was contemplating on wether i should finish it and then start on the last book, but my mind was made up i immediately opended DH and started ready it was such an exciment for me. i was baffeled by every chapter the details everylittle thing about the book.I remember the seven potters, mad eye the wedding, the part at the ministry, ron leaving, Hermoine and ron kissing, a place to hide, kreachers tale Godrics Hollow the silver doe malfoy manor gringotts the final hidding place how i always thought neville was brave but much braver then i expected a true hero fred dying the tale of the three brothers the battle of hogwarts,dobby all . i remember the princes tale, the forest again kings cross thinking Harry was dead but he really wasnt the flaw in the plan dumbledore, i remember all the time they could have died but edged there way out surviving, the battle against Harry and voldemort, Harry telling Voldermort what he did wrong Epilogue. but mostly i remember that I had this impression of snape as being somebody i would hate for ever but i was wrong he was a brave man til the end. Im sorry if this is long but J. K. Rowling i have never in my life enjoyed something this much. im a 18 yr old black male from Omaha, Nebraska USA i want to sincerely thank you for giving me this joy everday of my life. my friends think that im weird or different but they just dont understand how much this book means to me how it changed my life how valuable it is. how to live it. it changed my views on life deepely. im crying because i absolutely love Harry Potter and was sad that i would never enjoy another book of it but still im happy that i had the chance thank you again.

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I remember that my book didn’t arrive until almost night time. I was freaking out thinking that I would never get it. Then it finally arrived, I was ready to cry but couldn’t because I wasn’t alone lol (I dislike crying in front of people, no matter who they are). Then I had to wait until my father ate so he could take me to my moms house, where I knew I would have enough privacy to read in peace. I was so anxious at that restaurant, I think probably the most anxious I had been ever (at least at that point in my life). Then finally, I got home, got comfy in my bed and glued myself to the book. I started at about 8 pm, went to sleep at about 3 am? Woke up the next day at 11 – noon ? and then finished the book the next day at about 10 pm. I wasn’t that interested in speeding through the book (even though I think I did a decent job at reading it in a short time span), plus all the crying over deaths slowed me down a bit lmao. DH is my second favorite book, after HBP. To me it feels longer than a year, but still its pretty amazing that it was a year ago.

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I had hoped to go to Comic Con last year, so I was going to buy a copy there—a group of us were planning on a midnight Borders run! However, I had to cancel, and did comfort shopping at Amazon instead. Then some friends invited me over for D&D and barbeque, so I played all Saturday and took my mind off of missing Comic Con.

Of course, before I left to play, I left a sign on the chair by my door for the UPS carrier: “Please leave Harry here.” So when I got home, Harry was right there, on the chair by the door. I started reading Saturday night, into the wee hours, taking notes on Post-its as I went. Slept for a few hours. I confess, my thoughts at church were home with Harry, which I finished that night.

I started rereading it that Monday night, and the Post-its have proliferated since the many rereadings since then. I still think Book 7 is Jo’s best work, and Chapter 19 is a treasure.

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The several months build up prior to the release was for me one of the most fever pitched, thrilling period of my life. Every update on Leaky and Jo’s websites, every interview, the speculations, the awesome reveal of the US book cover in wide scope showing Harry and Voldermont, the overwhelming vibe of anticipation around the globe. It was electric. Then come quarter past midnight, I had the book in my hands. I went to my car. Sat at the wheel. But instead of turning the ignition. I shifted my car seat back and opened the book…..Chapter 1

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I drove 30 miles (round trip) to the library to pick up the copy I’d signed up for three months earlier. My heart beat fast the whole way. I was too tired to start reading when I got home, but I read the poems and I had to read the first chapter title before I could go to bed.

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i snuck out of work to make sure i got a braclet to get in first to get my book. and then i was there early to be one of the first ones in the bookstore. i read “DH” all that weekend and was shocked when my favorite characters got snuffed out! poor Dobby and Snape i was in tears!

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ok so a year ago today i was at camp, but our camp was awesome and had a bookstore deliver copies of the book that we could get a midnight. So I remember grabbing the book( I was one of the first ones to get it), and I held it over my head, and I started to scream at like the top of my lungs: I’ve got it. It was an amazing feeling. I ran back to my room, took out about 5 cokes and other drinks plus a bag of twizzlers and i started to read. I read til about four am, and then i passed out, literally, with my head on the book, and i remember waking up seeing the book, and for a few hours i gave up on it, because it was the last day of camp and i needed to say goodbye to everyone, and then i passed out in the car home. and then i finished the book a few hours after i got home. I re- read it the next day, and got all of the facts that i missed when i was half asleep at four am, like the fact that they went to the ministy( and yes i really did just toally miss that chapter, or i just forgot reading that chapter, even though i know i did). That was the day that just totally changed my life. I thought that the fandom was over. but i was wrong. I decided to go on leaky to see what other people wrote about the book. At that point I had been on leaky only a handful of times. Since then i have been on leaky atleast twice a day for the entire year, but i went on leaky and i discover Wrock, and Pottercast, and I got completely immursed in the fandom. So I love Harry Potter and the entire fandom!

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Happy DH Birthday everyone!

I remember being such a wreck before the book came out. I was seriously jumpy and even a little sick because I was just so excited about the whole thing. I took my two nieces to a midnight release party. It was so much fun! Then we came home and I made them butterbeer and we began to read. I hardly wanted to sleep, I just wanted to read! It was wonderful, I cried so much. I felt like I was in mourning afterwards, the characters are so real to me. I loved the book and I love being a small part of the fandom.

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I remember I was flying back home from Canada, when I heard that they were selling the book at midnight. That night, my mom and I went over to the Borders near our house around 11 pm and played Harry Potter trivia, ate Burty Botts, and had some amazing theory disscusions. I am so glad I bought the book at midnight… it just made the whole experience even more exciting! I finished the book in 2 days, my mom and cousin finishing it in 1. Harry Potter has changed my life for the better and I am so fortunate to be able to grow up with the series.

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i cant believe its been a year. its so sad that harry potter ended it was just so wonderful i will never ever forget it. Harry potter is like part of me, my life, it makes me soo happy. i remember the day i got it.-i couldnt go to the midnight release bc i got grounded for something so i woke up really early and i just stood there hating myself for getting grounded. THENKGOODNESS my mom saw that i was desperate to get the book because she saw that everyday i would mark 1 less day for dh to come and i would make such a big deal out of it. so when i got it a couple of hours later i remember going in barns and noble and i look to my left and saw a pyramid of the dh books i was so happy and started squeaking . when i got the book it felt soo good it was like if i was getting gold. then i remember looking at the back of the book to c if the last word was really scar i tried so hard to not look at anything else only the last word and once i saw that it was well, i satarted smiling and closed the book and started looking at it from the beggining and reading it. i was so sad when i finished it because i couldnt believe that it was finally over like no more i cried and i was crying right now but now i know that for me harry potter will never end ♥ :)

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In the past year, I’ve had to take a step away from Harry. I began reading the books in 6th grade, a few months before PoA came out. 10 years. For HALF OF MY LIFE, I was a die-hard Harry fan, and it was a huge part of my life. Harry was with me throughout adolescence and through my transition into adult-hood. So after reading Deathly Hallows a few times, I put it away. I figured the easiest way to transition to a Harry-less life would just be to drop it cold turkey. I haven’t read the books, I don’t really care about the movies, and I check the news about once a week (yanno, just so I don’t fall out of the loop). Someday I’ll go back and read the series for the millionth time, but for now, I’m just not ready.

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i cant believe its been a year. its so sad that harry potter ended it was just so wonderful i will never ever forget it. Harry potter is like part of me, my life, it makes me soo happy. i remember the day i got it.-i couldnt go to the midnight release bc i got grounded for something so i woke up really early and i just stood there hating myself for getting grounded. THENKGOODNESS my mom saw that i was desperate to get the book because she saw that everyday i would mark 1 less day for dh to come and i would make such a big deal out of it. so when i got it a couple of hours later i remember going in barns and noble and i look to my left and saw a pyramid of the dh books i was so happy and started squeaking . when i got the book it felt soo good it was like if i was getting gold. then i remember looking at the back of the book to c if the last word was really scar i tried so hard to not look at anything else only the last word and once i saw that it was well, i satarted smiling and closed the book and started looking at it from the beggining and reading it. i was so sad when i finished it because i couldnt believe that it was finally over like no more i cried and i was crying right now but now i know that for me harry potter will never end ♥ :)

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I remember I was flying back home from Canada, when I heard that they were selling the book at midnight. That night, my mom and I went over to the Borders near our house around 11 pm and played Harry Potter trivia, ate Burty Botts, and had some amazing theory disscusions. I am so glad I bought the book at midnight… it just made the whole experience even more exciting! I finished the book in 2 days, my mom and cousin finishing it in 1. Harry Potter has changed my life for the better and I am so fortunate to be able to grow up with the series.

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i cant believe its been a year. its so sad that harry potter ended it was just so wonderful i will never ever forget it. Harry potter is like part of me, my life, it makes me soo happy. i remember the day i got it.-i couldnt go to the midnight release bc i got grounded for something so i woke up really early and i just stood there hating myself for getting grounded. THENKGOODNESS my mom saw that i was desperate to get the book because she saw that everyday i would mark 1 less day for dh to come and i would make such a big deal out of it. so when i got it a couple of hours later i remember going in barns and noble and i look to my left and saw a pyramid of the dh books i was so happy and started squeaking . when i got the book it felt soo good it was like if i was getting gold. then i remember looking at the back of the book to c if the last word was really scar i tried so hard to not look at anything else only the last word and once i saw that it was well, i satarted smiling and closed the book and started looking at it from the beggining and reading it. i was so sad when i finished it because i couldnt believe that it was finally over like no more i cried and i was crying right now but now i know that for me harry potter will never end ♥ :)

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All day I was practically shaking with anticipation. That afternoon I went online and talked to all my fandom friends about our expectations. I listened to JK Rowling reading the first chapter live and was even more excited. I thought I would explode. When I finally got the book, I was so happy, and the sadness didn’t sink in until I finished it (It actually took me until Sunday to finish because I had to work on Saturday). I think my excitement for the fandom has diminished, but I still love my HP friends and will never forget the last 3 or 4 years I’ve been actively in the fandom. Thanks, Leaky, MuggleNet, and the podcasts. And thanks JKR!

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I remember it was a wet and stormy night, there was and had been torrential rain for days but we went me and my two eldest boys to Waterstones and we got soaked to our skins but we didnt care. We stood, we sat, we laughed, we joked and we got more and more nervous as we got closer to midnight. Everyone in their best robes, broomsticks everywhere and wands at the ready.

Finally we had our copies – we all had to have one and one for my wife and another for the youngest – no-one was going to part with their copy once they had it.

Then we walked – more like floated on air we were so proud elated and just a little bit sad that we would not get to do this again.

So then to reading the book itself, a break only to see OOTP at the IMAX the next morning – and we were reading it every waking moment, utterly gripped, thrilled, shocked, scared, saddened and overwhelmed with emotion as we finally reached the end – nothing would ever be the same again – what a ride we just wanted it to never end to keep on feeling that one precious moment – even now it brings a tear to my eyes – I can remember that swoon in my heart when I first opened Philosopher’s Stone and like breaking up with a first love that feeling of letting something precious go / end when i finished reading DH – but still JKR keeps writing and like a lost lover giving a look across a room – keeps raising hope that the things may not be completely over – and 3 films and a theme park… enough to keep a 39 year old happy and a 37 year old an 11 year old a 7 year old and offer the promise for a 4 year old yet to really discover that world…

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When I got my Deathly Hallows book it was pristine. Now it has stains on it, pencil marks, rips, dog-eared pages, all signs of love. Only we, the true Potter genaration, will ever know the thrill of picking up a glossy-covered book from a towering stack, seeing Harry gaze triumphantly, only we will know the twinges of sadness, the leaps of joy, the daggers of terror that pierced our hearts. Thank you, Jo, for letting us feel what you felt.

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It was a feeling like I was going to explode. I couldn’t wait a minute longer as they finally called the number group listed on my wrist band at Barnes and Noble. I paid and walked out of the store with my friend and immediately opened the book and started reading…then I tripped over a concrete barrier in the parking lot and almost busted my rear and figured I should save it until I got home! My friend and I stayed up all night. She reads much faster than I do, and was spurred on even more by the fact that she had to be at work later that day. I remember looking over every once in a while when I heard a sob or a gasp and wondering what event had brought on that reaction and if I would react the same once I reached that point. Later that morning she sat back opened the book over her face and began to cry. She was finished. That was the last time she read a Harry Potter book. She says she can’t face reliving the events a second time. I would not finish until later that day and ended the same, with tears of joy for Harry’s happy ending and sorrow for the end of an era. The difference is I enjoy reliving it over and over again. It was my magical escape from reality, my happy place, the first time around, and it always will be.

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When I got my Deathly Hallows book it was pristine. Now it has stains on it, pencil marks, rips, dog-eared pages, all signs of love. Only we, the true Potter genaration, will ever know the thrill of picking up a glossy-covered book from a towering stack, seeing Harry gaze triumphantly, only we will know the twinges of sadness, the leaps of joy, the daggers of terror that pierced our hearts. Thank you, Jo, for letting us feel what you felt.

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When I got my Deathly Hallows book it was pristine. Now it has stains on it, pencil marks, rips, dog-eared pages, all signs of love. Only we, the true Potter genaration, will ever know the thrill of picking up a glossy-covered book from a towering stack, seeing Harry gaze triumphantly, only we will know the twinges of sadness, the leaps of joy, the daggers of terror that pierced our hearts. Thank you, Jo, for letting us feel what you felt. Sorry if I posted this multiple times. My computer is NOT working. :)

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I can’t even stand to think about all the emotion, because then nostalgia gets the better of me and I just break down crying. That was an amazing time of my life, the best summer I’ve ever experienced. I won’t ever forget it…and sometimes I wish I could just go back, you know? I hate so much that time goes on. I feel so depressed sometimes when I think about how it’s over.

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im sorry if my comment keeps appearing is just that i pressed post and my computer takes for ever and at first i thought it didnt post but then it then then yeah

i forgot to thank JK ROWLING for giving all of us something to LOVE and admire(well me) bc if it wasnt for her i wouldnt be the perosn i am today she really changed my life bc i mean i grew up with harry potter and i will always remember it

THANK YOU THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!!!!

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I remember it was a wet and stormy night, there was and had been torrential rain for days but we went me and my two eldest boys to Waterstones and we got soaked to our skins but we didnt care. We stood, we sat, we laughed, we joked and we got more and more nervous as we got closer to midnight. Everyone in their best robes, broomsticks everywhere and wands at the ready.

Finally we had our copies – we all had to have one and one for my wife and another for the youngest – no-one was going to part with their copy once they had it.

Then we walked – more like floated on air we were so proud elated and just a little bit sad that we would not get to do this again.

So then to reading the book itself, a break only to see OOTP at the IMAX the next morning – and we were reading it every waking moment, utterly gripped, thrilled, shocked, scared, saddened and overwhelmed with emotion as we finally reached the end – nothing would ever be the same again – what a ride we just wanted it to never end to keep on feeling that one precious moment – even now it brings a tear to my eyes – I can remember that swoon in my heart when I first opened Philosopher’s Stone and like breaking up with a first love that feeling of letting something precious go / end when i finished reading DH – but still JKR keeps writing and like a lost lover giving a look across a room – keeps raising hope that the things may not be completely over – and 3 films and a theme park… enough to keep a 39 year old happy and a 37 year old an 11 year old a 7 year old and offer the promise for a 4 year old yet to really discover that world…

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Wow, already a year?

I’m more obsessed than ever, myself. I can’t wait for the next 3 movies and the themepark, and well, there’s the re-reading of the books, talking with other fans AND writing my own fanfiction and reading others. Can’t get better than this =D

Plus, you never know… maybe one day Jo will return to the HP world, we can hope =D

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I remember making my sister go into the bookstore and buy it for me the night it came out. So glad I didn’t go in myself, she said there were people spoiling (!!) grr. I remeber reading through the night and that by dawn I was already crying over Snape’s death. I can’t believe it’s already been a whole year. I love Harry Potter. And this fandom, we’re amazing.

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I realy miss the mysteries that could be. When I think of the books, I start to have a flash back of wondering what will happen next and what explinations lay in store, but then I remeber that its over. Thinking of the books. I feel somewhat sorry for people at Hogwarts (especialy Hagrid) because no more Dumbldore, Harry, Hermine, Ron, and others. No more adventures.

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Wonderfully written Melissa!! A very very powerfully written article… and so true.

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i was thinking about this all day, it definatly does not seem a year ago i was queueing with my friends at midnight ! harry potter will always be a big part of my life and wil always be what i turn to in need of support. hp is never over in my mind. Plus 3 amazing films and a theme park to look forward to yet aswell! Been a tough year but thanks to hp im still here. wooop to the hp series !

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I was home from theatre camp because i had mono… so my dad drove me to Borders at about 10:00 in the morning (i didn’t have the stamina for a midnight anything at that point) and i read all weekend… napping about every 100 pages or so. within the weekend i got over my mono (something that’s supposed to take a month to shake… me only a week) and was back at theater camp… where i could finish reading it with my friends all around me. SO awesome.

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I bought 3 copies that day – one for myself, my husband, and my oldest son – we sent the youngest son to play for the day at a friend’s house and we just read, read, read… and the thing for me is, even though I have been an avid reader my whole life, I just can’t find the joy in reading anything but HP anymore, especially DH which I have now read at least 10 times, because nothing else compares. My life is truly enriched because of J.K. Rowling.

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I remember being in Rome, Italy, visiting my mother, sister and other relatives, when I entered a book store and I found a huge pile of DH books waiting for fans and curious people alike to take one, open it and check the pages and chapter titles. And so I did (only I also smelled it on the inside, that grat smell of pristine new books… almost as good as ancient ones), I took the book, kept it strongly in my hands and went straight to the counter. Ive read many chapters in Rome, one of the best moments I’ve ever had.

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I’ll never forget the midnight release for DH that I went to with my cousin, especially since it was the first time I had actually braved the madness of a midnight release. Somehow, don’t ask me how, we were the front of the line, even though we didn’t get there until 11:35 and the store was completely full by then, it just so happened that the place we ended up standing when we got there ended up being where they decided to start the line a few minutes later. While waiting we were cut in line by 3 people which increased by 5 more when one of the workers made everyone in line move back so she could put these 5 people in front. I remember being furious because by that point everyone was so mashed together that my cousin and I honestly felt like we were being molested and sweat on from every angle. It was disgusting, but then the clock finally struck midnight and the books were rolled out on their carts to every register and we were finally let loose one to each register at a time. We were in the second set of 5 sent through and I will never forget how I felt when I was handed my book, a crazy mixture of relief, excitement, joy, and sadness that this was it for Harry. This feeling was shortly followed by panic as a police officer stopped us at the door and said that they would escort people to their cars because the books of the first two people who left had been stolen as they were walking to the parking lot. I informed the officer that thanks to my massive Louis Vuitton handbag I was able to put both mine and my cousins books in my bag and that god have mercy on the idiot who tries to steal my purse or book because either they will get hit by my insanely heavy bag or the weight would break their arm if they did get it so he let us go. As we exited I noticed that line of people that when we had arrived was confined to inside the store had extended to wrap around the front and back of the shopping center. It was quite the unfortgettable night as you can tell by this ridiculously long recollection. It seems we all had almost the same feeling that you couldn’t wait to finish DH while reading it, but once you finished the sense of both contentment and sadness set in.

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My tattered copy of DH is one of my most valued possesions….it became even more valubule at portus where many of my personal potter super stars signed…..oh how i love our fandom!

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A year has gone by so quickly…..No more harry potter midnight book parties ….no more waiting for a ups truck to stop to deliver a second copy of a book….Well at least there are a few more years of waiting for the rest of the movies to come out….that’s something.

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I remember wearing my “who will die? 7-21-07” shirt (which later became a pillow) and being the first person in line at Borders for the 4am opening. I didn’t even open the book until 4 hours later when I was in the car on my way to the Jersey shore. It was the first (and only) time I’ve ever read a book on the beach.

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omg i cant believe it’s been a year, so fast i loved that summer holiday!!! just finished yr 11 and then i remeba the night b4 it came out i was making book marks and the day the book finally came was really magic!!!!!! it was sucha great day, weather too, i was sooooooo sad when it finished, i read it in lyk 1 day, it’s so sadddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd!!!! RIP dobby, fred, lupin, tonks, hedwig, mad eye, snape and all the others even u lord voldy!!!! ohhhh i just loved that saturday

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1 year!...I had to wait a whole week to get my hands on one copy! I ordered the book the 19 so my copy was late. The day I got it, i read for two hours only, built the hype for the whole night and the next day from 6.30 am until 3.26 pm.! I love HP 4 ever! I cannot imangine my life without him. Thanks JK for all the happy, sad, funny, and terrible moments. We love you!! PS: more Hp Please!!

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Deathly Hallows is when my Harry Potter obsession started. I remember my mom asking me if I wanted a copy when we were grocery shopping in the morning. I didn’t get one because I hadn’t read the books.

I started reading them about a month after school started and couldn’t stop. I would read for hours when I got home instead of studying for tests. I am so sad that I missed ten years of the Harry Potter Fandom. I am dreding the last movie because we won’t know if there will be any news after the movie buzz dies down. So sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dumbledore’s tasseled hat, it’s been that long? Merlin! A year ago since I tried to read by the dim glow of street lights. A year ago since I accidentally flipped to the table of contents and saw the title for “The Seven Potters”and thought it was something about Harry’s genealogy. A year since I did the same with Xenophilius Lovegood. I remember going to bed at 2 for reading for a half-hour, then getting up and reading at 6 and finishing at eleven. I spazzed and cried at Fred, Remus,Tonks, and Dobby’s deaths. And scoffed at Griphook. And happy-danced at Molly Weasley famous line.

It’s been a good year….

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I remember being so excited about it that I couldn’t sleep the night before. Our release was at 11am on the 21st so I had even a few hours to obsess on the 21st. I remember getting to the shop where I had pre-ordered it and being the third one there. It was very low key, but when I got the book home none of that mattered because I was finally reading it. I read all day apart from small interruptions and then handed the book over to my husband. But I found i wanted to read it again right away so I went right out next day and bought another copy. So we both read it together that second time, and it was even more wonderful and emotional the second time because I had read so fast and finished so late the first time that several things just didn’t register.

It has been an amazing year of Harry-ness for me. It’s weird to think it’s been so long, as it still feels like just a few weeks ago that I opened my copy for the first time.

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One last note- Thanks, Jo.

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A month before the release of DH was my daughter’s 10th birthday. I was kind of famous for my birthday parties (my daughter? spoiled? ridiculous!), but I really outdid myself that time. Redecorated the entire property (Forbidden Forest, DD’s office, Dept of Mysteries, Great Hall, etc.) and directed lots of games, “classes” (including Potions and Transfiguration), & events. That is the last great party I’ll ever throw.

We dressed up for the Borders midnight party. My daughter was Minerva and I was Sybill. The party was disappointing, but there was a scary-accurate Voldemort (right down to the genuine Dark Mark tattoo on his arm) and an adorable teenage girl dressed as Dobby in a genuine pillowcase. When at last we received our cherished copy of DH, I also asked for a box in which the copies had been stored. I saw a bunch of them on ebay over the following weeks, but I’m not getting rid of mine!

At my daughter’s insistence, we read one chapter that night, but we started our marathon the following morning. I am the family’s Jim Dale, so I read the entire book to my family, stopping only for voice rests. At one point (I think it was Dobby’s death) I had to stop for a couple of hours to compose myself again.

I was so struck by Jo’s skillful writing that dictated my pace without any effort on my part. After all the haste and excitement of the Hogwarts battle, the chapter where Harry bravely faces his fate is written with slow, majestic calm.

A month or two later my book group was scheduled to discuss DH, so I reread the entire series and make notes on Post-Its. I refuse to remove the notes, to my husband’s chagrin, so I seized the opportunity to buy the US adult version of DH when it was offered at a ridiculously low price so that he could have an unblemished copy.

Maybe on some level I remembered the anniversary, because I just finished rereading DH again. I thank Jo for crafting these wonderful books and all the Pottermaniacs for building a rich community to share these stories.

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I lined up for ages for it.. I had my ipod playing pottercast while we crawled around the top level of borders! when i finally got it i found a chair in the shopping centre and sat there for awhile cos i didnt want to start it because starting meant the end.. but i couldnt resist so i read the first chapter and some evil people who where ahead of me on the other seats where talking about it so i knew that someone died in the first chapter… SO annoyed.. but then i had to wait till i got home to read the rest of it.. then i planted myself on the couch and didnt move.. lol except to get tissues.. hehe.. best book EVER! xo

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I lined up for ages for it.. I had my ipod playing pottercast while we crawled around the top level of borders! when i finally got it i found a chair in the shopping centre and sat there for awhile cos i didnt want to start it because starting meant the end.. but i couldnt resist so i read the first chapter and some evil people who where ahead of me on the other seats where talking about it so i knew that someone died in the first chapter… SO annoyed.. but then i had to wait till i got home to read the rest of it.. then i planted myself on the couch and didnt move.. lol except to get tissues.. hehe.. now i listen to it nightly on audio book! haha best book EVER! xo

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I was a Target when the store opened and waited until I had taken the extra book I purchased to my local library – hoping that one extra person would have a chance to read right away. Then once again I read a book faster than I have ever read before! I normally savor the magic and wonder of the written words…..relishing the mental pictures they invoke. But I couldn’t “savor” the last three books, especially DH. I read until I was done – didn’t see anyone or go anywhere for the 9 hours I was reading; I was too afraid of someone ruining it for me. I read so fast that the emotions related to the various character’s deaths didn’t really hit me until I was finally finished. I continue to enjoy the books through Jim Dale’s lovely readings and characterizations! Thank you, Ms. Rowling, for this wonderful gift you have given to the world! Love, friendship, sacrifice, family, good over evil despite the cost. Wonderful themes, wonderful books!

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I lined up for ages for it.. I had my ipod playing pottercast while we crawled around the top level of borders! when i finally got it i found a chair in the shopping centre and sat there for awhile cos i didnt want to start it because starting meant the end.. but i couldnt resist so i read the first chapter and some evil people who where ahead of me on the other seats where talking about it so i knew that someone died in the first chapter… SO annoyed.. but then i had to wait till i got home to read the rest of it.. then i planted myself on the couch and didnt move.. lol except to get tissues.. hehe.. now i listen to it nightly on audio book! haha best book EVER! xo

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OK i first read the first 4 books the summer before but i diddnt read the 5th book till last year! after that i read the 6th book and then i was emmerseed into the world of harry potter. I re REad all of the books. Watched previews of HarRy Potter and the Order of the Phenoix. Watched harry potter and the order of the phenoix.

Then i pre ordered the book! the whole week before me and sheena (my friend) disscussed and argued about the books worked on Jo’s website debated if she was gunna put anything on it…. we figured that she would put something on it at midnight! so we stayed up till midnight just talkin about how much we wanted to read the book and wat we thought was gunna happen! WE GEUSSED RAB! and some other radom things she thought snape was good i thought snape was evil…i was wrong… we were still online and we found or my brother told me that Jo was reading her first chapter… so we watched and listened (i was very close to my screeen of my computer) just so anxious and excited that it was finally gunna be here some time tommorow in the mail! after we watched that we discussed wat it could possibly mean. after that we went to bed…

i had fair that day so i was gone till about lunchtime i remember making my mom stop i got out ran to my mail box ( i think i squilled when i saw it) ran back to the car gave the mail to her opened the box and then i looked at till we got inside..i took the cover off (so as not to ruin it) read all of the chapter titles( sometin i did with everybook) then i started reading till i had to leave again to go to watermelon day i took it with me in the car read it till i got out side again then went to work at the fair read it till i got there went home got ready for the dance read it till my brother picked me up then when i got home i stayed up and read it till i couldnt read it anymore for being tired.. then set my alarm so i could get up and read it all the next day..i ended up finishing it in 3 days total like i got it on saturday finished it on monday! i diddnt get online until i was done! then after i was done i let it soak in. got online and talked to my friend sheena about it! after that i decided to reread it because of how much i loved this book!!!!

so thats my very long story of how i fell in love with harry potter!

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omg! i still cant believe that its been a year!!!! it seems shorter… but im stoked for the movies and the theme park!

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Actually, Stephen King turned me on to the HP books. I was reading his book “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft”, and at the end of the book he included a list of books he had read in the past year. I started to read some of them, and a short way down the list was CoS. I figured I would just start at the beginning and got SS. Needless to say, I was immediately hooked and read all the books that were out up to that time and have of course read the rest as they have come out.

So, thanks SK! Without you, I would have never even read the HP books.

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I remember going to Walmart with my friend at midnight and waiting around with a group of about 10 people at this small table with Harry Potter bookmarks and posters. As soon as Midnight struck, we were all confused, because there was nothing, nobody. Suddenly we heard whispers and voices and everyone was going to the back, where customer service was. Everyone practically ran through the store. My friend started running through the ailes, laughing histerically. It was such a rush! Suddenly, there was THE LINE! Around the back of the entire store! I was so disappointed, I knew there wouldn’t be enough for everyone. Oh my gosh, that feeling, I still remember. I was so sad. We left Walmart and started going home. On the way home, is another smaller Walmart. Less people, kinda rundown. Not really the type of Walmart where you would see Harry Potter fans. I said, what the heck. We walked in, and went to their tiny empty book section, and it was like seeing a miracle. lol There was a tiny little display with about 20 books on it. No one was there. I grabbed one so fast, I just couldn’t contain my excitement. There was a girl who saw me and she bought one to. And ohh wow, I miss that day.

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I remember quite fondly heading the release at my store (one of the many dark lord waldemarts). We had a nice big Harry Potter playing Quidditch cake, those nice rubber bracelets of all 4 houses, and trivia games with prizes. Then, about 5 minutes until midnight, I remember asking for the crowd’s attention, and then proceeded to threaten their lives and beat them in the head with a copy of Deathly Hallows if anyone so much as even threatened to flip to the end of the book and blurt anything out. Needless to say, I have not been asked to do a midnight release of anything else. Then, after arriving home at 2 in the morning, I sat on the sofa with my copy in my hands, actually too nervous to even open it. I didn’t want it to end. I guess maybe because I was discovering later in the series the phenomena that was and is Harry Potter. Ahhh, memories…

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Ok I have tears in my eyes thinking of 1 year ago! I was thrilled to be a part of everything HP and Deathly Hallows related….How my heart thumped as they wheeled the books towards the throngs of fans waiting at midnight…and at 1201am! everything was a blur!....how when I cracked open the book the first page….took a deep breath and dove head first into what I knew would be the most emotional time of any HP book, and how I rose just 48 hours later emotionally beaten!! Thanks JKR! What a ride this has been …...Thank you Harry! you are a good friend!

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OMG! A year since DH! The time passes so quickly! I can’t believe that at this time one year ago I had just finished DH and was wondering what would happen with the fandom! But, alas, the fandom has grown and not ended. I am so happy and proud to say that I am still a part of this fandom and that it is still going strong, and growing! POTTER FANS ROCK! The potter era is NOT over! The fun never ends! Keep Each Other Safe. Keep Faith.

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i cant help but get teary eyed when i think that today exactly one year ago i was immersed into the mysteries of DH! i cant believe its been one year and how i would give anything to go back in time, its such a bitter sweet feeling to know that the end is really here and now all there is left to do is reread the series forever, iam now rereading HBP! long live HP forever and ever!

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Wow It’s Been A Year Already!? lol i’ve finished reading it for the 10th time [: i still go through all the emotions as if i was reading it for the 1st time like i tear up when i read the time Dobby Lupin && Tonks Die Oh Snape Too I Cant Wait To See The Movie [:

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I got my Deathly Hallows tattoo today—I’d been waiting for the right moment and today seemed like the time. I remember I only intended to read a chapter or two the first night, and then it was six a.m. and I was done. I went out for a walk, and I was shellshocked. It took me a while to come to terms with the epilogue, but I did, and I think the book might be my favorite (although I never would have guessed it at the time).

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I ordered my copy from Amazon and waited excitedly for it to be delivered. And waited and waited and waited. At 5:00 pm I called Amazon. They apologized and said that if it hadn’t arrived by 8 pm, they wouldn’t charge me for it. At 8:05 I dashed to the nearest Wal-Mart and grabbed one of their dwindling supply. When I got home I immediately sat down and started reading and finshed about 4 am. Hedwig’s death just about broke my heart and Fred’s made me cry. I still choke up when I read about Harry walkling into the woods and opening the snitch with the words “I am about to die”. What a marvelous piece of writing. I discovered Harry with the first book and devoured each book as it was published. I have read each book multiply times and will continue to do so. I have the great good fortune to teach 3rd grade and every year I have the pleasure and joy of introducing a new class to Harry and his world. Thank you, Jo, for this wondrful experience and thanks to all the great fans who have shared their sories and art work over the years,

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i planned my entire vacation off from work for that release!! I went and got a harry potter tattoo on july 12th last year to celebrate, and then 9 days later the book came out and i took a week off of work to enjoy it and not have it spoiled for me!!! it was my harry potter month!!

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The DH book release was my second time being at a midnight release but my first time being there really early / waiting at Borders as the madness grew. My mother, sister and I all saw the OOTP movie a second time before heading next door to Borders and it was just… amazing. So many people clustered together to talk about what they thought was going to happen, plotted out their whole theories and got into little debates. The excitement mounted as midnight grew closer, and I will honestly never forget the countdown. Screaming at the top of my lungs and cheering with everyone there was so… wonderful and empowering, as odd as that sounds. It was AMAZING to be a part of that.

When we drove home that night I seriously couldn’t wait to go home, despite the late hour, and dive into the book. I think I read 10 chapters before calling it a night, waking up in the morning (avoiding spoilers like crazy!) and reading it slowly over the next few days. I was on the edge of my bed, literally, reading it and pouring over the pages and details. I cried more than a few times and, upon getting to the final pages of the epilogue, actually started applauding (like a COMPLETE dork, I know). That is something that will stick with me forever – I have never been so proud to be an HP fan as I was in those moments :)

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I can’t believe it’s been a whole year already. I went to a midnight book release party sponsored by my local library, and my family had just as much fun as I did waiting for midnight! It felt great to be a part of something so much bigger, knowing that millions of people around the world were experiencing the end of the Harry Potter series together.

I continue to read the entire series every year, and will continue to do so for many years to come. I still pick up on things every time I read it, and my appreciation for how well-thought-out the series really is grows with each reading.

To say that the entire Harry Potter series has been a very memorable part of my life is a gross understatement. I feel fortunate to have been there when the series was growing and gaining strength.

I am so glad that Jo shared such a wonderful story with all of us, and while I wish the books could continue for many years to come, I am reminded of a quote from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo—-paraphrased, it says, “The wise person is he who knows how and when to quit.”

Cheers to Jo, to all of the Potter readers out there, and to all of the Potter actors, actresses and film folks who continue to bring the magic of the books to the screen.

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I was at a Borders midnight magic party, got my book around 12:30 (big lines!) and stayed up until 5 am reading. Guilty of being a Harry Potter addict – as are we all! I’m so glad that the fandom is still alive and well even though a year has gone by. It feels like yesterday I was wondering if Snape was really good or if my mind was imagining things…

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My daughter and I celebrated the release of the seventh book by baking- making recipes from The Leaky Cauldron’s recipe page. We made cauldron cakes, rhubarb crumble, rock cakes and treacle tart. We had a grand time. My husband went out early the next morning to get our book reserved at Borders, and we had ourselves a DH reading marathon for the next 5 days. It remains my favorite, and we continue to reread all 7 books. Thanks, Jo, for the wonderful memories your books have conjured!

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i can’t believe that it’s been an entire year… i remember dressing up as the whomping willow for the barnes and noble party (everyone thought i was a bowtruckle!) and waiting until midnight with my three best friends…. then reading until i fell asleep and spending the next day locked in my room, eating dry cereal and drinking izzes… good memories.

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I bought the book at midnight, like everyone else, but I had to wait a while before I could crack it open. You see, not only is this the one year anniversary of DH, it’s my one year marriage anniversary as well!

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I not the usual Harry Potter fan, I’m an Ex-Special Forces Sniper. Two Tours in Vietnam and places I am not at liberty to mention, but I have a 13 year old daughter named Chardonnay. Her first book was the D.H. she got at the Mid-Night release in our towns only bookstore. I had been injured and was on my back for over 3 months and going nuts with boredom. She brought me the book and said “come on Daddy try it!” It took 3 days before I finally picked it up and I was hooked! I am a true Harry Potter addict, in one year I’ve read all seven books 7 times and have not stopped. I’m on book 7 for the 8/th time. I have yet found anything else to take me away! I started with book 7 and then went 1-7. The second time I read book 7, I was left with almost as many questions as I had when I started! I keep reading them over and over searching for the answers hoping to find the answers between the lines! Anybody got the answers please contact me. I’m hoping that some day Ms. J.K. will find it in her heart to give us the answers we are all searching for. Till then I’ll keep reading the only source of information I have! firstknight@beecreek.net

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I read all 7 books in 4 months starting in Dec 2007. And then I read them all again. I knew Snape was good all along…even when it looked so bad there could be no redemption! I love Snape!

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A year? WOW! I was in Naperville, IL, and went to see the last live Pottercast before the book came out! The party was HUGE that night-the streets were crowded, and the only people that stood out were the people who WEREN’T in costume. My sister and I even participated in the costume contest-I was Luna, she was Ginny, with a Pygmy Puff included! There was a countdown to midnight, and then we all filed into the tiny shop of Anderson’s bookshop. Paper confetti rained down on us as we left with the books in our hands!

I remember thinking the book was a bit of a letdown, and I left it untouched in my bookshelf after that first read-through. Last night I opened it for the first time since last July, and it’s a lot better than I remembered. Even more emotional—I didn’t cry during my first read-through, and this time around I’ve already teared up more than once. I don’t get it!

Long live Harry Potter. It’s clear the fandom has lived on. We may have moved on to other things as well, but we’re still HERE! And we’ll be here for many years to come.

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It was a feeling like I was going to explode. I couldn’t wait a minute longer as they finally called the number group listed on my wrist band at Barnes and Noble. I paid and walked out of the store with my friend and immediately opened the book and started reading…then I tripped over a concrete barrier in the parking lot and almost busted my rear and figured I should save it until I got home! My friend and I stayed up all night. She reads much faster than I do, and was spurred on even more by the fact that she had to be at work later that day. I remember looking over every once in a while when I heard a sob or a gasp and wondering what event had brought on that reaction and if I would react the same once I reached that point. Later that morning she sat back opened the book over her face and began to cry. She was finished. That was the last time she read a Harry Potter book. She says she can’t face reliving the events a second time. I would not finish until later that day and ended the same, with tears of joy for Harry’s happy ending and sorrow for the end of an era. The difference is I enjoy reliving it over and over again. It was my magical escape from reality, my happy place, the first time around, and it always will be.

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Wow… the one year anniversary… has it really been that long?

One year ago today is still crystal clear in my mind. I remember being so incredibly anxious… I had just finished re-reading the series to get it fresh in my mind, and I had nothing to do but fidget! Then, while waiting in line at the bookstore, I met lots of people had a hilarious time with all the Potter fans in my row of the line (the line wove between bookshelves.) We called ourselves Aisle Five, and fantasized about Jo magically appearing and coming over to talk with us. Then the glee… screaming the countdown ‘till midnight and cradling the book in my arms. Then of course, cracking it open before I even left the bookstore.

I have to say that the after-affects of the book coming out was one of my favourite parts… as I walked down the main street of Kingston Ontario, Potter fans were streaming out of Indigo Books into the street. Wizards were everywhere holding wands and wearing hats and cloaks, people ran screaming down the street waving their copy of the book, and every lighted doorway held at least one person sitting down with the book in their lap.

I will always remember that night. THANK YOU JO!

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me and my best friend ever got to our local barnes and noble at 5 that day and we had so much fun there, it was indescribable. i loved every minute of it. seeing all of the people who you obviously knew shared the same passion and interest you did. we took pictures with about 30 ppl we didnt even know at all. we were all just connected. it was one of the coolest feelings. that will go down as one of the best nights i have ever had in my entire life. my friend and I made scrapbooks especially for that night so we could remember every little detail. we looked at the pictures all of yesterday and today and seriously wish we had a legitimate time turner….i also wrote an essay about my childhood and harry potter that ended with that final night. i wrote it for my AP english class and got an A. that was the most fun ive had with an essay, hahaha. just like i mentioned in my essay, i owe everything to jo, who DEFINITELY had a part in instilling imagination in my everyday life. i miss that night so much, but the memories will be ingrained in my mind forever. all thanks to her.

hi savannah. haha. auror : )

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I played hooky from work to go stand in line at midnight and get my copy. I stayed up all night reading. I laughed and I cried and when it was over I felt good but sad as well! Thank goodness the magic is still there for me! I will continue to read and reread them as time goes by! Cheers to you HP fans!

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Thank you for this; I have been remembering last year. How I could barely breathe in anticipation, finally having the book in my hands, reading and finding out as I went along, that it was way beyond my expectations. Happy anniversary everyone and thank God we still have so much to look forward to.

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one year ago last night was the best night of my life.

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I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much over a book. It’s been a part of my life since the beginning. Ten short years i waited for the answers and when i finally had the book in hand at midnight one year ago, i was overcome with emotion. It has been one of the best experiences of my life. Thank you Jo for it all!

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I got up at four o’clock on the day of the mid-night release party at Borders; I rushed down to the bookstore and I waited by the door, first in line, waiting for them to start handing out the tickets. I waited for a very, very long time, but in that time period before I got my ticket I discussed the series with all the other crazy fans that were just as excited as I was. As soon as I got my and my cousin’s ticket I rushed back home and waited excitedly for the party to start. I rushed back to Borders in full costume at nine and partied crazily till they told us all to line up to get the books. As soon as I got my copy I rushed home and started reading; I had finished it by four the next day. Sigh, such good times, all those mid-night release parties.

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Wow…it’s been a year already? Gosh! how time flies

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I was at Borders in Chicago Ridge at midnight. I was number 4 to get my book. I’m reading HBP right now again for the 4th or 5th time then on to DH for the 4th time. I love the Harry Potter books and will never move on to other things

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When i look back now i can’t belive how incredible it was reading this book . All i have to say is , i still love Harry Potter more than ever !! it will always be in my heart and on my mind . i’ll never forget getting my book at midnight and reading it in one day . Not sleeping for like the whole month of July because so much was happening with Harry Potter !! I’ll never forget holding the book in my hands for the first time, i’ll never forget crying nonstop while i was reading the book , i’ll never forget how crazy i got when i read that Hermione was being tortured , i’ll never get over Ron and Hermione’s kiss , i’ll never forget how shocked i was when Fred died, i’ll never forget how bad i felt when i found out that Snape was a good guy, i’ll never forget the final battle between Harry and Voldemore, i’ll never forget the Epilogue at the end of the book, i’ll never forget how unbeliveble the book was !!!! i won’t ever stop thanking J.K Rowling for creating this amazing series and i’ll always adore her !! Here is to many more Harry Potter memories in the making !!!!

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I was camping at my Dad’s place in another country and I was feeling kind of down because I wouldn’t get to read it in my room. But as we neared the final few hours I didn’t care about where I was. All I remember was that I was awake at 3:00 in the morning waiting for Jo to start reading the first chapter. When she finished I felt as though I was going to die of anger because I wasn’t about to get the book till 9:00 that night. Grrrh. Once I got the book I ploughed through it in less than 10 hrs straight. I was so fazed with all the emotions that I fell right into the bed to wake up 6 hrs later. I’ll never forget the feeling that I had when I finished reading that last chapter. Thank you Jo for what was nearly 10 yrs of pure unadulterated bliss. I doubt whether anything will get me feeling like that again

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I was unbelievably paranoid about someone telling me what was going to happen in Deathly Hallows before I read it, so I booked a couple of days of work to avoid everyone but my husband, who loves the books just as much as me. I stayed away from a midnight release party because it just wasn’t worth the risk of someone blurting something out! The night before the release, my husband and I spent the night finalising our predictions . Was Harry a horcrux? Who would die? How would Harry defeat Voldemort? Would he survive it? After months and months of agonizing and debating, our guesses were down on paper. Then, first thing the next morning, he ran out to our local Woolworths (wearing headphones and listening to loud music so that he couldn’t hear anyone who might wish to spil!) grabbed two copies and ran ran ran home to the safety of our flat! I remember shaking with excitement, dread, anticipation, joy…..it took about an hour for me to get the guts to open and start reading. We read it side by side on the sofa, really taking our time, savouring everything and processing what was happening. After we finished each chapter, we’d just look at each other saying ‘oh….my…god’, then we’d hyperventilate, snack on toast, and start reading again. It was the wonderful book I have ever read – a beautiful, thrilling end to the series, and it moved me more than words can say. It was just perfect. When I had finished, I burst into tears and did the whole ‘I can’t believe it’s really over thing’. When I had calmed down, my husband and I were able to talk about it, and there was just so much to talk about: how brave Harry was to go into the forest again, how fitting it was that both Ron and Hermione got to destroy a horcrux, how amazing Hermione was with her magic beaded bag (they never would have made it without that thing!), how tragic the deaths were, how we loved that Harry named his son after Severus, how moving it was whenHarry visited his parents graves (my mum died the year before Deathly Hallows came out, and it made Harry’s suffering all the more personal to me). And then there was the complexity of the Hallows, how the wand really worked, did the resurrection stone really do what it said on the tin or was it an illusion, and what kind of man Dumbledore really was. So much to enjoy, and still so much to discuss. I’ve only read the book once since that day, as I just feel overcome with emotion every time I think about it. It was just perfect. I’ll never forget how it made me feel to read that book, and I’m so grateful to Jo for creating something that has given me and my husband so much joy.

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Sorry about the double post there!

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I’ m an italian fan of Harry potter. Even if the book as been published in Italy on 6 gennuary 2008, on 21st july of a year ago I was all wound up excitement, very very happy for read the wanted to long Book!! I remembered the nitgh of that day when Jo was at museum reading the first chapter of the Deathly Hallows! I was on Web in search of the video streaming of the nigth.. How many desidered to be there in London!!!!!! (°-°) Now that the serie has finished there is a bit of sadness, but with all forums and sites dedicated to the Boy Who Lived’s world there isn’t place to sadness!! W W JO, W W all of us!

Bye!

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One year I cant beleve it!

On that night I left Work early, (I workat a restaurant) at 11.30 pm I was at the one book shop that I knew would open for the premier of the English book. (I am from Switzerland so the big premier would be 2 month later for the german version)

The shop opend at midnight and they served pumpkin juice and sweets in the color of the four houses. Then finally I got my book and I started to read on my way home.

I did not stop reading until I finished it at 11 am the next morning. I went trough so many emotions that night, that when I was done reading the book I felt empty and tired.

So I went to bed and read it again when I got up.Then finally it hit me. This was the end no more waiting for Harry Potter books. And I was Sad and Happy and so grateful that J.K Rowling wrote the Harry Potter series.

Now one year later I am still reading Harry Potter and I still love the books but it will never be the same emotional rollercoaster as it was that night when I read “The Deathly Hallows” for the first time.

Greetings to all of you from Switzerland Lady-Claw

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One year – wow!

I know not many people will read this because it’s near the back of the pile so to speak however, I just need to get down how I feel!

All I keep thinking is “this time last year!” I told my mum I really, really, really wanted to get the book at midnight at one of them “Potter – party” type things but she wouldn’t let me go because we were going on holiday the following day! I couldn’t believe it – but we finally agreeed after days of agonising beforehand, that we would get up at about 6:00 am and go down to the local supermarket to get “IT”!! The trepidation and excited I felt was unbelievebly, when I ran into the shop and saw them stacked neatly in piles I could have cried (not joking!) And when I picked up my copy my hands would not stop shaking! I started it then and there and struggled to do anything until I had finished it! My mum had to tug it from my hands to pay the cashier and I remember spilling half my breakfast down me because I was concentrating on the words so furiously! I’m normally really badly carsick on long journeys so most people wouldn’t read but this was “HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS” come on who’s not ging to read it?! So, in the car on the way to where I was staying on holiday I was reading and was sick but I really didn’t care! When we got there I just read and read and read nothing could drag me away from the truely magical journey I was was taken on in that book! I was kind of sad not to be able to read it in my room but then relised it didn’t really matter because at least I was reading it after all the years of waiting.

However, while reading I was “SAD AND HAPPY” to the extremes and “oh my godding!!” at every possible point. There are not enough words in the world to describe how I felt after finishing this globally known book it’s truely, truely mind-blowing.

I think it’s great how everyone has there own special little story to tell it’s partly what makes the Harry Potter books so special and important.

Therefore, I’d jut like to end this essay (ha ha!) with a universal thank-you “J.K. Rowling” on behalf of everybody who has felt the same way as me on this rollecoaster ride known as “The Harry Potter Series”.

Laurel aged 14 and a half xx

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Over a year already!! I was told months earlier that my friend’s play that I was involved in would be on July 21 and I freaked out… it was the one HP book I was going to hide out in my room for on the day I got to buy it (every other time I had rehearsals!!). Anyway the book went around me the whole time and my friend & I kept comparing where we were up to… at least I got to spend Sunday in my bedroom reading :D

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On August 20, 2007 I hosted a Deathly Hallows dinner party and any of my friends who were Potter fans were invited. We served a traditional British dinner and some magical menu items as well such as pumpkin juice, butter beer and the likes. We took an extensive 50 question quiz to test everyone’s Potter knowledge and then had a discussion of our predictions of what would happen in book 7. We had candles everywhere, a house banner…it was like our own little Hogwarts! At 11:00 pm we all went to Borders to join in the fun there and wait for the magical hour. I must thank my daughter in law, who got me into the Potter series about 6 years ago. And thank you J.K. Rowling for such a wonderful series that has added another area of love to my life! Can’t wait for the Magical World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure!!

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I was getting out of the Barns n noble party and heading to Disney’s Caribean Beach resort for a weekend of reading in a hamic. It was the BEST four days I have spent at a Disney resort in a long time.

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When I started reading the Harry Potter books, I was 9, and Harry was 11. When the story finished, I was 18, and he was 17. I couldn’t have asked for a better companion to share the rollercoaster ride of adolescence with. Harry taught me all kinds of essentials – how to be a good friend, how to stay true to yourself, how to deal with relationships, how to cope with loss…

What did I do this time last year? I joined the queue a Borders store in Sydney that morning (no midnight parties for us, unfortunately), sat and read in Pit St Mall for a few hours in my Ravenclaw costume (how appropriate!), went home and read some more…I started sniffling as soon as Hedwig and Mad-Eye died, and I was bawling my eyes out from “The Prince’s Tale” onwards. And I was still crying when I read the Epilogue (which I unfortunately didn’t appreciate until later)

Now the books have finished, I’ve returned to my writing hobby! It started with an innocuous fanfic to satisfy my cravings for something Potterish, and then it blossomed out into multichaptered monstrosities, original novels, poetry. As one door closes, a window opens.

Another thing that I’ve been incredibly grateful for is the friends I’ve found through the fandom. Although my active involvement is quite a recent thing, what floors me time-after-time is how much in common I have with other fans. Sometimes I meet people and I feel as if I’ve known them for years. It’s just incredible. Long live the Potter fandom!

I can’t wait until the Half-Blood Prince movie comes out and I can dig out my costume again :D

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First off, I want to thank all of you who have posted on this thread. I had a sleepless night last night, so of course hit TLC (!) & I read each & every post. It was a moving experience in & of itself to read all your stories, from so many ages & walks of life. So thank you for making the connection with me & so many other HP fans. It’s a good feeling to be part of this group.

It seems I spent a great deal of my DH read in tears – either from the sadness of the events, or by how touched I felt by the fierce love & loyalty showed by Harry & his friends. I was emotionally drained & I wasn’t sure how I felt about the book when I initially finished it, as things didn’t go anything like I planned or wanted. But after 2 more reads (with the tissue box close at hand), it has become my favorite of the series. It is so right. Jo definitely knew better how to end this tale than I.

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I live in Gloucestershire and on the day before the Harry Potter book was released the whole county was flooded out. I was supposed to be going away for a weekend of Potter-reading, but I couldn’t get out of Cheltenham! I had to settle for buying it from Tesco and reading it at home instead, while keeping one ear tuned to the local radio to find out when our water and electric were going to be cut off. It’s hard to believe it was a year ago really. Good book though :-)

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First of all , Happy Harry Potter day everyone!! Well, I hope it will be called so very soon… Getting DH was the best moment of my whole life..I was not able to sleep on Jul 20th…Halfway through my sleep I got up and checked Laeky….Sadly I had to got to school the next morning…I spent the whole day closing my ears fearing spoilers….And took a day leave on Monday coz I got fever after reading DH..And I finished reading on Monday…For the first time I cried for the death of my beloved character…....It’s just hard to believe that 1 years’ gone by so fast…...I have so much to write here but that would be the size of another OOTP book….

Vandy

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One year and twelve readings later! Hard to believe? The biggest disappointment (OotP) and then a week later, The wonderful climax to a fantastic series. DH was by far the best out of the series, (in my opinion). I went to my first release party, stayed up to read as much as I could, and fell asleep with the book in hand. I carried it everywhere so I could read a page or two when the chance arose. having a newborn baby makes it hard to spend more than a few minutes at a time reading but it still only took two days to read. I stayed away from the web, newspapers and even the television for fear of spoilers. The spoilers before release didn’t worry me. it’s probably guessing anyway. After the release though, “Can’t have anybody who may have read the book spoil it though.” Fantastic job, J.K. Still looking for a sequel or “Prequel”.

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My sister and my two daughters and I dressed up for a release party at Borders. I almost won a prize for my costume (Bellatrix). So did my sister as Umbridge (she looked fantastic!). My oldest daughter (18) looks a lot like Hermione (in the books, not Emma) except her hair is lighter, but it can be just as bushy if she brushes out her curls. She even carried around a HUGE history book all night that we taped “Hogwarts” over the cover so it read “Hogwarts, a History” (instead of World History). It was so heavy, but she’s such a trooper she carried it anyway! My younger daughter (14) had just died her blonde hair red (not for the party but because she loves red and had done it in the past and it looked terrific). She looked a lot like how Ginny is described in the books. She even wore some great muggle clothes that maybe Ginny would have worn, different patterns and colors together, kind of like in the movies. She looked great and we all got tons of compliments. The best part of course was getting home with the books. My daughters and I started reading when we got home at about 2 a.m. We took turns reading out loud and we read all night, took a short nap in the morning, and finished in the middle of the next night. It took longer reading it out loud but I wouldn’t have traded the expeience of reading it out loud with my girls for anything. We laughed and cried together and we’ll never forget it since we were able to experience the whole thing together at the same time. After getting some sleep, I re-read the book again by myself because I couldn’t stand the fact that it was the last one! I’ve lost count how many times I’ve read all of the books over, but they’re always fun to read when I’m bored and don’t have any other good books in the house! Thank you Jo for the best books ever!

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I was in Chicago visiting family that weekend and I had ordered a book to be delived to my dad’s house on Saturday. However, I had been out visiting friends and was driving home shortly after midnight when I heard a news story about the release parties and where there were stores still open to buy the book. I was stuck in traffice for quite some time and listened to the end of the book on tape version of Half Blood Prince and when I was finally able to get moving again, I went to an all night Wal-mart and picked up a copy. My fingers were all tingly when I pick up the book and absolutely couldn’t wait to get to back to the house to start reading. I think it was nearly 2 a.m. when I started and I stayed up until 8 a.m., got a little sleep, then spent the rest of Saturday reading. My delivered copy didn’t get there until 2 p.m., and I was probably halfway done by then!!!

Now I own all the books on tape and listen to them over and over again on my iPod.

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I remember when the book came out. I didn’t get to go to the midnight parties at the bookstores, so I had to wait so anxiously at home. When it became 12:00 AM, I smiled to myself and slept. In the morning I went to take the book and I never put it down since, until I read the last words of the book, “All was well.” Harry Potter changed much more than my view on the characters, plot…it gave me a message I hope others can interpret through with the book. I will always remember the tale of Harry Potter.

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i hope to get to read this book soon, it’s the only book that i haven’t even read yet!

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I was at Sectus in London and the adult cover copies of the book arrived late, so anxiously standing in line was where I was when about 3/4 of the attendees had settled down to read. We were in a sort of student union area of a classroom building at the University of Westminster. By the time I got my copy folks were sprawled on the floor, leaning against the walls, perched on the stairs and filling all the couches and chairs.

It felt wonderful to be there with hundreds of other fans, all reading silently, except for the snorts of laughter and quiet sobs. Folks in wizard robes wandered around with boxes of tissues, offering support for anyone overcome by the revelations of DH. We wore ribbons which indicated whether we were still reading and were off limits for discussion, or whether we had finished and freed from the spoiler ban.

About 6 a.m. I headed for a cafe on Tottenham Court Road, to get something to eat and a bit of caffeine and to enjoy walking into the setting of the story for a little while. As I walked there I thought about where I had been for other first reads and releases … mainly Vermont and mainly with friends and or former students.

Although I didn’t enjoy Sectus as much as I had Accio, or the con in Ottawa, it was fantastic being in London and seeing folks everywhere reading DH. As soon as I finished I began again, and had read it four times by the end of the week. A lot of my re-reading was done on the platform of underground stops and on the trains themselves. Rarely was I the only one with DH. It was fantastic!

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sob wipe face sniff howls w/ anguish of deaths owes Jo her life vive xe GAWD JO WE LOVE YOU!!!!

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I remember how hard I cried when each character died,especially Snape. Then I cried even harder when I read his memories. It’s almost impossible for me to believe that I just became obsessed with Harry Potter this January! I thought Deathy Hallows ruled and it totally beats the rest of the books in the world by a long shot (except maybe Chamber of Secrets)!

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I cried. I remember like it was yesterday, when I picked up Deathly Hollows the night it came out. I cried, I actually had to wait a whole hour before I even got anywhere in the book, because it wasn’t making any sense through the tears. The only thing going through my mind was “You idiot!!! You’ve read the first sentence atleast 50 times already!!! You’re wasting precious time!”

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I was at one of my sorority sister’s rehersal diner. The wedding party went to Buffalo Wild Wings for an after diner celebration and everyone got mad at me when I had to leave early to make it to the release party at Barnes and Noble. I stayed up half the night reading it and I was still reading it as we were getting dressed for the wedding the next day!! Unfourtunaly I was not able to finish it that night because we celebrated the nuptuails a little to much. When I did finish, it was amazing.

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My GOD Jesus Christ he Sent me This as a Way out of what i was going through

i would be Dead if not For Harry Potter

and Seven was my First Real interest in the series as a Super Fan i Allways wanted to know what harry potter was but i never was allowed and now i see it is just another Amazing thing to lead people to Christ and i Love harry he is Bad Ass =]

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at the time… I unfortunately lived in the middle of nowhere… I had pre-ordered the book at a local bookstore, and they SOLD my copy to someone else. Every copy they owned… sold out… I tried so hard to find it at the libraries until the bookstore got more… but they were out.

We moved down to Long Island, and I found the book in the library… I was sitting there… reading it. My boyfriend saw how longingly I looked while reading the book… so while shopping, he snuck away from me and bought the book, had it gift wrapped and delivered it to me.

_ Best gift ever… well besides and engagement ring.

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My mother, my daughters and I went to a Barnes & Noble release party to celebrate and get DH. My mother was 76 and only reads history, but she had seen so many news stories about DH coming out that she said it would be like seeing history in the making. My oldest daughter, who had just turned 10, dressed as Hermione in her Gryffindor robes, and my youngest daughter who wasn’t quite 8 yet, wore radish earrings and her Gryffindor lion hat. We took a potions class, made wands, had our pictures taken with Harry and Hermione and Dumbledore, and took trivia quizzes. My youngest made it to about 11:30 then she and Grandma headed to the car to nap. The store got so packed that they had to start asking people who were just hanging out to leave or wait outside for their friends. My oldest, Lillie, and I got our copy about 12:20, and we all headed for home. Lillie read the first chapter out loud in the car with the help of a booklight. Over the next month or so I read it out loud to the girls at bedtime, just as we had all of the other books. My youngest nearly got hysterical when Hedwig was killed. We all cried together when Dobby died; and then Fred; and then Tonks and Lupin; and then Snape. They laughed and grinned huge grins when they realized the children in the epilogue were Harry and Ginny’s, and Ron and Hermione’s. I of course couldn’t not read ahead of the children. I had to work on Saturday and didn’t get a lot read, but on Sunday I got my favorite spicy chicken for lunch at the drive-thru and went to my favorite park for a reading picnic. As I was sitting at my table by the pond, deeply engrossed, I suddenly heard someone a couple of tables over yell. “Hey!” He held up DH and waved. “Where are you?” Potter fans=instant friends.

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Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a whole year. The fandom is certainly still lively. I’m just as engrossed and curious, and I still have as many questions, if not more, than I did before DH came out. This series means more to me than I can describe and I pray it continues forever. I want my children to experience somthing like I did. Maybe I’ll give them each book a year and a half apart! haha. But seriously, I remember every moment of most of my entire Potter experience, and they are some of my best memories. LeakyCon will be my first conference so I’m really excited to be with so many people with the same passion for Potter that I have. CAN’T WAIT!!!! See you there!

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I remember I was finishing church camp so I could not attend the midnight release (even though it was cancelled thanks to flooding!), so as soon as I was out of camp and coming home from my eye doctor appointment, my dad stopped at Hastings and I picked up my reserved copy! I was so excited! We got home & my godparents were there & my godmother loves the books & she wouldn’t let me read it till they left Sunday afternoon cause she was gonna have hers waiting for her on her doorstep when she gets home & she was jealous! So, Sunday afternoon I got to open my book and OH WAS IT WORTH THE WAIT!

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Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a whole year. The fandom is certainly still lively. I’m just as engrossed and curious, and I still have as many questions, if not more, than I did before DH came out. This series means more to me than I can describe and I pray it continues forever. I want my children to experience somthing like I did. Maybe I’ll give them each book a year and a half apart! haha. But seriously, I remember every moment of most of my entire Potter experience, and they are some of my best memories. LeakyCon will be my first conference so I’m really excited to be with so many people with the same passion for Potter that I have. CAN’T WAIT!!!! See you there!

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I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since it came out. That book was an emotional rollercoaster. I still enjoy rereading the series over and over. Kinda depressing that there won’t be anymore. I realy wish she would write something else from the hp series…

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I think my only regret is that I was too young to experience the first days of this fandom and book series. I’m 13 and have only been in the wagon since i was 10. This series was the building blocks for an independent, curious, and nerdy person to realize her importance in the crowd. Wow I sound like I’m babbiling but Harry Potter has become my life and will always have a special place in my heart. Hahaha I’m going to start crying! I guess I’ll never get to feel the excitment others have but I can use my imagination… ;)

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I, too, cannot believe it has already been a year. I am so glad I was able to go to the midnight release party. It is something I will remember for the rest of my life. Same with the two previous ones for OOTP and HBP. I remember waiting in line to get my book at Barnes and Noble. I was actually shaking. When I finally got the book I just held it and stared at it and I didn’t even begin reading it until a couple days later because everytime I looked at it I wasn’t sure if I could face the end. But oh, what an ending!! I don’t think I could have asked for anything better. I sat up for 2 days reading and laughing and sometimes jumping around nervously or bawling my eyes out. The Harry Potter books are something that have been a huge part of my life. Something that at times were the only thing that got me through the rough patches and I feel as though I owe a lot to Harry and, even more, to Ms Rowling. I am so sad that there are no more books. But everyone here is right in that this is something that will not die. Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville, Luna, Dumbledore, Sirius, Lupin, Molly, Arthur, Ginny, Snape, Dobby and the many other characters that have so touched mine and countless others’ lives will live on no matter how many years go by: in the books that we reread hundreds of times and in the way they have changed our lives. Many of my friends now are people that might not be in life without HP. So, thank you Harry and Jo and all the other fans like me who made sure that Deathly Hallows was not the end and that a year later all that’s happened is we have grown to love it all more.

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i spent the weekend trying to read the book while trying to celebrate my 18th birthday was a very crazy weekend xx

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A whole year already. I didn’t get to experience the joy of reading it the day it came out. My sister ordered her book and I didn’t have enought money to buy mine. So I had to waite until she finished reading it (infront of me, might I add) until she let me read it. A few months later my parents bought me DH for my birthday and I was so excited, because I had read my sisters so many times (4) that the spine was getting all weird and she was not happy. Today I’m on my 6th time reading it. and I love every minute of it. Thank you J.K. Rowling. =)

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woah a year. i can remember each launch day for the last 3 books and the last was the best. i can still smell the excitement in the air as i waited patiently in a very long line that stretched around the entire block. Then i headed home for an entire day of reading, crying at least 4 times i think then reading on fearing the inevitable. The ending of my childhood. Many of us grew up with the series and i consider us to be very lucky. It is hard for such great literary work to come by ever so often. I can say thanks countless times to Jo but it will never be enough. My interest in the fandom has dipped a bit to pre-OoTP levels but i still check on HP news now. Bit frustrating though that no trailer has come out yet. Oh and melissa, you forgot the SCOTTISH BOOK!!! It’s coming! I can sense it! Jo, please write it asap (: I can’t wait to count down to that day!

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For the first time last summer, I was actually the same “age” as Harry when the book came out… just a month older than 17. I was expecting that book to come out this summer at the earliest, so it was pretty cool to get the book in my hands last summer.

And, for the third Harry Potter book running, I cried at all the wrong spots. Well, actually, I only cried once when reading book 7, when Snape said something to the effect of, “It doesn’t matter if you’re Muggleborn” to Lily. I bawled.

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I remember i had my mom preorder it for me, because i was so worried it would sell out. I got it late that afternoon and didn’t put it down until i was finished. I hope the movies are as good as the books.

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11.59pm waiting in a massive line, in the middle of Tunbridge Wells town centre finally got to the doors of Waterstones! Purcashed 3 copies of DH, then had to take two copies to friends house. Finally got home 3am read one chapter, was hooked, fell asleep got up next day and read cover to cover – one word AMAZING!

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A year ago I was recovering from knee replacement unable to do much I decided to star reading this series I’d heard so much about. Within 3 weeks I was to the last book which I like all others read in two days. I have read all 7 books twice the last 2 three times. I AM OBSESSED. I want more,more, more. I do feel a little foolish because I am a 60 year old Gramma. Can’t wait for HPP and DH.**I’m now reading the 3rd book to my 5 year old granddaught.

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What a HP year we’ve had! Never went to a book release party, but figured it was the last one, so we took our 8 yr old daughter to Harvard Yard, in her HP costume. Saw Harry & the Potters, Draco & the Malfoys, & the Horntails. Amazing costumes, lots of fun, but pre-ordered book elsewhere, so picked it up the next morning. Also picked up 1 of the special boxes they came in. Spent all day and night reading, but waited until our Aug. vacation to read it out loud to my daughter at the beach. Got home from vacation to find out we were going to Carnegie Hall to hear Jo read it! Then my daughter got picked to ask her a question! Amazing weekend in NY, put together a great HP scrapbook for my daughter for Christmas, and it feels like it’s been kind of quiet ever since. Saw Harry & the Potters & the Potter Puppet Pals last month, waiting for HPB, Universal, and then the last 2 movies. It’s been such a fun part of our family life for so long now, & last year was so amazing, it really does feel like there’s a bit of a hole in our lives now…

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I was so excited/nervous/desperate for answers, that I spent half the day in the bathroom! Im not kidding. I was at Walmart in a huge line, when a wonderful golden orange pyramid of books came into view. I squeed my pants off and embarassed my husband! Ah, those were the days.My favorite moment after getting the book in my hands, was opening it to chapters, to see that Harry and co. go to the Malfoys mansion, Gringotts, Battle of Hogwarts…..I didnt stop squeeing all the way home!

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I live in the suburbs, so my local Barnes & Noble didn’t have much of a party. My mother wouldn’t let me go out to buy the book at midnight, anyway, so the next morning I got up and dressed in my Luna Lovegood costumes (complete with radish earrings and hand-crocheted Ravenclaw tie) and picked up my reserved copy. The lady in the Harry Potter department was very nice; she said I hadn’t missed anything the night before—they didn’t even have balloons for the sale, and no Bertie Botts beans or cauldron cakes. I asked her if she could take a picture of me standing next to the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows poster, and she was very nice about it, so I was able to send the picture to my cousins, who are all big Harry Potter fans. I can’t wait for the HBP movie!

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can’t believe it’s a year. but I love that Dan Radcliffe turned 19 today, July 23rd. what a great person he’s turning out to be. Also, Rupert and Emma are also wonderful. Children young and old look up to them and so far they have been a good example and we give credit to their family. DH was such a good book. I have read all the books several times and listen to them at the same time. Jim Dale is great with all his voices. I always cry when I read the books. Book one we learn about Harry being a wizard and how dreadful his relatives treated him. Book seven, we learn that Dudley appreciated Harry in the end. But his aunt & uncle should have been given to the dementors. Even though Petunia wanted to be a witch she was dreadful to Harry. So the dementors for her. I wish JK would have written more about Ginny in book seven so we could have learned more about her thoughts and emotions, etc. All in all, the books and the movies are great. In GOB I was upset because Dobby was the one who gave Harry gillyweed. I cried when Dobby died because his first and last words were Harry Potter and what loving little guy he was.

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I live in Colombia so I bought my copy trough amazon and have to wait till august 8th to read the DH… I was introduced to HP by my younger cousin he is 12 like 5 years ago…so I there were already books 1-4 in the market… Im a hard core harry fan.. I was 19 then now Im 24 and its kind of hard to think that this is it… I think that also movies and off course fan stories and conspiracies are going to make harry alive for a loooooonggg timeee

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I was immersed in all the Harry Potter 7 rumours before the release date, and couldn’t wait to grab my hands on my pre-ordered DH book! Unfortunately however, I had EXAMS!! grrr, this meant that most of my pals had enjoyed the book before i did! they were messaging me incessantly. even when i had just walked out the door of the exam venue and turned my phone on! Reading the last chapters of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was indeed overwhelming. Long live Dobby! The Harry Potter series are simply the best!

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i was in 4th grade and my teacher brought out this book to read while we waited for the bus. it was this “newly released best seller for children about magic” that is such a horrible description and it doesnt capture even a tinsy bit of what Harry Potter is. it should have been “your first step into a world of love and excitement and growth right along with you, and a major lesson in patience and life in general – and yes, magic.” that doesnt even capture what Harry means to all of us. i feel blessed to be of what i call the Harry Potter Generation. I grew right along with the trio and others, and we learned the same lessons together. my experience would never have been any where near the same if i had been able to read all 7 right through and i wouldnt want to change it in any way.

thankyou Harry, Ron, Hermione, all the Wrockers out there, all the fans out there, all the people who took the books example and stood up for what they believed in.. but most of all, thank you JKRowling. Jo, you have forever changed the world.

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I cant believe it has been a year already ! I now have all the Harry Potter books and its terrible knowing that there isnt going to be another one ! I got into the Harry Potter books when I was in year four and i was reading the fourth one in year six. My twin brother kieran stopped reading the fifth book and so i took over and read that one and the sixth. By the time the seven book came out i was ready and waiting! And it only took me a week to read it, i was that eager! But now there is no more books of harry to look forward to ! I have all the films and cant wait until the sixth film comes out. i just cant beleive it ! You are my favourite author as well as Jacquline Wilson. Your books are so intruging and magical, i just hope that you write another series and as good as Harry Potter! So thankyou for making my world magical JK Rowling xxxxxxxxxxx :)

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One of those night’s I’ll never forget. Had been out at an ex colleague’s leaving do and then headed to the book shop for midnight – hadn’t realised how freezing it would be so waited for over two hours with no jacket and just flip flops on my feet. Was completely on my own and spent the whole time queueing terrified that someone would share the ending. Finally got my book, was so cold and tired that hailed a black cab for the short journey home, got in, made a cup of tea, fetched the box of chocolates I’d been saving and apart from making more tea and going to the loo didn’t get out of bed til I was finished. Boyfriend wasn’t allowed to talk to me the whole time and just kept wandering through to the bedroom for things and wanting to know what was happening but I refused to tell him as didn’t want to spoil it for when he read it after me. Then spent about the next 3 weeks constantly checking leaky, mugglenet, facebook groups etc and hassling friends who hadn’t finished it yet.

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I swear I still read all HP books respectively again and again… and what suprises me is that each time I read them, it’s like I’ve never had read them before. I love HP forever. I love Snape.

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I was torn between staying at home in Mexico and celebrate the midnightsales via internet since 6 pm (midnight London) from fist London, than Nyo, LA… which was very funny with the release of HBP Or flying to London and celebrate personally.

I decided London and went to Picadilly which was a nice experience. At 3 am I went to the Nat. History Museum where Jo was signing books, but had no chance to enter, I enjoyed speaking with lucky people who came out with the precious copy.

The following days all London was a Potter-Place, I could see DH in the tube, theaters, cinemas, parks, cafes with people of all ages. I finished DH on wednesday as I had a lot of activities and wanted to savour the last book also.

I was angry and shocked about Hedwigs death, the poor owl could have gone to Hagrid or Hogwarts. It was a death without any meaning well, no death was OK, but this was the least expected. I enjoyed the seven Potters, the wedding, the ministery, Snapes Doe, Gringotts, Kings Cross and the final victory over V. DH is a great book. Ive read it twice again, and heard it about 10 times since. ....

Thanks to Jo and the HP community everywhere, and to Leaky for the great time, messages and pleasure.

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I was home, anxiously waiting for the book to arrive-I had pre-ordered it online-& I had a lot of plans for the day-reading the book, attending my godkids’ birthday party, reading the book, attending my parents’ anniversary dinner, reading the book completely in one night! At 3AM, my hubby came downstairs to check on me; I finished it three hours later!! What a magnificent book-absolutely, by far, my favorite!! I cannot wait till the movies come out!!

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I remember when I got this book I still had a cheesy HP loft bed and I had to climb into it and snuggle up to read those last few pages. I’ve torn it down since then and now its just a regular bunk bed, but I haven’t outgrown the books. Don’t think i ever will.

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It came out on my birthday and boy was that the best b-day present ever :)

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