Friday, October 19, 2007

Dear Wizards Wireless

I thought I'd share the answers to a few questions that have come my way recently.

Question: Do you ever talk about anything other than Harry Potter?

Answer: Yes. Really, truly, I do.

Question: Aren't you sick of talking about Book 7?

Answer: Nope. Not yet.

Question: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published in July. It's currently October. Why are you still putting spoilers on the top of the Book 7 posts? Surely everyone has read the book by now and the plot details are fair game?

Answer: Every week at least one person tells me that they haven't finished the 7th (or 6th or 5th) book yet... and even though it's been months since the book was released, they're still trying as hard as possible to avoid spoilers. I feel that the Harry Potter books (like every other book) are best if you find out the plot by reading the story and not because someone told you. I found it magical to read the Harry Potter books for the first time, and I respect those who want to find out the ending for themselves. There is information about the 7th book on this blog, but I try mightily to put spoilers on all posts that might give away significant plot details. Book Six was spoiled for me... see this post... so I try not to do that to anyone else.

Question: What happened to the chapter synopsis posts you were doing of Book 7?

Answer: Grad school happened. But I plan to start writing the chapter posts again soon. Thanks to Liz at By the Nightlight who told me how much she enjoyed reading them... and inspired me to start up again. If you've missed them so far, (I'm up to Chapter Ten) click on the heading on the sidebar under Labels titled "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows chapters."

Or follow these links: (but only if you've finished Book 7)
And, although it's not a formal chapter summary yet, I did do a post on the epilogue:
I also started a new series of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows discussion questions. Feel free to add your opinions in the comments section, or you can use the questions for a book group or class discussion. And they work great as conversation starters with other people who have finished the book (not that I've ever done this, or anything. =)

You can find the discussion questions either by clicking on "Harry Potter discussion questions" on the sidebar (aren't I creative?) or by following these links:
No one has replied to Question 3 yet... which surprises me because I thought it was a nice, meaty topic.

Question: Why do your book reviews link to Amazon?

Answer: Because I like Amazon's customer reviews, and I think they provide good feedback about a book. They also offer a different perspective than professional reviews. But I also strongly support independent bookstores and you'll find links to approximately 100 independents that specialize in children's books listed on the sidebar. For more independent bookstore resources see this post and this one.

Any other questions (other than: "Shouldn't you be doing homework right now?") I'd love to hear them.

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