Another Harry Potter post
Last Saturday I went out relatively early (10:30am; that’s early for me, at least on weekends) to, among other things, get my copy of the new Harry Potter book.
I must admit I was expecting more of a “commotion” at the bookstore. Maybe I was just late for the party (the books were released at 9:01am here in Melbourne), maybe I accidentally selected a quieter store; I did see a few people dressed as Dumbledore in front of some stores, and there were people with TV cameras coming out of the Angus and Robertson store on Bourke St. Also, lots of kids were dressed as wizards/witches around Melbourne Central, presumably because of the party at the State Library (or at Borders). But the parties seemed to be over.
I had pre-ordered (and pre-paid) my book from Dymocks some three months ago for $29.95, which turned out to be a decent price: A&R was selling it for $29.99, and Book City for $39.95 (but it was only $22.43 at Big W, and $15 at Borders if you bought $75 worth of books — which I wasn’t going to).
Having read some 150 pages (out of 604) over the weekend, and trying not to give anything away, I can say that this book is already “darker” than the others. The general mood is not happy as it was at the beginning of the other books, and there is a sense of impending doom all around. It is also a little hard to remember that the kids are already 16 years old; they don’t seem to have changed all that much since the first book. Except for the, hmm, “electricity” between Harry and Hermione (were it not a children’s book I’d have called it “sexual tension”).
Of course, I bet lots of fans have already read the whole book and are happily discussing the ending. I’m actively trying to avoid reading anything about the book for precisely that reason…