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Friday, July 20, 2007
JKR says: In a very short time you will know EVERYTHING!

ME [Monty Python "pepperpot" voice]: Ooo! Woudn't like that -- take the mystery out o' life!

But Siriusly, folks. The final unfolding of a story-cycle that has classic potential should be thought of the way Dumbledore would have us think of death: to the well-organized mind, it is but the next great adventure.

First will come the "what the...s," then the "should haves." But soon the canon as it is will sink in, and that will open the door to endless repeat enjoyment and never-ending interpretation, just as people do with (to take two examples close to my heart and experience) Wagner's RING cycle and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Before the story is fully told, speculation inevitably takes center stage, and it's a lot of fun. But I hope and believe that the real Potterian fun is still well in the future.

Now, a 2-week hiatus on Potter posts (though of course I may post on other things). As that period begins, I'd just like to say a few words:
Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!
Thank you.