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The 'Hallows' marathon

These Potter fans spent the weekend reading "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." (FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK, BEWARE THE PLOT SPOILER BELOW!):

Abby Maier, 16, City Honors

NeXt: How long did it take you to read Book 7?

I finished at 8 a.m. July 21st, but I wished I had distracted myself from it more, so that I could enjoy it.

NeXt: Were you happy with the way Rowling wrapped up the series?

I was really happy. Rowling managed to keep us on our toes the whole time, ending with a satisfying conclusion.

Elyssa Wiecek, 15, Orchard Park High

How long did it take you to read Book 7?
I read all night, slept for about five hours, then finished it by 7 p.m. Saturday.

NeXt: Were you happy with the ending?

I can't think of a better way to end it, even though it was sad at some parts.

Carrie Gambino, Holy Angels

How long did it take you to read Book 7?

My neck hurts and I'm exhausted! When I got home on Friday night at 12:45, I started reading until 7:15 in the morning! I read over 300 pages that night, over 200 pages Saturday and finished Sunday. Never had I read so much in my whole life at one time. I was determined to finish it so no one would ruin the ending for me.

NeXt: Were you happy with the ending?

I am very happy how the series ended considering I didn't want it to end it all.

NeXt: What will you read now that the Potter series is over?
I have to get serious about my summer reading assignments! And hopefully J.K. Rowling comes out with a new series or something.

Alex Feim, St. Mary's School:

How long did it take you to read Book 7?
I preordered it from Amazon.Com months ago and had it delivered to my house. I was waiting for the mail to come, and finally when it did at 2 in the afternoon, I dove in. I had to go to a 50th anniversary party, but I found a quiet place to read. I finished the book just before midnight.

NeXt: Were you happy with the ending?

The book was so different compared to the previous six books. They were hardly at Hogwarts at all. Harry, Ron and Hermione had a mission to go on, and they didn't have the protection of the many professors of Hogwarts or the assistance of Dumbledore. I thought it was very clever how Rowling wove things and characters from earlier books into the plot. The importance of the invisibility cloak was very interesting, as well as the return of Griphook the Goblin.
The books have evolved so much. They've gone from being sweet, innocent children's books to complicated stories with dark, thick plots. I also didn't like that so many people were killed off. (PLOT SPOILER ALERT:) As many fans, including myself, had guessed, Harry was indeed a Horcrux. I was almost a bit annoyed that I was right.

I'm sad that it's finally over, but at the same time I feel a sense of accomplishment. Harry Potter ... is a phenomenon that will be remembered for many years to come. And I was part of it. I'll be able to tell my kids: "I was one of those obsessed Harry Potter fans who read the book in one day."

NeXt: What will you read now that the Potter series is over?
Hopefully I can finally get to that summer reading homework that I've been putting off...

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