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The Days and Nights of Harry Potter, Part 3 (Still No Spoilers)

By admin Published: July 21, 2007

I'm done, and more or less content ...

I read about 100 pages after filing the previous post, which let me still get some sleep. Then I resisted the urge to read the entire day today, fitting in trips to the bank, post office, library and grocery store, and some grilling tonight. But I was never that far from going through more pages, and read a good bit while we watched "The Bourne Supremacy." (The movies feel even more grimly efficient on revisiting, because each clocks in with less than two hours of narrative, a feat many big movies don't try to match these days.)

But tonight, when I probably should have been sleeping, I instead made the last long haul to the end. (Also, by the point the haul began, the story was getting more intense.) I have some issues with it -- including Rowling's excess love of long explanatory passages of dialogue, especially one near the book's end. But I was still reasonably satisfied how it went; she knows how to frame an action scene, there are lessons to be learned about wisdom and sacrifice, and the epilogue is a nice touch. And while no book is truly sequel-proof, "Deathly Hallows" puts a pretty large period on the Potter saga.

More than that I'm not ready to say, since lots of people are still plowing through the text and clinging to cones of silence. In a week or so, I'll revisit in more detail, both about the things I liked and the things I didn't.

Meanwhile, I have some non-Potter notes I've been meaning to file, including some thoughts about "Mad Men," the intriguing new series on AMC; the magic of Barbara Stanwyck and maybe a few more words about "Saving Grace." And I'll be posting a link to Sunday's story about cancer and "Funky Winkerbean," possibly with a few more comments about the story.

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