On July 1, I started reading the Harry Potter books in consecutive order to ensure I was fully prepared for book seven, which is released later this month. I read book one in a day. I read book two in a day. I read book three in two days, and I read book four in two days. I have two more books to go to accomplish my goal, but Hogwarts is so much a part of my life these past few days, I can hardly imagine life without Harry, Ron, or Hermione. Honestly, part of me does not want to read book seven. If the book goes unread, I can keep all the characters alive in my mind as I wish. This is not to say they won’t live there regardless, but they will live there as I remember them with the possibility of being and doing anything. No one dies and Ron, Harry, and Hermione stay best friends forever-alive and well waiting for another year at Hogwarts. While this seems completely ridiculous and unreasonable to some, it is a feeling I am certain most fans share.
J.K. Rowling is a creative genius. I have never read more riveting works of fiction, and I have already read more than most will in a lifetime. Her amazing attention to detail is astounding. Her characters are touching and admirable. It is a pity these stories will come to a close this month. The one quality I love most about these novels is the friendship between Ron, Hermione, and Harry. I cannot express enough how much I fiercely love this trio. (Not to mention my small crush on Ron Weasley). I wonder if J.K. Rowling will have the heart to start another series. I doubt I would be able to for fear of betraying the delicate intricacies of the preceding masterpiece.
While I am engrossed in this series, I do not want to do anything but delve into the pages. I want to be at Hogwarts sitting at the Gryffindor table listening to the three darlings discuss what is next in their adventurous lives. If I had to choose any character in fiction I would like to be, I would pick Hermione Granger hands down. As far as favorite series goes, Harry wins without a doubt even next to Nancy and Sherlock.
I do not know how the story will end...but I do know I wish it did not.