Friday, February 02, 2007

One Hundred Sixty-Seven Days

Our troupe had a cool gig about a year and a half ago, performing dances representing each decade from 1890-1940 in celebration of a local city's centennial gala (another troupe took care of the second half of the century). Since it was not an insignificant drive to the theater, we hadn't arranged a separate rehearsal. We'd just arrived early in the day to work on the stage, knowing that we'd have a long downtime before the show, but it'd still be better than driving twice.

After working out a few kinks in spacing and music, we headed back to the dressing room. Almost every dancer looked sheepishly at everyone else, reached into his or her bag, and pulled out a hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Those who were faster readers were admonished to "hush!" and not give away plot points. I love this non-dancing memory of my dancers, heads bent over their books, turning pages intently.

As the entire planet probably knows by now, J.K. Rowling has announced that July 21 is the release date for the final Harry Potter book. That gives you about a month per book, if you want to re-read the entire series before tacking number seven. It's remarkable how mixed my feelings are. I'm both excited and dreading the conclusion to a story that I've enjoyed for so many years.

The Leaky Cauldron fan site provides countdown tickers for Book 7 and Movie 5, if you're really obsessed.


bubandpie said...

That's so funny - I just posted my fond, and not-so-fond, memories of reading The Half-Blood Prince.

Mamacita Tina said...

LOL thinking about you and your friends all reading that book while waiting to perform.

I hate to admit it, especially once being an elementary school teacher, I haven't read any of the HP books. I know the kids loved, loved, loved them. Someday, someday...

Mayberry said...

I was just thinking of B&P's post when I read this, and remembering also my situation when reading #6: Had just returned to work after having Opie, and would read during every pump break!

Sassy Belle said...

oh, my goodness, I love Harry Potter. I'm so desperately scared she'll kill him off.

I won't be friends with JK Rowling anymore if she does that! I just won't!

ewe are here said...

I just read B&P's post, too!

I'm looking forward to and mourning the fact that this will be the last book. When I was living in Edinburgh, I used to walk past the cafe JK Rowling wrote the first book in every day practically; always thought that was kind of cool. ;-)

Kimberly said...

Totally pre-ordered it, and will be shipping The Ladies off to Gramma's for the weekend.

When half-Blood Prince came out, I was teaching summer school. Essays were due Friday. The Book arrived 8 am Saturday. Essays were not marked Monday morning, but I knew what had happened to Dumbledore, which was the truly important thing, anyway.

Lady M said...

Yay, HP fans!

Bubandpie - Great insights in your post.

Mamacita tina - you can read them when Ian does. They're great fun.

Mayberry - Pump breaks- That might be a more common reading scenario that people know. We read book four in Prague and Ireland, having no choice but to haul the 900 page book across the ocean because it was released the day before we left the country for a dance tour.

Sassy - I think she's going to kill him off, and I'm so worried. On the plus side, I think Dumbledore is coming back to life though - all that phoenix stuff.

Ewe are here - We'll have to visit Edinburgh together so that you show me the highlights!

Kimberley - good idea on setting time aside that weekend!