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July 22, 2007
Potter Blog: Beginning of the end...of the book

OK, here we are, page 608 - which means I have 151 pages left to go.

Can I just say that this is the most action-packed "Potter" book yet?

Can I also just say that I'm really exhausted and my brain feels all slurry - if that's even the proper use of the word. If it's even a word.

Also, I'll admit that in one crucial scene, I jumped ahead to the end of a paragraph because I was dying to know the outcome. I let out a cheer of approval and than hastily backtracked.

As I mentioned before, there's not a ton of backstory in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." It's clear that Rowling, when writing this book, wasn't about to be bothered taking up precious space with various explanations. Which means I've spent quite a bit of time at sites such as The Leaky Cauldron and MuggleNet, trying to figure out the who-what-when-why-and-wheres of a few people and events.

That's been kind of fun, actually. It's like a game, trying to fit together the puzzle based on my own recollections, fan sites and Rowling's writings.

Finally, one last thought before I head to bed (finally!): I accidentally saw the title of the epilogue and my heart sort of skipped a beat. It gave me an idea of what might be in store. Part of me is a bit annoyed that I read the title and the other part of me is intrigued and curious. We'll see what it all really means.

Diet Cokes consumed: Two.

Hours read in this last go-round: Five and a half - although minus about an hour or so that was lost to a quick power nap and various snacks, bringing us to a grand total of roughly 12 hours of reading.

And this is really my last thought for the night, er, morning: Apparently reading makes me very, very hungry. OK, not quite hungry - craving sugar, to be more exact. I'm guessing I've gained a few pounds in just the last 24 hours. It's one of the perils of the job, kids.

Once again, good night for now.

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