He’s certainly old enough to go without me, but the 16-year-old allowed me to tag along on what has become a bi-annual tradition since he was in about the fourth grade: the midnight release of a Harry Potter book. As this is the final such release party — and something likely never to be replicated — I wanted to capture a bit of it on video. The 20-year-old is out of the country and I’m sure took part in something similar, but it was kind of sad for her not to be here. As you’ll see in the video, we did catch up with her (and our) best friend forever, who, along with my son, are perhaps the most over-the-top experts in Harry Potter trivia I know. Between the two of them, they’ve probably read or listened to each book dozens of times.
Speaking of my son, it is now about 3:00 p.m. CDT on Saturday and he has finished reading the book (the first of several times, no doubt). Without any spoilers, he says he can’t properly provide a review. He does say most of the back-stories are resolved and, well, I can’t say much more than that.