Don't read the comments (though this post reveals nothing of story value) if you haven't finished the book. You've been warned. I take no more responsibility.
I walked into Barnes and Noble Saturday morning around 9:30. I was handed a souvenir poster which said "3,440 pages read, only 784 more to go!"
I just finished those 784 pages not 20 minutes ago. It took me 2 days, only because "the guy" had this weekend off, and I wanted to see him too. Bad timing for a book release.
I wanted to get to the end, to see how it all turned out, but as I approached those final 100 pages, a bittersweet sense came over me. This was it. My last 100 Harry Potter pages. When it was over, it was over. There wasn't another year at Hogwarts to come.
I knew. I knew at that last 100 pages how the story would end. Not the details mind you, but the core issue. Though JK did try to throw me. Clever girl.
I cried, but laughed through my tears (Go Prof. Trelawny! And that's all I'll say about that). That's the mark of a good read. I cheered, I screamed, I had to go back and reread not only parts of this book that I didn't grasp at first, but to refer to OTHER books (is that what happened? I forgot, and I just reread the damn things.)
And now, I'll probably wait a few weeks and re-read the whole thing all over again, to make sure I understood the finer points and to take it all in again.
So have you finished? Tell me in comments - for this post only please. IF YOU HAVEN'T FINISHED, PLEASE DON'T READ THE COMMENTS. I don't want to be responsible for revealing anything, because I wouldn't want it to happen to me. I'll respond in the comments to anyone needing to connect, as I do, to someone that's finished the book and wants to discuss it at length. :)