Think how it must be for all the kids who were 8 when Harry debuted in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, with its cartoon jacket and modest (500 copies) first edition. Those kids are now 18, and when they close the final book, they will be in some measure closing the book on their own childhoods — magic summers spent in the porch swing, or reading under the covers at camp with flashlights in hand, or listening to Jim Dale's recordings on long drives to see Grandma in Cincinnati or Uncle Bob in Wichita.
No ending can be right, because it shouldn't be over at all. The magic is not supposed to go away.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Stephen King says goodbye to Harry
Horror author and Potter fan Stephen King has bid a moving farewell to Harry in his column for Entertainment Weekly. He puts it so well: