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Not quite the last of Potter

By Debra Dobbins

Almost every time I read a mention of Harry Potter, I flash back to a hot day in July 10 years ago. My son and I made a detour en route to the Seattle airport on July 8, 2000. That was the day Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire came out, and he wanted to read it on the plane ride back to Colorado.

My cousin kindly stopped at a bookstore to grant him his wish. In the store I decided that one copy simply wouldn’t be enough. I also wanted to dive back into Harry’s magical world, so I bought two. Reading the book side-by-side with my son in the friendly, pre-911 skies is one of my favorite memories.

Today I was surprised to see the teaser “Penultimate Potter” at the top of The Daily Sentinel. Penultimate means next to the last, and I was sure that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and last novel in J.K. Rowling’s series.

Glancing at the words below this tease, I realized that the use of penultimate actually did make sense. Producers of the movie version of the final Potter book split it into two parts; the first one is premiering now and the final part will take over the big screen next July.

So, there’s no need to cry into our butterbeer just yet. We Potterites get to anticipate still more cinematic magic.


 

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